This is the last post of 2022 for me. It has felt like a hectic year and the pandemic pressure did not really ease up, even with open borders, for one reason and another I did not seem to escape into the bush as often as I would have liked, so if I do anything approaching a new years resolution it is this; get out into the environment as much as possible! I intend to take some leave in 2023 for some much needed bush and beach time.
This is just a short post to share some links really, and welcome new nature readers to the Gaia challenge for 2023. To start with I will share a link to Curly Geek’s review of Under a white Sky: The nature of the future by Elizabeth Kolbert, a timely read for the Gaia challenge 2022, check it out. Would also like to share a link to Margaret’s blog From Pyrenees to Pennines lots of lovely photos with a distinctly nature theme.
One of the books I am looking forward to reading in 2023 for the challenge is Fire A message from the edge of the climate catastrophe by Margi Prideaux and you can check out Margi’s work at Wild Politics. Sally Jane Smith is another author, fellow traveller and Discworld fan whose work is of interest and readers might want to check out, so sharing Sally’s linktree. Laurie at Relevant Obscurity is also new to the challenge. Lots of others too like Jamie at Whatever I think of and some old friends like Karen at Living on the Downs and May at Brizzy Mays Books and Bruschetta. (Please leave a link in the comments if I have forgotten you). Feel free to copy and use the badge.
I will try and share any links you would like to leave as the 2023 challenge progresses. Just leave me a comment, sometimes I might need reminding, so I apologise if I forget or am late updating posts, afraid life sometimes gets in the way of blog updates.
Just in time for 2023 I have made up a short book bingo for the challenge. There is no obligation to do the bingo, in fact I have to confess I have only crossed off three squares on this years challenge 😞oh well 2023 is a new opportunity. I have put a downloadable word version below but basically it looks like this:
Just remember the categories are free to be creatively interpreted, for example a book with buzz might be about insects or it could be a book currently highlighted in the media, get active, could be a title about activism or simple about activities in nature. Wonder of a child could be a children’s title or a work by a young person, Greta Thunberg or Dara McAnulty spring to mind. Feel free to be creative with the bingo and there is no challenge obligation to use it. The only requirement of the Gaia/nature challenge is to read at least one book that features the natural world, that book can be fiction or non fiction and then share your reading experience in some way. It could be just through a comment here at Gumtrees and Galaxies or on your own blog, or facebook, instagram, mastodon social or twitter if anyone is still using it. Goodreads or any other reading tracking program is also great and I am happy for people to leave links to any posts. The purpose of the challenge is to celebrate the natural world, all its wonders and challenges. And lets face it the challenges are many these days.
Last year I tried to include a few titles for younger readers and there is some absolutely wonderful writing out there for younger readers so I think I will be continuing that theme in my reading. This year I also want to focus on diversity as much as possible, where does nature intersect with ethnicity or disability or gender just to mention a few. First nation authors have also become a staple in my nature reading, that will continue into 2023. Cli-fi and eco fiction inevitably feature in my reading, looking forward to new titles in 2023.What are your plans for 2023 reading? Please feel free to leave a comment, to join the challenge and to share a link.
Wishing everyone a fantastic year in 2023!