book report: the dirty life

I don’t talk about it a whole lot here, but I actually love to read. And I love it even more now that it’s cold and crisp outside. Sure, I’m a fan of a good beach read as much as the next girl, but there is something so comforting about curling up next to the fire with a mug of coffee and a good book while the weather is cold and blustery outside. Even better if it’s a book that makes you think. A book that inspires you. A book that changes the way you see the world.

The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball did that for me. I loved this book. As in, I plowed through it with the kind of complete disregard for time that I normally reserve for young adult supernatural books (yes, I’m one of those people). It’s easy to see why I loved this story so much. It’s about a young city-dwelling, sophisticated woman who is given an assignment to interview a young farmer. Love connection, boom. Suddenly she’s packed up all of her things and farming 500 acres of land with barely any experience, barely any savings and a brand spankin’ new relationship.

The love story is charming, but the romance wasn’t want made me love this book. I drooled over the amazing, tactile descriptions of food (even when she talking about eating bull’s testicles and pig’s blood) and I loved all the descriptions of the hard work they did. Owning and running a farm is such a romantic idea, but the author did a really great job of showing that that romanticism comes along with a giant dose of the hardest work you’ll ever do.

Of course, I really related with the story. We don’t have 500 acres here, but we do have 10. 10 with fertile soil and sunshine and water and we have able bodies to do hard work to produce food. This book has me dreaming of maybe one day starting our own CSA or small farmer’s market stand. We’re never going to be able to provide a whole-diet to 100 people like the author does (meat, milk, eggs, produce, syrup, grain), but we might be able to hook a handful of people up with some from specialities from the earth of The Broken Plow.

Highly recommended.

What’s a good book you’ve read lately? Second question: would anyone be interested in a BTHR book club? We choose a book at the beginning of the month and the come back at the end to discuss it?


  1. says

    Yeah! A book club! But that means the book has to be available in Germany (or as an eBook) because otherwise it would take 3 weeks shipping :( If it would be okay that my English is not perfect, I would love to join the discussion! A first book in mind?

    Many Greetings!

  2. says

    With all these great recommendations, I’ll definitely add this to my Kindle – I’m getting ready for a 5 hour, wi-fi free, train ride and need to load up!

  3. Kayla says

    I loved this book! I grew up in the city, fell in love with a farmer in university, and quickly found myself living on a farm in the middle of nowhere. As much as I enjoyed this book because of the familiarity of the story, I enjoyed it even more because I was able to pass it around my family and say “Read this. This book explains how great this life is. This is why I moved out here. This is why we love what we do.”

  4. says

    I will have to check it out. I’ve been looking for a great book, so thank you! :)

    Yes, I’d be down for a BTHR book club for sure! We have similar taste in lit. I think :)

  5. Amanda Elliott says

    I would totally join on in a book club!

    My favourite author, Kate Morton, just came out with her fourth book, The Secret Keeper. I highly suggest checking out her books if you like historical mystery’s with lots of twists. The Forgotten Garden is personally my favorite by her.

    I also love YA and read a few good ones this year. In case you haven’t read them yet, you should check out the Graceling series and Grave Mercy (1st book in a series).

    I will add The Dirty Life to my read list!

  6. Shantel says

    Would love to join a BTHR book club! Reading the Hunger Games right now (I know kind of late) and I’m hooked! Dreaming like Katnis, lol!

  7. says

    I agree, would love a book club! I am going to add this book to my list! If you haven’t checked out that site, its a lot like FB for books. I can see what all my friends are reading, and keep track of what I want to read or what I’ve read. So neat!

  8. Casey says

    adding this to my list. I would love to do a book club! I participate in the from scratch book club, we are currently reading and cooking through The Homemade Pantry. Its been an awesome experience.

  9. says

    I’m literally 10,000 feet in the air, kicking myself for not packing a book on this flight, which is why I coaxed my hubs into purchasing Wifi for the flight. Maybe they’ll have this book in the airport bookstore on my layover. I’m looking for a good book to read!

    And I would totally participate in your book club except I’m already in a book club IRL. Plus I’m painfully aware that I overcommit on a regular basis and then end up flaking out, so I’ve been trying not to do that so often. But, I have been pondering doing my own book reviews on Foodie Fresh. It sounds like you plow through good reads, just like me. :)

  10. Noel says

    I added this book to my list. I just finished Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson. It was good read.

  11. Alicia says

    I would love to join a book club. I practically live at the library. I have 6 books checked out now. I’m reading a old series that I just found out about. “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. I’m on the 3rd book of the series.

    • Amanda Elliott says

      I just finished the 4th book in the series. I have book 5 and 6 at home, but I like to read a few books in between starting the next one. They are so long!

      I pretty much live at the library too, but that’s mainly because I work in one. haha. I have an unhealthy obsession with buying books instead of borrowing/supporting the public library like I should!

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