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!


Book review The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman

The Bird Way has the subtitle A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent and Think. I borrowed The Bird Way from the library. It was first published in 2020. The book I found was a newly published (2022) paperback edition from Corsair.

Photo of the book, The Bird Way

Jennifer Ackerman has produced a wonderfully informative book about birds from many areas of the world. She has travelled widely and met with researchers from several universities.

The information is not at all boring and there is some delightful wordplay in the narrative about many species of birds. Although I am unfamiliar with birds from other parts of the world apart from the UK, I was fascinated by the tales about all sorts of species.  With a great deal of detail in over 300 pages of fairly small print it took me longer than usual to read this book. It was well worth the effort.

The chapter on how birds play made me observe birds in a new way. Since reading it I have noticed a rook doing aerobatics for fun.

With 12 pages of further reading in even smaller print The Bird Way is an ideal text for students as well as for people with an interest in the natural world.

It is one of the best nature books I have read. No wonder it has won many prizes.

Book review: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

I began reading Braiding Sweetgrass shortly after I was lent the paperback book in September 2021. The subheading is Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Being divided into chapters, all beautifully written with much food for thought, it was easy to put this book aside and pick it up later. I finished reading it towards the end of March.

Although the plants in the book all grow in North America I cannot recommend Braiding Sweetgrass highly enough, no matter where you live. Robin Wall Kimmerer combines her people’s traditions with the knowledge she has gained through her scientific training. There are stories about places and people, traditional tales and warnings about taking creation for granted.

The world would be a better place if we all regarded the good things of the earth as gifts, respecting living things and not making monetary gain and material possessions our priority.