Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2011 Challenge!

Thanks to Helen at Helen's Book Blog -- I've found my 2011 Book Challenge:

What's in a Name Challenge
sponsored by Beth Fish Reads

Here's How It Works

Between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:
A book with a number in the title: First to Die, Seven Up, Thirteen Reasons Why

A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Diamond Ruby, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Opal Deception

A book with a size in the title: Wide Sargasso Sea, Small Wars, Little Bee

A book with travel or movement in the title: Dead Witch Walking, Crawling with Zombies, Time Traveler's Wife

A book with evil in the title: Bad Marie, Fallen, Wicked Lovely

A book with a life stage in the title: No Country for Old Men, Brideshead Revisited, Bog Child

The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

This appealed to me for multiple reasons:
  1. There are only 6 books.  As I've stated before, Challenges are a blessing and a curse -- I like the opportunity to read books I may not have picked otherwise and the "accomplishment" of completing a challenge -- BUT -- I hate having too many where I don't finish.
  2. I liked the categories.  With the exception of GEM or JEWELRY, I was able to find titles on my shelf that fit the requirements.
My own criteria for this challenge was the books either had to be on my shelves (an ode to Clear Your Shelves Challenge) or on my Goodreads list.  With the exception of the GEM or JEWELRY category, I was able to satisfy my personal requirements.

Here is my list:

Book with a numberNineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (also a book club choice)
Book with a gem/jewelryDiamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace
Book with sizeThe Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
Book with travel/movementShadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (also a book club choice)
Book with evil: The Devil's Company by David Liss
Book with life stageAn Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott 

I am looking forward to this challenge!


Linsey said...

Sounds like a good challenge, I'm looking forward to your reviews.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Yay! I think I am going to do this one too

Joe Wallace said...

So glad this entry showed up on my Google alerts. (Now I'm alerted to your blog!) Thank you so much for choosing my novel Diamond Ruby...hope you enjoy it. I think I'll join this challenge too. All best, Joe Wallace

Beth F said...

Wanted to stop by and say I’m so glad you decided to join in the fun of What’s in a Name 4. I like your tentative titles for the categories.

BTW: yes, you can read fiction or nonfiction; adult books or kids books. Have fun.

Katy said...

Great choices! This will be a fun challenge! :)