Thursday, December 22, 2016

From Sea to Shining Sea - Tennesssee

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

From Sea to Shining Sea - Tennessee
Duration: Jan 01, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017

1. Tennessee became the sixteenth state to enter the United States, having ratified the constitution on June 01, 1796. Its capital is Nashville. The meaning of the state name is uncertain, so is its origin. Some accounts suggest that it is the Cherokee modification of an earlier Yuchi word, meaning meeting place or river of the great bend. There are several anecdotes about the origin of the current spelling of Tennessee, but, officially it was Daniel Smith, the secretary of the old Southwest Territory, who proposed the first draft of the constitution for the formation of the new state, Tennessee. 
Read a book first published in a year with the numbers 9 or 6 in it (tell us the publication year) -or- read a book with 3 sets of double letters in the title and/or author name (for example, smaLL gods by teRRy pratcheTT; murder in miSSiSSiPPi by John Safran; etc.) -or- read a book in which something is named (a baby, a new road, a building etc.) Tell us the name.
Undo Me M. Robinson 1/6/17

2. Tennessee ties with the state of Missouri as the state bordering the most number of states, eight. The border states of Tennessee are, Kentucky (KY) and Virginia (VA) to the north; North Carolina (NC) to the east; Georgia (GA), Alabama (AL) and Mississippi (MS) to the south; Arkansas (AR), Missouri (MO) on the Mississippi river to the west. Tennessee has had several nicknames, the most popular being Volunteer State. The nickname originated during the war of 1812, in which the volunteer soldiers from the state, serving under Gen. Andrew Jackson, displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans.
Read a series book with at least 9 books published -or- read a book whose title has words that start with the two letters of the postal code of Tennessee's neighboring states (KY, VA, NC, GA, AL, MS, AR or MO; for example, The Nice and the Good (G and A), All for Love (A and L)) -or- read a book whose main protagonist is a soldier, any country, any branch, any time in history.
Skin Game Jim Butcher 1/3/17

3. Tennessee's state bird is the Mockingbird, the flower is Iris, the tree is Tulip Poplar. Rescued cat or dog is Tennessee's state pet. Perhaps fittingly, Tennessee has 13 official state songs. The state motto is one of the shortest and most succinct of all United States, "Agriculture and Commerce" which is taken from its state seal. The state seal also represents this symbolically, with the river boat representing commerce and the plow, sheaf of wheat and cotton stalk representing agriculture.
✒ Read a book whose cover is predominantly dark purple -or- read a book whose title has a word matching a word in one of the Tennessee's official state song title (exclude The, in and of) -or- read a book in which the main character farms or is in a business.
Galahad in Jeans Jennifer Blake 1/2/17

4. The Clinton Engineer Works, which became the Oak Ridge Reservation, was the administrative and military headquarters for the Manhattan Project- the massive American, British, and Canadian operation that developed the atomic bomb. It was home to more than 75,000 people who built and operated the city and industrial complex in the hills of East Tennessee. It had several nicknames, including Atomic City, Secret City, the Ridge, the City Behind the Fence. The Oak Ridge Reservation had three parallel industrial processes for uranium enrichment and experimental plutonium production. Two years after World War II ended, Oak Ridge was shifted to civilian control, under the authority of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). 
✒ Read a book that deals with the World War II or any war in which nuclear explosives are a threat -or- read a book which is set in a campus of some sort (industrial or educational) -or- read a book in which people work towards something that is not wholly explained to them, explain how the book fits.
The Year We Fell Down Sarina Bowen 1/4/17

5. Nashville, Tennessee's capital city, is a center of the country music industry, earning it the nickname of Music City, USA. Nashville was always musical, its first celebrity, Davy Crockett, the noted frontiersman and congressman, was noted for his colorful stories and fiddle playing. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were the ones who put Nashville on the map as a musical city. Queen Victoria, upon hearing them sing, stated that these singers must surely come from a music city. In 1925, the establishment of radio station WSM and its launch of the broadcast that would be called the Grand Ole Opry further secured Nashville’s reputation as a musical center and sparked its durable nickname of Music City. The Opry, still staged live every week, is America’s longest-running radio show, in continuous production for more than 85 years. Today, Big Four record labels, as well as numerous independent labels, have offices in Nashville, mostly in the Music Row area. It is the second largest music production center in the United States (after New York).
✒ Go to and generate a random number between 1-100. Match the number to the song on the list of 100 Greatest Country Music Songs of all Time. Then, either a) read a book that fits the song lyrics in some fashion (explain how) or b) read a book whose author's initials matches that of the singer* or c) read a book first published the year the song released. Mention which option you chose.
*Note: For groups like Alabama, use the initials AL, Stanley Brothers, SB and so on.

b) read a book whose author's initials matches that of the singer*
#88 Jerry Jeff Walker Desperadoes Waiting for a Train 1973
Hell on Wheels Julie Ann Walker 1/9/17

6. The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a sub-range of the Appalachian Mountains. The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which protects most of the range. The park was established in 1934, and, with over 9 million visits per year, it is the most-visited national park in the United States. The name "Smoky" comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance. This fog is caused by the vegetation exhaling volatile organic compounds, chemicals that have a high vapor pressure and easily form vapors at normal temperature and pressure. The Great Smokies are part of an International Biosphere Reserve, they have also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are also home to the densest black bear population in the Eastern United States and the most diverse salamander population outside of the tropics. 
✒ Read a book whose cover shows a mountain (must be visible on the GR thumbnail, post the cover) -or- read a book in which a bear makes an appearance -or- read a book in which the main character smokes.
Crave Me M. Robinson 1/7/17

7. Sequoyah, named in English as George Gist, was a Cherokee silversmith. He was born in the Cherokee town of Tuskegee (Monroe County of Tennessee). In 1821 he completed his independent creation of a Cherokee syllabary, making reading and writing in Cherokee possible. This was one of the very few times in recorded history that a member of a pre-literate people created an original, effective writing system. When Sequoyah first began creating the system, he sought to create a character for each word in the Cherokee language. After a year of this effort, during which his fields went unplanted and neighbors suspected he had lost his mind, he decided to develop a symbol for each syllable. He first taught the syllabary to his six year old daughter because he did not find adults willing to learn it. But soon enough, after becoming convinced of its worth, the people of the Cherokee Nation rapidly began to use his syllabary and officially adopted it in 1825. This syllabic writing inspired others to create their own syllabaries, such as the Alaskan Cree syllabary developed by a missionary.
Read a book in which a character shuts themselves off for an extended period of time for whatever reason (mention how the book fits) -or- read a book that has generated some hype and dialogue -or- read a book with a Native American main character.

(He's living on an island on a loch in Scotland. Dan only leaves for a 4 hour period every afternoon but does not tell anyone why. He's been there for 3 years. It's part of the hook to get you to read the next book!) 
31 Days of Winter C.J. Fallowfield 1/10/17 

8. Tennessee whiskey is straight whiskey produced in Tennessee. Although it has been legally defined as a bourbon whiskey in some international trade agreements, most current producers of Tennessee whiskey disclaim references to their products as "bourbon" and do not label them as such on any of their bottles or advertising materials. The best known among these is Jack Daniel's, which is the top selling American whiskey in the world, produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Unlike the internet myths of Kentucky's whiskey trail, Jack Daniel's Distillery does indeed sit in the middle of a dry county, and the product is not available for purchase at stores or restaurants within the county. Its founder Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel was born in 1850 and has many apocryphal tales told about him, the most repeated one being that of the cause of his death - it is said that Daniel injured his toe one early morning at work by kicking his safe in anger when he could not get it to open, which later led to fatal blood poisoning.
✒ Read a book that is a genre book but doesn't call itself that (for example, a general fiction book that is really a mystery or a romance) -or- read a book with a character or author named Jack or Daniel (reasonable variations okay) -or- read a book in which a character suffers an injury in an absurd fashion (it needn't be fatal).
Read a book with a character named Daniel 
31 Days of Summer C.J. Fallowfield 1/12/17

9. Three presidents of the United States resided in Tennessee, none having born in the state. Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, was born in what is now the North Carolina/South Carolina border, to a farming family of modest means. He was appointed colonel in the Tennessee militia in 1801, which became his political as well as military base. The 11th President, James K. Polk and the 17th president, Andrew Johnson, were both born in North Carolina, and both later lived in and represented Tennessee. Other famous Tennesseans include writers James Agee and Robert Penn Warren, actor Morgan Freeman, and multiple singers including Dolly Parton, Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus.
✒ Read a book in which the main character moves permanently to a different place for whatever reason -or- "read" an audio book narrated by someone whose voice you really enjoy (tell us who) -or- read a book on the Goodreads Popular Books by Month. Books can be on the list for any of these months: November 2016, December 2016, January 2017 or February 2017. Mention on which month's list your book appears.
Forbid Me M. Robinson 1/5/17

10. In Tennessee, it is illegal to hold hands at school. It is also a crime to share your Netflix password. You may not gather and consume roadkill. A whale is the only game that can be shot from a moving vehicle. More than 8 women cannot live in the same house because that would constitute a brothel. And in Nashville, you cannot tie yourself to a vehicle and roller-blade down the highway.
✒ Read a book with a cover showing two people holding hands (post the cover) -or- read a book which has the genre Time Travel on its main page -or- read a book which has at least 8 named women among its characters. 
10. Read a book with a cover showing two people holding hands 
Sunrise Crossing (Ransom Canyon, #4) by Jodi Thomas Sunrise Crossing Jodi Thomas 1/12/17 

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