Monday, 26 December 2011

What's in a Name Reading Challenge

I looked at this challenge last year and it seemed like fun, but I was just a little too late to join in then. This year I'm going to be there at the starting line, and look forward to ferreting out books that fulfil the criteria. What's in a Name, hosted by Beth Fish Reads, is a challenge to read six books whose title suits the following descriptions:

  1. A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley
  2. A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title: Moon Called, Seeing Stars, Cloud Atlas
  3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
  4. A book with a type of house in the title: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Ape House
  5. A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: Sarah's Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
  6. 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

I reckon the topographical feature category will finally get me to read Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder, which has been on my TBR pile since it came out earlier this year and which I'm dying to get to. For the creepy crawly I've got my eye on The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. As for the rest, I'll give it some thought and see what transpires. I like random challenges like this, so it should be fun.

1.  Archipelago by Monique Roffey
2.  Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3.  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
4. The Tent, the Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy
5.  The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue
6.  February Flowers by Fan Wu


  1. I'm doing this challenge too - and love seeing your choices. Definitely go with The Glass Castle - I loved it.

  2. Thanks for the recommendation - I shall pop over to Amazon now and have a look :-)