Saturday, December 22, 2007

What's in a name?

This one just sounds so fun, plus it's only 6 books instead of 12 for the year, we can overlap with other challenges, and change our list at any time. Just the kind of challenge I'm liking these days!

"What's In A Name?" Reading Challenge
Dates: January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008

The Challenge:
Choose one book from each of the following categories.
1. A book with a color in its title.
2. A book with an animal in its title.
3. A book with a first name in its title.
4. A book with a place in its title.
5. A book with a weather event in its title.
6. A book with a plant in its title.

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Here are my initial choices:
Colour: My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
Animal: The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami or
Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
First name: Daisy Miller - Henry James
Place: Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
Weather: Tales of Moonlight and Rain - Akinari Ueda
Plant: Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


  1. Of all those books you mention, I have already read Henry James... you're culture about books is much richer than mine...
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. For you and all the ones you love.

  2. I hope you enjoy Purple Hibiscus. I read it last year and loved the story and Adichie's crafting of words.

  3. This was a fun idea for a challenge. It's interesting to me to see what people choose for each category. I have Purple Hibiscus on my list too (of course, I have it listed for color not plant though!!)

  4. Thanks Quint! I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas too!

    Reader Kay- I've been meaning to read Purple Hibiscus for quite a while now and I've heard nothing but good things about it!

    Stephanie- I wasn't sure at first if it would be for colour or plant but I already had another one for colour. It really is such a fun idea, isn't it?

  5. Here are some old faves from my bookshelf:( I will have to read six new books--I'm going to read most of your list.)

    1. color/ How Green was My Valley by Richard Lewellyn

    2. animal/ The Rat Pit by Patrick MacGill

    3. name/ Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

    4. place/ The Belly of Paris Emile Zola

    5. weather / Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

    6. plant / ATree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

  6. I have Atwood's A Cat's Eye but have not rad it. Perhaps I will in case you write about it! God bless.

  7. d. chedwick bryant- I've had Smilla's Sense of Snow and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on my shelves unread for too long. Maybe next year.

    Sandy- I don't already have it but I hope to find a copy. I'm sure I'll post my thoughts on it if I do get to read it.

  8. Welcome to the challenge--thank you for joining in! Hope you have fun!


  9. Thanks Annie. I'm looking forward to it!

  10. I loved Cat's Eye (in many ways I felt it described my own childhood. Margaret Atwood is such an awesome writer), Tales of Moonlight and Rain (thanks to you!), and Reading Lolita in Tehran (which still makes me look over my shoulder for authorities even though I live in the States). I have the plan to read My Name is Red, too, because I loved his book Snow so much. I think you'll be really happy with your choices. It'll be fun to discuss My Name is Red (if I ever get to it!).

  11. Bellezza- Oh now I'm intrigued about Cat's Eye! And I'm looking forward to finally getting to Tales of Moonlight and Rain. I've been meaning to read Reading Lolita in Tehran for ages so it'll be good to finally do so. Let me know if you do get a chance to read My Name is Red. It would be very fun to exchange thoughts on it.


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