Thursday, December 22, 2016

January 2017 Scavenger challenge - Timepieces

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

Duration: January 1 – January 31, 2017

Clocks have been with us since the dawn of ancient human civilizations, and much of life as we know it has come to depend on precise measurements of time. Since the beginning of a new year makes so many of us think about the passage of time, we've come up with this challenge about the history of clocks and other timepieces as a way to kick off 2017. 

1. Tracking of time via mechanical or other means appeared over 5500 years ago in Ancient Egypt, the southern region of ancient Mesopotamia that is today regarded as the birthplace of modern civilization. Sundials began appearing in ancient Egypt around the 4th millennia BC, with the earliest known obelisk being made around 3500 BC. 
☼ Read a book with a sunny scene on the cover (post the cover) OR a book set in an ancient civilization. 
Jordan's Return by Samantha Chase Jordan's Return Samantha Chase 1/7/17

2. Even though he was not the original creator of clock mechanisms, Peter Henlein is today regarded as the father of the modern age of clocks. With his 1510 invention of the small pocket watch, he instantly became famous and provided inspiration for countless other innovators who came after him.
☼ Read a book with a character who is innovative in some way (tell us how) OR a book by an author whose first or last name begins with P or H.

H is an agronomist. He creates different strains of day lilies.
Galahad in Jeans Jennifer Blake 1/2/17

3. By the 16th century, mechanical devices started finding their way out of industrial laboratories, and time-measuring devices based on pendulums and springs began appearing across Europe, enabling a new era of dependable and precise time keeping. 
 Read a book set in a European country (tell us which country) OR a book in which an object is used for a purpose other than which it was intended (tell us how). 
31 Days of Winter C.J. Fallowfield 1/10/17

4. The rise of railroad networks in the 19th century brought with it the need for global standardization of time and the corresponding expansion of clocks, especially after several accidents occurred that could have been prevented if all railways used the same timekeeping. 
☼ Read a book with a train or train tracks on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}; post the cover) OR a book that seems to follow a "standard" formula for its genre.
Lancelot of the Pines Jennifer Blake 1/1/17

5. During World War I, pocket watches gained competition from small, extremely portable, and easy-to-use wrist watches. With the improved technologies of automatic winding and increasingly smaller designs, wrist watches very quickly became the most popular type of portable clocks in the world. 
☼ Read a book set during World War I or with WAR on its main GR page OR a book by an author whose books you reach for automatically, without question. 
Hell on Wheels Julie Ann Walker 1/9/17

6. Decades of innovations enabled us to start using electronic watches of many designs. In 1969, the ground-breaking quartz analog watch was released, Subsequently, in 1973, liquid-crystal quartz digital watches were released, followed by solar-powered quartz analog watches in 1976 and radio-controlled watches in 1990. 
☼ Read a book originally published between 1969 and 1990 (inclusive) OR a book with a Q or Z in its title.
A Question of Honor Charles Todd 1/18/17

7. Tell us your favorite timekeeping device and how you keep track of time on a daily basis.
☼ Read a book with a timepiece of some sort on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}; post the cover) OR a book with TIME in the title (compound and possessive words are ok)
That Time with Sugar Tess Oliver 1/28/17

See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link above for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for this challenge.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover or specific author initials or name/s, you must include a link to the book cover and/or author's name, respectively.* 
PLEASE NOTE: When we say that an item must be visible in the Goodreads thumbnail, we mean the little cover that shows up in a post, not the cover on the book's main page. 
    * If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.

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