Today we’re chatting with my friend Raelene Bradley about how books have guided her and her husband Jordan as they work to fulfill their longtime dream of living off the land with their own farm (if the last name is ringing a bell, you might remember Jordan from his WSIRN appearance wayyy back in Ep 127: Seeking professional help for quitting books)
Raelene’s stories of reading in the fields with her horse as a child, and audiobooks to accompany milking time… ugh, it’s the stuff of dreams, readers. We’re also talking about the surprising disappointments from Raelene’s biggest reading year ever, and I’m helping her on her journey away from quantity and toward quality, by recommending she read a touching memoir, lush historical fiction, and a little something… unexpected.
Let’s get to it!
You can get a peek at Raelene’s charming family farm (and her much-beloved milk cow) on Instagram @belvederefarms.
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Books mentioned in this episode:
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• Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
♥ West With the Night by Beryl Markham
• Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
♥ The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
• With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
• Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
♥ The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball
▵ The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
• Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palme
• Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
• The Light of the World by Elisabeth Alexander
• Euphoria by Lily King
• Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
• How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
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