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A Great New Challenge For 2011

I would be the first to admit that I am not a great one for challenges ….. Many of them seem to involve reading as many books as possible, in the shortest amount of time. Personally, I find that this is quite destructive, when to me, the whole idea of curling up with a good book, is to spend as much time as I like, enjoying and savouring it…..
This challenge however, sounds much more up my street…..You only need to commit to 6 books during the course of the year, one from each category and being imaginative with the books you choose, is all part of the challenge…..
You will initially need to cross over to ‘Beth Fish Reads’, in order to register your interest in taking part and she will fully explain all the do’s and don’ts to you, but in brief …..
Welcome to the fourth:
‘What’s in a Name Challenge!’

This challenge was originated by a young blogger named Annie, who hosted it for two years. When she decided to give up on being the host, ‘Beth Fish Reads’ took over the challenge.

She credits this challenge with being one of the prime reasons for her becoming a blogger, so she is thrilled to be it’s new host.


Here’s How It Works

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

The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.


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.


On January 1,  Beth will publish 7 posts, each with a Mr. Linky (one for each category and one for your wrap-up post), on her blog, so you’ll have a place post links to your reviews (bloggers) or leave comments (non-bloggers) as you finish up each category.

You need to cross over to Beth’s site sometime soon and sign up for the challenge.

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Hello Cath,

    I like the fact that it is quite a relaxed challenge, nothing too frenetic, or with too much committment time wise.

    6 books in a year is manageable and still leaves plenty of scope for other reading.

    Finding the books could also be quite fun, plenty of room for individual interpretation.

  • I’ve almost made up my mind to join in, Yvonne. I’ve been off colour today (the grandson shared his nasty cough) so have had a bit of fun looking through my book shelves and finding a few possibilities. The one I thought would be the most difficult, a book with a life stage, turned out to be the easiest, with four nominations. And yes, six books is entirely doable in a year.

  • Hi Cath,

    It would be great if you decided to join in.

    You are much more organised than me. I haven’t even looked through my bookshelves, but hey, for 6 books, it can’t be that difficult, can it? ha,ha!!

    Famous last words.

  • Hi Violet,

    As I am still in my first few months of blogging, this is the first time I have come up against the culture of ‘challenges’.

    I get so little time to read and blog as it is, that committing more time, in order to fulfil challenges, is going to very difficult.

    This one appeals to me because it only involves 6 books during the year, so I shall probably stick with just the single challenge for 2011

  • Yay! I’m so glad you’re joining in the fun! Hope you like the categories. I love to see how everyone finds a title (some creatively!) to meet each category. Enjoy!

  • Hi Beth F,

    Hope you didn’t mind me copying your post onto my site, but I thought it may drum up some interest on this side of the pond?

    The categories look good to me, although I may not be saying that when I am frantically trying to find books in my TBR pile to fit them!

    Got the first couple picked out, can’t wait for January 1st. Thanks for hosting yet again, it is appreciated.

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  • Hi Yvonne
    This challenge looks like fun. I think I’ll have a go at this one. I’d better look through the books I already have piled throughout the house first, but then I think a search on amazon is just what I need over this cold snowy weekend!

  • Hi Chris,

    It will be great if you decide to take part in the challenge. You do not need a blog to take part, but do not forget to follow the link and register with Beth F.

    I really should get to grips with choosing some books, but I have a lot on for the next couple of weeks, so perhaps over Christmas may be a good plan?

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