Challenge: What’s in a Name 2017/2018

Hello my fellow bookworms, it is time to round-up my reading for the What’s in a Name 2017 challenge; hosted by Charlie at The Worm Hole. This was my second time taking part and the premise is very simple: read books with a title that fits the six categories provided. Here is what I read for this year’s categories:

Woohoo! That’s six out of six which is the challenge well and truly completed this year.


That’s not all though folks! Now it is time to get ready for What’s in a Name 2018, that is again being hosted by Charlie at The Worm Hole. Here are the new categories for next year, and in the brackets are the books I own which I could possibly read for each:

  • The word ‘the’ used twice (The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory or The Virgin of the Wind Rose by Glen Craney or The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier)
  • A fruit or vegetable (Peach Blossom Pavilion by Mingmei Yip)
  • A shape (Heartstones by Kate Glanville or The Loyal Heart by Merry Farmer)
  • A title that begins with Z – can be after ‘The’ or ‘A’ (Zombie edited by Christopher Golden)
  • A nationality (Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier)
  • A season (Summer by Edith Wharton or Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett)

For those new to this challenge it runs from January to December; the books read can be in any format (print, audio, e-book); books cannot overlap categories; and it’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges. Apart from that I can read what I want in what order I want.

Did you take part this year? Do you fancy taking part next year? Which book do you think I should read first?

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12 thoughts on “Challenge: What’s in a Name 2017/2018

  1. This one and some other challenges I have seen lately got me thinking. I am challenging myself to read one book each month in 2018 from my lists of books from earlier years that I never got to. Does that make sense? I already started my list and the only thing more fun than reading is making lists!

  2. You do lists so well. I can never think of any titles even though my TBR is toppling. Well done in this year’s challenge, and good luck next year!

    1. Thank you FF 🙂 I must admit it took me ages to find a title starting with ‘z’. In fact I had almost given up when I suddenly remembered this short story collection my dad lent me.

  3. Congratulations on completing this year’s challenge and good luck for next year! I think I have books that would fit all of the 2018 categories, so I’m thinking about taking part too. 🙂

    1. Thank you Margaret 🙂 And yes, it is lovely that we both have Summer and Heartstones on our possibles list – if we both end up reading them it will be good to compare thoughts.

  4. Those are incredibly tough sounding categories so you did very well to complete all of them. I wouldn’t manage to find candidates for any of the 2018 categories from my TBR

    1. Thank you Karen 🙂 At first glance, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to fill the new categories! But fortunately after a good look over my bookshelves and through my Kindle TBR folder, I did find at least one option for each category. 😀

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