Sunday, 9 November 2008

Challenging

I don't usually go in for reading challenges, because I have enough demand on my reading time as it is and deadlines make me panic, but I loved one I saw on Books Please so much that I had to join in. I rather anticipate that I won't *actually* read the books in 2009, but the fun will be choosing books to fit the categories...

The challenge is What's In A Name (2) - (2) because a successful challenge was run last year with different categories. I'm going to go through my unread-but-owned books and see where I can fit them in...

A book with a “profession” in its title.

  • The Professor - Charlotte Bronte
  • The Calligrapher's Night - Yasmine Ghata
  • The Sailor's Return - David Garnett

  • A book with a “time of day” in its title.

  • Endless Night - Agatha Christie
  • As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - Laurie Lee
  • A Clear Dawn - Winifred Peck

  • A book with a “relative” in its title.

  • Daddy's Gone A-Hunting - Penelope Mortimer
  • Good Wives? - Margaret Forster
  • Miss Linsey and Pa - Stella Gibbons

  • A book with a “body part” in its title.

  • The Eaten Heart - Giovanni Boccaccio
  • By The Pricking of My Thumbs - Agatha Christie
  • The Heel of Achilles - EM Delafield

  • A book with a “building” in its title.

  • The Orchid House - Phyllis Shand Allfrey
  • Hotel du Lac - Anita Brookner
  • The House of Dolls - Barbara Comyns

  • A book with a “medical condition” in its title.

  • The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
  • I don't think I have any others for this category... I don't own Love in a Time of Cholera... does 'Death' count as a "medical condition"...?

    Even if you don't intend to carry out the challenge, have a think of books on your shelves which might slot in... we'll see next year how many of these I've read.

    5 comments:

    1. One of the joys for me of joining a challenge is deciding which books to choose. The idea that I can change my mind and read other books makes it OK because I know from other challenges that feeling I have to read a book is enough to make me not want to read it.

      I like your list and I'm looking forward to your reviews - The Blind Assassin is one of my favourite Atwood books.

      Margaret (BooksPlease)

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    2. I'm not joining this challenge as I'm committed to too many things already, but it looks fun drawing up the list!

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    3. I participated in this last year as well and had a blast!

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    4. That's a great idea for a reading plan. Some element of randomness is essential for any good plan, I think. Otherwise it looks like you're the sort of person who makes 'To Do' lists.
      I recommend Blind Assassin and Hotel Du Lac off your list.

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    5. I did this challenge last year and really loved it because of how arbitrary it really was! I had lots of fun and discovered books I wouldn't have otherwise -- always a good thing for a challenge to provide.

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