Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Saturday, November 27, 2010

What's in a Name 4 Challenge

What's in a Name 4 Challenge hosted by Beth Fish Reads.  Sign up here.
Challenge runs from January 1-December 31, 2011.

Yay, another new challenge for 2011!  I'm getting into the challenge groove as a pseudo New Year's resolution and to spice up my reading material.  After a slow couple of weeks, I'm happy to find a reading project to guide my choices next year.

So, here's the breakdown of the rules & such:

Read one book in each of the following categories (suggestions are given on the host page):

1.  A book with a number in the title
2.  A book with jewelry or a gem in the title
3.  A book with a size in the title
4.  A book with travel or movement in the title
5.  A book with evil in the title (I guess this means the word evil or a synonym for evil)
6.  A book with a life stage in the title

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.

Sounds fascinating!  Here are my tentative choices for the 6:

1.  Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut--it's in the lead so far in the polls for my Back to the Classics Challenge choices, so this could be read for both challenges.

2.  The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields--I hope this counts!  This may not be for both challenges but I've wanted to read this for some time anyway.

3.  A Short Guide to Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson--this could also be for both challenges; I'm also considering Big Trouble by Dave Barry or Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  *UPDATE*:  I just realized that I have a copy of Small Island by Andrea Levy on my TBR shelf, too!

4.  I thought of 3 possible choices:  A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, This Time Together by Carol Burnett, or The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

5.  A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving--LOL :D

6.  I thought of 3 possible choices:  Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, All the President's Men by Bob Woodward, or Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.


  1. I just signed up for this one,too :-)

    Boy in the Striped Pajamas was profoundly emotional for me. My 13 year old just finished it and was affected much the same way.

  2. I'm thinking about joining this challenge as well but I'm stumped on the jewelry/gem book. Once I have that one figured out I'll post my committment!

    (p.s If you're taking votes for this challenge I would definitely vote for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas -- wonderful book).

  3. I am itching to sign up for this challenge too... but I'm not sure... I'm kind of thinking that I can do this only if I make the books fit one of the other 3 challenges I'm already doing. Is it possible?

  4. Wanted to stop by and say I'm so glad you decided to join in the fun of What's in a Name 4. Glad to see you starting to put together your list.

  5. You've got some great picks for your challenges! I was only mildly impressed with Slaughterhouse 5, but I thought A Prayer for Owen Meany was touching. I'm also about to start the Gunslinger. I'm anxious to follow your progress through 2011 and good luck!!!