Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2017



Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Mar 29 update: MIL is home but not doing well.

Apr 9 update: SIL is nurse and has taken time off work to care for MIL who is basically receiving hospice care at home.

I'll see you in May . . . April 23 update: My Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, died yesterday.

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

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