15 December 2013

Reading Challenge: What's in a Name? 2014

It's that time of the year! No, not Christmas, the signing up for reading challenges! I used to be a reading challenge addict, but in the last couple of years, I've gotten away from them and now I do just one. My very favorite challenge: What's in a Name?

As you know, I was the host of this challenge for four years. I have now passed the torch on, and the challenge has a new home. You can find the sign-up post and all the information over at The Worm Hole.

I'm so happy this challenge has a future thanks to the generosity of Charlie. I encourage everyone to jump in and sign up. I love the categories this year, and I'm already thinking about my strategy. I always start out the year with a list of possible books to fit each category, but the most fun is seeing how many I can complete just through my regular reading. In September or so, I review my status and, if necessary, make a focused effort to complete the challenge.

Here are the 2014 categories with a few suggested titles from Charlie:

A reference to time (Eleven Minutes, Before Ever After)
A position of royalty (The People’s Queen, The Last Empress, The Curse Of The Pharaoh)
A number written in letters (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, A Tale Of Two Cities)
A forename or names (Rebecca, Eleanor & Park, The Unfinished Work Of Elizabeth D.)
A type or element of weather (Gone With The Wind, Red Earth Pouring Rain)

Be sure to read the sign-up post for all the rules and to join in the fun.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this challenge in the past: I appreciate your support and hope you had fun with it. I also want to thank Charlie for agreeing to be the new host. And I want to thank all of you in advance for continuing to make this one of the most popular challenges around.


Kailana 12/15/13, 1:36 PM  

I really shouldn't do any more challenges, I may have another slow reading year next year, but I should attempt this one at least. I have a couple times since it started and I am not even sure if I have ever finished...

Vicki 12/15/13, 4:07 PM  

I did less challenges last year, but I've already signed up for to many for 2014. What's In A Name is one of my favorites and I'm so glad you passed it to Charlie instead of letting it end.

Melissa Mc 12/15/13, 5:33 PM  

I haven't done a challenge in years (and haven't missed it!)...but this was always my favorite.
Glad it has another home.

wordsandpeace.com 12/15/13, 6:08 PM  

sorry to learn you will no longer host this fantastic challenge, but glad it has a home, and I'm signing up today

grammajudyb 12/15/13, 6:36 PM  

I am so glad someone has agreed to take over the reins. I enjoyed this challenge in the past and look forward to it in 2014. I am also glad to see you signed up to participate. I so enjoy your blog.

bermudaonion 12/15/13, 7:19 PM  

This is a fun challenge! Good luck!

Margot 12/16/13, 2:50 AM  

This is one of the few challenges I participate in now. I'm sorry you aren't the leader this year but I understand where you're coming from.

Daryl 12/16/13, 11:18 AM  

i love the idea of a challenge but i never sign up because i know i will never stick to it .. its tough for me to commit to a specified reading list since i have such odd taste

Charlie (The Worm Hole) 12/16/13, 12:56 PM  

Thanks, Beth :) I'm glad to be able to continue it for you. I like the idea of reviewing your status in September and going with the flow otherwise. I've some choices made, but seeing how regular reading can take you could be very interesting.

Tracy Terry 12/30/13, 9:31 AM  

Hi Beth, Many thanks for being such a great host over the last few years. So good to hear this challenge has a new home as it is the only one I'm sure to join in with.

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