What’s in a Name? Reading Challenge | Looking Back At 2019 and Forward to 2020

Hello my fellow bookworms, it is time to round-up my reading for the What’s in a Name? 2019 challenge; hosted by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook. This was my third 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:

  • A precious stone/metalThe Golden Antilles by Tim Severin
  • A temperature – Cold Fire by Dean Koontz (currently reading)
  • A month or day of the weekSearching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
  • A meal – Progressive Dinner Deadly by Elizabeth Spann Craig
  • Contains the word “girl” or “woman”
  • Contains both the words “of” AND “and”Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death by M. C. Beaton

Well that’s five out of six categories matched this year… Okay I haven’t quite finished one of them and I have reviews outstanding, but I think you’ll forgive me that. I also had The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins lined up for the girl/woman title, but sadly I just didn’t have time for it. So all in all, I think another pretty good year.

Did you take part in this challenge too? If yes, what did you read for it?


That’s not all though folks! Now it is time to get ready for What’s in a Name? 2020, which is again being hosted by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook. Here are the new categories and in the brackets are the books I own which I could possibly read for each:

  • An ampersand (&) – ??
  • An antonym – (The Wedding Shroud by Elisabeth Storrs)
  • 4 letters or less – (Kim by Rudyard Kipling)
  • A given/first name – (Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir)
  • Reference to children – (The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory)
  • One of the 4 natural elements (water, air, fire, earth) – (The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley)

For those new to this challenge it runs from 1st January to 31st December; the books read can be in any format (print, audio, e-book); books cannot overlap categories; and creativity for matching the categories is encouraged! Apart from that I can read what I want in what order I want.

Are you taking part this year? Any recommendations of a book I could read with an ampersand in its title?

10 thoughts on “What’s in a Name? Reading Challenge | Looking Back At 2019 and Forward to 2020

  1. This challenge looks interesting…I’m still deciding what challenges I want to do…I’m so slow at this stuff….but I might like to have a go at this one. Have you read Daisy Jones & The Six? It’s not your usual genre but it does have an ampersand. 🙂

    1. Kyles, if you decide to take part in this challenge, I hope you will enjoy it. Would be good to compare what we read for each category. As for Daisy Jones & The Six, I haven’t heard of it before, so I will have to check it further, thank you for the recommendation. 🙂

  2. I always like the look of these and think I should take part but I think, deep down, I’m just a lazy so and so! I do like the categories though and I’m intrigued to see if I can come up with titles.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Haha I know what you mean, Lynn, but this one never really feels like a challenge as I often find titles at the beginning off my shelves before I start, so really it just encourages me to read them sooner. Although I must admit I am struggling for a title with an ampersand in.

  3. This use to be one of my favorite challenges, but my blogging practices don’t incline me to participate anymore. I still enjoy seeing the categories each year and it looks like you have some great options lined out! I really enjoyed The Kingmaker’s Daughter and hope you do, too.

    The only two “&” titles I can think of from recent years are Jigs & Reels by Joanne Harris (short stories, none of which I can recall!) and O Ye Jigs & Juleps! by Virginia Cary Hudson (an older book, which might be hard to track down). Hopefully someone will have better recommendations for you. 😉

    1. Thank you, Kelly – I am looking forward to reading The Kingmaker’s Daughter. 🙂 And thank you for the recommendations, as I do want to read more by Joanne Harris, I have added Jigs & Reels to my possibles list. 😀

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