When I started blogging last year I noticed a lot of reading challenges in which I wanted to participate. I started out with the best of intentions, but sadly my ambition petered out and I didn’t complete any of them. One of my problems, I think, was that I did not have a plan of action; that is, I should have selected the books ahead of time so that I had a focus.
The What’s in a Name Challenge, hosted by Beth Fish Reads, is one of the challenges I failed at in 2010, but in 2011 I am going to attempt it again. And because I have an absurd amount of books on my to-read shelf, I am making (almost) all of my selections for this challenge from them.
The challenge is fairly straightforward: 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: Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris Completed!
2.A book with jewelry or a gem in the title Suggestions please? I have nothing (NOTHING) on my shelf that meets this requirement Summer at Tiffany — Completed!
3.A book with a size in the title: The Whole Five Feet by Christopher R. Beha Completed!
4.A book with evil in the title: The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
5.A book with a life stage in the title: Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden Completed!
6.A book with travel or movement in the title: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
So aside from the jewelry/gem title, I’m set to go!
Have you read any of these books? Do you have other recommendations for any of these categories?