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: eg. First to Die, Seven Up, Thirteen Reasons Why
2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: eg. Diamond Ruby, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Opal Deception
3. A book with a size in the title: eg. Wide Sargasso Sea, Small Wars, Little Bee
4. A book with travel or movement in the title: eg. Dead Witch Walking, Crawling with Zombies, Time Traveler's Wife
5. A book with evil in the title: eg. Bad Marie, Fallen, Wicked Lovely
6. A book with a life stage in the title: eg. No Country for Old Men, Brideshead Revisited, Bog Child
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 not only allowed but encouraged.
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.
So that's it! I'm not planning to make a list that I must stick by but I did have a look at my tbr pile and found a few possibilities:
1. Number: The Seventh Gate - Richard Zimler. Seventy Two Virgins - Boris Johnson. Four Ways to be a Woman - Sue Reidy. Four and Twenty Blackbirds - Cherie Priest.
2. Jewelry or a gem: City of Pearl - Karen Traviss
3. Size: Small Gods - Terry Pratchett. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy. The Small Hand - Susan Hill. The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters.
4. Travel or Movement: Paragon Walk - Anne Perry
5. Evil: The Evil Seed - Joanne Harris. A Darkling Plain - Philip Reeve.
6. Life Stage: The Mummy Case - Elizabeth Peters. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - Alexander McCall Smith. The Vicar's Daughter - E.H. Young. The Wood Wife - Terri Windling. Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs.
Funny how the categories I thought would be easy, were not, and the hard ones - a life stage etc - it turned out I had loads of options. And the truth of the matter is that it's likely I'll not end up reading many of these but will find alternatives that I want to read instead! But then... that's half the fun. Looking forward to this one immensely.