Tuesday, 24 November 2015

2016 Challenge - What's in a Name?

I will not participate in too many challenges in 2016. I have noticed that the biggest challenge I have is on my own TBR shelves, so will continue with them. I have managed to read quite a few in 2015, so I am happy about that.


The "What's in a Name" challenge, hosted by The Worm Hole seems to be something that I could manage and it is a challenge that tickle my curiosity. The basic rules are simple enough.


The basics
 
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets – I’ve included some from other languages, and translations most definitely count!):
  • A country (try not to use ‘Africa’!) Suggestions: Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, Xiaolu Guo’s I Am China, Martin Wagner’s Deutschland)
  • An item of clothing (Su Dharmapala’s Saree, Ann Brashare’s The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Javier Moro’s El Sari Rojo; Pierre Lemaitre’s Vestido De Novia)
  • An item of furniture (Marghanita Laski’s The Victorian Chaise-Longue; C S Lewis’s The Silver Chair; Goslash;hril Gabrielsen’s The Looking-Glass Sisters)
  • A profession (Adriana Trigiani’s The Shoemaker’s Wife; Mikhail Elizarov’s The Librarian)
  • A month of the year (Elizabeth Von Arnim’s The Enchanted April; Rhoda Baxter’s Doctor January)
  • A title with the word ‘tree’ in it (Ai Mi’s Under The Hawthorn Tree; Elle Newmark’s The Sandalwood Tree)
 Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.
So what should I read. I choose to look for my TBR shelves and did find books for all categories.

  • A country - The Knight Templar in Britain by Evelyn Lord (hope Britain is ok?)
  • An item of clothing - The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (hope this ok as well, white hinting at a robe?)
  • An item of furniture -  The Binding Chair by Kathy Harrison
  • A profession - Alkemistens dotter (The Alchemist's Daughter) by Carl-Michael Edenborg 
  • A month of the year - Light in August by William Faulkner
  • A title with the word 'tree' in it - Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
I am quite pleased that I actually did find, with a little bit of flexibility, books that fit into the categories.

Looking forward to exchange views on these specific inclusions in a title.

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