5 Jun 2015

Sharon's Spring Challenge Reading List!

Sharon's Spring Challenge (April 1 - June 30, 2015)

1. Spring Ahead! The phrase "Spring forward, Fall back" helps people remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks. At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of Standard Time. Read a book about time travel. 

I read Earth & Sky (Earth & Sky #1) by Megan Crewe on May 17th. This book features aliens and time travel!

2. Spring into action - to suddenly begin moving or doing something. Read a book where a character makes an impetuous decision. 
The entire Escape From Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith falls into this category. I read most of them in this time period.

3. Spring, a mechanical device that stores energy. Read a steampunk book - Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner." It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes. Most steampunk books have mechanical devices in them.

I read two steampunk books! Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy and A Curse of Ash and Iron by Christine Norris.

4. Spring Cleaning. Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. The practice of spring cleaning is especially prevalent in climates with a cold winter. The most common usage of spring cleaning refers to the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom which would take place in the first warm days of the year typically in spring, hence the name. However it has also come to be synonymous with any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing enterprise. A person who gets their affairs in order before an audit or inspection could be said to be doing some spring cleaning. Read a book that has been on your TBR list the longest. 

I don't know if it has been on there the longest, but it has been on there for almost two years, so I'm going to say that Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy is the one I read for this challenge.

5. Spring Break is a vacation period in early spring at universities and schools in various countries in the northern hemisphere. Read a book that takes place at a college or during spring break. 

I read Parallel by Lauren Miller on May 1st. It takes place at a college and has some time travel so I chose for it to go under this category.

6. She’s/He’s no Spring Chicken. New England chicken farmers discovered that chickens born in the Spring bought better prices, rather than old birds that had gone through the winter etc. Sometimes farmers tried to sell the old birds as a new spring born chicken. Smart buyers often complained that a tough fowl was "no spring chicken" and so the term now is used to represent birds (and even people) past their plump and tender years. Read an old favorite or a book you have been putting off reading. 

I had been putting off reading The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan but finally got around to it and am glad I did.

7. Spring to mind - to appear suddenly or immediately in your thoughts. Read a book that was released in 2015 or the newest book on your TBR list. 

Surprisingly, I have read lots of books that were released in 2015. My favourite one was The Corridor (The Corridor #1) by A.N. Willis because it explores multi-universe theory.

8. Spring in his step If you walk with or have a spring in your step, you walk energetically in a way that shows you are feeling happy and confident. Read a book that has a character who exhibits these characteristics or an action genre book. 

I read Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs. Kenna may be a "ordinary" but she does everything in her power to save her mom and that is what a hero is to me.

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