Completed Challenge: What’s in a Name ? 2018

I only signed up for two year-long reading challenges at the beginning of 2018 – What’s in a Name? and the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. With three days of the year remaining, I am still reading books that could count towards the Historical Fiction challenge, but I have now completed the What’s in a Name? challenge.

The challenge was hosted by Charlie of The Worm Hole and the idea was to read six books, each with a title including one of the following words:

– The word ‘the’ used twice
– A fruit or vegetable
– A shape
– A title that begins with Z
– A nationality
– A season

Here are the six books I read, with links to my reviews.

The word ‘the’ used twice:

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

A fruit or vegetable:

Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

A shape:

Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor

A title beginning with Z:

Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore

A nationality:

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

A season:

The Winter Prince by Cheryl Sawyer

Did anyone else take part in this challenge too?

Have you read any of these books?

19 thoughts on “Completed Challenge: What’s in a Name ? 2018

  1. piningforthewest says:

    I enjoyed Bleeding Heart Square. I like to be more relaxed about my reading choices so tend not to do challenges as such, apart from trying to read more classics.

    • Helen says:

      When I first started blogging I used to sign up for lots of challenges but found it too stressful and restrictive trying to keep up with them all. Now I just choose one or two, as well as the Classics Club.

  2. Lark says:

    Looks like you found some awesome reads for this challenge. Congrats on finishing it! I didn’t do any reading challenges this past year…I kind of needed a break from them…but I’m planning on doing one or two in 2019. Maybe even this one if Charlie hosts it again because it’s always a fun one. 🙂

  3. Judy Krueger says:

    Great picks for your challenge. I am just going to be my usual recalcitrant self and create my own challenges for 2019. I already have one: a book a month written by an author from another country and translated into English. My list already has 24 books on it so…

    • Helen says:

      My original choice was going to be Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre, a 19th century Gothic novel, but I haven’t been in the right mood to read it all year so I was relieved when I remembered Zennor in Darkness!

  4. Carmen says:

    I would like to read the first two books and The Japanese Lover. I know you didn’t fancy the latter that much but I’m slowly reading Allende’s body of work, so I’ll eventually get there.

  5. jessicabookworm says:

    Helen, I haven’t read any of these books, but I did take part in this challenge too and I have just finished by the skin of my teeth… Although I have cheated a little for the last category as I really, really struggled to find a book with a ‘season’ in. Hopefully I will have my round-up post up soon.

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