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.
(02) Outdoors activity or gear on the cover.
“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
(04) OUTDOORSY HEROINE.
(05) CURRENT ISSUE: climate change, biodiversity.
“The Prophet’s Camel Bell” Margaret Laurence 1963
(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.
“Timescape” Robert Liparulo 2009
(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!
“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
(12) A wilderness locale.
(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
(15) ADVOCACY: speaking up for nature.
(16) MEMOIR of Canada’s ‘Green Party’ leader.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY of Nova Scotia’s preservor of traditional songs and folklore.
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.