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) Written by a giant in animal advocacy, environment protection.
“Lost In The Barrens” Farley Mowat 1956
(02) Outdoor activity or gear on the cover.
“The Emily Carr Mystery” Eric Wilson 2001
“The Mystery Of The Gulls” Phyllis A. Whitney 1951
(04) Outdoorsy heroine.
(05) Current Issue: climate change, biodiversity.
“The Prophet’s Camel Bell” Margaret Laurence 1963
(07) New: published in 2016 or 2017.
(I assume nature-related; not any 2016 book or novel)?
(08) Dystopia-flavoured: emphasizing future consequences.
“Timescape” Robert Liparulo 2009
(09) Extreme element: sailing around the world, mountain climbing.
“Women Explorers: One Hundred Years Of Courage” Helen Y. Rolfe 2003
“A City Called July” Howard Engel 1986
(12) Set in a wilderness locale.
(13) Spiritual: emphasizing connection.
“Celebrating Earth Day” Janet MacDonnell, Diana Magnuson 1994
(15) Advocacy-related: speaking up for nature.
“Owls In The Family” Farley Mowat 1961
(16) Biography, memoir of an environmentalist.
“Who We Are” Elizabeth May 2014