what’s in a name 11 reading challenge…

Oh my. I cannot believe I’m falling down this rabbit hole again. Reading challenges. There was a time when I was a complete and total reading challenge enthusiast. I managed to step away for several years, but I can no longer resist the urge to wallow in the joy of making those lists of books to fit all those reading challenge categories. And the What’s in a Name challenge is the perfect one to dive back into first since it holds such a special place in my heart having been started by my own sweet daughter half her life ago. It is now hosted at The Worm Hole.

This year’s categories and my lists of potential reads for each:

The word “the” used twice.

  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
  • The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
  • The Book of the Toad by Robert M. DeGraaff
  • The Palace of the Snow Queen by Barbara Sjoholm
  • In the Kingdom of the Sick by Laurie Edwards
  • The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers
  • Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan

A fruit or vegetable.

  • Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  • Peel My Love Like an Onion by Ana Castillo
  • The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury
  • The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
  • Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Maas
  • Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway
  • The Blueberry Years by Jim Minick
  • Orange: The Complete Collection, Volumes 1 and 2 by Ichigo Takana

A shape. *completed*

Begins with a Z (may omit a leading article). *completed*

A nationality.

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dad Sijie
  • American Widow by Alissa Torres
  • When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago
  • Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

A season. 

  • Ravens in Winter by Bernd Heinrich
  • Raven Summer by David Almond
  • Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville
  • Summer for the Gods by Edward J. Larson
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • WinterWood by Patrick McCabe
  • Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury
  • The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

2 thoughts on “what’s in a name 11 reading challenge…

  1. I heartily recommend The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa! You have some great choices. I have yet to read Winterson – no, I’ve read something but not those. And I have had Ella Minnow Pea on my tbr TOO LONG. But Dud Avocado is on my classics 50 so I’m committing to it. Oh, I hope you read Olive Kittredge and adore it. She’s prickly but has a warm heart. And I so need to see the movie of that – wish we could watch it together. 🙂


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