I don’t usually go in for reading challenges, because I have enough demand on my reading time as it is and deadlines make me panic, but I loved one I saw on Books Please so much that I had to join in. I rather anticipate that I won’t *actually* read the books in 2009, but the fun will be choosing books to fit the categories…

The challenge is What’s In A Name (2) – (2) because a successful challenge was run last year with different categories. I’m going to go through my unread-but-owned books and see where I can fit them in…

A book with a “profession” in its title.

The Professor – Charlotte BronteThe Calligrapher’s Night – Yasmine Ghata
The Sailor’s Return – David Garnett

A book with a “time of day” in its title. Endless Night – Agatha ChristieAs I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – Laurie LeeA Clear Dawn – Winifred Peck

A book with a “relative” in its title. Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting – Penelope Mortimer
Good Wives? – Margaret ForsterMiss Linsey and Pa – Stella Gibbons

A book with a “body part” in its title. The Eaten Heart – Giovanni BoccaccioBy The Pricking of My Thumbs – Agatha ChristieThe Heel of Achilles – EM Delafield

A book with a “building” in its title. The Orchid House – Phyllis Shand AllfreyHotel du Lac – Anita BrooknerThe House of Dolls – Barbara Comyns

A book with a “medical condition” in its title. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
I don’t think I have any others for this category… I don’t own Love in a Time of Cholera… does ‘Death’ count as a “medical condition”…?Even if you don’t intend to carry out the challenge, have a think of books on your shelves which might slot in… we’ll see next year how many of these I’ve read.

5 thoughts on “Challenging

  • November 9, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    One of the joys for me of joining a challenge is deciding which books to choose. The idea that I can change my mind and read other books makes it OK because I know from other challenges that feeling I have to read a book is enough to make me not want to read it.

    I like your list and I’m looking forward to your reviews – The Blind Assassin is one of my favourite Atwood books.

    Margaret (BooksPlease)

  • November 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    I’m not joining this challenge as I’m committed to too many things already, but it looks fun drawing up the list!

  • November 10, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    That’s a great idea for a reading plan. Some element of randomness is essential for any good plan, I think. Otherwise it looks like you’re the sort of person who makes ‘To Do’ lists.
    I recommend Blind Assassin and Hotel Du Lac off your list.

  • November 13, 2008 at 1:14 am

    I did this challenge last year and really loved it because of how arbitrary it really was! I had lots of fun and discovered books I wouldn’t have otherwise — always a good thing for a challenge to provide.


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