Saturday 5 January 2019

What's in a Name 2019

This year the What's In A Name reading challenge is being hosted by Andrea at The Carolina Book Nook. I shouldn't really be signing up for yet more challenges as I'm already doing four but I had a lot of fun with this one last year and the books I read for this will also qualify for Mount TBR 2019 and probably other challenges as well.

The challenge extends from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. You can sign up any time, but only count books that you read between those dates.

Read a book in any format (hard copy, ebook, audio) with a title that fits in each category.

Don’t use the same book for more than one category.

Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!

You can choose your books as you go or make a list ahead of time.

The categories:

1. A precious stone/metal. I have Silver Bullets selected by Eleanor Dobson

2. A temperature. I have Hot Sun, Cool Shadow by Angela Murrills

3. A month or day of the week. I have Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman

4. A meal. I have Dinner With Churchill by Cita Stelzer

5. Contains the word “girl” or “woman”. I have The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

6. Contains both the words “of” AND “and”. I have The Bishop of Hell and Other Stories by Marjorie Bowen.

Of course, that may all change, but these are all on my tbr pile and it would be useful indeed to get them off it. But we shall see.



Andrea said...

Thanks for joining! Your options look great, I'm eager to stay updated. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!

Judith said...

Hi Cath,
Wowee--Are you reading A Woman in White in 2019? I am as well. It certainly is a chunkster. I'm thinking I might start it after I finish Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which I'm reading right now, which means I might start reading it within the next two or three weeks. I'm feeling I better get into it before I get cold feet. I'm looking forward to it, because so many people I know have considered it to be excellent.
I'm not going to read any of the chunkster classics on my list all on its own. In other words, I'm going to have somewhat lighter fare being read at the same time. Things can get pretty heavy with classics sometimes. One's brain needs a bit of a respite each day.
Wishing you the best with all that's coming up!

Cath said...

Hi Andrea. Thank you! I will do that thing with pleasure.

Hi Judith. Yes, I think I will be reading The Woman in White this year. I've been prevaricating for years with this one, but this year I think I really will give it a go. Yes, it's universally loved I gather and I have read a couple of other WC books and enjoyed them, or it might be one book and several of his ghost stories, I'm not sure. (The ghost stories were excellent.)

No, I'll not be reading The Woman in White on its own either. Like you I need light relief, possibly a fun non-fiction and a short story volume at the same time. I have a book of short stories by H.G. Wells that I want to start for instance.

Thank you, all the best to you too. I'm quite excited about my 2019 reading to be honest.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

I vowed at the end of 2017, to become a challenge free zone. Then last year, I was persuaded by our fellow blogger Kelly to sign up for the 'What's In A Name' event, on the basis that I only needed to read 6 books to complete it. I can honestly say that after registering, I never once returned to the link-up page, to see if any of my books read matched the question categories, for which I profusely apologise to the challenge administrator.

Now I am a confirmed non-challenge blog, although the categories this year do still look interesting and some of the book titles you have decided on, intriguing! 'Friday The Rabbi Slept Late' is definitely on my radar.

Good Luck with your Wilkie chunkster and I look forward to following your progress :)

Yvonne xx

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

I'm glad I saw this on your blog - I'd given up on it being hosted again this year. I think I'll have a go, although so far I haven't got any books for the 'meal' category. I thought I had Picnic at Hanging Rock, but I haven't, which is a shame as I try to read from my TBRs for this challenge. I must have decided that I didn't need to read the book after seeing the TV adaptation. Still, maybe another book will turn up during the year.

TracyK said...

I have always been attracted to this challenge ( and another one based on colors in the title) but it is the type of challenge I have trouble fulfilling. Since you already have the books lined up, I am sure it will go well for you.

I am still planning on doing World at War and the European Reading challenges, just have to sign up. There is an Australian Challenge I am attracted too but not sure I should add that one.

Cath said...

Yvonne: I often decide to have a challenge free year but then get tempted. The best I've done is last year when I only did two. This year I seem to have gone completely mad, but hopefully they'll help me get a good number of books off my tbr mountain!

I'm enjoying Friday the Rabbi Slept Late. It's a slow-burner but is now getting going and teaching me a bit about the Jewish faith.

Thank you, not quite sure when I'll start the Wilkie chunkster though. LOL

Margaret: I wouldn't have known about it myself but I happened to see it on Bev's blog. The meal category is a tricky one, luckily I happened to have the Churchill book. Before I found that I saw that I have a book called, Backpacks, Boots and Baguettes and wondered if I could count a 'baguette' as a meal. LOL!! I just thought about Tea With Mussolini but I don't think the movie was based on a book?

Tracy: Yes, I do have to say that this is a fun challenge. I always think that finding titles to fit the categories is part of the fun.

I'm doing the World at War one too, but have yet to make my mind up about the European reading one... that doesn't finish until the end of January so I have a little while to think about it. I'm doing five challenges this year so that might be enough. Ooooh, an Aussie one sounds interesting!