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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Book Review: More Than I Can Say by Anna Belle Rose

As I mentioned recently, an author friend of mine recently provided me with an Advance Review Copy of her most recent release. More Than I Can Say is Anna Belle Rose’s third romance novel and I am honored to have had the opportunity to read this book.

Here’s the description from Amazon:

Georgiana Hewitt seems to have it all. She is beautiful, professionally successful and financially secure. But her love life is pathetic. When her new boss, Jackson, accompanies her on a work trip, she fights her overwhelming attraction to him. She finally gives in, sharing several perfect nights with him, knowing it can only be a fling. Two months later, Georgiana is shocked to realize that she is pregnant, and heartbroken when she miscarries before she can tell Jack. Weeks later, when Jack finds out about the pregnancy, his rage and hurt drive him away. Can he forgive her, and can they have a future together?

Having previously read Anna Belle Rose’s first two novels, it seems like she’s really hit her stride with More Than I Can Say. I felt like I got to know the main characters really well, particularly George. Lots of depth with everyone in this book, and so many issues are brought up that I wanted to learn more about when all was said and done. There are several characters that I hope Rose writes additional books for, most especially Boone, who I went and begged for a happy ending for. (There may or may not have been a response that I’m getting my wish and Boone is getting his own book – SQUEE!)

More Than I Can Say made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think. It also made me want to string lights in the trees and wish for justice against a certain character. You’ll have to read it to find out why. I’m willing to bet your response will be as visceral as mine.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Abuse survivors should know that sexual assault and physical abuse are addressed in this book. It is addressed with love by the characters involved, but was hard to read. Please make sure that you are prepared for this and if you are a survivor, you have access to whatever support systems you deem necessary when confronting such issues. The scenes are well-written and as a reader, I came to love the individuals involved who supported George through her trials, but it is not something one should walk into unprepared if dealing with trauma.

More Than I Can Say is available on Amazon in print and Kindle format, as are Anna Belle Rose’s first two novels, That One Small Omission and The Phone Call. You can get in touch with her on Facebook, via Twitter as @KFAnnaBelleRose, or on her author website. She has a memoir in the works that will surely be a treasure.

FCC Disclosure: I was provided a free Advance Review Copy (ARC) of this book in digital format for review purposes. I was not compensated financially for this review or any on other sites. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links are included in this post and I will not receive any form of compensation for sharing contact information of the author or publisher.

2017 Reading List Close-Out

For those who love to read, I’ve closed out my 2017 reading list and will be updating my tab for the new year. If you’d like to peruse what I read last year, here’s the list. 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.

  1. JANUARY: Self-Sufficiency on a Shoestring – Bridgewater
  2. Mayhem at the Orient Express – Logan
  3. The Final Day – Forstchen
  4. Temple Reflections – Gaskill
  5. Vern Yip’s Design Wise – Yip
  6. Living Large in our Little House – Fivecoat-Campbell
  7. Living Without Electricity: Lessons from the Amish – Scott & Pellman
  8. The Urban Homesteading Cookbook – Nelson
  9. Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox – Davis
  10. 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home – Berry
  11. Black Friday – Johnstone
  12. Into the Guns – Dietz
  13. Knitting – Bartlett
  14. The Organized & Efficient House Spouse – Anderson
  15. The Complete Guide to Using, Laundering, and Sewing Reusable Cloth – Pientka
  16. Give Your Child the World – Martin
  17. FEBRUARY: The Knitting Diaries – Macomber
  18. Sustainability Starts at Home – Gifford
  19. The Zero-Waste Lifestyle – Korst
  20. Americanah – Adichie
  21. The Latter-day Morning – Bacera
  22. Heat & Light – Haigh
  23. Green Christmas – Sander
  24. SoulSpace – Balbes
  25. Sewing Happiness – Ishida
  26. Plowing with Pigs – Will
  27. Snow Mountain Passage – Houston
  28. These is My Words – Turner
  29. MARCH: The Third Plate – Barber
  30. One Thing at a Time – Glovinsky
  31. Code Word – Abramson
  32. The Year of Living Danishly – Russell
  33. The Guardian – Lund
  34. Obsession – Abramson
  35. Faith – Copeland
  36. The Temple: Where Heaven Meets Earth – Madsen
  37. The Other Einstein – Benedict
  38. The Non-Toxic Avenger – Duke
  39. Longing for Home – Eden
  40. Hope Springs – Eden
  41. I Quit Sugar – Wilson
  42. Weave of Absence – Martin
  43. Loom and Doom – Martin
  44. The Secret Stitch – Reid
  45. The Eagle Catcher – Coel
  46. APRIL: Women and the Priesthood – Dew
  47. The Ghost Walker – Coel
  48. Sojourn Stitch – Reid
  49. The Modern Natural Dyer – Vejar
  50. June – Copeland
  51. Hope – Copeland
  52. Glory – Copeland
  53. Ruth – Copeland
  54. Freefall – Abramson
  55. The Broken Circle – Potter
  56. Royal Target – Abramson
  57. Her Good Name – Kilpack
  58. MAY: No Idle Hands – MacDonald
  59. Simply Clean – Rapinchuk
  60. Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs – Brown
  61. Song of the Lion – Hillerman
  62. Prepper’s Food Storage – Languille
  63. Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World – McKinley
  64. A Discovery of Witches – Harkness
  65. Shades of Earl Grey – Childs
  66. Lonesome Cowboy – Macomber
  67. Texas Two Step – Macomber
  68. The Fourth Wife – Davis
  69. JUNE: How Starbucks Saved My Life – Gill
  70. Shadow of Night – Harkness
  71. The Book of Life – Harkness
  72. DIY Woven Art – Denbow
  73. Dragonwell Dead – Childs
  74. Knitting Yarns – Hood
  75. Adulting is a Myth – Anderson
  76. The Journal: Martial Law – Moore
  77. The Day After – Baze
  78. Naturally Nourished – Britton
  79. Knitting Scarves from Around the World – Cornell
  80. The Witch’s Daughter – Brackston
  81. The Return of the Witch – Brackston
  82. The Winter Witch – Brackston
  83. Lamp Black, Wolf Grey – Brackston
  84. The Silver Witch – Brackston
  85. Frogs and Kisses – Swendson
  86. The Templar Legacy – Berry
  87. The Alexandria Link – Berry
  88. JULY: You Can Buy Happiness – Strobel
  89. Protecting the Gift – De Becker
  90. Unprocessed – Kimble
  91. A Sensible Arrangement – Peterson
  92. A Moment in Time – Peterson
  93. A Matter of Heart – Peterson
  94. The Chemist – Meyer
  95. Patriot’s Dream – Michaels
  96. Frontier Grit – Monson
  97. Class 11 – Waters
  98. AUGUST: Only Skein Deep – Sefton
  99. Make Your Bed – McRaven
  100. The Journey Home – Winchester
  101. Colors: the Story of Dyes and Pigments – Delamare
  102. Fablehaven – Mull
  103. Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World – Garfield
  104. Caroline’s Child – Macomber
  105. Dr. Texas – Macomber
  106. Murder at Hatfield House – Carmack
  107. The Gospel of Hemp – Archuleta
  108. A Tale of Two Preppers – Gregerson
  109. Locker Nine – Horton
  110. Murder at Westminster Abbey – Carmack
  111. Arthritis-Proof Your Life – Schoffro Cook
  112. Murder in the Queen’s Garden – Carmack
  113. Murder at Fountainebleu – Carmack
  114. Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star – Mull
  115. SEPTEMBER: Janitors – Whitesides
  116. The Borrowed World – Horton
  117. The Rarest Blue – Sterman
  118. Trinity – Fetter-Vorm
  119. The Rally Point – Gregersen
  120. Over the River and Through the Woods – Gregersen
  121. The Journey Home – Winchester
  122. Outage – Barr
  123. When the Power is Gone – Glaspy
  124. Post Grid – Martineau
  125. When the Peace is Gone – Glaspy
  126. Unexpected World – Pike
  127. Uncertain World – Pike
  128. Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague – Mull
  129. Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary – Mull
  130. Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison – Mull
  131. Unknown World – Pike
  132. Unwanted World – Pike
  133. In the Shadow of Denali – Peterson
  134. Darkness Begins – Tate
  135. The Salt Line – Goddard Jones
  136. To Siri With Love – Newman
  137. Surviving the Fall – Kraus
  138. Darkness Grows – Tate
  139. Darkness Rises – Tate
  140. OCTOBER: Chaos Comes – Tate
  141. Chaos Gains – Tate
  142. Talon of God – Snipes
  143. The Journey Home – Motes
  144. The Search – Motes
  145. Gathering Home – Motes
  146. Ghost Fleet – Singer & Cole
  147. Level Up Your Life – Kamb
  148. That One Small Omission – Rose
  149. John Adams – McCullough
  150. Emergency Evacuations – Bedford
  151. The Water Knife – Bacigalupi
  152. NOVEMBER: Land – Shaver
  153. Grace Under Fire – Horton
  154. Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom – Ricks
  155. Of Slippers & Secrets – Twichell
  156. Confessions of a Domestic Failure – Laditan
  157. Money Secrets of the Amish – Craker
  158. Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style – Harris
  159. When the Pain is Gone – Glaspy
  160. Forgotten Ways for Modern Days – Blondel
  161. Pulse – Taylor
  162. Cooking Green – Heyhoe
  163. Void Star – Mason
  164. Sunshine to Dollars – Harris
  165. Surviving the Blackout of 2003 – Harris
  166. Homegrown Sprouts – Galchus
  167. The Indigo Girl – Boyd
  168. Green Sense for the Home – Freed & Daum
  169. Relatively Dead – Connolly
  170. Chaos Evolves – Tate
  171. Be a Hero – Geddes & Rees
  172. Into the Forest – Hegland
  173. The Reversion – Smith
  174. Molôn Labé! – Party
  175. DECEMBER: If We Survive – Klavan
  176. Last Light – Blackstock
  177. Night Light – Blackstock
  178. True Light – Blackstock
  179. Dawn’s Light – Blackstock
  180. 31 Days to Survival – Creekmore
  181. Behold, Darkness and Sorrow – Goodwin
  182. Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook – Layton
  183. Alas, Babylon – Frank
  184. Promised Land – Tarr
  185. Phoenix Rising – Johnstone
  186. Phoenix Rising: Firebase Freedom – Johnstone
  187. Have Yourself a Thrifty Little Christmas – Luther
  188. Thread the Halls – Wait
  189. Survival Notes EMP Preparedness Guide – Hughes
  190. The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution – Romm
  191. Phoenix Rising: Day of Judgement – Johnstone
  192. The Complete 52 Weeks Savings Plan – Bedford
  193. The Scorpio Races – Stiefvater
  194. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Townsend
  195. The Complete Book of Prepping Lists – Family Survival Planning
  196. Before the Power was Gone – Glaspy
  197. Preserving Everything – Meredith
  198. A Christmas Return – Perry
  199. Year One – Roberts
  200. The Practical Prepper – Jones

November 2017 Goals

How did October go for you? Did you accomplish some of what you hoped to? I got a few things finished and a few things I straight took off the list. You can see my October list here, with updates. Now, on to November!

Pantry & Preparedness:
Use Sun Oven as much as possible (we are finding it’s a trial and error process – but it’s fun and free fuel!)
Charge & program our HAM radios (Still learning how to program them, but they are charged!) Continue reading

October 2017 Goals

Pantry & Preparedness:
Purchase two cases of bottled water for our emergency supplies (DONE 18 Oct 2017)
Scan vital documents to a USB drive for evacuation bag
Walk 1x weekly with evacuation bag & with dog wearing her panniers (thanks to this little lesson learned!)

Handcrafts:
Finish knitting donation hat (Frogged this project & gave away the yarn. It is just way too hard on my hands.)
Re-start my Tesla shawl (Cast on [again!] 11 Oct 2017)

Education & Personal Enrichment:
Finish first quarter of kids’ homeschooling (DONE 13 Oct 2017)
Read a book from my fall/winter reading list (DONE: Finished reading Ghost Fleet 8 Oct 2017; finished John Adams 10/26; finished The Water Knife 10/30)
Finish the “Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature” lecture series I am watching on The Great Courses Plus (This is on hold for me; reading John Adams took up most of my free time in October!)
Complete at least one FEMA Independent Study course

Writing & Professional Development:
Catch up on my LinkedIn messages/connection requests (DONE 15 Oct 2017)
Transfer clips list to this site
Type up final draft of the article I’m working on, and submitted to planned site
Work on my non-fiction book, Prepare Anywhere

Genealogy:
Index at least 10 batches/100 image files (DONE 8 Oct 2017)
Participate in Worldwide Indexing Event sponsored by FamilySearch.org (DONE 21 Oct 2017)
Scan irreplaceable family photos to USB drive

Health & Wellness:
Dental exam/cleaning appointments for children (EDIT: Now in November)
Make appointments with specialists for myself & one child per primary doctors’ referrals
Walk at least twice weekly (without evacuation pack)

What are your goals for October? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! If you’d like to see what I was able to mark off my September goal list, click here.