I have officially completed the What’s In A Name 5 Challenge.

As I mentioned last week when I signed up for the 2013 version of The What’s in a Name Challenge, this has been my favorite reading challenge for the past several years. Beth Fish Reads always manages to come up with an interesting, fun and just challenging enough categories for this one.

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 “topographical feature (land formation)” in the title: The Ridge by Michael Koryta. This is an excellent suspense thriller with just a touch of supernatural.

A book with “something you’d see in the sky” in the title: River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters. One of my very favorite audiobook series featuring the inimitable Amelia Peabody

A book with a “creepy crawly” in the title: The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout. My first exposure to Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie made me want to read more of this classic series.

A book with a “type of house” in the title: The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak. The story of Catherine the Great of Russia as seen through the eyes of a palace servant.

A book with “something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack” in the title: Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber. This is typical Macomber feel good predictable fare but only barely connected to her Blossom Street series.

A book with “something you’d find on a calendar” in the title: Blue Monday by Nicci French. This is the first in a planned mystery/suspense series featuring a psychotherapist.

Big thanks to Beth Fish Reads for a fun and interesting challenge!