2018 Book List

I really enjoy reading other people’s book lists and sharing my own. The following is the list of books I read in 2018. If you’d like to peruse my book list from 2016, you can read the four posts sharing those titles at the following links: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four. You can read my 2017 book list by clicking into this page.

  1. JANUARY:The Raven Boys – Stiefvater
  2. The Cheapskate’s Guide to Personal Finance – Luther
  3. Nickel and Dimed – Ehrenreich
  4. Staying Stylish – Bure
  5. Hope Sparks – Tate
  6. Murder Wears Mittens – Goldenbaum
  7. Taking Aim – Shockey
  8. The Space Between Time – Sage-Midgorden
  9. Sarah’s Quilt – Turner
  10. The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage – Levy
  11. Car Survival – Grey
  12. Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag – Stewart
  13. Growing the Good Life – Buehler
  14. The 19th Wife – Ebershoff
  15. 300 Miles: Perilous Miles – Glaspy
  16. City Farmhouse Style – Leggett
  17. What’s Left of My World – Rudolph
  18. Living the Airstream Life – Flett
  19. Welcome to the Farm – Elliott
  20. The Jakarta Pandemic – Konkoly
  21. Malevil – Merle
  22. Loving My Actual Life – Kuykendall
  23. Mountain Hideaway – Thorsen
  24. Minnesota Madness – Thorsen
  25. House on the Hill – Thorsen
  26. Korean Chaos – Thorsen
  27. A Year Without the Grocery Store – Morris
  28. The Lottery Winner – Thorsen
  29. FEBRUARY: Cincinnati Shutdown – Thorsen
  30. Lonely Road South – Thorsen
  31. Trouble in Texas – Thorsen
  32. The Doomsday Bunker – Johnstone
  33. A Fragile Future – Dewey
  34. Patriots – Rawles
  35. Radical Frugality – Adams
  36. Flat Broke with Two Goats – McGaha
  37. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning – Magnusson
  38. Ichabod – Goodwin
  39. Oregon Apocalypse – Thorsen
  40. What Every BODY is Saying – Navarro
  41. Remodelista: The Organized Home – Carlson & Guralnick
  42. Upheaval in America – Thorsen
  43. MARCH: A Haunt for Jackals – Goodwin
  44. Vengeance – Goodwin
  45. Days of Noah #1: Conspiracy – Goodwin
  46. Days of Noah #2: Persecution – Goodwin
  47. Days of Noah #3: Perdition – Goodwin
  48. Heirloom Wood – Bainbridge
  49. Cry Wolf – Briggs
  50. Caroline: Little House, Revisited – Miller
  51. Undefeated World – Pike
  52. Poverty Prepping – Gregersen
  53. 15 Miles from Home – Glaspy
  54. Good Fences – Craven
  55. Meet the Frugalwoods – Thames
  56. Dark Witch – Roberts
  57. Survivors – Rawles
  58. The Last Layover – Bird
  59. Hunting Ground – Briggs
  60. Founders – Rawles
  61. Fair Game – Briggs
  62. The Nature Physique: The Amazonian Warrior Workout – Baade
  63. Life Without Refrigeration – Gregersen
  64. Shelter in Place – Callahan
  65. Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners – Gleason
  66. Portrait of a Princess – Twichell
  67. A Sensible Prepping Guide – Bell
  68. Random Acts – Horton
  69. More Than I Can Say – Rose
  70. Essentialism – McKeown
  71. The Daily 30 – Mathias
  72. The Fuel Savers – Anderson
  73. Calexit – The Anthology – Curtis
  74. Digging In – Nyhan
  75. APRIL: All of the Above – Bennett
  76. More Than Just Making It – Odom
  77. Beyond the New Horizon – Conaway
  78. Death Overdue – Brook
  79. Moon Called – Briggs
  80. A Heart Revealed – Kilpack
  81. Edenbrooke – Kilpack
  82. Blood Bound – Briggs
  83. On the Prowl – Briggs
  84. The Divide – Gallagher
  85. Sea – Shaver
  86. Iron Kissed – Briggs
  87. Grandpa’s Cabin – Thorsen
  88. Ava’s Crucible – Goodwin
  89. Axis of Evil – Akart
  90. Beyond Borders – Akart
  91. Detrash Your Life in 90 Days – Patrick
  92. MAY: The Fall –  Ford
  93. Fight Like a Man – Akers
  94. Knight of the Hunted – Dunlap
  95. Child of the Outcast – Dunlap
  96. War of the Chosen – Dunlap
  97. Before the Power was Gone – Glaspy
  98. Zero Waste – Su
  99. Lines in the Sand – Akart
  100. Dead Heat – Briggs
  101. Bone Crossed – Briggs
  102. Shifting Shadows – Briggs
  103. The Loyal Nine – Akart
  104. The More of Less – Becker
  105. Silver Borne – Briggs
  106. The Alliance – Petersheim
  107. Drought Gardening – Hakala
  108. Armed America – Cassidy
  109. Cyber Attack – Akart
  110. Premonitions: The Farm – Anderson
  111. Kiamichi Refuge – Henry
  112. Embers of Empire – Goodwin
  113. The Urban Garden – Smith
  114. Brace for Impact – Tate
  115. Escape the Fall – Tate
  116. The Hard Times Kitchen – Miller
  117. Martial Law – Akart
  118. River Marked – Briggs
  119. Practical Magic – Hoffman
  120. False Flag – Akart
  121. Let’s Make Sense of Thermal Cooking – Miller
  122. JUNE: Texas Strong – Akart
  123. Fractured State – Konkoly
  124. The Mechanics – Akart
  125. Chicken DIY – Johnson
  126. Simple & Natural Soapmaking – Berry
  127. The Natural Soapmaking Book for Beginners – Cable
  128. Lord Fenton’s Folly – Kilpack
  129. Another 20 Miles – Glaspy
  130. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Howe
  131. Frost Burned – Briggs
  132. The Perseid Collapse – Konkoly
  133. Night Broken – Briggs
  134. Fire Touched – Briggs
  135. Silence Fallen – Briggs
  136. Fifth Column – Akart
  137. Choose Freedom – Akart
  138. Educated – Westover
  139. JULY: Suicide Six – Akart
  140. Big Fat Lies – Poulin
  141. Double Punch – Thorsen
  142. 36 Hours – Akart
  143. The Vicar’s Daughter – Kilpack
  144. Zero Hour – Akart
  145. Cave of Bones – Hillerman
  146. Year of No Clutter – Schaub
  147. AUGUST: Gun Guys – Baum
  148. Survive Like a Spy – Hanson
  149. Turning Point – Akart
  150. Women’s Handgun & Self Defense – Alcazar
  151. Free of Malice – Lazarus
  152. American Strong – Pike
  153. Survive the Panic – Tate
  154. SEPTEMBER: Yellowstone: Hellfire – Akart
  155. Yes, I Hunt! – Obrecht
  156. Troubleshooting – Franco
  157. OCTOBER: The No-Fuss Bread Machine Cookbook – Anderson
  158. Yellowstone: Inferno – Akart
  159. Angels’ Blood – Singh
  160. Archangel’s Kiss – Singh
  161. Ava’s Crucible – Goodwin
  162. Archangel’s Consort – Singh
  163. Archangel’s Blade – Singh
  164. Archangel’s Storm – Singh
  165. Yellowstone: Fallout – Akart
  166. Archangel’s Legion – Singh
  167. Shiloh Ranch – Akart
  168. Steadfast – Telbat
  169. A Great State: The Aftermath – Gallagher
  170. NOVEMBER: Hornet’s Nest – Akart
  171. Archangel’s Shadows – Singh
  172. Archangel’s Enigma – Singh
  173. Archangel’s Heart – Singh
  174. Archangel’s Viper – Singh
  175. Archangel’s Prophecy – Singh
  176. Prepper’s Survival Pantry – Hill
  177. Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules – Golob
  178. Cold Times – Bailey

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Hello, out there! 2019 really slammed into me. I hope this finds you all well, hearty, and hale. I’ll have updates for you soon – but it’s going to require some time to figure out what all is even worth sharing. LOL Suffice it to say there was a job in town that I’m no longer at, a military PCS move that didn’t end up happening, and a bunch of educational opportunities (with more still on the list).

Keep an eye out for updates here on the blog, though – they will be happening in the next few weeks. If you’d like to see things more frequently and be able to keep in touch, feel free to come visit me on Instagram at authormeloniek and prepareanywherebook. I’m also now on MeWe as MelonieKennedy.

More soon!

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 12 Aug 2018

Happy Monday, all! Here’s my contribution to Frugal Accomplishments (hosted by Brandy, The Prudent Homemaker) this week.

*Daughter attended a free teen summit at a local college; attendees were provided with lunch and given a free T-shirt, but she was also given a reusable cup. She also got lots of great information for the future.
*Son was given a muzzleloader kit by our friend, who is a gunsmith. It was partially completed by someone else and he felt it would be a good learning experience for son (who would like to be a gunsmith), helped by my husband.
*I have been reading e-books from the library and on Kindle Unlimited.
*Husband has been watching shows on Amazon Prime (prepaid earlier this year).
*Son has been using our Great Courses Plus membership (prepaid earlier this year) to watch a physics course.
*I became a chapter leader for The Well Armed Woman late last month; I was able to affordably purchase some items at Hobby Lobby for our chapter’s information table.
*I purchased a large set of Sharpie markers at Staples on clearance ($4.75 less than original price). I actually only wanted a purple one for TWAW range days, and did not want to buy a multipack to get one marker – until I found them on clearance. The package included two black Sharpies, which are always handy anyway, so it was an acceptable option for me.
*Ordered pizza with a coupon and husband picked it up, saving delivery fee and tip.
*Husband filled both vehicles at half a tank with Kroger $1 off fuel points.
*Organized and inventoried our freezer and made a menu plan for this week reflecting what is on hand. This next payday we will only need to shop for juice, cheese, and some spices.
*Made use of Facebook for free marketing for TWAW chapter – this is so helpful since we are a new chapter and really need help getting the word out. The moderator of our military spouses’ group allowed me to share our event listings, which helped immensely.
*Entered several giveaways for items our family would make good use of. Fingers crossed! 😉
*Watched some training videos on YouTube.
*Repurposed an old, barely used binder of my daughter’s for my TWAW forms, guidebook, etc. She went through a phase where her favorite color was purple, so all the school supplies she picked were purple. Lucky for me, that’s the signature color of TWAW too!
*Finished my NRA Refuse to Be a Victim course, during which I learned ways organizations can apply for grants to cover the costs of this awesome safety training. Not frugal for me, personally, but it will be a big budget helper to others who want to attend the seminars I teach in the future who might otherwise think they can’t find funds to come – I find that really exciting!
*Received a box of magazines and coupons from my mom; which were passed on to a frugal friend after I snagged a few coupons and read through the magazines. She’ll do the same and hopefully lots of folks will get to enjoy them and save some cash.
*Received several magazines from subscriptions previously purchased with travel rewards. After I read these, they will move on to friends and family for further enjoyment.
*Daughter babysat for a few hours, adding cash to her move-out and CNA school fund.
*One of my neighbors has become vegetarian and very generously offered me a bag and a half of salmon fillets. I used the half bag for our family for a dinner, which was enough to even give the dog a helping (so good for her coat!). I traded the full bag to my frugal friend neighbor, who had offered me a bag of protein shake mix she didn’t want. Win-win!
*We were given some extra targets when we asked about making a copy of one for son to practice his rifle skills to work up to competing. Our friend’s generosity meant we all got to give it a shot. (Haaaaa….. see what I did there? )
*Found a spare queen flat sheet while changing things around in the linen closet; used it to replace the other sheet I use as a couch cover, but the dog had torn badly.
*Husband and son traded some video games son no longer wanted, toward one he has wanted to try out for a while – he lucked out and the store had a used copy in when they went in.
*Attended our homeschool group’s “back to school” meeting at a community center – free play time for my son and the other kids while the parents did paperwork and an orientation.
*Set aside a seltzer bottle for reuse for water storage.
*Husband and son attended a birthday party for the child of one of husband’s colleagues; they had hours of fun (apparently even grown-ups can’t resist bouncy houses LOL) and had pizza dinner while there.
*Did NOT buy the house we were looking at – that totally counts, right? 😀

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 5 Aug 2018

Well, it’s been a few weeks again since I participated in the Frugal Accomplishments posts that Brandy hosts over at The Prudent Homemaker. Proof positive things are staying pretty quiet in these parts, I suppose, and we’re just going about our daily events without anything overly exciting. We have had a few little things happen that stand out as sort of frugal, but most of it is our usual “stuff we always do”. Not going to complain, actually. I rather like things calm and quiet when possible. LOL

*Did a grocery shop at Target. Saved $11.04 using Target Cartwheel app and purchasing items that were on sale and clearance. Earned a $5 Target card with a buy 3/get a $5 card purchase. Used a $15 gift card (earned on our last trip) toward payment. Filed the receipt with Ibotta (earned $0.50 rebate) and Checkout51 (entry into $500 drawing).
*Used blinds/curtains/fans for cooling to try to run the AC less. We did get up into the triple digits multiple times though, so the AC did run more on some days, of course. Still less than many of the neighbors’ units, so that still bodes well for our utility rebate.
*Received our utility rebate for the month of June – $40 went into our savings account to be used for a principal payment on the car note!
*Made a principal payment on the car.
*Filled several seltzer bottles with tap water – an inexpensive way to add to our water storage.
*Used drying racks for clothes and relied on the new laundry schedule to keep family members on track.
*Borrowed e-books on Kindle Unlimited and Overdrive; borrowed DVDs and print books from the libraries; husband watched some shows on Amazon Prime.
*I used cloth personal wipes and handkerchiefs.
*Signed up for a subscription to a magazine we all enjoy – a two-year subscription came with a free one-year subscription to another magazine we read.
*My husband stopped for dinner one night because I had a terrible migraine; the manager included some free desserts because they were out of some items he ordered. (Yet again, his patience and professionalism pays off!)
*Husband redeemed the free pizza card (a different night) that he was given a few weeks back (there’s that patience thing LOL).
*Son ordered a couple of items he wanted using his birthday Amazon cards.
*Son and I used library internet: me for an instructor development class I’m taking (the NRA’s Refuse to Be a Victim(R) program) and him for programming on Scratch and watching lectures on Great Courses Plus.
*Used Kroger fuel points to fill both vehicles with $1 off per gallon.
*Used the Goal Zero to charge laptops and cell phones as necessary.
*Daughter pet-sat for a bit.
*Bartered an item as a part of payment toward a project a neighbor is going to do for me.
*Son started seventh grade math using Teaching Textbooks software we already had on hand from daughter (love hand-me-down curriculum!)
*Entered Swagbucks and InboxDollars codes as I found them; answered daily Swagbucks questions.
*Daughter signed up to attend a camping Trek with youth group – local leadership is covering the costs for attending.
*Received a rebate of $1.77 on an old insurance policy – put it in savings to put toward the car. 😉
*Went to community center to use fitness room and teach son how to shoot pool.
*We attended a local shooting match to get our bearings about how they do things; got to visit with some folks we know and got some great advice and wonderful encouragement from the couple running the event.
*Son has expressed an interest in joining in as a youth shooting competitor; he’s received a ton of advice and encouragement from the guys at the local gun shop. (I’ve never seen a group of men so excited to support someone!) When my husband traded an item toward something we can all use, the owner threw in a belt for son to use at the range. [Son was super excited and declared it a sponsorship. LOL I’m gonna have to get him a t-shirt made now.] Frankly, I don’t think words can express how happy the whole encounter made my Momma Heart. These fellas rock. <3