I picked up rubbish, developed a new hobby of butterflying, started looking for birds near our home, visited Bempton Cliffs to see sea birds, read a lot of books about nature and wildlife, climbed Roseberry Topping, spent a total of 25 nights sleeping under canvas, looked up at the stars, watched live badgers, walked on beaches in the south-west and north-east of England, had a tour of Church Farm by Farmer Tim, and read BBC Wildlife magazine.
I didn’t achieve my goal of freshwater swimming although I did swim through Durdle Door in Dorset. We also didn’t make it for a walk by a viaduct as when we got there Small Boy and Little Miss were fast asleep and it was raining!
And the reading challenge? I appreciated being more experimental in my book choices and enjoyed trying new genres and authors. My favourite reads were A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman (a book by a politician no longer in office), The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (a book involving magic) and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (a book nominated for a literary prize).
This year I will be doing the Read Harder Challenge by Book Riot and as last year, I want to use the library as much as possible.
We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out. That’s what this is—a perspective shift—but one for which you’ll only be accountable to yourself.
I also want to read:
- Facism by Madeline Albright
- William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner by William Hague
- The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr
- Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
- The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brendan Manning
- The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by Ken Wytsma
- Learn the biblical Hebrew alphabet
- Go swimming in a freshwater lake or river
- Discover nature in my local patch – both the hyperlocal and in Herts and Middlesex (Mr Pilgrim and I are booked on a duck identification workshop!)
- Continue to learn about butterflies
- Keep picking up rubbish
- Write a list of what I buy as a way of aiming to consume less
- Simplify my online life