Remembering Nattie…

thinkingnat.jpg The world of book blogging is not as big as one might think. I have met so many wonderful people through the blogs and especially through participation in reading challenges. And that is how I met Nattie…a single mom with a passion for books and a beautiful smile. I didn’t know her for long, but she touched my heart. Sadly, Nattie left this world far too early on June 7, 2007 at the age of 33. As a tribute to Nattie and as a way to keep her memory alive through the love of books, Heather has established The Nattie Challenge blog where she hosts reading challenges dedicated to Nattie.

This month a new challenge has been posted. The Thinking of Nat Challenge encourages readers to read a book which reminds them of Nattie; and to give away a book in her name.

I am going to read one (or both) of the following books for this challenge:

  1. The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler (which was a Nattie pick for the Something About Me Challenge)
  2. The Bright Side of Disaster, by Katherine Center (a book focused on motherhood) – COMPLETED May 14, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review.


I had thought about reading both books for this challenge, but given that in the last 2 weeks ARCs have been arriving on my doorstep much faster than I can read them, I’m going to wrap up this challenge having read The Bright Side of Disaster…and having given away TWO books. This was a wonderful challenge because it was in memory of Nattie. I am always blown away by the generosity and caring of the book world. Catherine Center stepped up and donated a signed edition of her book; many comments got posted about Nattie…and I kept thinking how pleased Nattie would have been to see the beauty of the human spirit in her name.

Please follow and like the blue thistle


Skip to comment form

  1. I’m the author of The Bright Side of Disaster, and I feel very honored that you are thinking of reading my book for The Thinking of Nat challenge. I’d be happy to send you a copy for a giveaway, if you’d like one!!! Just let me know!

    • Wendy on May 7, 2008 at 08:29

    Katherine: Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I would love to have your book, The Bright Side of Disaster, as my giveaway book. Nattie was very committed to her kids and wrote about them all the time – the good stuff, and the ‘disaster’ stuff. This would be the perfect book to give away. Thank you. I will try to contact you on your site. Or you can email me at caribousmom at gmail dot com


  2. Thanks for joining us. 🙂 I can see why those books remind you of Nat. I have read the first one, and it is very good. Nat had good taste.

    • Andi on May 8, 2008 at 12:10

    How sweet. Thank you for passing this along.

    • Marie on May 8, 2008 at 17:15

    hey!!!! I just “re” found your blog and i came across this note… because I am now wondering .. do i know Nattie? is she someone you met via the yahoo groups?

    Anyway, i’m subscribing know so maybe i can keep up…
    marie (the ratmammy)

    • Wendy on May 9, 2008 at 07:27

    Heather: Thanks for hosting this challenge!

    Andi: You’re welcome!

    Marie: You may have known Nattie – she was in a lot of the book groups and challenges. I met her through challenges and regularly read her blog. Glad you’re subscribing 🙂 Thanks!

  3. This is such a lovely way to remember a book lover and fellow reader 🙂

    • Wendy on June 1, 2008 at 06:55

    RR: I agree – the Remember Nattie Blog holds regular reading challenges in Nattie’s memory.

  4. 🙂 Katherine was sweet enough to send me a book too. I am going to read it for a future challenge. I have 2 coming up soon.

    • Wendy on June 3, 2008 at 07:41

    Heather – I hope you love the book as much as I did! Katherine is VERY sweet…and she has a new book slated to come out in 2009 which I will definitely put on my wish list!

Comments have been disabled.

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)