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What’s In A Name – 2014 Sign-Up Post

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Bloggers who have signed up have written posts in the following languages: Portuguese (Landslide), Italian (Cinzia)

This is the sign-up post for the seventh annual What’s In A Name challenge, originally started by Annie, handed to Beth Fish Reads, and now continued here at The Worm Hole. I published a post earlier in the month in which I explained how I came to be the newest host, however to summarise:

Beth needed someone to hand it to and I had never taken part before but I knew I had the time she was saying it would take, and if there’s one thing that saddens me about blogging, it’s the demise of long-time ‘traditions’ and blogs. So here we are. I love the concept, the creativity, and I’m looking forward to meeting you all.

The basics

The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets):

  • 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)

Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to – some are classics after all – but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether there will be a sixth category – not this year. I realised too late after publishing the post that I hadn’t included a sixth, so as not to confuse everyone we’ll be sticking with five this time around.

Extra information
  • Books can be any format (print, audio, ebook).
  • It’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges, but not a requirement at all.
  • Books cannot overlap categories (for instance my first example, Eleven Minutes, could be used for category 1 or 3 but not both).
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
  • You don’t have to make your list of books beforehand, you can choose them as you go.
  • You don’t have to read your chosen books in any particular order.
Everything else

On January 1 I’ll publish 7 posts, one for each category and one for your wrap-up post. These posts will be published as WordPress pages and linked to from one main post on the blog. You will be able to post your links to your reviews or leave comments, depending on whether you’re a blogging reader or a non-blogger reader. You’ll be able to find this main post through a link I’ll be adding to the navigation section of my sidebar. Alternatively, for ease, you might want to subscribe to this blog via Feedly or email so that the gateway post will be immediately available to you without you having to search the site. The non-Feedly feed link and also a Bloglovin’ link are on the sidebar.

If you have trouble finding a book for a category, have a look at the corresponding page for it here – readers who’ve already completed the category will have linked to their reviews and added titles that you can look through.

To join the challenge, sign up using the Mr Linky if you’re a blogger, and if you’re not a blogger simply leave a comment below. If at any time you have difficulties adding your link, email me at the address on my contact page with your information, and I’ll add it myself.

How to use Mr Linky: put your name and/or your blog’s name in the top box and the URL (web address) of your blog in the second box. If you have a Tumblr or use a Facebook page instead of a blog, use the web address to that instead.

How you link is up to you, but it’s suggested that you include both your name and blog name in the first box.

If you have any suggestions for this year’s challenge, let me know in the comments.

And remember that you don’t have to sign up today – as the challenge runs until the end of 2014, you can sign up at any time during the year.

Hope you enjoy the challenge and best of luck! The hashtag for Twitter is #whatsinaname – it’s used randomly for other reasons, but still it makes the most sense for this challenge. Sorry about the lack of line-spacing on the links, I don’t know how to change it.

Sign up here!


Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest

January 2, 2014, 3:57 am

Thanks for hosting! This is by far my favourite challenge – love scouring my TBR stack for books that fit.


January 2, 2014, 6:55 pm

This is my first time with this challenge. I’m looking forward to it!


January 3, 2014, 9:47 am

I’ll try this one again — I love the way it can push me to try books I wouldn’t pick up otherwise.

I’m going to pick my own sixth category for my OCD needs. If you had made everyone do this, you’d have a big pool to grab from next year. :-)


January 3, 2014, 2:17 pm

Hi Rachelle, I can’t remember if I answered this for you or not (as I sent some people emails) – ‘Royal blood’ isn’t technically acceptable however if you’ve royal blood you’re in a position of royalty so it’s not incorrect, just a very different take on it. Creativity is welcome so if you want to go for it, do :)

Margot @ Joyfully Retired

January 3, 2014, 5:59 pm

Thanks for keeping this challenge going. Although I’ve cut back on reading challenges the past few years, I won’t quit on this one. Too much fun.


January 4, 2014, 4:46 pm

I’m in! Thanks for hosting! :)


Audra (Unabridged Chick)

January 5, 2014, 11:12 pm

Thanks for taking this one! I didn’t complete it last year, but I did enjoy trying to — looking forward to succeeding this year!


January 6, 2014, 8:01 pm

Thank you so much for this idea. I am looking forward to reading some interesting books this year and will love to hear what everyone else is reading.

I have started my challenge here

Marianne from Let’s Read

Tracy Terry

January 7, 2014, 1:15 pm

Having already signed up for the challenge its only today that I’ve really thought (and posted) about what books I might actually read and now that I have I’m even more excited.


January 10, 2014, 5:25 am

Yay! I was hoping someone would take over this challenge. I was sad to see Beth Fish wasn’t going to continue. This’ll be my 3rd year participating. Fun!

Rampant Bibliophage

January 10, 2014, 10:55 pm

I’m so glad this is continuing this year!


January 13, 2014, 3:12 pm

I did the 2013 challenge, but fell short on two. I’m still working through the last two book and will get on the 2014 Challenge. Thanks for carrying on the challenge.

Lady Bren

January 13, 2014, 8:30 pm

I have blogged about this twice yet haven’t signed up ~ blame it on the gray hair


January 14, 2014, 6:06 pm

I really shouldn’t be joining any more challenges for this year, but here I am. Thank you for hosting this!

Literary Feline

January 16, 2014, 2:48 pm

I did it. I’m officially in. :-)


January 20, 2014, 10:33 pm

Thanks for taking over the hosting of this challenge! I’ve always loved doing it!


January 21, 2014, 2:07 am

Thanks so much for hosting! This is one of my favorite challenges. :)


February 10, 2014, 6:01 pm

Thanks for hosting. Looking forward to it.


February 28, 2014, 12:26 am

Ok, I’ve finished this one. Here is my wrap-up post.



April 26, 2014, 4:18 pm

Wasn’t planning to do any reading challenges this year, but changed my mind and decided to join What’s In a Name.

Happy Reading :)



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