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A round-up of book blogging summary posts and reading challenges

I have noticed a number of bloggers have been reviewing the books they have read during the past year in some kind of round-up post. The first seven links in this post are from bloggers I follow in the WordPress Reader. These are in the order (or reverse order) they appeared in the Reader.

The first is from Zalka Csenge Virág a storyteller from Hungary, who is an A to Z in April blogger
The second is from an ACW member, Lucy, and includes some books I have read.

The third is about a goodreads reading challenge

The fourth is from another ACW friend, Sarah, who has also blogged from A to Z in April

A fun post from Margaret includes lots of book titles.

Jemima Pett is another writer who takes part in the A to Z Challenge.

Josephine Corcoran has also written a bookish post.

Shaz Goodwin, who always retweets my links to book reviews, has a list of fiction books she and two others have read and reviewed.

Paul Trembling has written a post from the viewpoint of a writer.

Another A to Z blogger has 20 top books.

No doubt there are many more blogs about books people have read in 2022.

Others are sharing their books read in threads on Twitter. Search the hashtags #amreading #BookTwitter and #bookreview. I really want to read the book mentioned below. The pic link will show the cover.

Reading Challenges

Nonfiction reader challenge

The 52 book club reading challenge

BookWyrmsHoard

Gaia Nature challenge

Suzanne Rogerson’s reading challenge post

A challenge to read books from other countries – Read around the world challenge

One of my writing friends from ACW, Wendy H Jones, also runs a reading challenge on Facebook

Don’t forget my own lists of book reviews! They are on pages on this blog and linked below for convenience.

Books about nature and climate change

Books Sue has reviewed authors A-M

Books Sue has reviewed authors N-Z

If you know of other reading challenges, please let me know in the comments.

Happy reading in 2023!

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Looking back over 2022 and forward to 2023

During 2022 I have continued to blog at least weekly on Sue’s Trifles and weekly on Sue’s words and pictures. Once again I took part in the blogging from A to Z in April challenge and was privileged to have two guest posts on the official A to Z blog – A reverie on 21st April and (with help from J Lenni Dorner) #AtoZChallenge An Alphabet of Blog Tips on 2nd August 2022. My theme for the A to Z 2022 challenge was Christmas, with posts including links to Christmas carols.

I am now a reserve for the Association of Christian Writers’ More than Writers’ blog and have had four posts on it during the year:

Are you thinking of blogging?

Meandering along the writing path

Genealogy then and now

Problems Pantsers avoid

Annmarie Miles interviewed me about my poetry and my faith. The radio interview was aired in a programme on UCB Ireland – The Writer’s Trail and repeated on Sunday 19th June 2022 at 7am BST. It was subsequently available as a podcast.

On 23rd July two of my poems were published in Agape Review Multifaceted Light and Space and Time and on 14th August a 75-word story on Paragraph Planet.

After writing a post about books on nature and climate change, I added a page, Books about Nature and Climate Change, which I am keeping updated with new links.

Many of my posts are reviews of books of my own choice, which I have read and enjoyed. I was also invited to review a few other books including the following four:

Brisbane: A novel by Eugene Vodolazkin translated by Marian Schwartz

Book Review: Popcorn Poetry by Brendan Conboy

Book Review and author interview: The continued times of Isabella M Smugge by Ruth Leigh

Book review and author interview: The Wanderer Reborn by Natasha Woodcraft

I have continued to write poetry mainly from prompts issued for an online poetry group affiliated to the Association of Christian Writers. Not many of these poems have appeared online. Some of them are part of a project I have begun, writing poems about our 900-year-old church building. One previously unpublished poem written in 2021 featured in my post: A surprising event

Away from the world of social media I have attended committee meetings, choir practices, church services and done some voluntary work. At home I have enjoyed gardening, knitting and local walks.

My word for the year has been generosity. This follows on from previous words I have tried to focus on in earlier years.

For 2023 I have picked the word Listen. I write in the living room and concentrate on what I can see rather than what I hear. When the news is on the radio, I don’t concentrate on it for long. I need to pay more attention when people are speaking as well. There is also the question of ‘listening’ to what God might be telling me. I believe that God speaks through the Bible, through other people and angels, and sometimes directly as to the prophets. The prophet Isaiah exhorted the people to listen. In Isaiah 48 he was speaking to the people of Israel and Judah, and in Isaiah 49 to people of distant nations.

My regular readers will know that words fascinate me. My three words (20162017 and 2021)  have a progression of shared letters – ReST – TRuST; TrUSt – FocUS. My word for 2022, GenerOSity, and for 2023, LISTen, continue this trend.

My writing and blogging goals include finishing my poetry project and publishing it, taking part in the A to Z challenge again, reading and reviewing more books, including one I have been invited to review and have already read and enjoyed. This is Beneath the Tamarisk Tree by Rob Seabrook, which I’ll be reviewing at the beginning of February. On Sue’s words and pictures I intend to continue with Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge.

Thank you for reading. I am praying a New Year’s blessing on all my readers.

Photo of an orchid with hand-written text New Year Blessings
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The A to Z Road Trip and my blogging plans

Yesterday I signed up for the Blogging from A to Z in April Road Trip. Last year I took part, but I’m not sure how many blogs I visited. Some years I haven’t signed up due to previous failures to visit many blogs. There are so many blogs and time is limited!

Badge courtesy of Anjela Curtis

As well as the official Road Trip list I shall be using links in my Reflections post to visit blogs. I have already started on this.

My future plans for this blog include my regular Thursday posts and possible extra posts on Saturdays with my responses to the paint chip poetry prompts from Giggling Fattie, who was one of the participants in the A to Z Challenge this year.

On Sue’s words and pictures I intend to continue to post a photo each Wednesday for Cee Neuner’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC). Hopefully I shall also post on some Saturdays with photos of places I have visited.