Frugal Upstate Bookbag 3/18

My friend Pam used to work at our local library.  Just yesterday she was saying how much she missed seeing what books I was taking out since apparently I always choose interesting books!  She reads this blog and suggested that I start a feature where I share with everyone what books I have in my library bookbag!

note:  The Amazon links provided are advertising links–so if you happen to buy anything while you are at Amazon then I get a very small advertising fee.  However this does not increase your cost at all.  Just so you know. 

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The Sinister Signpost (Hardy Boys #15) by Franklin W Dixon:  This is my current “read aloud” book for the kids.  We’ve been steadily working our way through the Hardy Boy series for about a year now.  At first the kids thought they were a bit weird–they WERE written in the 1930’s so some of the language is humorous.  They use “fellows” where we would use “guys”, and they say things like “leaping lizards!”.  But now they are totally into it and enjoy the series for the fun, mystery and adventure.  We don’t wind up reading every night, but we do read pretty frequently.  I find it’s a nice way for the kids to wind down a bit between TV watching time and bedtime, and I get a chance to explain some of the vocabulary and talk about the older morals and values–like the fact that Frank and Joe are brothers but they don’t fight, they enjoy each other and work together.  (Have you noticed how TV shows these days just ASSUME that siblings can’t get along–are we maybe unintentionally teaching our kids that they shouldn’t get along?)

Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie:  I haven’t read this book yet, but I have always enjoyed books by Jennifer Crusie.  They are romance novels but heavier on the flirty fun and adventure–not all about steamy scenes.

The Harper Hall of Pern by Anne McCaffery:  This is a trilogy compilation of the Anne McCaffery youth series for the Dragonriders of Pern.  Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums.  These books were written in the late 70’s and despite appearing to be fantasy they are actually science fiction about a human settlement that gets cut off and reverts to a more medieval/Renaissance type culture, with the addition of dragons, large beasts that can fly, breathe fire (if they’ve chewed a certain stone), communicate telepathically and teleport.  The main character is a young girl (13 I think) who is extremely talented and musical–but in the culture only boys can become harpers (professional musicians like the olden day bards).  After a personal tragedy she runs away from home and adventure ensues.  I read the first book aloud to the kids as a break from the Hardy Boys hoping they would like it enough to read the 2nd and 3rd on their own.  They enjoyed the book but weren’t into reading it on their own.

The Thirteen Colonies Cookbook by Mary Donovan, Amy Hatrak, Frances Mills and Elizabeth Shull & Old Sturbridge Village Cookbook by Jack Larkin and Deb Friedman:  I picked up these two books because Princess had to do a project on the Revolutionary War, and we couldn’t find any cookbooks specific to the Revolutionary War era in the library. I figured “colonial” was close enough.  I enjoy flipping through them and reading parts to see the old ways of cooking.  Historical cookbooks fascinate me.

The First American Cookbook: A Facsimile of “American Cookery,” 1796 by Amelia Simmons :  Speaking of historical cookbooks, this is a reprint of what is believed to be the first American cookbook (as opposed to English cookbooks reprinted in the US).  The reason they believe that is because the recipes specifically provide information on foods found only in North America at the time (such as corn and cornmeal).  It’s a thin little book, and it would be difficult to cook from today as the directions assume you already know how to do a lot of things without them listing it out, but it is fascinating to look through.

Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Lives and Times by James Goss:  A doctor who graphic novel style book about the history of each Doctor?  You know I had to pick this up off the “new book” shelf at the library.  The kids have enjoyed flipping through it as well.

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois :  I read this when it first came out and I wanted to try the “artisan” style bread again.  Basically it’s a method where you make a very wet batter that sits in the fridge and then you can pull parts out, do a few things and get fresh rustic bread going in no time.  If you haven’t looked at it before I highly recommend checking it out.  Or check out the Mother Earth News Article on 5 minute bread.

Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes & 2-at-a-Time Socks: Revealed Inside. . . The Secret of Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle Works for any Sock Pattern! by Melissa Morgan-Oats:  I decided to challenge myself and learn to knit socks.   You know, in all that spare time I have (*snort*).  I am starting out with the classic double pointed needles method, but I find the two at a time on a circular idea to be brain twisting and wanted to see what it was like.

So what do you think?  Should this be an ongoing segment here at Frugal Upstate?

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  1. Beth Jones says

    I like this segment! Makes me want to go to the library and find that graphic novel. :) I like old cookbooks too, recently been really interested in Depression Era cooking. Also looove Anne McCaffery. Haven’t read those books in quite a while!

  2. Ellen Reeher says

    As a knitter, I highly recommend the Two-at-a-time socks books. Her directions are very clear. I do all my socks two at a time now – but I’ve never gotten the hang of doing them toe up. Thanks for the read aloud recommendations – we always try to find good classics for long road trips.

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