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Friday Five + One: Reading Challenges

December 18, 2009

Until this year, I had never heard of reading challenges. Now, I feel like they’re everywhere. Maybe not everywhere, but now I just am paying more attention. I found a reading challenge that sounds really fun, and at the same time, it’s manageable. The What’s in a Name? Challenge asks you to read in 6 different categories. This is the third year of the challenge, and this year it’s being run by Beth of Beth Fish Reads.

Here are the categories, and some of the ideas for books that I’ve come up with.

1. A book with a food in the title:
Bread Alone by Judi Hendricks
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Better Than Chocolate by Susan Waggoner
Belle in the Big Apple by Brooke Parkhurst
Carrot Cake Murder by Joanna Fluke
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir by Giulia Melucci

2. A book with a body of water in the title:
The Ocean Inside by Janna McMahan
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
The Sea House by Esther Freud
The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman

3. A book with a title (queen, president) in the title:
The Doctor’s Wife by Elizabeth Brundage
Wedlock : The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore by Wendy Moore
The King of Mulberry Street by Donna Jo Napoli
The King of Ragtime by Larry Karp

The Prince of Nantucket by Jan Goldstein

4. A book with a plant in the title:
Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange by Amanda Smyth
The Penny Tree by Holly Kennedy
The Brambles by Eliza Minot
Wildflowers by Robin Jones Gunn

5. A book with a place name (city, country) in the title:
Capturing Paris by Katharine Davis
Prague by Arthur Phillips
Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White
Molokai by Alan Brennert
Honolulu by Alan Brennert

6. A book with a music term in the title:
A Song I Knew By Heart by Brett Lott
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan
The Song Is You by Arthur Phillips
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
Music of Falling Water by Julia Oliver

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    December 18, 2009 3:07 pm

    Hi there,
    I just received a google alert for the mention of Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange, and hope very much that you will select my book!
    with very best wishes
    Amanda Smyth

  2. December 21, 2009 9:15 am

    Oh wow you have some great titles! I own Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange, maybe I’ll pick that one too.

    • December 21, 2009 9:16 am

      Oops! I meant to say Welcome to the challenge and I hope you have fun with it. I got sidetracked by your great book lists!

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