Friday, December 10, 2010

What's in a Name Challenge 4

 When I started blogging last year I noticed a lot of reading challenges in which I wanted to participate.  I started out with the best of intentions, but sadly my ambition petered out and I didn't complete any of them.  One of my problems, I think, was that I did not have a plan of action; that is, I should have selected the books ahead of time so that I had a focus. 

  The What's in a Name Challenge, hosted by Beth Fish Reads, is one of the challenges I failed at in 2010, but in 2011 I am going to attempt it again.  And because I have an absurd amount of books on my to-read shelf, I am making (almost) all of my selections for this challenge from them.

  The challenge is fairly straightforward:  between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:

1.A book with a number in the title: Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris  Completed!

2.A book with jewelry or a gem in the title   Suggestions please?  I have nothing (NOTHING) on my shelf that meets this requirement  Summer at Tiffany -- Completed!

3.A book with a size in the title:  The Whole Five Feet by Christopher R. Beha  Completed!

4.A book with evil in the title:  The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston

5.A book with a life stage in the title:  Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden  Completed!

6.A book with travel or movement in the title: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

So aside from the jewelry/gem title, I'm set to go! 

Have you read any of these books?  Do you have other recommendations for any of these categories?


  1. How about Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbon, The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott, Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart, Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott Andrew Selby, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi, Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume, The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum? These are a few on my book lists. Good luck!

  2. I've chosen The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields for the jewellery-related book. I was stumped on that one, too :/ Another suggestion is The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl series). Good luck :)

  3. Carin -- Thank you! I do have Summer at Tiffany on my shelf ...

    Teacher/Learner -- I read The Stone Diaries a few years ago and found it interesting but I think I need to revisit it. (I agree with you that the jewelry category was a stumper!)

  4. What's in a name? is my favorite challenge. I hope you complete it this year. Just selecting a book to fit any of the categories is a challenge.

  5. Five Quarters of the Orange is in my top 10 books of all time, Sue! I hope you love it.

    Haven't heard of this challenge before - must check it out.


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