- Growing Into A Farm: Before The Walden Effect tells the story of Anna's search for land, falling in love with her property, struggles to make it into a home, and finding the love of her life. I'm only part-way through it so far, but it's great learning the backstory to one of my favourite blogs.
- Low-Cost Sunroom: Heating Your Home With Free Solar Energy was actually written by Anna's dad, Errol Hess, many years ago. Anna has edited and updated it and released it as an eBook. It details excellent plans for adding an economical sunroom onto the side of your home.
- The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency (paperback or eBook) was published a year ago now, but I had to include it because I got a mention in the acknowledgements section :-). It's an excellent book full of "weekend-scale" projects like putting up quickhoops, preserving, collecting rainwater, etc. What I really like is how the projects are organised by month, so you can always find stuff that makes sense for the current season (and yes, the appropriate months are also shows for us in the southern hemisphere!).
Changing Gears is a riveting yarn which follows Greg and Sophie's incredible bike expedition investigating how we can live a simpler life. Greg interviewed some amazing people through regional Australia he met on the road - from a barefoot monk, to an 18th century woodsman, to a household that lived without any electricity for 20 years. He also interviewed iconic commentators in the sustainability movement - from Clive Hamilton to Costa Georgiadis to Dr Samuel Alexander (UniMelb & co-founder of the Simplicity Institute). Greg's adventure was a baptism of fire to begin with and a far cry from Greg's former high powered job in advertising - the furthest he'd travelled on bike was 50km and the longest he'd been in a tent was at the Falls Festival for 3 days! This trip required him to cycle for 9 months (an incredible 6586km), live with his partner 24/7 in a tent for 9 months, have only 2 changes of clothing for 9 months, savour road kill and in Qld cycle the whole day with only a diet of raw food.Do you have any good books (or eBooks) to share? What have you been reading lately? Any suggestions for what I should read next?