>> Monday, July 5, 2010
I thought I was going to have to do without one of my favorite challenges this year, but Beth Fish Reads stepped in to take over for Annie and host the What’s in a Name? 3 Challenge.
The categories just seem to get more and more interesting every year.
For this year’s challenge readers were once again required to read 6 books. The books had to be chosen based on words their titles matching up with the six categories. I was able to find books that fit the challenge from my TBR list or that came up in my normal adding to that list.
The books I read for each category were:
A book with a "food" in its title: Blood Orange Brewing by Laura Childs – this was part of her Tea Shop Cozy mytery series and while it was enjoyable enough, I think I won’t likely continue with that series.
A book with a "body of water" in its title: Lake of Sorrows by Erin Hart – this was the second in a mystery series that features mystery, archeology, and forensics all wrapped up with Irish history and culture.
A book with a "title" in its title: The Queen's Secret by Jean Plaidy – Historical Fiction about Katherine of Valois who married Henry V from one of the Grand Dames of the Genre who wrote prolifically under several pseudonyms from from the 1950s into the 1990s.
A book with a "plant" in its title: Chile Death by Susan Wittig Albert – another one from a cozy mystery series. This is the Herb Shop series and is one I will continue with. It’s a great cozy series with fun characters and a bit of information about herbs thrown in the mix.
A book with a "music term" in its title: Lullaby Town by Robert Crais - #3 in his Elvis Cole series was a fun missing person case that took Elvis and Joe across country, but didn’t take the fun out of Elvis and Joe. This category was a surprisingly tough one.
A book with a "place name" in its title: Ghosts of Everest by Jochen Hemmleb, Larry Johnson and Eric Simonson was a truly fascinating combination of adventure and history.
This is a great challenge because the books end up being such a variety. I’m thrilled to know that Beth Fish Reads is already working on the categories for next year’s challenge. I’ll be signing up just as soon as she opens the door.