Friday, May 16, 2014

Nothing but Reading Challenges - April Showers Bring May Flowers Finished

April Showers Bring May Flowers hosted by Nothing but Reading Challenges on Goodreads.

I have now finished this challenge and spelled the flower Daffodil.

For this challenge I thought I'd throw a little educational information into the mix.

If you've read historical novels of the Victorian-era there is a good chance you've come across a book where flowers were used to symbolize how an individual felt about another. The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, was a means of communication in which various flowers, colors, and even the way the arrangement was worn or presented held secret meaning, allowing individuals to express heartfelt emotions and feelings which otherwise might have gone unspoken. The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten and tend to vary by source.

For this challenge you may read:

Option 1 - a combination of books that spell out a type of flower: can use 1st letter of title (or of the next word if a, the, an, etc are first word), 1st letter of a character's name who is in the book, or the first letter of the author's first or last name
Option 2 - a combination of books that mention flowers in them
Option 3 - a combination of books that use floriology in the book
Option 4 - a combination of books that have characters with floral names
Option 5 - a combination of books that mention a flower in the title
Option 6 - a combination of books that have covers that are the color of your favorite flower
Option 7 - any combination of the above

This challenge starts April 1st and goes through May 31st.

Easy - 3 to 4 books.

Moderate - 5 - 7 books.
Difficult - Read 8+ books.

The following list was gotten from iflorist ( ). It was my favorite from all I could find:

My posts for this challenge.

List of books: 
  1. D: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Dina, Main character)
  2. A: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs (Adam, Mercy's mate)
  3. F: Pieces of Eight by Melissa Wright (Frey, Main character)
  4. F: The Breeders by Katie French
  5. O: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  6. D: The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan
  7. I: White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison (Ivy, Rachel's room-mate)
  8. L: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (Lesley, Peter's fellow apprentice)

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