Happy Monday! I’m participating in Mailbox Monday again this week, and once again all of my new books come from the library. Oklahoma seems to think that Winter and Spring are basically the same season this year, which has me thinking a lot about one of my favorite late-spring events: starting the year’s garden. I have a goal of managing a community garden somehow connected with the library at some point, so I am trying to learn as much as I can about the basics for when that time comes; this will be extremely apparent when you see the books I have checked out this week. I especially want to learn about gardening in small spaces and growing vegetables inside so that I can facilitate or at least encourage programs about gardening in any space for those who may not have room to put in a traditional garden. Surprisingly, all of this week’s books are nonfiction. I usually read more fiction, but at the moment I’m mostly devouring books with patterns, ideas, and guidance on some of my favorite hobbies!
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post – feel free to steal the button – and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week.
Latest Library Checkouts
📚 Field Guide to Urban Gardening by Kevin Espiritu – Nonfiction, Gardening
Blurb: In Field Guide to Urban Gardening, author Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening shares the basics of growing plants, offers tips on how to choose the right urban gardening method, and troubleshoots the most common problems you’ll encounter.
📚 The Balcony Gardener by Isabelle Palmer – Nonfiction, Gardening
Blurb: Packed full of great ideas to brighten up your balcony, roof terrace or window sill, The Balcony Gardener will teach you everything you need to know to create a stunning outdoor space.
📚 Indoor Edible Garden by Zia Allaway – Nonfiction, Gardening
Blurb: Featuring 28 innovative step-by-step projects, Indoor Edible Garden is a highly visual guide full of practical tips and stylish ideas for how to create edible indoor gardens using whatever space you have available–from balconies and windowsills to counter tops, walls, and even ceilings. Inspiring from the start, this book shows off its lush garden projects through beautiful design and full-color photographs.
📚 The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd – Nonfiction, Knitting
Blurb: Fiber and yarn enthusiasts nationwide will celebrate Ann Budd’s latest addition to The Knitter’s Handy Book series. Answering to a growing interest in knitting sweaters from the top down and knitting seamless sweaters that require little finishing, this handy book offers instructions for knitting five basic sweater types: circular yoke, raglan, modified-drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder. Patterns are offered in multiple sizes and yarn gauges and for a broad age group.
📚 Knitted Dinosaurs by Tina Barrett – Nonfiction, Knitting
I cannot find an official blurb for this one, but it’s exactly what the title implies: a book of knitting patterns for stuffed dinosaurs!
📚 Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper – Nonfiction, Autobiography
Blurb: A gripping memoir of escaping extremism and falling in love, Unfollow relates Phelps-Roper’s moral awakening, her departure from the church, and how she exchanged the absolutes she grew up with for new forms of warmth and community. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, Phelps-Roper’s life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.
I don’t doubt that this will be a difficult book to read, and I hope that it is worth it in the end.
Do you check out library books about your hobbies? Also, do you garden? I’m looking forward to trying some new things this year, especially with container gardening.