Friday, December 19, 2008

What's in a Name? Challenge completed

The goal of the challenge was to read one book in each of six categories. I only ended up reading 3 that were on my original list (and one of those I used for a different category) but I found, interestingly enough, that I read several books this year that fit the animal and weather categories, and I've included them here.

Black Rain - Masuji Ibuse
The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami
Birds of a Feather - Jacqueline Winspear
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - T.S. Eliot
The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney
Griffin & Sabine - Nick Bantock
The Painter of Shanghai - Jennifer Cody Epstein
Tales of Moonlight and Rain - Akinari Ueda
The Scortas' Sun - Laurent Gaudé
Shutting Out the Sun - Michael Zielenziger
Clouds Over Mountains - Matt Joseph
Cave in the Snow - Vicki MacKenzie
Daisy Miller - Henry James

I enjoyed all of them and can't really choose a favourite from among these, but the one that has remained most vividly in my mind would be Black Rain. It's not a book I'll likely forget anytime soon.
Thanks so much for hosting, Debi and Annie. It's was a fun idea, and I'm looking forward to trying again next year. My list of possible reads for What's in a Name 2 will be up tomorrow.


  1. Congratulations on finishing! I have a copy of Black Rain waiting for me on the shelf, and it's there thanks to your review. Hopefully I'll get to it in January and be able to count it for the Japanese Lit challenge.

  2. Congrats! I am one away from winning the challenge - I haven't read my color book yet! I hate to lose with just one book, so I'm going to try and squeez that in before the end of the year.

  3. Congratulations on finishing this challenge, Nat!

  4. Nymeth - Thanks. Enjoy isn't quite the right word but I hope you like Black Rain when you get to it.

    Lesley - Good luck finishing the challenge. You can do it! :)

    Thanks Wendy!


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