This book, which I was fortunate to get an advance copy of to review, is just hitting the shelves. The Weekend Homesteader by Anna Hess is a great resource for anyone interested in self-sufficiency, homesteading and simplicity. Ultimately practical, the book divides tasks into weekend-project chunks, giving you something to tackle every weekend of the year. Breaking the tasks down into small steps, appropriate for each month and season, is what makes this book special. You can pick it up on a Friday and complete a project by Sunday evening.
Plus, I just love Hess' healthy outlook on homesteading. She focuses on fun and function. Don't worry if your farm isn't suburban-level spiffy. That's not the point. This is about growing food, raising animals, and living lightly on the earth. Pretty beds and groomed paths may come later. I appreciate that perspective, as someone who grew up in suburbia and still worries about "the neighbors" (even if there really aren't any).
I've written a more thorough review, so please check it out - and I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Weekend Homesteader.