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? 6 2013

Whats In a Name 2013

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Between January 1 and December 31, 2013, read one book in each of the following categories:

A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title
(e.g. Deep down True, The Girl Below, The Diva Digs up the Dirt)
1. Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs (2013)
2. Sally Armstrong’s Ascent of Women (2013)

A book with something you’d find in your kitchen in the title
(e.g. Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Breadcrumbs)
1. Saleema Nawaz’s Bone and Bread (2013)

A book with a party or celebration in the title
(e.g. A Feast for Crows, A Wedding in Haiti, Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness)
1. Suzan Still’s Fiesta of Smoke (2013)

A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title
(e.g. Burning for Revenge, Fireworks over Toccoa, Catching Fire)
1. Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers (2013)

✔ A book with an emotion in the title
(e.g. Baltimore Blues, Say You’re Sorry, Dreams of Joy)
1. Tamara Levine’s But Hope is Longer: Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer (2012)
2. Robert Kirkman’s Something to Fear (2012)
3. Daniel Glattauer’s Love Virtually (2006; Trans. Katharina Bielenberg and Jamie Bulloch, German 2011)

A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title
(e.g. The Book of Lost Fragrances, The World We Found, A Discovery of Witches)
1. Jordi Punti’s Lost Luggage (Translated Julie Wark, 2013)

As with last year, I’m hoping to stumble on candidates for each category — because that was a lot of fun —  but I’ll re-evaluate mid-year and see if I need to get serious about it!
But, hey, it’s supposed to be fun, right?

The part of this challenge I find most fun is the anticipation of whether a book will match and this year was just as entertaining in that respect. The choosing of categories must take a great deal of doing!


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