What’s in a Name Challenge 2018

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, What's in a Name | 0 comments

The 2018 What’s in a Name? Challenge

This is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Eleventh Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

What's In A Name 2018

What’s In A Name 2018

Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. It’s not a huge commitment and I usually manage to check off most of the categories randomly without even trying. There are usually a couple of categories that I end up needing to actively search for a book but that’s always a fun search and I’ve found some real gems along the way. This year I picked up both The Disappearing Spoon and The Blue Castle at least partly because of this challenge

The 2018 categories are as follows:

The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. (Examples of books you could choose are in brackets – translations and other languages most definitely count!):

  • The word ‘the’ used twice (The Secret By The Lake; The End Of The Day, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time)
  • A fruit or vegetable (The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society; The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake)
  • A shape (The Ninth Circle, The Square Root Of Summer, Circle Of Friends)
  • A title that begins with Z – can be after ‘The’ or ‘A’ (Zen In The Art Of Writing; The Zookeeper’s Wife, Zelda)
  • A nationality (Anna And The French Kiss; How To Be A Kosovan Bride; Norwegian Wood)
  • A season (White Truffles In Winter; The Spring Of Kasper Meier; The Summer Queen; Before I Fall; The Autumn Throne)

As usual I’ve tried to include some easy categories and some not so. Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole by clicking on the image above.

Half the fun of this challenge is looking for books that might work. I’m looking forward browsing my TBR lists to find books that fit for the 2018 categories.

Hope you decide to join in the fun

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Weekend Update – The 2017 What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap Up

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, Weekend Update, What's in a Name | 2 comments

Weekend Update

The 2017 What’s in a Name? Challenge

This is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Tenth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

What's In A Name 2017

What’s In A Name 2017

Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. I typically end up looking for a book in December to fit that one tricky category that seems to come up almost every year. This year I completed the challenge before the end of May. I think that’s the earliest I’ve ever completed this annual challenge

Here are the 2017 categories and the books I read:
(Clicking the images will take you to my reviews)

A number in numbers 

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough

 

A building

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

 

A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

 

A compass direction

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

 

An item/items of cutlery

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

 

A title in which at least two words share the same first letter

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

 

It’s not too late to join in on this challenge. For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole.

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #70

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, What's in a Name | 8 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

I desperately needed some pure escapism. I’m a fan of fractured fairy tale stuff and this is fun. It’s the first in a middle grade series featuring four rather inept princes trying to save their kingdoms. The princes are the four from Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty. They’re all rather miffed that the storytellers never used their real names and called them all Prince Charming.

 


I did a bit of a binge through this series. I’m all set for when the final volume comes out in January. I’m first on the library hold list for it.

 

Continued in Print

The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

This is actually a reread for me. I originally read it years ago but decided to read it again before continuing with the series. I’m glad I decided to reread it. I’m enjoying it just as much as the first time.

 

Finished on Audio

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

I absolutely loved this. I made The Hubster listen to it too. Last night we watched the movie again for about the gazillionth tine.

 

Started on Audio

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

I still miss Ralph Cosham who narrated this series until his death but Robert Bathurst is doing a fine job.

What are you reading?

Reviews since my last update:

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Chew Volumes 7-11 by John Layman

What are you reading?

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What’s in a Name Challenge 2017

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, What's in a Name | 2 comments

The 2017 What’s in a Name? Challenge

This is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Tenth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

What's In A Name 2017

What’s In A Name 2017

Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. It’s not a huge commitment and I usually manage to check off most of the categories randomly without even trying. There are usually a couple of categories that I end up needing to actively search for a book but that’s always a fun search and I’ve found some real gems along the way. This year I picked up both Drinking in America and Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table at least partly because of this challenge

The 2017 categories are as follows:

The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. (Examples of books you could choose are in brackets – translations and other languages most definitely count!):

  • A number in numbers (84, Charing Cross Road; 12 Years A Slave; 31 Dream Street)
  • A building (The Old Curiosity Shop; I Capture The Castle; House Of Shadows; The Invisible Library; Jamaica Inn)
  • A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it (The Girl Next Door; The Running Vixen)
  • A compass direction (North and South; Guardians Of The West; The Shadow In The North; NW)
  • An item/items of cutlery (The Subtle Knife; Our Spoons Came From Woolworths)
  • A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration! (The Great Gatsby; The Luminous Life Of Lilly Aphrodite; Gone Girl; The Cuckoo’s Calling)

As usual I’ve tried to include some easy categories and some not so. Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole by clicking on the image above.

Half the fun of this challenge is looking for books that might work. I’m looking forwatd browsing my TBR lists to find books that fit for the 2017 categories.

Hope you decide to join in the fun

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Weekend Update – The 2016 What’s In A Name? Challenge Edition

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, Weekend Update, What's in a Name | 5 comments

Weekend Update
The 2016 What’s in a Name? Challenge

This is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Ninth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

2016 What's in a Name? Challenge

What’s In A Name? 2016

Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. It’s not a huge commitment and I usually manage to check off most of the categories randomly without even trying. There are usually a couple of categories that I end up needing to actively search for a book but that’s always a fun search and I’ve found some real gems along the way. This year I picked up both Brown Girl Dreaming and The Ocean at the End of the Lane at least partly because of this challenge

The 2016 categories are as follows:

The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets I’ve included some from other languages, and translations most definitely count!):

  • A country (try not to use Africa!) Suggestions: Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, Xiaolu Guo’s I Am China, Martin Wagner’s Deutschland)
  • An item of clothing (Su Dharmapala’s Saree, Ann Brashare’s The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Javier Moro’s El Sari Rojo; Pierre Lemaitre’s Vestido De Novia)
  • An item of furniture (Marghanita Laski’s The Victorian Chaise-Longue; C S Lewis’s The Silver Chair; Gøhril Gabrielsen’s The Looking-Glass Sisters)
  • A profession (Adriana Trigiani’s The Shoemaker’s Wife; Mikhail Elizarov’s The Librarian)
  • A month of the year (Elizabeth Von Arnim’s The Enchanted April; Rhoda Baxter’s Doctor January)
  • A title with the word ‘tree’ in it (Ai Mi’s Under The Hawthorn Tree; Elle Newmark’s The Sandalwood Tree)

Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole.

Half the fun of this challenge is looking for books that might work. I’ve already had a great time browsing my TBR lists to find books that fit for the 2016 categories. I even found the first in a new to me cozy mystery series that will work for one of the categories for which I didn’t already have something on my list.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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The 2015 What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap-up

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, What's in a Name | 1 comment

The 2015 What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap-up

The 2015 What's in a Name Challenge

The 2015 What’s in a Name Challenge

This is the only challenge I truly commit to and try to complete every year. It’s been my favorite challenge from its very first incarnation. It’s been hosted by several people over the years. For 2015 Charlie at The Worm Hole once again took on the hosting role and did a fabulous job of it.

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 word including ‘ing’ in itBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
I listened to the audio of this one and it was simply wonderful.

A colourThe Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman by Margot Mifflin
This was an interesting true story about a young girl kidnapped by Native Americans in the 1850’s who was later reunited with her only surviving brother but never really fit in to either culture.

A familial relationThe Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
I didn’t love this story about a young woman with Asperger’s who suddenly loses her parents but I’m still glad I finally read it.

A body of waterThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The audio of this book is exceptional because of the fact that Neil Gaiman’s narration is exceptional.

A cityMurder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood
Ballarat is a city in Australia. The audio editions of the Phryne Fisher series are a lot of fun.

An animalWolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
I had to force myself to finish this one. It had it’s moments where I enjoyed it but much of it was a slog.

As always it was a fun challenge. I’m hoping that Charlie will continue this challenge in 2016 because it just a fun one.

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