Thursday, March 16, 2017

CCC Spring 2017 Scavenger Challenge

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Spring 2017 Seasonal Scavenger Challenge
Spring has Sprung!!
Duration: March 21 - June 20, 2017

Spring is a time for growing, a time for renewal, and a time for using words that you don’t get to use the rest of the year.

1. Primrose comes from the Medieval Latin, prima rosa, literally meaning "first rose," because it blooms so early in the springtime. Despite the literal translation of its name, the primrose is not a rose at all. It is, however, edible, and its flowers can be made into wine. Primrose has recently surfaced in pop culture thanks to the dystopian Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Primrose Everdeen is the name of the main character's cherished kid sister.
✿ Read a book whose cover shows a flower or a blooming tree/shrub OR read a book in which at least 2 sisters are main characters OR read a book whose title starts with a letter found in PRIMROSE (ignore a/an/the).
My One and Only Kristan Higgins 3/28/17

2. In the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical State Fair, the love-sick ingenue sings, "Oh, why should I have spring fever, when it isn't even spring?" The symptom of this pseudo-illness, which entered English in the mid-1800s, is a new-found, almost feverish energy after being confined mostly indoors for the winter. 
☂ Read a book that centers around a fair, festival, or carnival OR read a book whose title is a question OR read a book in which a character fakes an illness or injury.
A Darkness Absolute Kelley Armstrong 4/15/17

3. Pranks executed on the first of April began occurring in continental Europe as early as the mid-1600s, crossing over to the English-speaking world in the late seventeenth century. The targets of these jokes were called April Fools. Traditions vary worldwide; in France, the term poisson d'avril literally meaning "fish of April," describes a traditional trick in which the prankster discretely pins a paper fish to the back of an unknowing victim's shirt on April 1st.
Read a book that takes place in the 1600’s OR read a book in which a trick is played on someone (tell us what) OR read a book with a fish or someone’s back on its cover; remember to post the cover.
Love Beyond Time Bethany Claire 3/24/17

4. Equinox came to English from the Medieval Latin equi- + noct meaning "equally of night (and day)." Twice a year, generally once in late March and once in late September, the sun's path crosses the equator, making the length of day and night more or less the same. The equinox occurring in March is sometimes referred to as the vernal equinox using the Latin root ver meaning "spring."
✿ Read a book whose cover shows an obvious daytime or nighttime scene; post the cover OR read a book published in March or September (any year; tell us the publication date) OR read a book whose main character’s first name starts with a letter in EQUINOX; tell us the character's name.
(September 2008) 
Wild Card Lora Leigh 3/21/17

5. Beltane, an ancient Celtic festival, comes to English from the Gaelic word bealltainn which literally means "May 1st." Traditionally large bonfires would be lit to celebrate this transition from spring to summer, usually in areas dense with people of Celtic ancestry. Perhaps the most notable blowout of this kind is the annual Beltane Fire Festival held in Edinburgh, Scotland. In modern times the neo-pagan community, often associated with the art of fire dancing, has embraced the Beltane festivities.
☂ Read a book whose title contains the word “FIRE” (may be a compound word) OR read a book that takes place in Scotland OR read a book in which a party of some kind is celebrated (tell us what).
(Wyatt's birthday).
Velvet Kisses Addison Moore 4/2/17

6. The fifth month of the year, May, is thought to have gotten its name from the Roman earth goddess, Maia, who personifies spring and fertility. The holiday May Day falls on the first day of May, giving people a chance to celebrate spring with various outdoor activities, including dancing around a maypole. 
Read a book that is the fifth in a series OR read a book in which any type of goddess is mentioned (tell us who) OR read a book in which a main character is pregnant or has just had a baby in the past six months.
Whiskey Kisses Addison Moore 3/31/17

7. Primaveral hails from the Latin prima vera, meaning "prime of springtime." This word shares its root with the Italian dish pasta primavera - pasta served with fresh vegetables. In the 1300s through the 1500s vere-time, or more simply vere, was another way to say springtime, though both of those expressions are now obsolete. 
Read a book with a green cover OR read a book that takes place during the Spring (March, April, May) OR read a book that somehow involves vegetables (i.e. takes place on a farm or at a farmer’s market, or character is a chef.)
Morgan's Hunter (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County, #1) by Cate Beauman Morgan's Hunter Cate Beauman 4/14/17

8. Similarly, vernal, is another word that can be used to describe anything happening or appearing in the springtime, coming from Latin vernus, which means “pertaining to spring.” So if you vernalize something, you make it spring-like. If something has spring-like qualities, you might note its vernality. And if a friend of yours has a lovely garden growing in the spring, you should probably compliment them on their impressive vernation.
Read a book in which a MC loves to garden (need not be professional) OR read a book with any type of green, non-flowering plant on its cover (show us the cover) OR read a book with the letters V-E-R-N in the book's title (do not have to be consecutive, nor in order).
A Million Little Things Susan Mallery 3/22/17

9. Generally used in the American South, blackberry winter refers to a period of cold weather in the late spring, more boringly called a “cold snap.” The term is said to come from chilly weather appearing after the blackberry plants have begun to bloom. Growers hope for no harm to come to the plants so that berries may be feasted on in cobblers throughout summer. 
☀ Read a book that takes place in the US South (AL, AR, DE, GA, FL, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV ) OR read a book with any type of berry on its cover (show us the cover) OR read a book in which the main character is a baker (not chef!) of some kind.
Summer Desserts Nora Roberts 3/27/17

10. Chelidonian: This adjective refers to spring winds, and is derived from the Greek word for swallow (as in the bird, not the thing you do after masticating). Chelidonian winds are said to arise at the first coming of yonder swallows.
✿ Read a book with any word synonymous with wind in its title (i.e. breeze, gale, etc.) OR read a book with a significant “wind scene” (i.e. a tornado, hurricane; briefly tell us about the scene) OR read a book with any type of bird on its cover (show us the cover).
hurricane; the conclusion of the story happens during a hurricane in South Carolina
Because You're Mine Colleen Coble 3/29/17

11. You might know the cuckoo for the clocks these birds decorate, but these migratory birds are also known as the “harbingers of spring,” arriving in places like the British Isles in April. Fun fact: the cuckoo is also known for not hatching its own offspring but depositing its eggs in the nest of other, unsuspecting small birds— which is where we get the term cuckold, referring to the unsuspecting husband of an unfaithful wife, who could be raising another man’s child.
Read a book that takes place in any of the British Isles (England, Ireland, Isle of Man, the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, Scotland, Wales) OR read a book with a nest on its cover (show us the cover) OR read a book in which a spouse or significant other has an affair.
Keeping Sam Joanne Phillips 4/9/17

12. Another fun term derived from the cuckoo, which is known as a gowk in some Scottish dialects, is gowk's-storm. The gowk’s-storm is a spring gale, particularly one that occurs at the time the cuckoo flies onto the scene.
☀ Read a book with a Scottish character OR read a book with a bird’s name in its title or in the author’s name (compound words are okay) OR read a book whose title begins with a letter in GOWK (exclude a/an/the).
Wild Kisses Addison Moore 4/4/17

13. Eating its first grass: In previous centuries, people measured time by the yearly growths of grass, which happen in the spring and early summer. So they might also talk about that wild party that happened “last grass” or someone being seven years old “next grass” or a cow that is “eating its first grass.” 
✿ Read a book with a lawn or field visible on its cover (remember to post the cover) OR read a book in which a character celebrates a birthday OR read a book whose title contains a word that rhymes with GRASS.
How to Fall in Love Cecelia Ahern 3/30/17

14. For centuries, the people of New Hampshire all got together and didn’t eat — or observed a fast — on a day appointed by the governor each spring. Fast Day was proclaimed in New Hampshire in 1681, as a desperate attempt to avert the death of the governor, which had been foretold by Haley’s Comet. Though the original purpose faded, New Hampshirites kept enjoying a three-day holiday until 1991, when the legislature abolished Fast Day.
☂ Read a book that takes place in New Hampshire OR read a book that takes place in the 1600’s OR read a book in which something is foretold; tell us what.
getting a phone call and not wanting to hear the message - mentioned in the prologue but you don't find out until almost the end why she did not want to answer the phone.
Nantucket Nights Elin Hilderbrand 5/1/17

15. Hebe (pronounced HEE-bee), taking her name from the Greek word for youthful prime and puberty, is the daughter of Zeus and Hera, as well as the goddess of youth and spring. So her name has also been used to refer to women in their early youth as well as waitresses and barmaids. 
☀ Read a book whose protagonist is a young female (6-24 years old) OR read a book that takes place in Greece OR read a book featuring someone who works as a waitress or barmaid.
Four Letter Word J. Daniels 3/30/17

16. You probably know that April showers bring May flowers, but you might not know that both March and April are known as “month-brothers,” being the rowdier, stormier siblings to lovely May, known as a “month-sister.” These names come from the poetic stylings of Englishman Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Read a book featuring siblings (tell us who) OR read a book with showers or flowers on its cover (show us the cover) OR read a book of poetry (may be an exception to the 150 pp. rule; however, you wouldn’t be able to use this poetry book in other challenges unless it is 150pp or more.)
(Hallie and Shelly) 
Ever After Jude Deveraux 4/6/17

17. In the Northeast, the straightforwardly named mud time is the period of early spring before the ground is completely thawed and there is much mud. “As soon as spring opens, the people trot out their old shoes,” wrote the New Hampshire Portsmouth Herald in 1902, “and have them patched up to wear through mud time.”
Read a book that takes place in any of the Northeast states (CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, NJ, PA, RI and VT) OR read a book whose setting is primarily a newsroom OR read a book with boots (bonus for galoshes!) on its cover; remember to post the cover.
Desire After Dark Marie Force 3/26/17

18. A pishachi, in South Asia, is known as a spring whirlwind or storm. The word pishachi comes from the Sanskrit term for female demon. 
☀ Read a book that takes place in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Maldives) OR read a book featuring any paranormal creature (tell us what) OR read a book by a female author.
(vampire, werewolves,shifters) 
Where the Wild Things Bite Molly Harper 3/28/17 



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