16 Farm Fresh Books for Spring Reading

Can you feel it?  Spring is right around the corner!  It seems difficult to fathom when you are knee-deep in snow but there is life brimming below the earth surface in anticipation of the warm breezes that will heading our way.  Now is the best time to pick up some farm fresh books to read to help you plan your garden, get ideas for crafts, discover new recipes or even prepare to start beekeeping this Spring.

These are a few of my new favorite selections on my bookshelf, I hope they inspire you to think lovely thoughts of Spring and to pick up a new hobby or two!

16 Farm Fresh Books for Spring Reading

Always Look on the Bright Side: Celebrating Each Day to the Fullest

Over 500 lovely suggestions for living life to the fullest.  A fabulous way to begin your renewal in Spring.

Backyard Beekeeper – Revised and Updated, 3rd Edition 

Backyard Beekeeper makes the tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere. The expanded edition gives you even more information on “greening” your beekeeping with sustainable practices, pesticide-resistant bees, and urban and suburban beekeeping.

Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care

Learn to use herbs effectively as an integral part of your daily self-care routine for treatment of diseases and improvement of well-being.

Buck, Buck, Moose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope and Other Antlered Things

Buck, Buck, Moose is the first comprehensive, lushly photographed, full-color guide to working with and cooking all forms of venison, including deer, elk, moose, antelope and caribou.

Cable Left, Cable Right: 94 Knitted Cables

Expert knitter Judith Durant, eliminates the mystery of cable patterns with detailed, in-depth instructions for creating 94 different styles of cable, from perfectly plain to fantastically fancy

Country Life Coloring Book

With 45 ready-to-color pages include a mixture of intricately hand-lettered phrases and charming scenes of farm life and outdoor beauty — including chickens, honey bees on flowers, and barns. It’s a great pick for sustainable chicks who love the adult coloring book craze!

Cupboard To Table Cookbook

Discover new ways to serve ingredients you already have in your pantry, fridge or freezer.

Every Which Way Crochet Borders: 139 Patterns for Customized Edgings

Crocheting is our DIY passion this year and this book offers step-by-step instructions and symbol charts for 139 creative new border designs within reach for beginning and advanced crocheters alike. If you’re ready to chart your own crocheted course, Edie Eckman offers plenty of helpful design advice, including how to choose an appropriate border for each project and how to incorporate an element from the main stitch pattern into a new border design.

Want to learn more about gardening, preserving, and raising rock star chicks?  Be sure to also check out my book, Getting Laid: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Chickens, Gardening and Preserving — with Over 100 Recipes!

16 Farm Fresh Books for Spring Reading

Learn to Timber Frame 

The first guide to timber framing written specifically for beginners.

Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables

Information about healing included highly targeted regimens of nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle adjustments, with fruits and vegetables playing a major role.

Melissa’s Southern Cookbook

Chock full of traditional Southern favorites and updated delights.

Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe 

Using sustainable methods and artisanal techniques, designer, artist, and professor Sasha Duerr details achievable ways to apply these limitless color possibilities to your home and wardrobe.

Natural Hair Coloring: How to Use Henna and Other Pure Herbal Pigments for Chemical-Free Beauty

Natural hair care expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic plant pigments — henna, indigo, amla, and cassia — to color your hair naturally, whatever your hair type or ethnicity.

Spit that Out!: The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt

Lighthearted yet authoritative, Spit That Out! cuts through the information overload, sorts cloth from disposable, and empowers readers to make simple but impactful changes.

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids

60+ easy plant based recipes kids can make to stay healthy and save the world

The Homestead Planner & Logbook: Record All Your Important Information for Easy, One-Stop Reference 

Easily keep track of the work you’ve put into your homestead or small farm – or figure out the work you need to put into it – with the help of this convenient planner. Ideal for homesteaders and small farmers working anything from 2 to 40 acres.

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Do you have any new farm fresh books for Spring reading on your bookshelf?  Please feel free to share and suggest!

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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Comments

    • chelleshill
    • February 16, 2018
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    I don’t have a specific book in mind but I need to get me a good patio read for Spring!

    • jalapenomamamn
    • February 16, 2018
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    I so want to read The Rooster Bar by John Grisham.
    thank you

    Barbara Montag

    • gaynell smith
    • February 16, 2018
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    I don’t! But I read every single day, I love to read.

    • Adrienne Gordon
    • February 16, 2018
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    I want to re-read The Stand.

    • Antoinette M
    • February 16, 2018
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    I want to read Chaos by Patricia Cornwell.

    • Sandy Klocinski
    • February 16, 2018
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    I would love to read I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

    • Lisa Bourlier
    • February 16, 2018
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    Some great ideas there I’m thinking Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care would be a great read

    • Melanie Bolin
    • February 16, 2018
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    the art of the deal

    • Margaret Smith
    • February 16, 2018
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    I’d love to read Fall From Grace from Danielle Steel.

    • Abigail Gibson
    • February 16, 2018
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    I like them all but my first choice is Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care.

    • Ann Fantom
    • February 16, 2018
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    I would like to read Melissa’s Southern Cookbook

    • harolde
    • February 16, 2018
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    The entire Wildcard series again.

    • Melissa Nix
    • February 16, 2018
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    I would love to read a new cookbook this and find some good recipes for Easter.

    • Susan Smith
    • February 16, 2018
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    I want to read Chaos by Patricia Cornwell.

    • Dara Nix
    • February 16, 2018
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    Out of the ones you listed, I think I would like to read Melissa’s Southern Cookbook. I am cookbook obsessed!!

    • Cathy Truman
    • February 16, 2018
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    I want to read Fall From Grace by Danielle Steel

    • Cynthia C
    • February 17, 2018
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    I’ve just started reading Y Is For Yesterday by Sue Grafton.

    • Crystal F
    • February 17, 2018
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    I don’t have any specific book that I want to read. I go to Amazon and choose what looks good at the time. thank you!

    • kathy Persons
    • February 17, 2018
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    A biography of MIlton hersHey

    • Ashley C
    • February 17, 2018
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    I would love to find a good book on Amazon to read about traveling with kids/toddlers/babies

    • Melissa
    • February 17, 2018
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    Always Look on the Bright Side: Celebrating Each Day to the Fullest sounds like a good one or harry potter books!

    • Jessica W.
    • February 17, 2018
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    I would love to read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

    • Amber
    • February 17, 2018
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    I plan to read Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care –thank you for the suggestion!

    • Kelly D
    • February 17, 2018
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    I would like to read Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton.

    • nickie
    • February 17, 2018
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    I’d like to read the Eishenhorn Trilogy

    • Kelly Hanley
    • February 17, 2018
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    17th suspect by James Patterson

    • Don Stephan
    • February 17, 2018
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    The Stand

    • Chrystal D
    • February 17, 2018
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    I want to read Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King.

    • jeri dickinson
    • February 17, 2018
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    Accidental Hero by Danielle Steel

    • Debra Francis
    • February 17, 2018
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    I would like to read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

    • David Hollingsworth
    • February 17, 2018
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    I would love to read Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film.

    • Michelle D.
    • February 17, 2018
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    I want to read the maze runner series

    • paige chandler
    • February 17, 2018
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    I want to read Fire and Fury

    • barbg
    • February 17, 2018
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    I enjoy cookbooks so hoping to read the pioneer woman’s newest cookbooks.

    • Janet Woodling
    • February 17, 2018
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    I am reading the Hannah Swensen Mysteries by Joanne Fluke. I am on book 4 with 18 to go plus 2 releases in 2018. My spring list is full!

    • Kami Sundstrom
    • February 17, 2018
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    I’m finishing up The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. I have dvd saved on Netflix for when I finish it.

    • Tracy Shafer
    • February 17, 2018
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    Raspberry Danish Murder

    • Christina G.
    • February 17, 2018
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    I’d like to read the Every Which Way Crochet Borders: 139 Patterns for Customized Edgings this Spring. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Karley Moore
    • February 17, 2018
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    I would love to read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Tom
    • February 17, 2018
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    The Murder House

    • Edward O
    • February 17, 2018
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    From your list the “Cupboard To Table Cookbook” looks interesting…

    • jenny
    • February 17, 2018
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    My daughter read wonder, and we watched the movie, so I would love to read the book as well!

    • ae minx
    • February 17, 2018
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    I’d like to read how to timber frame so I can learn how to get started

    • Amanda L.
    • February 17, 2018
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    I would like to read Hillary Clinton’s book.

    • Lisa Voyce
    • February 17, 2018
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    I really haven’t thought about it.

    • Donna L
    • February 17, 2018
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    The Great Alone.

    • Rachel D
    • February 17, 2018
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    I want to read The Light Between Oceans

    • Deborah Wellenstein
    • February 17, 2018
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    I am currently working my way through the David Baldacci novels.

    • Carolyn Deal
    • February 17, 2018
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    I want to read An American Family.

    • Sheila K.
    • February 17, 2018
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    I would like to read Dan Brown’s Origin.

    • Azeem Isaahaque
    • February 18, 2018
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    Am not sure as yet which book to read it’s hard to choose

    • Lisa Brown
    • February 18, 2018
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    Maybe the Hena book; not sure exactly what book, maybe evern a good mystery.

    • Serge B
    • February 18, 2018
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    World War Z

    • Lasonda
    • February 18, 2018
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    A good mystery would be fun to read.

    • Lynne T
    • February 18, 2018
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    I would love to read any of Elin Hildebrand’s more recent books as I have enjoyed her early work and have to catch up on the ones she’s had out over the past few years.

    • Kyl Neusch
    • February 18, 2018
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    Fall From Grace from Danielle Steel.

    • thelemondaisy
    • February 19, 2018
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    Scourged by Kevin Hearne. It comes out in April, so I have a wait! 🙂

    • Monique Rizzo
    • February 19, 2018
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    I want to read Milk and Honey.

    • Rosanne
    • February 19, 2018
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    I’d like to read 99 Red Balloons

    • Amanda Patterson
    • February 20, 2018
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    I would love to read through the Cable Left, Cable Right: 94 Knitted Cables book! I have been learning to knit but I haven’t tackled cables yet!

    • April
    • February 20, 2018
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    I want to read 99 Red Balloons!

    • Mary Cloud
    • February 21, 2018
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    I wouldn’t mind re-reading Confessions of a Shopaholic

    • beth shepherd
    • February 21, 2018
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    I want to read Colleen Hoover’s new book. Thank you

    • Fredrick Pauly
    • February 21, 2018
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    The bible.

    • Linda G.
    • February 22, 2018
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    I would love to read through the cupboard to table book. I’m always looking for some new and exciting recipes to try out, what better way than to use the items you already have on hand!

    • Lee B.
    • February 22, 2018
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    I would love to read your book and The Homesteader Planner

    • nyfoodhistorian
    • February 22, 2018
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    I’d like to read God is an Englishman” By Delderfield

    • busyworkingmama
    • February 22, 2018
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    I need to read All the Light We Cannot See

    • Anne Higgins
    • February 22, 2018
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    I have just started re-reading the Red Wall series as an encouragement to helping a neighbor with learning to enjoy reading.

    • Karen Gonyea
    • February 24, 2018
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    Molly’s Game is on my list 🙂

    • Erica B.
    • February 24, 2018
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    Learn to timber frame sounds good.

    • susitravl
    • February 24, 2018
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    Every Which Way Crochet Borders: 139 Patterns for Customized Edgings

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    I’d love to read a baseball book called Diamonds in the Rough, but I accidentally left it on an airplane 8 years ago and haven’t been able to find another copy since.

    • Laura m
    • February 25, 2018
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    Always look on the bright side sounds like a great book to read to start your day!

    • Kelly Kimmell
    • February 25, 2018
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    I’d like to read “5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter” by Vicki Courtney.

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    I am thinking about reading the Series of Unfortunate Events series.

    • Michelle Horstman
    • February 25, 2018
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    Fire and Fury!

    • alas3lads (@alas3lads)
    • February 25, 2018
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    I would like to check out “Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables”.

    • Zoey
    • February 25, 2018
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    I want to read Outlander this spring.

    • Lauren Hecker
    • February 25, 2018
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    I want to read The Disaster Artist

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    I would love to read The Homestead Planner & Logbook: Record All Your Important Information for Easy, One-Stop Reference. We bought a farm so this would be a fabulous resource.

    • tat2gurlzrock
    • February 26, 2018
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    I would like to read Fall From Grace.

    • susan smoaks
    • February 26, 2018
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    i want to read the silent wife and milk and honey

    • Cheryl
    • February 26, 2018
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    I’d love to read Always Look on the Bright Side: Celebrating Each Day to the Fullest.

    • Daniel M
    • February 26, 2018
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    tales of known space by larry niven

    • Brenda Elsner
    • February 26, 2018
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    I haven’t decided yet.

    • adriiss
    • February 26, 2018
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    not sure yet.

    • DeeAnn S
    • February 27, 2018
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    There isn’t any one specific book I have on a list. I want to read a good, buckle your seatbelt and hold on tight, sci-fi thriller. Thanks.

    • Gina Ferrell
    • February 27, 2018
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    I would love to read Nicholas Sparks book Forever My Girl.

    • Jaclyn Reynolds
    • February 27, 2018
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    I’m starting a book on Georgia O’Keefe that my husband got me for Christmas. The weather has been perfect here for reading a bit outside in the afternoon.

    • Julieh
    • February 27, 2018
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    I’d like to read a new mystery book this spring

    • Laurie Nykaza
    • February 28, 2018
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    I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara I’m buying it!

    • Melissa Storms
    • February 28, 2018
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    I am going to have to get a copy of the Homestead Planner & logbook.

    • Lisa Pecora
    • February 28, 2018
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    I want to win The Girl on the Train.

    • Lisa Romine
    • February 28, 2018
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    I just started the Steele series by Helen Hardt. I have read the first two. I’d love to read the next in that series.

    • Leah Shumack
    • February 28, 2018
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    I would love to go through Melissa’s Southern Cookbook!

    • Sheila Ressel
    • February 28, 2018
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    I would like to read Natural Hair Coloring: How to Use Henna and Other Pure Herbal Pigments for Chemical-Free Beauty.

    • kathypease
    • February 28, 2018
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    I would love to read Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care

    • Jeremy McLaughlin
    • February 28, 2018
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    Would like to read The Stand.

    • Susan Climan
    • February 28, 2018
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    I don’t know – there are too many great ones coming out.

    • Vennesa K
    • February 28, 2018
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    I would like to read Cupboard To Table Cookbook

    • Ellie Wright
    • February 28, 2018
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    Melissa’s Southern Cookbook for sure.

    • farmermomwife
    • February 28, 2018
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    I’d like to read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

    • Ed
    • February 28, 2018
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    “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders!

    • Amy Deeter
    • February 28, 2018
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    The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

    • pelicanfreak
    • February 28, 2018
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    Cupboard To Table Cookbook

    !!! Sounds suuuper handy and inspirational.

    • Lorena Keech
    • February 28, 2018
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    Anything by Robyn Carr.

    • Seyma Bennett
    • February 28, 2018
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    I want to read the book “Every Day”.

    • Juanita May
    • February 28, 2018
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    Cupboard To Table Cookbook

    • Yona Williams
    • February 28, 2018
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    I’d like to read the Writer’s Market 2018.

    • Brian L
    • February 28, 2018
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    The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids—> listed on this page. My son needs to learn better cooking skills.

    • BRYAN E.
    • February 28, 2018
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    Just purchased this one to read —> Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll

    • slehan
    • February 28, 2018
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    I could really use this one: The Homestead Planner & Logbook: Record All Your Important Information for Easy, One-Stop Reference
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

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    Out of the ones you mentioned the book “Learn to Timber Frame ” sounds interesting and useful! Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

    • Michelle H.
    • February 28, 2018
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    I want to catch up on books written by Karen Kingsbury.

    • Peggy Rydzewski
    • February 28, 2018
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    One of the ones I would like to read is he Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

    • Sonya Allstun
    • February 28, 2018
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    want to read The Rooster Bar by John Grisham love his books

    • AEKZ2
    • February 28, 2018
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    I would like to read The Thirst by Jo Nesbo

    • Jennifer H.
    • February 28, 2018
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    I would like to read A Plague of Giants.

    • John H.
    • February 28, 2018
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    I would say The Hobbit.

    • krystal wethington
    • February 28, 2018
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    I’m not sure yet but summer fun.

    • Leela
    • February 28, 2018
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    Getting Laid: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Chickens, Gardening and Preserving ― with Over 100 Recipes!
    I’m looking into getting chickens.

    • Jerry Marquardt
    • February 28, 2018
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    I am looking at reading The Great Gatsby in depth once again for the twelfth time this coming month.

    • Roxann
    • February 28, 2018
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    I want to read The Hunger Games.

    • Karen DeVaney
    • February 28, 2018
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    It’s hard to pick one book that I am anxious to read, but I am trying to read through the whole series of The Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor.

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    I’m wanting to read A Wrinkle in Time soon. Especially with the new movie coming out.

    • Eileen Boyce
    • February 28, 2018
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    want to read Chaos.

    • Janine
    • February 28, 2018
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    I’m going to read unbroken

    • donna porter
    • February 28, 2018
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    It by Stephen King is a book I have been wanting to read.

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