11 Oct 2014

IT'S A 'WHAT'S IN A NAME? 2014' WRAP./THE BUCKET LIST.


Well, that's another Reading Challenge, my sixteenth, completed.

An annual event that I've taken part in since 2012, this is the seventh outing for the What's In A Name Challenge.

Created by a blogger called Annie, the previous two challenges I have taken part in have been hosted by Beth Fish Reads who passed the gauntlet to Charlie over at The Worm Hole this year.

Thanks to Charlie for all her hard work in organising the 2014 challenge. I've really enjoyed the categories of ...


  • A reference to time: Once Upon A Timepiece. The first book I read for the challenge. Whilst not usually a fan of short stories, with a title like this it was perfect for this category and as it turned out captured my imagination in a huge way.
  • A position of royalty: The Women Of The Cousins' War: The Duchess, The Queen And The King's Mother. Not content with one position of royalty I had to go with three for this, the third book read. The only work of non-fiction, the book fills in some of the gaps in the story of Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort.
  • A number written in letters: The Hallowed Ones. The fourth and, by far, my favourite read. In fact this is one of my top reads of the year. A story of vampires, real vampires of the kind that fear daylight and garlic, as well as the supernatural aspect I was delighted the story concentrated equally on the 'Plain' folk.
  • A forename or names: Amity And Sorrow. The second book and least favourite read of this years challenge. Attracted by what remains one of my favourite covers of 2014, several positive blog reviews and the promise of a novel about two young girls escape from a polygamous cult, I'm afraid I was highly disappointed with this one.
  • A type of element of weather: Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island #1: The Lost Children. Another book perfect for the challenge. The last book read, it was either this debut novel which turned out to be a wonderfully enchanting read or The Wind In The Willows which, lets face it, though a timeless classic I've read it countless times before. 
And so onto my next 'challenge' ...

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16 comments:

Stephanie Faris said...

The little picture at the top is broken, but all of these books sound interesting. I haven't completed any reading challenge before--although I did read 35 books in July as a judge for the Writer's Digest awards. It was almost the death of me!

Tracy Terry said...

I don't know why Stephanie but the picture keeps coming and going so I've taken the decision to get rid of it altogether.

Kelly said...

I did the "What's in a Name" challenge twice (years 4 & 5) and really enjoyed it. Now that I'm reviewing more again, perhaps I'll join in if anyone hosts it next year.

I didn't do any challenges last year and it doesn't look like I will this year, either, unless you know of a Christmas challenge coming up.

Now I'm off to check out your "bucket list blog hop".

Brian Joseph said...

Congratulations on completing this challenge. It was based upon some neat ideas!

Tracy Terry said...

As far as I know Michelle over at The True Book Addict is hosting her Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge as always. At least I hope she is as I have been scouting for suitable books all year.

Suko said...

Well done, Tracy. I do very few challenges, but I enjoy reading about them. I'm glad that you enjoyed some of these books a great deal.

So many books, so little time said...

Congrats on completing the challenge. This place has had a makeover, It looks so different :)

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Congrats on finishing this challenge. It was fun to see what books you chose. Good luck with the next one. :)

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

I have never done a reading challenge- but they do sound like fun. Glad you read so many books and even one that was a top pick of the year! Awesome! :)

Nas said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge! Sounds fun!

Sherry Ellis said...

Well done on the challenge! And thank you so much for advertising the Bucket List blog hop!

Kelly Steel said...

Bucket list blog hop sounds fun! Congrats on the challenge!

Tracy Terry said...

Hello Nas and welcome to Pen and Paper.

Charlie (The Worm Hole) said...

Well done! I like how you've included summaries here. I think I may have enjoyed Amity & Sorrow slightly more than you, but I have to agree it was disappointing. So much scope but little used.

Literary Feline said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge! The What's in a Name Challenge is the only one this year I haven't yet completed. I have my next three books picked out for it, but am not sure I will be able to get to them before the year is out. I hope to try!

Lindsay said...

Well done on completing the challenge Tracy, and I love the different themes for the books too.