Saturday, December 5, 2009

What's in a name challenge.

I know I've taken on a lot of reading in the new year, but this challenge intrigued me and I thought it might just push me to read that pile of books I keep dusting. So here it goes. If you're interested in joining us the info is below. Have fun.

The What's in a Name Challenge, hosted for its first two years by Annie, was the challenge that pushed me over the edge and got me into blogging. I've always had a soft spot for this one.

Annie, a young teenager, has decided to relinquish her hosting duties for this challenge. I just can't let it go. I hope people can find a place for this in their challenge schedules. There's a lot of room for flexibility and it's only six books!

Picking the categories was harder than I thought it would be. For inspiration I turned to Annie's challenge blog. Last summer, she asked participants to suggest categories, and people came up with some great ideas. I stole many of them.

So here's how it works: Between January 1 and December 31, 2010, read one book in each of the following categories:

1. A book with a food in the title: Clockwork Orange, Grapes of Wrath, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
2. A book with a body of water in the title: A River Runs through It, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, The Lake House
3. A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: The Murder of King Tut, The Count of Monte Cristo, Lady Susan
4. A book with a plant in the title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Wind in the Willows, The Name of the Rose
5. A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Out of Africa; London; Between, Georgia
6. A book with a music term in the title: Song of Solomon, Ragtime, The Piano Teacher

The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.
Other Things to Know

* Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
* Books may overlap other challenges.
* Books may not overlap categories; you need a different book for each category.
* Creativity for matching the categories is allowed.
* You do not have to make a list of books before hand.
* You do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.
* There will be a single prize at the end of the challenge. Readers who complete the challenge and write up a wrap-up post (or wrap-up comment) are eligible. I'll figure out a way to make it international.






So here are my choices:

1. A book with a food in the title:

Crocodile Soup

2. A book with a body of water in the title:

Lady in the Lake

3. A book with a title in the title (queen/pricess)

the Constant Princess

4. A book with a plant or tree in the title:

The Blue Dahlia.

5. A book with a place name in the title:

Out of Africa

6. A book with a music term in the title:

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

4 comments:

Jeanne said...

Ooohhh this sounds awesome Irene. I'm reading the John Adams biography right now by David McCullough that will take me through the end of December I spect lol. I'll start researching which books I'm going to read. Thanks!

Beth F said...

Oh boy! I'm so glad you joined the challenge. I like your reading list. Out of Africa is a fascinating read.

Annie said...

Sounds so interesting this one Irene...I wonder if I can jump in and say thta I'll do it...will have to copy and paste here and move it over to my sidebar so I don't forget
and decide on the books later.

Annie said...

Out of Africa a favorite for me too....

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