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It's been an interesting year so far. I've lost both my Moms. My mother died in January after a long decline. Soon after, my Mother-in-Law went in for bypass surgery. While her heart healed, other issues zapped her strength and she died April 22.

I may have challenge update posts but I don't know when I'll be posting regularly or when I'll get to visit everyone who is working on the challenges I'm hosting.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Reading Naturally Challenge 2017

Reading Naturally 
Reading Challenge 
2017

hosted by Hotchpot Cafe
for more information or to sign up, click here

The purpose of this challenge is simple: encouraging readers to dip their reading toes into books that will deepen their understanding of nature via excellent writing about a variety of subjects. It's my personal conviction that renewing our connection with the natural world is good for us on many levels, and I'd like to spread that around.

Reading comes naturally, right, so why not read something natural? The categories are intentionally broad and numerous, and both fiction and non-fiction are eligible. All genres are eligible, too, so everything from a camping how-to book to a Harlequin romance can qualify! Reading outdoors is highly recommended, but optional.

Even if you're not outdoorsy, you'll find something to suit you. That's the point, actually: Nature is everywhere, around us and within us. After all, as Wendell Berry says, "The earth is what we all have in common"--but there are many good ways to approach that.

There are several rules and categories so check out the sign up page. You do need to be signed up by December 1.

I'm going for . . . Exposed to Nature . . . and hope to read 1 to 3 books

~ Books Read ~
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~ Categories to Choose From ~
  • Classic: written by Rachel Carson, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Gary Snyder, or another giant in the field
  • Outdoors Gear on the Cover: backpack, snowshoes, snorkel and fins, etc.
  • Animal or Bird Related
  • Outdoorsy Heroine
  • Current Issue: climate change, biodiversity loss, etc.
  • Water Related
  • New: published in 2016 or 2017
  • Dystopia Flavored: emphasizing future consequences
  • Extreme Element: sailing around the world, mountain climbing, etc.
  • Season Related
  • Plant Related
  • Set in a Wilderness Locale
  • Spiritual: emphasizing connection
  • Skills Related: how to camp, kayak, survive in the woods, etc.
  • Advocacy Related: speaking up for nature
  • Biography or Memoir of an Environmentalist or Conservationist: Jacques      
                   Cousteau, Jane Goodall, Teddy Roosevelt, or another nature advocate
  • Orion Book Award winner or finalist: any year, any subject


~ Possibilities ~
  • Classic: written by Rachel Carson, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Gary                               Snyder, or another giant in the field - Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Outdoors Gear on the Cover: backpack, snowshoes, snorkel and fins, etc. - Wild
  • Animal or Bird Related
  • Outdoorsy Heroine
  • Current Issue: climate change, biodiversity loss, etc.
  • Water Related
  • New: published in 2016 or 2017
  • Dystopia Flavored: emphasizing future consequences
  • Extreme Element: sailing around the world, mountain climbing, etc.
  • Season Related
  • Plant Related
  • Set in a Wilderness Locale
  • Spiritual: emphasizing connection
  • Skills Related: how to camp, kayak, survive in the woods, etc.
  • Advocacy Related: speaking up for nature
  • Biography or Memoir of an Environmentalist or Conservationist: Jacques      
                   Cousteau, Jane Goodall, Teddy Roosevelt, or another nature advocate
  • Orion Book Award winner or finalist: - 2008, The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman 

 The Everglades: River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas 


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