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


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!


Paint chip challenge Rain dance

This week Giggling Fattie’s paint chips are Rain Dance, Clear Vista, Sea Wind and Reef Blue. My poem is about observations from our windows. Fell is a northern word for mountain.

I am including a photo of the Isle of Man seen on the horizon from our garden. It rained heavily later that evening!. More of my photos may be seen on Sue’s words and pictures.

Rain Dance

Gulls’ rain dance aims to fool
The unsuspecting worms, which rise
Thinking that raindrops are falling;
Being eaten is an unpleasant surprise!

Over their heads the clear vista
Has the outline of the Isle of Man
Shrunk by distance to look like a reef –
Blue fells are seen during the horizon’s scan.

They say that if the island appears
Rain will certainly follow, no doubt
From clouds driven by the Sea Wind.
Should we ever risk hanging the washing out?

Dark cliffs in foreground, sea and sky similar shades with the Isle of Man bluer on the horizon
Isle of Man on the horizon

Double Meanings paint chip poem

The paint chip words and phrases from Giggling Fattie are Spice, Red my mind, Morocco Red and Stiletto Love.

Double Meanings

Spice entices the young
With danger of death.
It makes me see red.
My mind is calmed by a breath
Of fresh air. Drug gangs
Shun hues like Morocco red.
Weapons (due to stiletto love)
Are theirs instead.

Better the spice of life.
If you had read my mind:
‘My feet like leather – Morocco red.
‘Stiletto, Love, is not foot-kind.’

My earlier paint chip poems may be accessed from my Paint Chip Poetry page.