The What’s in a Name? Challenge has been my favorite reading challenge for the past several years. I love that Beth Fish Reads is keeping this challenge alive. It was the one and only challenge I joined this year.

It’s fun and she manages to come up with new categories every year that provide a nice mix of easy, fun and challenging. I’m always surprised at which one ends up being harder than I expect to complete.

For this year’s challenge readers were once again required to read 6 books. The books had to be chosen based on words their titles matching up with the six categories. I managed to find books to fit most of the categories from within books I already had on my TBR list. Some of the categories were harder than others but they were all fun to pick which book to use.

Here are the books I read for each category (links are to my reviews):

A book with a “number” in the title: The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is the second Sherlock Holmes book and since I’d recently read the first it worked out well that this one fit the category.

A book with “jewelry or a gem” in the title: Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell. I’d had this book for over a year and was glad to have incentive to finally put it at the top of the to be read list.

A book with a “size” in the title: The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith. This was my only audiobook entry for this year’s challenge. I’ve always enjoyed the audio version of this series.

A book with a travel or movement” in the title: Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante. I can’t tell you how many times I looked at my TBR list and my library wish list trying to find a book that fit this category. Finally one day the light bulb went on. “Turn” . . . duh!

A book with “evil” in the title: Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton. I appreciate the flexibility that is built into the challenge and that stretching a bit to find a title to fit is not discouraged.

A book with a “life stage” in the title: The Burning Girl by Mark Billingham. I had several possible books for this category and this is just the first one that fit that I happened to read.

I’ve already signed up for the 2012 version of this challenge and I’m having a great time browsing my TBR list for books that will fit the new categories. If you want to find out more about the 2012 challenge and join up head over to Beth Fish Reads and sign up.

If you’re thinking about joining here are the categories for 2012:

  • A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley
  • A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title: Moon Called, Seeing Stars, Cloud Atlas
  • A book with a creepy crawly in the title: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
  • A book with a type of house in the title: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Ape House
  • A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: Sarah’s Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
  • A book with a something you’d find on a calendar in the title: Day of the Jackal, Elegy for April, Freaky Friday, Year of Magical Thinking

Admit it . . . you’re already thinking of books you have that will fit, aren’t you?