**Spring Challenge – 1/9/16 – 30/11/16**

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the **Spring Challenge – 1/9/16 – 30/11/16**;

For our Spring Seasonal Challenge we have a SPELL IT OUT with a difference! There are three levels of achievement for you to choose from.
You may use EITHER the first letter of the title OR the first letter of the christian or surname of an author for each letter. You may ignore the ‘A’, ‘An’, ‘The’ at the beginning of titles to get to the first significant word. Choose a level, choose a word, and have fun!

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Rules:
#1. List (and LINK) all the books you plan to read for the challenge.
#2. Upon completion of a book, rate it and update your progress.
#3. Don’t forget our minimum of 125 pages – full guidelines HERE
#4. At least ONE Aussie author is required – but challenge yourself to read as many as you can 🙂

I’m going with the Easy 5-6 books challenge as I have been very slow on the reading lately and just getting back into the swing.
Five letter word – BIRDS

B : Bear in the Back Seat
bear Carolyn Jourdan, Kim DeLozier – Bear in the Back Seat
Wall Street Journal Best Seller! This is the first volume in a series of true stories from “[a]n extraordinary landscape populated with befuddled bears, hormonally-crazed elk, homicidal wild boars, hopelessly timid wolves, and nine million tourists, some of whom are clueless.”
In Kim DeLozier’s world, when sedated wild black bears wake up unexpectedly in the back seat of a helicopter in mid-flight, or in his car as he’s driving down the highway, or in his office while he’s talking on the phone, it’s just another day in the park.
You’ll love seeing Kim and a fellow ranger tested as they bravely take on the task of relocating 77 live skunks by sedating them with darts from homemade blowguns, especially when the pickup truck load of stinkers wakes up while still in transit.
An hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the #1 most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over thirty years, Kim DeLozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America — and the bears from tourists who get too close.
Written with 3-Time Wall Street Journal bestselling author Carolyn Jourdan who has several highly-regarded #1 Amazon bestsellers about the Smoky Mountains and Appalachia. Her other books are “Heart in the Right Place,” “Medicine Men,” and “Out on a Limb.”

(Media: audiobook)
VERDICT: ★★★★

I : Ian Tregillis
morethannight Ian Tregillis – Something More Than Night
Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler-inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.
Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.
Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.
Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel — the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey
Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos.

(Media: audiobook)
VERDICT:

R : (A) River Not Yet Tamed
allrivers01 Nancy Cato – A River Not Yet Tamed
Philadelphia Gordon is an artist, a riverboat skipper, a beautiful and independent woman. Orphaned by a shipwreck, Philadelphia grows up on the banks of her beloved Murray River, seemingly destined for a conventional life. But tragedy leads her first to a successful career as a painter, then to marriage to the dashing captain of the paddle-steamer that bears her name. This epic novel, set against the panoramic countryside and winding rivers of Australia, is her story, as powerful and unforgettable as its heroine.
(Media: audiobook)
Series: All the Rivers Run, Book 1
Also in October 2016 Challenge
VERDICT: ★★★.★
Having memories of the TV series this book feels like an introduction for book 2 as we have ended up in Echuca, but the paddle steamers are still a background item at this stage.

D : David Attenborough
attenborough David Attenborough – Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster
David Attenborough hardly needs any introduction; his voice has accompanied so many of the best natural history programs that have graced our televisions over several decades. Life On Air, his autobiography, tells the story of how he has managed to professionalise his schoolboy interests in such a remarkably successful way.
Attenborough’s Life On Air began in 1950, having taken a degree in Natural Sciences in the University of Cambridge, done National Service in the Navy, got married, done a year as an editor with an educational publisher, had a son and then answered a BBC recruiting ad in the Times. Turned down for BBC Radio, he was offered a traineeship in BBC TV which was pioneering the medium in Britain and he has never looked back. The rest is TV history and you can read Sir David’s personal view of it all in his engaging and highly entertaining book. …

(Media: audiobook)
VERDICT: ★★★★

S : Staked
staked Kevin Hearne – Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #8)
Iron Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne’s epic New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series, has a point to make—and then drive into a vampire’s heart.
When a druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It’s time to make a stand.
As always, Atticus wouldn’t mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it’s not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki’s mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.
As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won’t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

(Media: audiobook)
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 8
VERDICT:

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