The ‘What’s in a Name?’ Challenge

*This What’s in a Name Challenge is one 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.  As you complete each part of the challenge, either comment or add a blog link on the What’s in a Name Challenge 2 Reviews page.

*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.

Possible all Australian list of potentials, from the TBR and the ANZLL schedule for 2009 :

body part

þ   One Foot Wrong by Sophie Laguna (see Lisa’s review)



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 read & blogged this in Dec 2008 so it doesn’t really count)

þ Amy’s Children by Olga Masters.  See Lisa’s review.


þ The Zookeeper’s War by Steven Conte.  See Lisa’s review.

þ The Lieutenant, by Kate Grenville.  See Lisa’s review

Death of a Whaler by Nerida Newton.  (I listened to this as an audiobook so it doesn’t count for the challenge, but here’s my review anyway.)

The Warrior Queen by Barbara Else (another Kiwi)

medical condition

þThe Blind Eye by Georgia Blain, see Lisa’s review

(Thanks to Jenny for this suggestion)

time of day

þThe Evening of the Holiday by Shirley Hazzard, see Lisa’s review

building- it’s really hard to keep to the AustLit idea for this one.

There are these award winners (thank you Wikipedia), but they are all out of print and only available through AbeBooks .

þ The Little Hotel: A Novel (1973)  by Christina Stead.  See Lisa’s review.

Water Under the Bridge (1977)  by Sumner Locke Elliott (I’ve managed to find a copy of this and it’s on the TBR).

Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop (1999) by Amy Witting (I’ve read this already, so it doesn’t count).

The Watch Tower (1966) by Elizabeth Harrower

The Lighthouse Spark (1951)  by Heather Grace

þ= read by Lisa.

PS 25.9.09

I finished thischallenge in September 09.


  1. HI Lisa

    I have a suggestion for the medical condition . The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.


  2. Me again Lisa

    oops this should be an Australian title?? Putting on my thinking cap =)


  3. It’s a tough one – I have racked my brains but can’t think of anything yet!

  4. Ok I have one which I have on my TBR!

    The Blind Eye by Georgia Blain.

  5. Oh well done, Jenny – I’ve added it to the list above!

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