What’s in a Name Challenge: An Ending and a Beginning

Two years ago “What’s in a Name” was the very first challenge I signed up for via this blog. It was also the first challenge I completed.

Beth at Beth Fish Reads is the host, and there’s a dedicated blog for this year’s challenge here.

It’s a lovely challenge, and of course I signed up for a second year.

It’s really simple. Just read one book from each of six categories. And now I’ve done it for a second time

Here are the categories and the books I’ve read:

  • A book with a food in the title:

The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkley

  • A book with a body of water in the title:

Murder at The Flood by Mabel Esther Allen

  • A book with a title (queen, president) in the title:

The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller

  • A book with a plant in the title:

Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico

  • A book with a place name (city, country) in the title:

Martha in Paris by Margery Sharp

  • A book with a music term in the title:

Winter Sonata by Dorothy Edwards

Not the books I’d planned, but I was very happy with my final sextet.

And am I signing up for another year? Of course!

The new challenge blog is here.

Here are the new categories, and the books that I have in mind:

  • A book with a number in the title:

One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes

  • A book with jewelry or a gem in the title:

Miss Garnet‘s Angel by Salley Vickers

  • A book with a size in the title:

My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen

  • A book with travel or movement in the title:

Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd

  • A book with evil in the title:

Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie

  • A book with a life stage in the title:

A London Child of the 1870s by Molly Hughes

A couple of those categories were tricky, but I got there in the end and I had a great time trying to track the right books down.

Wish me luck!

3 responses

  1. I failed this challenge this year, so now I’m trying to decide if I want to have another attempt next year. I hope you have fun with it though! I loved Miss Ranskill Comes Home – it’s my favourite of the Persephones I’ve read so far.

    • I just squeaked home with my last book of the year. I’ve been meaning to read Miss Ranskill for ages, and to call a book your favourite Persephone is praise indeed.

  2. Pingback: What’s in a name challenge, old and new year | Petrona

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