22 November 2010

What's in a Name 4: Information and Sign-Up

Welcome to the fourth What's in a Name Challenge! This challenge was originated by a young blogger named Annie, who hosted it for two years. When she decided to give up on being the host, I took over the challenge.

I credit this challenge with being one of the prime reasons for my becoming a blogger, so I am thrilled to be its new host.

Here's How It Works

Between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:
  1. A book with a number in the title: First to Die, Seven Up, Thirteen Reasons Why
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Diamond Ruby, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Opal Deception
  3. A book with a size in the title: Wide Sargasso Sea, Small Wars, Little Bee
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title: Dead Witch Walking, Crawling with Zombies, Time Traveler's Wife
  5. A book with evil in the title: Bad Marie, Fallen, Wicked Lovely
  6. A book with a life stage in the title: No Country for Old Men, Brideshead Revisited, Bog Child
The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

Other Things to Know

  • Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
  • Books may overlap other challenges.
  • Books may not overlap categories; you need a different book for each category.
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed but encouraged.
  • You do not have to make a list of books before hand.
  • You do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.
On January 1, I'll publish 7 posts, each with a Mr. Linky (one for each category and one for your wrap-up post), on this blog so you'll have a place post links to your reviews (bloggers) or leave comments (non-bloggers) as you finish up each category.

To join in, sign up with Mr. Linky below. If you aren't a blogger, just add a comment. If Mr. Linky ever disappears, either try again later or click on "Email Me" in the side bar and send me your information, and I'll add the link myself.

EDIT: To use Mr. Linky: put your name or your blog's name in the top box and the URL (web address) of your blog in the bottom box. If you don't have a blog, just mention your intent to join the challenge in the comments.

EDIT: It's never too late to join!

I hope you like the categories! Have fun and good luck.

151 comments:

Jenn's Bookshelves said...

I'm really excited about this challenge! It's one of the few I'm signing up for this year!

Jen Forbus said...

Oops. I signed up too fast and didn't notice it said please leave a comment. I'm really psyched. I haven't participated in this challenge before and I usually don't sign up for challenges. But this one really piqued my interest.

Lynne Perednia said...

I haven't done a challenge before, either. But the creativity involved in choosing books looks like great fun.

Plus, I'm certain to add to the TBR mountains based on what others read.

dog eared copy said...

LOL, I really had to think about this one for a little bit! I had just been twittering about how I wasn't going to do challenges next year, instead just focus on clearing my TBR stacks and TBL queues! But in looking over my stacks, I've discovered that I have titles that fit every category (in both audio and print) for the above categories, so it looks like I can kill at least two birds with one challenge! I'm in! Now to decide which format to go with :-)

AlleluiaLu said...

As I said in my post, I think there is plenty of room for choices in these categories. I'm excited to get started!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for hosting!

iubookgirl said...

What a clever idea for a challenge! This is going to be fun.

Teresa said...

This sounds really fun. Thanks for putting it together.

fiction-books said...

Hi BethF,

Thanks for hosting yet another great idea.

Challenges are something that I keep ignoring, as they seem so artificial.

However, this one sounds very relaxed, achievable and most of all, great fun.

Looking forward to the January start-line.

Yvonne

Jen - devourer of books said...

This is the only challenge I'm doing, other than my own. I'm so excited about it that I've already gone through my list of review copies, unsolicited books, and wins, and come up with at least one option for each.

1. Number - 13, Rue Therese
2. Jewel - Diamond Ruby
3. Size - Emily of Deep Valley, or, Let the Great World Spin
4. Travel - Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight
5. Life Stage - You Know When the Men are Gone

Julie said...

This is my very first challenge. I need to go through my books and see what I have that would qualify. Looking forward to it.

Grilsgood said...

I love this kind of challnge it reminds me of a car rally where we had to go off and find things and the first one back with all fo them won.

Jen - devourer of books said...

Oops! I forgot to note my evil books: Either "Heresy" or "After the Fall"

Nise' said...

Yay! I'm in will get my a post up soon.

Elisabeth said...

This is going to be my first challenge too!!! Novice question, what do you put in the URL for Mr. Linky, when I put in my email address it does not work.
Thanks

Beth F said...

Elisabeth: I added information about Mr. Linky to the post. If you don't have a blog, that's okay, you can join just by leaving a comment.

Joann said...

I love Challenges, and this looks totally fun, thank you!
jbdownie5@yahoo.com

dollycas aka Lori said...

Found out about this at Teresa's Reading Corner and it sounds like fun!! Is DEATH a "lefe stage"? :)

Beth F said...

Lori, you could probably make a case for it as life stage or as evil word. Have fun creatively meeting the categories.

CMash said...

Thank you for hosting!! Looking forward to this Challenge!!

dollycas aka Lori said...

Stupid me clicked on the enter button twice when I was copying for making the post for my blog. Please delete one of the Dollycas's Thoughts. Guess I really am excited about this challenge. :)

In my previous post it should say "life stage". Is anyone else having one of those days?

Cat said...

One of my favourite challenges in 2010 so looking forward to this one.
Great categories.

lizzysiddal said...

I love this challenge so I'm well enthused by round 4.

Cindy said...

This looks fun! I need to do some poking around but will be posting my list this weekend!

Liza said...

Just loved this challenge the moment I read about it at Jen Forbus' Blog! I'm in!

dog eared copy said...

Thanks for popping by my blog to say "Hi!" I do indeed like the categories for this year and have spent the morning rearranging my stacks and updating my listening queues! So far, the easiest category to find titles for as been the numbers category (I have at least nine on hand) and; the most difficult category to find titles for has been the gem/jewelry category (I have only one on hand!) I'm only sorry I wasn't clued in on the current challenge! I'm finding tons of stuff that would have qualified!

Yvonne said...

I didn't complete it the last two years, but I'm going to give it another try!

1girl2manybooks said...

Looking forward to taking part in the next installment of this challenge!

Chris Stanley said...

This looks fun, I have never entered a reading challenge before.

SenoraG said...

Another challenge to start my year with. I must learn to say no. LOL I will do a post about it soon.

Teacher/Learner said...

Sounds like fun! Count me in :)

Wakela Runen said...

I can't wait for this challenge. I haven't done any challenges in the past. So I am looking forward to the new year to start on a few challenges.

Bev Hankins said...

I can't resist these things, especially when they sound this good. Got my link in. Ready to start reading on January 1!

Julie said...

I would like to sign up for your book challenge for the coming year. I don't have a blog.

Thanks very much for allowing me to participate. I have never joined one of these before,but it sounds fun .
Now.... to figure out where I want to get started,or get some ideas for books in each category .

Andrea said...

Looks like another fun year. Thanks for the challenge.

Ikkin-bot said...

I'm looking forward to this!

Susan said...

This looks like fun! I am excited to join this challenge!

Kim said...

Hooray! My favorite challenge is back...Thanks for hosting it again. I love the new categories--great ones for being creative with.
*smiles*

Ms. Diva said...

I am so excited about this!!! (Like I neeeded a reason to add to my Nook!!) I can't wait to meet everyone!!!

Ms. Diva said...

So, now I am following your blog and twitter!! :)

Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

I've decided this is my ONE challenge for the year!! I will have a post with my choices up later today and add it to Mr. Linky. Looking forward to this...thanks.

jlshall said...

Passed this one up last year and regretted it, so I'm looking forward to this year's challenge. Thanks so much for hosting again!

Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

Quick question...can they be either fiction or non fiction?

diaryofadomesticgoddess said...

Okie dokie, so I've signed up! Now I've just got to find books that fit each category... Looking forward to the challenge. :)

Joe Wallace said...

Am I allowed to take on this challenge if I'm the author of Diamond Ruby? (Not titled that way just to double-up on the gem category, I swear!) I think it's a great idea, and I look forward to some adventurous reading...and to finding out what everybody else here chose too. Thanks--Joe

Beth F said...

Gerbera Daisy: they can be any genre you want and written for any audience (kids or adults).

Joe: Of course you should join up. Everyone is welcome. Your Diamond Ruby was the inspiration for the jewelry / gem category.

gnoegnoe said...

YAY! A new What's in a Name challenge! Thanks for hosting again, Beth. :)

It might seem as if I fell out of #3 but I haven't: I did finish reading my books but I can't seem to post my reviews... :(

Sarah said...

Ok, seriously.... this is the LAST challenge I'm signing up for!!! I couldn't resist this one... it looks like fun!

Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree said...

I already see three books in my TBR list that will fit the categories. This will get me to make time to read them.

Kelly said...

This is my first year for this challenge and I'm excited about it!!

Thanks for hosting!

Care said...

I love choosing books for this! But I still need to read 2 books to finish 2010s challenge...

emmac6 said...

I'm so thrilled, this is the 1st reading challenge I officially join EVER! Thanks for hosting it! Emma @ Words ans Peace

Gail Brown said...

Sign me up. Looks like fum!

Care said...

Oops, I didn't mean to sign up twice (the second one has link to my post abt the challenge)

Karen Russell said...

This looks like so much fun! Thanks for organizing it.

Delores said...

This challenge sounds like a lot of fun and I want to be a part of it!!! Soooooo, sign me up!!!

Joe Wallace said...

As a novelist, I can't tell you how wonderful it is to see so many people enthusiastic about books in this busy, noisy world...and willing to share their enthusiasm. I'm really grateful--and I know all writers would be.

Alysha DeShaƩ said...

This one looks like fun! I'll definitely be giving it a try. :-)

Amat Libris said...

I'm going to have fun filling in some of those categories as creatively as possible!

Bookscount Blogs said...

I am really excited about this challenge. Please count me in.

TwoBibliomaniacs said...

Looking forward to the challenge and thanks for hosting! Just posted my choices.

Wallabygold said...

I'm looking forward to this challenge. www.mywallabygold.blogspot.com

Bailey said...

Looking forward to this fun challenge!

1inseveralbillion said...

Looking forward to starting on this challenge! Thanks for hosting it ;]

Suzanne said...

I am hoping to have much more success with this challenge than with 2010's. I have a plan this year!

Marion said...

Sooo okay I did not finish #3 (yet!)and I'm not sure if I will, but I signed up for this one. I decided to cut back on challenges, but this one I really could not resist. Thanks Beth for hosting it :)

Rhonda H. said...

Looking forward to the book challenge! I've never done one, and so far I'm signed up for two next year!

Charley said...

Thanks for hosting this challenge, Beth! I'm looking forward to it.

marthalama said...

What a fun challenge. I'm in.

marthalama said...

I thought I commented but I guess not. I'm in on this one. What a great challenge. I can't wait to get started. I already have books in my TBR pile that fit the bill.

CarpediemBlogger said...

I just couldn't resist this challenge and am really looking forward to it.

Novroz said...

Tho I failed last year, I'm still going to do this interesting challenge :) ...hope I'll make it this year

Asha said...

This is a great idea! I'm new to reading challenges, but really like the sound of this one :)

Anita said...

Hi!! I just read about this challenge on another blog, who was commenting about doing no more reading challenges...ha ha.
I like how diverse this one is, and I look forward to reading the books and others reviews.

Karyn said...

This is my first challenge. It's nice to find one that will fit in with the constraints I've set myself in my blog. I'm looking forward to going through my collection to find forgotten books that fulfil the challenge categories

lilly said...

I joined this year but didn't finish but I'm really determined to complete it in 2011.

Anonymous said...

I would love to join this chellenge. Name: Lauriew

thanks!

....Petty Witter said...

Looking forward to starting this in the new year even if I always promise myself no more challenges.

kel.light@journaljourneys said...

I'm in!

Darlyn said...

I've signed for 2011 too! Looking forward to start reading =)

iggystar said...

This is my first time with this challenge. I loved picking my selections based on the themes. Can't wait!

Sandra Stiles said...

I am so excited to be joining this challenge. It clears more books off of my shelves. Yea.

Fanda said...

This is interesting! I'll try to work on it. Thanks for giving us more spirit to read!

Elizabeth (My Reading World) said...

Hello, we are new to all this, but would like to take part. Questions: 1. Is it ok for the kids to participate? 2. Do we have to state on Jan. 1st which books we are reading? Many thanks!

Beth F said...

Elizabeth: you do not need to make a list beforehand -- it can be fun to see which books you read during the year will work for the challenge.

Anyone of any age can join in the challenge -- the more the merrier.

Elizabeth (My Reading World) said...

Thanks Beth for getting back to me. The kids (Hazel & Kieran) and I will all be doing the challenge.

ririey2008 said...

i'm in and wooww...i think this's my first reading challange, i have to find those category books and i'm ready ^.^

ririey2008 said...

i'm in, and wooww...i think it's my first reading challange, i have to find those category books, i'm ready...but what if i can't make it?? ;)

parolediscribacchina said...

I hope it's not too late to join... I'm in!

Beth F said...

It's pretty much never too late to join in the fun.

Irene said...

Loved this challenge last year, hope I love as much this year.

Lisa said...

Just found this challenge from Booking Mama! I've never done a book challenge before, but am really looking forward to trying this one out. I'm hoping to get some of the gals from our book club to join too!

Lu @ Regular Rumination said...

One of my favorites :)

Veens said...

I am joining this year as well!

Kristina said...

I'm so excited for this again this year!! Thanks Beth!!

LeshaD said...

look forward to completing this challenge, good luck everyone.

LuAnn said...

I didn't do very well with the challenge this year, but I'm still going to give it a try again for 2011!

Janet said...

I'm in! Sounds like fun. This is my first year to do challenges...just learning about them. No blog to speak of as of yet. Still working on that. Can't wait to start coming up with titles!

Dutchie said...

I wasn't going to sign up with any more challenges (this sounds familiar), but I saw this one and couldn't help myself! It's like a double challenge, a challenging challenge, I love the idea of it.

Thanks for hosting it!

SpitFire said...

I'm excited about this challenge...part of the fun of it, is figuring out what books fit into each of those categories. Thanks for another great year!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Hello Beth! This is my first year trying your fun reading challenge and I look forward to it. Happy New Year!

kristinemarie7 said...

I really enjoyed this challenge last year, thanks for hosting!

iasa said...

This challenge is going to be lots of fun!

Elizabeth (My Reading World) said...

Beth--will the word 'windy' be acceptable for movement, and would 'life' be acceptable for life-stage?

Pain SUX said...

Awesome, this challenge looks like so much fun :)

~Steph
http://fortheluvofsanity.blogspot.com

P.S. I'm a new follower, would luv it if you'd follow back ;)

Michelle said...

I LOVE this challenge and can't wait to get started!!

Lil said...

Looking forward to my first challenge...which I plan to complete with books only from my own bookshelf!

Sara said...

This will be my first year doing this challenge!

krin said...

I always like this challenge - it makes me think about titles and gets me to read books sooner.

Beth F said...

Elizabeth, I'm pretty easygoing -- they are definitely a stretch, but go for it if you can't find anything else during the year.

Robin said...

Looking forward to seeing what others are reading and joining in.

tamara said...

This is my first book challenge. I hope that this is not too much of a challenge for me but up I am up for it.

Tess said...

I was looking for a book challenge and I saw Karla @ Rambling Roads post about this one. I'm looking forward to participating in my first book challenge. Thanks for hosting!

Krissy said...

Looking forward to this reading challenge!!

Shonna said...

Glad to find this year's challenge today, and even happier to find I've already read a book for a category. :D

Emma said...

I don't have a blog, but I'm looking forward to doing this challenge, since it seems like more fun than some of the other ones I've seen.

pagesofjulia said...

Great fun! Thanks for hosting. I'm in!

Wendy62 said...

Planning to participate....sounds intriguing. Will need to do some research to find books I'd like to read...

Joy Weese Moll said...

What fun! Thanks for hosting this challenge.

Chrissie (Nay) said...

Just joined this is my first time doing the challenge and I look forward to it.

Kristi said...

I'm in! I loved What's in a Name 3, so I thought I'd try it again. I have most of my books selected. Thanks for hosting.

Dewdrop said...

Thanks for hosting this challenge.

I am in !

Looking forward to reading this you :)

Jenners said...

I love the treasure hunt aspect of finding books for this challenge ... plus it doesn't require too many books so I'm happy to be doing this one again.

Better is Possible said...

My first challenge of 2011 and it looks like a fun one! Thanks.

Cara said...

Hi Beth!
I am really glad that you'll host the challenge again! It was fun last year and I am really looking forward to it this year!
I am German, so maybe not all of my chosen books will be in English. But I hope this is okay!

Cara

Buecherelfe said...

Great idea, I wanna participate, if i'm not to late to join in. :)

Kellylou said...

I love a good book challenge! Thanks for hosting this one!

Kellylou said...

Already hunting books... :)

Jessica Peter said...

I just joined! I'm giving myself two constraints for this challenge:

1) Books must be novels or novel-like (e.g., memoirs) - for me, "One Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects" will not count for numbers,

2) If the number (etc) is only in the subtitle, it won't count - for me, "Kiss me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love" also will not count as a number.

:)

Beth F said...

It's never too late to join up!

storilicious said...

I'm a new blogger. And this challenge is truly interesting. I will try to blog my first book on February. Hope I can pass the challenge. I'm hunting the books.

Mystee said...

I signed up ☺

Poncho said...

Seeing it's never too late... I'm game!

Night Owl said...

Really looking forward to this challenge! Will now have to go stalk some books and see which ones I decide on.
Good luck to everyone btw. :D

Mystee said...

I've actually done 2 books for #4 as of right now.... Flashes From Another World -- Vanished --

Still looking for one in each of the other 5 categories ☺

Emtifah said...

This is my first book challenge, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

Colie said...

I've heard about this challenge for a while and am excited to try it out!

Bella said...

This challenge looks like fun. Joining the game late, but I had to join up.

The Lost Book Reports said...

ok.. I will try.... but it seems hard =)

Beth said...

I'm signed up and raring to go!

mary said...

So excited to start this! Lovely -

Barefoot Blonde said...

pretty excite... I am already planning my list :)

Anonymous said...

Just started a new book blog. Excited to participate in this challenge!

Juli said...

I'm finding all my favorite challenges from days gone by...

looking forward to seeing what everyone else is reading and adding MORE books to my list!

Maya Floria Yasmin said...

i join this challenge :)

Mickey @ imabookshark said...

I just joined and found that I've read books that have met all these categories :o) YAY! Good luck. This was fun and I may try to meet them again knowing the categories now. Thanks!!

Darlene said...

Hi, there! I just came across this challenge. It sounded like so much fun that I just had to join in, even though the year is nearly half over! Looking forward to the challenge. Thanks for hosting!

Mohini said...

It's good of you to host this. I'm really looking forward to doing this challenge and finding new books to read from everyone else's reviews.

Lilly said...

This looks fun! I hope I can do it!

Brenda G. Spalding said...

Better late than never!!! I just saw this challenge and I am going to try to play catch up!!! Sounds different from some of the other ones. Count me in.

okeyzz said...

Yaaaiiiy! I'm so glad I've finished it. Already put 18 books and i'll try to keep it fill! :D

Here's my list: click me!

srivalli said...

I know I am late. Will give it a try.