**Spring Reading Challenge – 1/9/15 – 30/11/15**

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the **Spring Reading Challenge – 1/9/15 – 30/11/15**;

Our Spring Challenge for 2015 is something a little different. Let’s have a Mini Book Bingo:)

The Rules:
#1. Read a minimum of two (2) rows – either across or down but not diagonal (a total of ten (10) squares) – therefore 10 books!
#2. Where the squares overlap (if they do) you must read that square twice.
#3. Choose your rows; then list (and link) your books in this challenge thread.

Feel free to read as many rows as you want (minimum two)
Make sure you check out the new challenge guidelines

Spring

1.4). Male Main Character
MHI-2 Larry Correia – Monster Hunter Vendetta (Monster Hunter International #2)
Sequel to the Hit Novel, Monster Hunter International. Owen Pitt Never Met a Gun He Didn’t Like, or a Monster He Couldn’t Shoot. But Now, the Monsters are Shooting Back . . .
Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old One’s invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.
The Condition is led by a fanatical necromancer known as the Shadow Man. The government wants to capture the Shadow Man and has assigned the enigmatic Agent Franks to be Owen’s full time bodyguard, which is a polite way of saying that Owen is monster bait.
With supernatural assassins targeting his family, a spy in their midst, and horrific beasties lurking around every corner, Owen and the staff of Monster Hunter International don’t need to go hunting, because this time the monsters are hunting them. Fortunately, this bait is armed and very dangerous . . .

(Media:audiobook)
VERDICT: ★★★★
Ignoring the Vox Day and the Sad Puppies bollocks, a good ‘boys own adventure’ style book.

4.5.) Female main character
Uprooted Naomi Novik – Uprooted
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

(Media:audiobook)
VERDICT: ★★★.★

1.1). Short listed or has won a book prize
Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel (1998)
The Sparrow Mary Doria Russell – The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being “human.” Words like “provocative” and “compelling” will come to mind as you read this shocking novel about first contact with a race that creates music akin to both poetry and prayer.
(Media: audiobook)
VERDICT: ★★★★
“Not one sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” (Matthew 10:29)
“But the sparrow still falls.”

PLAN:

1.2.) Love that cover! :
1.3.) Published this year : Terry Pratchett – The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld, #41; Tiffany Aching, #5)
1.5.) By an Aussie Author you’ve never read : Richard Flanagan – The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Oct challenge)

4.1.) Has been on your TBR for longer than two years : John Green – The Fault in Our Stars (Nov challenge)
4.2.) Favourite genre : [Urban Fantasy] Richard Kadrey – Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim #7)
4.3.) From a friend’s TBR : [Jacinta] Trudi Canavan – The Rogue (Traitor Spy Trilogy, #2)
4.4.) With a red cover : John Scalzi – Redshirt

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