Reading Naturally

Now that my groups are started February 1, including colourfully-decorated review pages and my participation posts:  I turn towards other bloggers as a guest!  The distinction of my first this 2017 goes to a new discovery and her year creating it:  “Reading Naturally“.  I saw that my reading would fulfill a lot of J.G.’s categories, enough to join;  as long as the generous prizes are inclusive of Canadian guests.  It matters that anyone offering Amazon gift certificates will e-mail the Canadian equivalent from the “.ca” website instead of “.com” because we cannot use American certificates on our site.  Of course, we wouldn’t buy from their site (I only purchase physical objects) and lose a portion to out-of-country postage.  She reassured me by replying:  “Yes”!

What I notice most strongly is an eager hostess.  This is most important when I consider challenges!  Will they stick with it, take interest in what you contribute;  care to acquaint you?  I put a lot of concentration into updating posts for the challenges I join and would not do it, if hosts and other members did not read them.  J.G. is very engaged and appreciative in a way I hope my guests feel too, because this is always my aim.  I anticipate a sense of community, however small the group.  It is well worth joining.

The subject matter is a pleasure too:  all about animal and nature protection, natural vistas and stories.  Our cats are daughters & sons to Ron & I and our year is happily dedicated to gardening:  food, including fruit and herbs, regardless of our location and flowers galore!  This is a theme fitting me well.  This year especially, I can’t believe how much books I have had queued are uncannily matched!  Here is how my application to her headings looks.  Come back to see what I add, including my reviews.  I am getting warmed-up with 10 books so far!  Here are J.G.’s criteria and categories.

Exposed to nature:  1-3 books
Engaged with nature:  4-6 books
Immersed in nature:  7+ books.


(01)  A giant in animal advocacy,  environment protection.

The Language Of Miracles”  Amelia Kinkade  2006
He Saw Himself In All His Creatures”  Dr. Helen Norrie  2006


(02)  Outdoors activity or gear on the cover.

The Emily Carr Mystery”  Eric Wilson  2001
The Secret Of The Caves”  Leslie McFarlane  1929


(03)  ANIMALS.

Natural Pet Healing”  Von Braschler  2003
Gem-Bem & The Mystery Of The Ball Of Branches”  Christiane D’Aoust, Brock Nicol  2010
The Mystery Of The Gulls”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1949
The Comfort Of Cats”  Pamela Wallin, Anne Bayin  2003



The Slipper Point Mystery”  Augusta Huiell Seaman  1919
House Of Rising Water”  Melissa Napier  1972
The Olden Days Coat”  Margaret Laurence, Muriel Wood  1979
The Old Willis Place”  Mary Downing Hahn  2004


(05)  CURRENT ISSUE:  climate change, biodiversity.

The Prophet’s Camel Bell”  Margaret Laurence  1963


(06)  WATER.

Talking With Nature”  Michael J. Roads  1985
A Deadly Cliché”  Ellery Adams  2011
Christina’s Ghost”  Betty Ren Wright  1985
House Of The Lost”  Sarah Rayne  2010


(07)  NEW:  published in 2014 onward.

The House Between Tides”  Sarah Maine  2014  * Ocean / bird-oriented.
Lost Among The Living”  Simone St. James  2016  * Forest / ocean-located.


(08) DYSTOPIA-FLAVOURED:  emphasizing future consequences.

The Waiting Room”  F.G. Cottam  2010
It occurs to me that one of the recent novels I read, before new year’s eve, fits.  It is about individual events in World War I, leaving a ghoulish threat up to present day.  It is altered in a time shift effort.


(09)  EXTREME ELEMENT:  sailing, mountain-climbing.

Women Explorers:  One Hundred Years Of Courage And Audacity”  Helen Y. Rolfe  2003
Record firsts in women mountain-climbing, including Mount Everest!
The Land Without Unicorns”  Vicki Blum  2001
A tough Canadian fantasy world that the queen’s human Granddaughter traverses.
Mysterious Rescue”  Philippa Dunn, Larry Hall  1973
Downhill-skiing rescue and competition.
The Incredible Journey”  Sheila Burnford  1960
Animals surviving the woods and towns and getting home!


(10)  SEASONS.

A City Called July”  Howard Engel  1986
Robert Frost Seasons”  Robert Frost, Christopher Burkett  1992
The Magic Sled”  Nathaniel Benchley, Mel Furukowa  1972
A Pussycat’s Christmas”  Margaret Wiseman Brown  1949
Aunt Dimity Snowbound”  Nancy Atherton  2004


(11)  PLANTS.

L’Arbre Aux Ballons”  Phoebe Gilman  1984
Journey Into Nature”  Michael J. Roads  1990
The Bordeaux Betrayal”  Ellen Crosby  2008


(12)  A wilderness locale.

Escape From Big Muddy”  Eric Wilson  1997
The Crying Child”  Barbara Michaels  1971
Mini Finfouin Et La Mère Crochu”  Serge Wilson  1982
The Truth About Stone Hollow”  Zilpha Keatley Snyder  1974


(13)  SPIRITUAL:  emphasizing connection.

A Wind In The Door”  Margaret L’Engle  1973
The Mystical Life Of Jesus”  Sylvia Browne  2007
Animals As Teachers And Healers”  Susan Chernak McElroy  1996
Cats Are Smarter Than Jack”  Jenny Campbell  2005
Prairie Ghosts, True Manitoba Ghost Stories”  Lois Forsberg  1988
The Prophet”  Amanda Stevens  2012


(14)  SKILLS.

Celebrating Earth Day”  Janet MacDonnell, Diana Magnuson  1994
Bones On Black Spruce Mountain”  David Budbill  1978
For Pet’s Sake, Do Something”  Monica Diedrich  2007


(15)  ADVOCACY:  speaking up for nature.

Beyond Words”  Marta Williams  2005
Little Rascal”  Sterling North  1965
Walt Disney’s Bambi”  Felix Salten  1941


(16)  MEMOIR of Canada’s ‘Green Party’ leader.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY of Nova Scotia’s preservor of traditional songs and folklore.

Who We Are”  Elizabeth May  2014
A Life In Folklore”  Dr. Helen Creighton  1975


I enjoyed this theme very much and am glad J.G. wants to continue with it!  I recommended that she redo a few subjects so that the three I found tough are out – #5, 7, 8, 10 – or reworded to broaden literature that fits.  #1 and 16 for example, nearly say the same thing and could have an easier to accommodate scope.  I also prefer going by theme than cover depiction.  I juggled a lot with books that matched more than one cateogry, choosing them based on ones in which I wanted to equalize quantities of books that matched.  You might well also surprise us with new catetgories.  With easy adjustments and the few subtractions, I would look forward to pursuing the same themes some more.  Fondly, Carolyn.


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I cherish animals, plants, reading, music and free spirituality. I welcome you for articles, literary activities, and interaction! Surrounding ourselves with good people is a delight. I occasionally review at The Book Depository.
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6 Responses to Reading Naturally

  1. J.G. says:

    These books look wonderful, Carolyn, and thanks for joining in. It’s nice to have you along and thank you for your kind words. I’m looking forward to your reviews and maybe to adding some books to my TBR list. It always seems to work that way!

    And yes, the “new” category must still be nature-related–and sometimes it’s fun to read “the latest,” you know?

    • A benefit of what I love about you already is the certainty that you would read my post! I’ll see what arises in that category, particularly if I am allowed to adjust my definition of new just a little bit. It will still entail a complex effort because new for me is 2000+ and I can’t afford to shift Elizabeth May’s already unique presece on my shelves, from 2014. I need her for that rare category that it only happened I would be reading this year. I’m a paranormal and mystery girl.

      Explanation? I rarely do new because I am a physical book-buyer and second-hand is the only way to afford it. Most important, I do challenges entirely with what I own. Not to worry that this allows a lot of home shopping room. We have the collecting of a lifetime on hand, more than people have on Kindles! I’m glad you love what I’ve chosen so far. I will find many more as my reading continues. I’ll try to match nature to something “new” that is at least from 2015, knowing that this is a feat.

      • J.G. says:

        No worries about adjusting the definition of “new.” Enjoying the challenge is more important than following the rules to the letter.

        I’m a physical book-buyer, too, although I feel a bit guilty about new titles when there are so many classics still left to be read! I use the library and my local used bookstores for that, when I can; there are gems to be had and the searching is part of the fun. And I always find something . . . to add to the stack!

      • I am a rule-follower, especially in consideration of fellow-guests competing for your exciting prize(s). You don’t even reveal what they all are and I have the birthday theme on my mind two. I see two novels in my birth year but reading every author in order cramps preference; like Agatha Christie! My fiance, Ron wonders what I’m going to do about the film coming out when I’m only within her first ten novels! Haha.

        With Amazon gifts for my birthday and Jesus’, I do have some occasion for new treats. I’ll see if I can match my selections to nature themes, which of course includes animals. When you peruse this blog far enough, you’ll find that our sons & daughters are a loving family of cats, so reading of animals is where our hearts are!

  2. J.G. says:

    Wow! You’ve made tremendous progress, Carolyn! It looks like our reading patterns are similar: a mix of fiction, plus nonfiction about cats.

    I really appreciate your enthusiastic participation in this first-year challenge. I wonder if it will catch on better next year; should I promote it now to see if others are interested? Last year it was a little late getting started and I suspect many people had already chosen their challenges for the year by the time I announced it. I’d love to know what you think about that.

    • I will rejoin you! This is more fulfilling than your popular group. It must be timing. People know your birthday one well. Mine have been around four years but participation is low, because none of us finds it convenient to put out shingles in December. Let’s get other hostesses to step out of the Jan-Dec traffic. Move it by one month and run from February 1.

      I have read a lot about cats but am pleased to have absorbed a lot of other non-fiction as well. Especially Elizabeth May’s and Helen Creighton’s books, overdue animal communication brushing-up, and clarification about Jesus’s life that religion didn’t want us to see. The plant duology was slow in part one but I got a lot of good out of all plant books I have read as well. The author of “Natura Pet Healing” was not for me but his chapters about plants proved that they are as sentient as I knew they were and as responsive to our care.

      I recommend skipping subjects I found hard to fill and the one about the cover. Perhaps rephrase the biodiversity one (I was lucky Margaret Laurence’s husband built wells in Africa), dystopia, and memoirs. You might already have plans to freshen a few categories and I suggest those are the ones to replace. Or have fewer but re-worded to broaden inclusion. Some topics were alike enough to cover more bases, if not too specialized.

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