Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 9, 2008

What’s in a Name?

I am – as all my booklover friends know – a sucker for lists and so I was immediately intrigued to discover this quirky reading challenge.  The blogger – who has no profile that I can find so may well be a cunning marketer for all I know or care – has set the What’s in a Name Challange  up like this:

*This is a challenge that anyone can join, no matter what types of books they like to read. You should be able to find books from any genre that will work.

*Dates: January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009

*The Challenge: Choose one book from each of the following categories.

1. A book with a “profession” in its title. Examples might include: The Book Thief, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Historian

2. A book with a “time of day” in its title. Examples might include: Twilight, Four Past Midnight, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

3. A book with a “relative” in its title. Examples might include: Eight Cousins, My Father’s Dragon, The Daughter of Time

4. A book with a “body part” in its title. Examples might include: The Bluest Eye, Bag of Bones, The Heart of Darkness

5. A book with a “building” in its title. Examples might include: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Little House on the Prairie, The Looming Tower

6. A book with a “medical condition” in its title. Examples might include: Insomnia, Coma, The Plague

*You may overlap books with other challenges, but please don’t use the same book for more than one category.

I’m going to see if I can do it with all Australian books, of course! My list of potentials, from the TBR and the ANZLL schedule for 2009 :

body part

One Foot Wrong by Sophie Laguna

The Other Hand by Chris Cleave


Paint Your Wife by Lloyd Jones (well, he’s a Kiwi, but it’s only across the ditch)

The Good Parents by Joan London (I started this, but got sidetracked…)

Amy’s Children by Olga Masters


The Zookeeper’s War by Steven Conte

Death of a Whaler by Nerida Newton

The Warrior Queen by Barbara Else (another Kiwi)

medical condition

Hmm, nothing yet – any suggestions?

time of day

The Evening of the Holiday by Shirley Hazzard

building- do rooms count?

The Lovers’ Room by Steven Carroll

Windmill Hill by Michael Jacobson

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