First Book of the Year

What's the first book you will read this year? Have you made any reading resolutions for 2012? Last year I promised myself I would catch up on all my favorite authors, I think I read about 60% of my authors' list. This year I've promised myself to use all the reading diaries I've received over the past several years. I think this will be an easier resolution to keep.

Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts

Martha Stewart's handmade holiday crafts : 225 projects and year-round inspiration for everybody's favorite celebrations by from the editors of Martha Stewart Living — Every year is full of celebrations, and this book includes crafty projects you can make to help celebrate ten of the most commonly honored holidays. Many of these projects are also adaptable enough that you could use them for birthdays, anniversaries, and other get-togethers. Some are even possibilities for any time, like the embroidered cards and flowery notes.

National Chocolate Day

Making artisan chocolates: flavor-infused chocolates, truffles, and confections by Andrew Garrison Shotts ; photography by Madeline Polss — Since December 29th is National Chocolate Day, do not let the chance to explore the art and world of chocolate escape you. In this book, you will get the chance to immerse yourself in the creation of chocolate that is to die for. Don't forget the artistic flair to make your new delights a one of a kind treat!

Designing with Grasses

Designing with grasses by Neil Lucas — Like many gardeners, I tend to think of ornamental plants in terms of perennials and annuals, but I often neglect to remember the grasses. There are so many beautiful grasses that can really bring depth and flair to a garden, and this book highlights them. Not only do grasses bring beauty, they are often very healthy for the ecosystem and bring environmental benefits. This book has information on varieties of grasses, how to use them in your gardens, and how to keep them healthy.