Thursday, December 13, 2007


I've decided to set up a blog just for the What's in a Name? Challenge. I didn't know that so many people would sign up, so I decided to create a separate blog for challenge info.

I listed all of the participants on the sidebar. Please check to make sure I didn't miss you, or tell me if I got your name wrong! Please check back often to read about contests and things like that. I will be setting up a separate post for each category so you can link up your reviews!

Below is the original post from my blog stating the guidelines for the challenge:

Up for a challenge?

I hope you answered "yes!" and that you'll join me in my reading challenge! I've been wanting to host a reading challenge for a while now, and finally decided to just take the plunge. Be patient with me though, since I've never done this before, o.k.?

This is a challenge that anyone can join, no matter what types of books they like to read. You should be able to find books from any genre that will work.

I'm sorry I don't have a banner for the challenge. I just don't know how to make one.
Update: Thanks to Court, we now have a couple of buttons to choose from. They're wonderful! Thank you, Court!

Update: Angela has also created some great buttons you might like. Find them at her icon journal. Thanks, Angela!

"What's In A Name?" Reading Challenge

Dates: January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008

The Challenge: Choose one book from each of the following categories.

1. A book with a color in its title. Examples might include: The Amber Spyglass, The Red Pony, Blue Blood

2. A book with an animal in its title. Examples might include: The Hound of the Baskervilles, To Kill a Mockingbird, Julie of the Wolves

3. A book with a first name in its title. Examples might include: Jane Eyre, the Harry Potter books, Anne of Green Gables

4. A book with a place in its title. Examples might include: From Russia with Love, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Out of Africa

5. A book with a weather event in its title. Examples might include: The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Red Storm Rising, Tornado Alley

6. A book with a plant in its title. Examples might include: Where the Red Fern Grows, The Name of the Rose, Flowers for Algernon

--You may overlap books with other challenges, but please don't use the same book for more than one category. (For example, you can use The Red Pony for either a "color" book or an "animal" book, but not for both.)

Prizes: Yes. There will be some small prizes (unless someone can convince my parents to raise my allowance!) awarded throughout the challenge, and a larger grand prize at the end. More details about this later.

To join in, simply leave a comment on this post with a link your list. I will post a list of participants here as they sign up.

Once the challenge has begun, I'll make a new post where I will link up everyone's reviews.

See, isn't this easy? Just six books in one year!

Have I left anything out? If so, please feel free to ask!
Answers to questions:
1. You don't need a blog to participate. Just put your list in the comments, and I'll post it here.
2. Feel free to change your list throughout the year, if something new pops up that fits the category.


alisonwonderland said...

this is going to be fun! thanks, annie!

Susan said...

Count me in. My list can be found at


Susan L

Lauren said...

I would like to participate as well!

kreed said...

Cool new site...i'll be back periodically to check things out!

The printed page said...

Hi Annie,

Looks like I didn't make the list so I'll sign up again :-)

My list is posted at

EnnaVic said...

Great idea to set up a separate blog :) Thanks for letting me know!

Lillet said...

Thanks to a little "idea stealing" my list is as follows:

What’s in a Name Challenge list:
Book w/a color in the title: Perma Red* - Debra Earling
Book w/an animal in the title: Wizard of the Crow Ngugi Wa'Thiong'O
Book w/a first name in the title: Anna of the Five Towns* - Arnold Bennett
Book w/a place in the title: Motherless Brooklyn* - Jonathan Letham
Book w/weather in the title: The Cloud Atlas* – David Mitchell
Book w/a plant in the title: Rose of No Man’s Land* - Michelle Tea

Shree said...

Trying again to sign up, must of done something wrong.
My list is here:

This should be lots of fun.

Karen said...

Fantastic idea to creat a blog specifically for the challenge.

Alyson said...

I'd like to sign up for this one, too! It's a great idea!

My list is posted here:

Thanks again!

cj said...

I keep coming back to this so I guess I'd better just surrender and sign up. Add me to the list and I'll pick my books before the first.

I think it's going to be a fun challenge, Annie! Thanks for hosting it.


Beastmomma said...

I am so excited for this challenge and look forward to seeing the reviews.

Beastmomma said...

an exciting reading adventure begins.

krin said...

I'm in! My list is here:

Klaudia said...

sounds interesting. ;)


Grominou2 said...

What a fun idea! Would you mind terribly if I hosted a French counterpart of this challenge on my blog? That would be neat, and of course I would give you full credit, but I understand if you'd prefer to keep the exclusivity!
You may answer here or on my blog, at your convenience!

Vickie said...

I thought I'd joined a couple of weeks ago, but maybe I was in a fugue state. I'll have a list this weekend.

Vickie said...

My list for the challenge!!! I had fun looking this up!

Bree said...

I'm going to play along!! Great challenge!

My Challenge

Jessie said...

Hi! I'm kind of a lurker, and I'm trying to start a book blog (more like personal record) of my own. I found your challenge, and I'd love to join. My list is here:

Melanie said...

This Challenge really sounds fun. I'll join in; my list can be found on my blog. Thanks!

plongstocking said...
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SuziQoregon said...

I'm in! I'm in!!

Here's my list

"was eigenes" said...

I would like to join as well...

tanabata said...

It sounds like such fun, I've decided to play along too.
My list can be found here.

Mo said...

Hope I'm not too late to join the fun! My list can be found here.

Looking forward to it!

Anonymous said...

Hello, Masanobu Tomoe here.
I don't have a Blogger blog, but my list can be found in LiveJournal, here:

So please count me in!

(Great challenge, by the way)

Grominou2 said...

Hi Annie! Thanks for your answer! This is going to be fun!

Jason Cooper said...
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Jason Cooper said...

Annie, Please add us to the list! We're looking forward to the challenge.

Our picks

plongstocking said...

I'm in! my list can be found at

this sounds fun. thanks for doing the work!

"was eigenes" said...

Sorry, I fogot to leave my name: Bine will join as well!
Best regards and merry christmas!

Ashley said...

What's In A Name Challenge List:
COLOR: The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
ANIMAL: Chosen by a Horse: A Memoir
(Susan Richards)
NAME: Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
PLACE: Between, Georgia (Joshilyn Jackson)
WEATHER: The Children's Blizzard (David Laskin)
PLANT: House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest (Craig Childs)

Ashley said...

Correction to Ashley's List:

PLANT: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)

Edie Noir said...

I join! :)
My list will be posted at my lj profile (name-link)
right now I have this year's 100 book challenge list.

Amanda said...

Great idea! My list can be found here:

Sharon said...

I hope it's not too late to be counted it?

Sharon said...

Hello1 I would like to join and I have my list ready. I hope I haven/t over stepped by doing this before I've been excepted! thanks

Brittanie said...

Add me please. My list is up on my sidebar at

ghausia said...

1. A book with a color in its title.

Black Beauty

2. A book with an animal in its title.


3. A book with a first name in its title.

Robinson Crusoe

4. A book with a place in its title.


5. A book with a weather event in its title.

Storm Rising

6. A book with a plant in its title.


I'll have to get back to you on 2, 4, and 6, because I don't know any books with animals, plants and places in the title, so that requires a bit of research.

ideru said...

my first challenge :D have not completely decided on my list but Ill be updating as i go on . thanks for the challenge

Nicole said...
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Nicole said...

Okay, let me try this again. The link didn't work for some reason.

I do love the idea behind this challenge! Thanks for hosting it.

You can find my list here.

Anonymous said...

This should be fun! Great idea! My list is:
Color: Red Dragon
Animal: Animal Farm
Name: Mary Mary
Place: Devil in the White City
Weather: The Shadow of the Wind
Plant: Flowers for Algernon

Amy said...

Please sign me up!

Here's my list

Jenny-up the hill said...

Thanks for a neat and creative challenge! My list is up over here:

Tiffany Norris said...

I hope I'm not too late to join! I don't have my list yet, but I'll try to do that by tomorrow.
Meanwhile, my blog is:

Lenneth said...

Annie, I just wanted to let you know that my list has moved to my new domain:

(The post is still available at the old location, but could be deleted at any time.)

Thank you!

kim said...

I would like to participate too. Here is a link to my post with my book choices listed:

kim said...

Lets try the link again:

kim said...

Okay----the link apparently is too long. Here is a link to my blog:

My book list is posted in a entry on December 1st--if anyone is interested in looking at my choices.

This was great challenge and I hope to peruse other lists tomorrow!


Anonymous said...

I've had the most fun choosing books for this challenge. I decided that in addition to your "rules" I would add another and select only books that are already on my shelves that I've been meaning to read. Now I will, thanks to you. Here's my list:
Color: The Blue Flower, Penelope Fitzgerald
Animal: Memed, My Hawk, Yashar Kamal
Name: Antigone, Sophocles
Place: Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
Weather: Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
Plant: Seeds of Change, Henry Hobhouse
Thanks again,

Bek said...

I just found out about this great reading challenge and I am planning to participate:) I didn't select any book titles yet though.

a. said...

I would love to participate! This sounds like lots of fun! I will get my list up shortly.

Alice Teh said...

I'm joining in the fun too! Thanks for hosting this. :D

Emily said...

sounds like a great challenge! Count me in :)

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Oh, I love this idea. Please add me to the list of participants. My list can be found at I will pull it together sometime this week! Great idea!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

This one looks like fun! I had really sworn off reading challenges, but for you Annie - I'm in :)

My post is up here

Happy New Year, and Happy Reading!

Anonymous said...

I couldnt pass this up
sounded too interesting :)
well done

Im in

Jen at

Anonymous said...

You must be very proud of yourself for having made up a challenge and so many people respond well done you 10 year book lover
i LOVE books too :)

Jen at

Tara said...

Hi, I'm up for this!!

My post is here:

Think Pink Dana said...

can we still join? I would love to.

Eva said...

Here's my list!

Susie said...

I hope I'm not too late! :) Thanks so much for hosting this.

Here's the link to my challenge.

Sarah said...

This is a great challenge. I"m in!

My list can be found at

She Became a Butterfly said...

i'm joining in! said...

Can I join? I have chosen my books in the hope I am able to play!

marianne said...

this sounds like fun and I hope it's not too late for me to join in. I'll get my list up on my blog tomorrow - great idea, Annie! :)

marianne said...

duh, I forgot the link - my list is here. said...

OK I have finished my first book for the challenge woohoo! My link is

Is that right to do?

tvtime said...

I've decided to join and try! My list is at my blog.

Robin Marie said...

I'm so in!

My list is at

Can't wait!

Tiffany Norris said...

A bit late posting my list, but here it is!

Lynne said...

Annie - I changed one of the book for this challenge. My "place" book changed from PEACHTREE ROAD to ITALIAN LESSONS. The updated list is on my blog.

poodlerat said...

Sign me up! Here's my list.

Thanks for thinking up such a great challenge!

valentina said...

is it too late to join?

valentina said...

hi, I've posted my list!
here it is:

coconblanc said...

Hi Annie,
I just posted my book-list in my blog and would like to participate to this challange. I hope it's not too late. Here's my list:


Nat_A_Lie said...

Sounds great! I have posted my intended list here.

Laura said...

I hope I'm not too late to join this RAL. I love the idea. I'm even currently reading an animal-named book! :-) It'll take me a while to come up with my list, though.

My first post is here.

Allison said...

Better late than never! I'm going to join in, as well, and here is my list:

CoversGirl said...

I finally thought to check my TBR box for titles and now have my list up here. This looks like it's going to be a great year for reading challenges!

loey said...

Count me in!
I'm thinking of my list already!

Trish said...

Annie, I've had my list on my blog for a few weeks, but I'm just now officially signing up. Hope its not too late! Thanks for hosting such a fun challenge!

heidib said...

Hi, Annie...I'm a sucker for a challenge. Here's my list.

musingsfromthesofa said...

I'm reading too, and my list is here:

Daniel said...

I'll join!

MandA said...

I started a little late, but you can find my list at A very fun challenge.

wolfgirl said...

My list
1. Color - Roses Are Red (James Patterson)
2. Animal - Pop Goes the Weasel (James Patterson)
3. First name - Hannibal Rising (Thomas Harris)
4. Place - London Bridges (James Patterson)
5. Weather Event - When the Wind Blows (James Patterson)
6. Plant - Flowers in the Attic (VC Andrews)

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