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‘What’s In A Name 4’… Second Part Of This Challenge Completed

Welcome to the fourth: …..‘What’s in a Name Challenge!’ update…

New category completed:  A book with a life stage in the title…
My entry in this category:  ‘A DEAD Man’s Debt’ by Grace Elliot

The new host of this challenge, ‘Beth Fish Reads’, credits it  with being one of the prime reasons for her becoming a blogger and judging from the sign up response, she has every right to feel proud.
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:
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title:  
  3. A book with a size in the title:
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title:  ‘The High Flyer’ by Susan Howatch….. Click here to read my thoughts on this book.
  5. A book with evil in the title:
  6. A book with a life-stage in the title:  ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ by Grace Elliot … Click here to read my thoughts on this book

Choosing the books was great fun for me, but stop by Beth’s links ( there is one for each individual element of the challenge and a round-up link for those who have already completed the challenge) and check out some of the imaginative ways that others have fitted book titles so neatly into the category briefs.

You’ll also find some great recommendations amongst the many books and reviews that have been posted.

Two down, four to go…..but at least I have all the books picked out and waiting in line, the order I read them in does depend on my mood though!!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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 Nikkin-ann,

    It was surprisingly good fun trying to select the books for the various categories, but now I have them stacked separately, the order I read them in will depend solely on my mood at the time.

    I picked this as my challenge for the year because it sounded quite an interesting way to select the books to read and because I only need to commit to 6 books to complete it.

    Some of the other challenges out there (including the one you are participating in) sound great, but I know that I would get too stressed trying to fit in all the books required, at least I stand a fighting chance of completing this one and actually enjoying it at the same time.

  • Hi Yvonne

    Which books did you pick?

    So far I have managed the Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and the Small Hand by Susan Hill. Both are really good. I’ll probably go for The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner next, but checking out all of the different book ideas is pretty good fun. 2 books from 6 already read, it’s nice to feel ahead on a reading challenge for once.

    This is the only one I’m sticking to 100%. I’ve joined several reading groups on Goodreads and I’m overwhelmed by the number of Monthly reads, I’d have to finish a book every other day to keep up. I read fast but that’s not gonna happen!


    • Hi Chris,

      I have all the books picked out and have read my third choice – ‘Apartment 3b’, by Patricia Scanlan. The review is not yet complete, although I have made notes ready for the blog, but at the moment I am busy reading and reviewing a book for a new author, which is good experience.

      I checked out the three books that you mentioned and although I am not too sure about ‘The Small Hand’ or ‘The Red Necklace’, I really like the sound of ‘The Thirteenth Tale’, so that’s already been added to my wish list.

      I still haven’t done anything about joining ‘Goodreads’, but to be honest, I am so busy with the blog, the bookshop and my volunteering, that I wouldn’t be able to commit to the volumes of reading you are obviously doing.

      I have also met so many nice people her in ‘Blogland’, that I spend quite a lot of time chatting and reading their excellent blogs, so I don’t feel too deprived by not joining a networking site.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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