Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

What’s In a Name 5? 2012

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Here are the categories for this year’s challenge, and I swear they are more fun than ever.

(Want more details? Check the site here.)

A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title
Suggestions: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley
1. Karen Altenberg’s Island of Wings (2011)

A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title
Suggestions: Moon Called, Seeing Stars, Cloud Atlas
1. Kate Wilhelm’s Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976)
2. Helen deWitt’s Lightning Rods (2011)
3. Roopa Farooki’s The Flying Man (2012)
4. Karen Altenberg’s Island of Wings (2011)
5. Catherine Asaro’s Ascendant Sun (2000)
6. Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns (2010)
7. Megan Mayhew Bergman’s Birds of a Lesser Feather (2012)
8. Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief (2005)

A book with a creepy crawly in the title
Suggestions: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
1. Rawi Hage’s Cockroach (2008)

A book with a type of house in the title
Suggestions: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Ape House
1.  Olive Senior’s Shell (2007)

A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title
Suggestions: Sarah’s Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
1. Cathleen Schine’s The Love Letter (1995)

A book with a something you’d find on a calendar in the title
Suggestions: Day of the Jackal, Elegy for April, Freaky Friday, Year of Magical Thinking
1. Monica Dickens’ Spring Comes to Worlds End (1973)

I can’t think of much that would be more fun than searching through my shelves and spreadsheets for match-ups, but I want to try to make the suspense last.

What’s in a reading list? (Other than way too much fun and time stolen from actual reading. Oh, I am so BAD for that.)

For this year, I’m hoping to just stumble on the perfect companion read for each category (and maybe even more than one).

Mid-year, I’ll have a look and see if my whimsical approach is working and, if not, I’ll take the more deliberate route.

I’ll post my reads through the reading months.

 

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