Monday, June 25, 2012

Water's rising fast. Grab 5 books you can't live without

My essential books are:

"English Through the Ages" by William Brohaugh. From Old English to modern-day slang, a word-by-word birth record of thousands of interesting words. In use in 1605: tumble, verb, as in to have sex with. Used as a noun, 1905. Fascinating to read, if you're a word lover, and useful for writing historical romances.

"The Joy of Cooking" by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. THE basic cookbook to have.

"Planets in Transit" by Robert Hand. The best astrology book ever written. (Transits are aspects between planets in real time and one's natal horoscope. They describe the energies one experiences, positive or negative. Mr. Hand suggests how best to benefit, or survive, them.)

"Flip Dictionary" by Barbara Ann  Kipfer. For when you know what you want to say but can't think of the word. A super thesaurus.

"Stella Natura Biodynamic Planting Calendar." This isn't a book, but I open it more often than any other collation of stapled pages in any given year. Month-by-month, day-by-day charts of moon cycles. I plant seeds by the moon to ensure crop success, and would hate to have to decipher the US Naval Observatory data myself.


  1. Well, these books probably wouldn't make my list, but they honestly sound fascinating! This is why I love talking to people about what books they love; I always find such interesting recommendations.

  2. This is such a wide variety. And an interesting cross of topics and genres.

  3. I'll agree about the thesaurus, although I've never heard of the one you mention.

  4. It's a great Thesaurus, though I still use my ancient one at times.

    I like to read the titles of books on other people's bookshelves. So revealing!