Speaking of books, I also received books for Christmas.
The Concise Guide to Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour
This book is a little big but full of information. John Seymour died in 2004 at about 90yrs of age I think and there is a forward in this latest addition that was written by his daughter. Lots of the information is probably old fashioned but still quite relevant to my mind. I don't necessarily agree with everything in the sections pertaining to bottling fruit/veg but then who an I to say it is wrong. Lots of good infor and some intresting bits and pieces made this an enjoyable book to read.
I also received a book titled -
Smart permaculture Design by Jenny Allen with a foward by Bill Mollison.
Again I also found this book intresting and full of great ideas. Certainly gets ones thinking cap working. Well written and easy to follow with some practical suggestions which were down to earth.
I read both books over 3 days and will no doubt find myself looking through them from time to time.