What’s In a Name?

On the ninth day of My Twelve Days of Challenges, I’m bookchatting about What’s in a Name Challenge 3?

Like the TwentyTen Challenge, this one has a huge fun quotient because, I think, by its very nature, it’s whimsical. It reminds me of those creative writing exercises you sometimes got in school, when you were given a list of items or events and told to combine them somehow into a story.

If I was to do that with these categories, I’d be eating mushroom soup, in a hammock woven from a vine, strung between two tress in a swamp, day-dreaming about being the princess of England, and composing a song about it between mouthfuls.

A book with a food in the title: Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms
A book with a body of water in the title: Ethel Wilson’s Swamp Angel
A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Little Princess
A book with a plant in the title: Zora Neale Hurston’s Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1934) #276
A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Pat Barker’s Liza’s England
A book with a music term in the title: Andrea Levy’s The Long Song (2010)

I’d thought it would take some time to finish this one (the last one was holding me up), but then my quest to read the Orange Prize longlist offered up Andrea Levy’s title. So I was actually finished in May.

I expect this year’s will take me longer Tempted? Here’s the link to What’s In a Name 4?

The categories are completely different: so much fun!

Is this one of your favourites too?