Monday, April 25, 2016

May 2016 Scavenger Challenge: Tulipomania

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

May 2016 Scavenger Challenge: Tulipomania
May 1 - 31, 2016

Who would have thought the lovely tulip could wreak enough havoc to build and destroy a country's economy? Read on to find out how!

1. Though often associated with Holland, tulips originated in Central Asia. In 1544, the Ottoman Empire sent a gift of tulip bulbs and seeds to Vienna, who then distributed bulbs to the United Provinces (The Netherlands today). A Flemish botanist cultivated tulips and found they were able to tolerate the harsher climate of the “Low Countries.” 
Read a book that takes place in any Asian country OR read a book with a main character who works with flowers or plants OR read a book whose title contains “LOW” – the word does not have to stand alone, but letters should be kept together as a unit.
The Secret Sister Brenda Novak 5/7/16

2. The tulip was different from every other flower known to Europe at that time, with a saturated intense petal color that no other plant had. The tulip became a status symbol and coincided with the rise of newly independent Holland's trade fortunes. 
Read a book featuring a main character who stands out in some way (tell us how) OR read a book with a brightly colored cover (post the cover) OR read a book by an author whose first and last initial may be found in “STATUS SYMBOL.”
Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan Harper Sloan 5/1/16

3. By 1636 the tulip bulb became the fourth leading export product of the Netherlands, after gin, herrings and cheese. The price of tulips skyrocketed because of speculation in tulip futures among people who never saw the bulbs. That year the Dutch created a type of formal futures market where contracts to buy bulbs at the end of the season were bought and sold. 

Read a book dealing with economics or finance OR read a book whose total page count includes a “3” or a “6” OR read a book whose cover shows any type of alcohol, fish, or cheese (post the cover).
363 pages
Pull Rachel Van Dyken 5/6/16

4. Tulipomania reached its peak during the winter of 1636–37, when some bulbs were reportedly changing hands ten times in a day. Some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. Many men made and lost fortunes overnight.

Read book #10 from your TBR OR read a book that takes place during the winter months OR read a book in which a character gains or loses a significant amount of money
Fighting Silence Aly Martinez 5/4/16

5. In February 1637, tulip bulb contract prices collapsed abruptly and the trade of tulips ground to a halt. The collapse began in Haarlem, then at the height of an outbreak of bubonic plague. Buyers refused to show up at a routine bulb auction. 
Read a book in which disease plays a role (tell us how) OR read a book in which an auction occurs OR read a book whose title starts with a letter in “HAARLEM” – ignore a/an/the.

Kate has aplastic anemia needs a bone marrow transplant. Her mother and uncle are not matches so she needs to go to other family that does not know about her.
The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16

6. Tulipomania is generally considered the first recorded speculative bubble. The term "tulip mania" is now often used metaphorically to refer to any large economic bubble when asset prices deviate from intrinsic values.
Read a book with bubbles on the cover (post the cover) OR read a book where a main character makes a living by speculating (tell us how – i.e. stock trader, fortune teller, etc.) OR read a book in which the first letter of each title word may be found in TULIPOMANIA – a/an/the DO count; 3 word minimum.
Trust No One Jayne Ann Krentz 5/12/16 

7. To this day, tulips are associated with the Netherlands, and the cultivated forms of the tulip are often called "Dutch tulips." The Netherlands have the world's largest permanent display of tulips at the Keukenhof.
Read a book that takes place in Holland/The Netherlands OR read a book with flowers on its cover (post the cover) OR read a book in which some kind of festival takes place (tell us what).
When Lightning Strikes (Whiskey Creek, #1) by Brenda Novak Brenda Novak 5/13/16


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