Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Smells as Sweet as a Challenge: What's In a Name?

For the past few years I've enjoyed the What's In a Name Challenge, mainly because it's a challenge that I count on serendipity to complete.  The host (Beth Fish Reads) picks several categories of titles, and I have to hope that I read books fitting each category.  I suppose in December I could seek out a book to fit, but so far the most work I've done is see a book I like on the library's lure shelf and hesitate before realizing it fits a challenge and therefore I have an excuse to check out more books.

This year marks What's In a Name 5 and again Beth has come up with some fun categories that I'll try to complete:
  1. A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title
    • Escape to Witch Mountain, Alexander Key
  2. A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title
    • Cousins of Clouds, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
    • A Star in the Storm, Joan Harlow
    • Sign of the Moon, Erin Hunter
  3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title
    • Toad Away, Morris Gleitzman
    • Earwig and the Witch, Diana Wynne Jones
  4. A book with a type of house in the title
    • The Red House, Edith Nesbit
    • Twenty Palaces, Harry Connolly
    • Dragon Castle, Joseph Bruchac
  5. A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title 
  6. A book with a something you'd find on a calendar in the title



Jim Randolph said...

I don't know why I don't get into these reading challenges. I think it's because I hate being tied to a list. And maybe because I already have a monthly book club book along with personal reading. The one I signed up for this year is the TBR Double Dare in which you can only read books that you already own (excepting book club books) from Jan 1 to April 1. I need to clear off some shelves and some reader guilt!

Have fun with your challenges!

Melanie said...

Ooh, this challenge looks like it'll take some creativity!