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.