I love books. However, after moving at least once a year for the last, oh, twelve years, I am trying to keep my personal book collection to a minimum. I appease my book cravings with frequent trips to the local library (although that “Friends of the Library Book Store” in the basement with used books for $1 is a major temptation.) I also have a major cheap streak that keeps me away from most new book stores but I did manage to spy a few interesting titles while wandering through shops in D.C. I have only flipped through them, so I can’t make any major endorsements.
The Lazy Environmentalist is an awesome title for a book. The book itself appears to be a brief rundown on how to shop greenly with links to other resources, which seems kinda cool but kinda strange, especially since it’s a paper book so you have to manually type in all the links at your computer. Come on, it says it’s a book for LAZY people.
Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home was an easy read about how to keep scary chemicals out of your home. Of course, I didn’t realize until I read the Amazon blurb that it’s by the guys who invented the Method line of cleaning products. Somehow that makes me a little uncomfortable but at the same time, they have surely done a lot of research on the subject, right? And they have suggestions that go way beyond their product line, many of which seem totally achievable. (I’m less sure about ripping up carpet everywhere, installing hardwood floors, and investing in all natural throw rugs. Sounds expensive and/or back-breaking.)
Rubbish: Reuse Your Refuse was a cute little book about some craft projects involving trash although I feel like a lot of the time those kinds of projects encourage me to go out and buy additional materials like glue guns and spools of fancy wire plus pliers for bending it. But I like the concept and enjoyed flipping through them.
Not so Big Solutions for your Home by architect Sarah Susanka was very inspiring to flip through. I haven’t actually read The Not so Big House yet, partly because I thought it would focus a lot on building from scratch, which I don’t think I ever will. This book talks about how to do fairly minor remodels inside your home to improve the available space – projects like creating an entry space for sorting mail, building a window seat, or adding a screen to divide off an area of a room. The section that interested me the most talked about how she believes every adult in the household ought to have at least a small space in the house that is their own where they don’t have to compromise their taste. I’m not sure what that would look like in our house but I like the idea of having a little space of my own, even if it’s very tiny.