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My 2011 book challenge

Well, my record for finishing reading challenges this year has not been all that great (although I have just completed a Terry Pratchett one) but, nothing daunted, I'm still going to try another year long challenge for 2011. This year what's taken my fancy is the What's in a Name 4 challenge. It's being hosted by Beth Fish Reads and here are a few details:

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.


Good luck with this challenge.

And congrats on finishing the TP one.

To my mind the important thing is you enjoyed what you read, not the number of books you read/challenges you finished *Nods*
Thank you.

The TP one was very useful in that it brought me up to date with the Vimes books and introduced me to Rincewind.

I completely agree. I may hit 60 books this year, less than normal... due to four months off doing you know what in May, June, July and August. ;-) But I couldn't care less. That was all such fun and my tbr pile is not going anywhere. *g*
I still haven't read his new one from last year or the latest Tiffany one *sighs*

TBH I haven't kept count of how many I've read this year. *Grins* Ah, yes, I do know 'what'. Good for you! Fun is what matters.
This looks like fun! If I can come up with a good list, I might have to try it too!
The nice thing is that it can be crossed with other challenges... such as the crime one or Carl's fantasy and horror challenges.