read_warbler (read_warbler) wrote,

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.
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