What’s in a Name 5

In September I completed this year’s What’s in a Name Challenge and I’ve been wondering whether or not to join in again for next year’s challenge. On the one hand, I’ve done it most years and it’s one of the few challenges that I’ve joined that I’ve finished. On the other hand I’m not over keen on reading a book based on the fact that it has a particular word in the title. But, then again I do like making lists and seeing if I can find enough of my unread books to match the categories.

So, I am going to take part, because I’ve gone through my books and found that I have more than enough books to finish the challenge and after all it only involves reading 6 books over the year. It’s hosted by Beth at Beth Fish Reads:

The categories and my choices are as follows:

A book with a topographical feature in the title.  I have lots of choice for this category – 

  • On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
  • The Way Through the Woods by Colin Dexter
  • The Secret River by Kate Grenville
  • Hanging Valley by Peter Robinson
  • The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
  • The River Midnight by Lilian Nattel
  • Shadows in the Street by Susan Hill
  • The Island by Victoria Hislop
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title

  •  Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
  • Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

A book with a creepy crawly in the title – just one book!

  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

A book with a type of house in the title:

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson
  • The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • Wycliffe and the House of Fear by W J Burley
  • I’m the King of the Castle by Susan Hill

A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title:

  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
  • Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  • Village Diary by Miss Read
  • They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie
  • Book of Love by Sarah Bower

A book with something you’d find on a calendar in the title:

  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • The Day Gone By by Richard Adams (autobiography of the author of Watership Down)

2 thoughts on “What’s in a Name 5

  1. Margaret – Good on you to join this challenge. I enjoy reading others’ contribution to it, although I must say that life hasn’t permitted me to join it, myself. I’ll look forward to your reviews.


  2. I love the categories and your proposed titles too – very creative. 2012 is going to be the year of the unchallenge for me but I shall look forward to reading what everyone else is up to 🙂


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