Saturday, December 20, 2008

What's in a name? Challenge 2009

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I'm joining in the challenge again for 2009. Like this year it runs from January to December, and the goal is to read one book in each of six categories. When I first saw the new categories, I thought it would be hard to find books from my TBR stacks that matched. But once I started looking at titles, I found lots! So here are the categories for round two, with a few possibilities of what I might read:

1. A book with a "profession" in its title.
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
The Visit of the Royal Physician - Per Olov Enquist
The Gun Seller - Hugh Laurie

2. A book with a "time of day" in its title.
After Dark - Haruki Murakami
The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
The Laws of Evening - Mary Yukari Waters

3. A book with a "relative" in its title.
The Piano Man's Daughter - Timothy Findley
The Distant Land of My Father - Bo Caldwell
To My Daughter in France - Stephanie Keating and Barbara Keating

4. A book with a "body part" in its title.
Twenty-Four Eyes - Sakae Tsuboi
Tooth and Nail - Ian Rankin
Mouthing the Words - Camilla Gibb

5. A book with a "building" in its title.
The Ice Palace - Tarjei Vesaas
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Brontë
A House to Let - Charles Dickens et al.

6. A book with a "medical condition" in its title.
Blindness - José Saramago
The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant - Michel Tremblay
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - Haruki Murakami

It should be fun! Have you read any of these?


  1. I've read The Historian, which I really liked. Many of these are 'new to me' titles--so must check them out. I didn't actually finish last year's challenge, but that doesn't stop me from joining in again!

  2. I read Blindness several years ago. It's an amazing book. I can still envision several scenes in my minds-eye and would like to read it again. Not sure if I want to see the movie until I hear "they" did a good job with it.

    I'm very curious about The Gun Seller. I love Hugh Laurie, but wonder if he's a talented author.

    Oh, and I've read The Night Watch. Wow. I just went back to find my review and it's been almost exactly two years since I posted my review here. Gave it an A- (8/10) rating. It's quite good!

  3. Such fun categories. My new year's resolution is to say no to most of the review copies I'm offered so I can join challenges again. I may accept a few, but I need to be very, very selective.

    I'll have to look over my bookshelves and see what I have that can fill these categories. It sounds like such a fun challenge.

  4. I've read only one of those, but it was awesome: The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie.

  5. the Gun Seller is absolutely amazing! One of those novels that just allows you to indulge in the thrill without all of those pesky life lessons or anything like that.

  6. That's a really good mixture of books lined up to be read. I've only read The Historian - good if a little too long and drawn out and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - a great book.

  7. This sounds like a fun one! I'm still considering my challenge options for this next year. I know I shouldn't sign up for a lot, but I've got about six or seven in my sights right now.

  8. Danielle - That's the good thing about challenges. Even if we don't finish them all, there's always another challenge to try again.

    Les - I've been meaning to read Blindness for ages, and I'd like to before seeing the movie sometime next year. The Night Watch is another I've been meaning to read for a long time. Hopefully I'll get to them in 2009.

    Booklogged - I don't get that many review copies because of living in Japan. It's probably a good thing though or I'd no doubt be unable to resist and be drowning in them.
    The categories for this challenge are a lot of fun. I hope you join in. :)

    Nancy - I remember that you loved it! I'm looking forward to finally reading it -- hopefully soon.

    saveophelia - Another enthusiastic vote for The Gun Seller. I'm really going to have to try to fit it in soon I see. :)

    BooksPlease - I think I saw a tv movie of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall years ago but I've largely forgotten the story so it'll be good to finally read it.

    Wendy - The challenges are too tempting to resist completely! :P


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