Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Reading Naturally Challenge 2017: My Sign-Up

I'm definitely having fun with this one--to show what's possible with the categories--and looking forward to each of these in a different way.

It's my first year hosting the Reading Naturally Challenge, so if you'd like to sign up, please check it out here.

My level: Immersed in Nature (7 or more books--all from the TBR list!)

1. Plant Related: Plants as Persons: A Philosophical Botany - Matthew Hall
2. Classic: A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold
3. Set in a Wilderness Locale: Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness - Edward Abbey (review)
4. Spiritual: The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature - Starhawk
5. Dystopia Flavored: Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth - Craig Childs
6. Extreme Element: Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul - Scott Weidensal
7. Outdoorsy Heroine: Flight Behavior: A Novel - Barbara Kingsolver
8. Skills Related: Joy of Backpacking: Your Complete Guide to Attaining Pure Happiness in the Outdoors - Brian Beffort
9. Current Issue: The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living - David Wann
10. Water Related: River-Horse: Across America by Boat - William Least Heat-Moon
11. Orion Book Award Winner: 2012 winner: The View from Lazy Point - Carl Safina
12. Biography or Memoir of an Environmentalist or Conservationist: A Naturalist in Florida: A Celebration of Eden - Archie Carr

That last one's a bit of a stretch, but Archie Carr was personally acquainted with the creatures and places he wrote about, not just as an author doing research but as a long-time Florida resident who spent his weekends at a remote cabin in the sandhills of Ocala, very much like Aldo Leopold's "shack" in Wisconsin. I've been lucky enough to visit the cabin, which is not open to the public, and it is a gorgeous, inspirational place that makes one's heart swell with the natural beauty of Florida.

Here's a brief video of the cabin as it is today, after restoration. You can see more pictures and short videos, and read a lot more about the cabin here. It's a Florida treasure.


  1. I found three more books in our home that are wholly about nature so I will check off those items more directly than ever. Speaking of visiting famous cabins, you must have heard of the Englishman who became Grey Owl in Canada. My fiancé & I made the longest hike we ever did to visit his right here in Manitoba. So early in our 16 years that he said he "forgot to pack enough water/drinks for two people"! Well, he's learned to think for two plus our precious family of cats since and now our home has become rural: IN a forest, rather than visiting it.

    1. What a lovely story, Carolyn! I imagine you didn't know at the time where the forest trail would lead you in your lives together. Looking forward to your nature books! (Sorry for the delay in responding!)


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