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What’s In A Name – 2015 Sign-Up Post

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This is the sign-up post for the eighth annual What’s In A Name challenge, originally started by Annie, handed to Beth Fish Reads, and now continued here at The Worm Hole. Information in other languages: Português

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 word including ‘ing’ in it (The Time Of Singing, Dancing To The Flute, Lex Trent Fighting With Fire) My examples are verbs but you can of course use other words.
  • A colour (The Red Queen, White Truffles In Winter, On Gold Mountain)
  • A familial relation (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, Dombey And Son, My Cousin Rachel) By all means include in-laws, step, and halves.
  • A body of water (The River Of No Return, Black Lake, Beside The Sea)
  • A city (Barcelona Shadows, Shanghai Girls, Under The Tripoli Sky)
  • An animal (Black Swan Rising, The Leopard Unleashed, The Horse And His Boy)

Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to 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.

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 example of Black Swan Rising for ‘an animal’ could be used for the ‘colour’ category or ‘animal’ category, 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, ‘gateway’, 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. If you are a blogger, please leave one review per category. You’ll be able to find the gateway 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 (please note that if you’ve not commented on this blog before your comment will not show up straight away as per my site moderation but I will see it so do come back if you’ve asked a question). 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 (again, if you’ve not commented here before the comment will show up after I’ve approved it as part of my site spam moderation).

And remember that you don’t have to sign up today – as the challenge runs until the end of 2015, you can sign up at any time during the year.

Hope you enjoy the challenge and best of luck! The hashtag for Twitter is #whatsinaname2015 (the number included so we don’t get lost amongst various Romeo And Juliet quotes!)

Sign up here!


Emma @ Words And Peace

November 21, 2014, 1:39 am

I love that challenge, thanks for keeping it up!

Beth F

November 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

Great categories! Thanks for keeping it alive!

Tracy Terry

November 21, 2014, 4:58 pm

Yeah, something to brighten my cold, damp Friday evening.


November 21, 2014, 6:28 pm

I can’t believe it’s been a year! I am definitely tempted to give it a go this time around. I think I am going to check what books I already have that could possibly fit the categories.

Margaret @ BooksPlease

November 23, 2014, 10:08 am

Glad you’re running this again! I like the ‘ing’ category – plenty of choice there.

Judy B

November 26, 2014, 12:21 am

Love this Challenge. It is the first one I ever did when I started to blog and I wouldn’t miss it. Thanks for keeping it going.


November 29, 2014, 3:21 am

Hi, I’m doing this one again.

Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest

November 29, 2014, 10:24 am

Terrific categories – planning my attack now!

Rachelle Lerner

November 29, 2014, 11:28 pm

I have one more for 2014 to finish.

Bev@My Reader’s Block

November 30, 2014, 1:56 am

Ready for another round!


December 2, 2014, 10:18 pm

Thanks for keeping the challenge going!


December 3, 2014, 10:36 pm

Love this challenge!


December 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

Looks like interesting categories, I signed up this year. Thanks for hosting!

Christine@The BookTrunk

December 7, 2014, 8:46 pm

It’s almost a year since I’ve done any blogging, but I’ll give this a try.


December 12, 2014, 4:02 am

I did this challenge in 2014 and really liked it. I already have some ideas for this year’s challenge.

Tina Culbertson (@Novel_Meals)

December 12, 2014, 9:16 pm

Charlie, I had big issues at my blog and the announcement post for this challenge was deleted. I have redone it so, looks like I am signing up again. Please feel free to delete my previous sign up link.

I was, am, number 18. I am doing it again so will also be #25 but that link to my site will be good. Apologies.

Margot @ Joyfully Retired

December 15, 2014, 11:22 pm

This remains one of my favorite challenges. Thanks for sponsoring it again this year.


December 23, 2014, 2:57 pm

I’m looking forward to joining in this time!


December 24, 2014, 1:42 am

Hopefully I can keep up this year! I missed one book for 2014. Boo. Maybe with a new baby I’ll be able to sit down more and read in 2015.

Kimberly @ Over The Bookshelf

December 27, 2014, 9:07 pm

Just published my sign-up post. Looking forward to starting this challenge in the New Year.


December 28, 2014, 9:29 pm

Thanks for hosting this challenge. I look forward to it each year!


December 30, 2014, 10:12 am

Sounds great fun – looking forward to it :)

Cassandra @ Wickedly Delicious Tales

December 31, 2014, 4:09 am

I’m very sorry, but I accidentally deleted my original challenge post. The bad link is #38. The corrected link is #45. I’m so sorry for the trouble.


December 31, 2014, 12:34 pm

It’s my first year for the challenge and I’m looking forward to it!


December 31, 2014, 5:09 pm

Really excited with this challenge!! Thanks for hosting it !


January 1, 2015, 4:42 pm

Thanks for hosting this challenge again! You chose excellent categories for 2015

Elena @ ElenaSquareEyes

January 1, 2015, 4:50 pm

Definitely going to give this challenge a go – I think I already have a lot of books that fit the challenge.

Sarah Reads Too Much

January 1, 2015, 7:47 pm

This is the only challenge I actually completed last year, and hope to do it again this year! Thanks for hosting again!

Jane’s Book Blog

January 2, 2015, 10:55 am

I like that you have changed the tasks so I am back for my second year.
Thanks for hosting.

Freda Mans

January 3, 2015, 5:01 pm

I made it for another year! Woot woot!


January 5, 2015, 11:24 am

I wasn’t going to do any challenges this year, but then I saw this one. Six books is a good amount and it’s interesting. Love it :)


January 7, 2015, 6:02 pm

I’m looking for to this challenge

Brittany @ the Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf

January 14, 2015, 2:20 pm

I need to delete my original sign up. The URL is wrong. Sorry!


January 16, 2015, 2:26 am

Looks like a fun challenge…
Here are some suggestions: Me & My Sister’s, The Red door (loved it!), feeling sorry for celia, leading on the edge, light between the oceans. Happy reading!

Lady Bren

January 18, 2015, 6:06 am

Back again!!
So enjoy this if even I’m horrible at posting back


January 18, 2015, 1:54 pm

Great challenge! Just finished my first book for it this morning (“A song for Ella Grey” by David Almond… review coming soon).

Carolyn @ RIEDEL Fascination

January 18, 2015, 4:35 pm

Once again, I find all but one of your titles matching some of my very own themes, in year II of “Gentle Spectrums“; we think alike. What would be fabulous to be alike as well, is THIS many participants finding my group too! All are welcome, for prizes.

I’ve signed-up with you again with pleasure. :)

Julie @ From Julie With Mixed Feelings

January 23, 2015, 11:29 am

What an interesting challenge – I’ve just signed up!


January 23, 2015, 2:53 pm

Emma: Thank you for joining!

Beth: Glad you like them; I still see you as the ‘boss’ ;)

Tracy Terry: I know how you feel!

Jessica: I know! The things I’ve had to remember to say ‘happened two years ago'; time’s flying too fast. I’d be glad to have you :)

Margaret: That was the plan ;) I think it has the potential to be quite a creative one.

Judy B: That’s nice to hear, that the tradition has continued for you. Glad you’ve signed up, Judy :)

Jamie: Yay! Always good to hear.

Kate: Glad you like them, and go for it!

Rachelle: Hope you managed to finish in time :)

Bev: Glad to hear it!

Jane: And thank you for signing up!

Vicki: :D

Tina: Good good :)

Christine (The Book Trunk): Not a bad idea – this is simple enough to ease you back into blogging (if that’s what you wish to do). Hope you enjoy it!

Tiffani: Excellent!

Tina: No worries; I’ll sort it out. Thanks for the details, they’re a big help :)

Margot: You’re welcome, Margot. Thank you for signing up again :)

Kelly: Yay! Hope you enjoy both the challenge and the books :)

Hannah: Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Fingers crossed for you :)

Kimberly: Good to hear :)

Sue: Glad to hear it, Sue!

Sabine: It is. Hope you enjoy your books!

Cassandra: Same as Tina above – no worries and thank you for the details. It’s definitely a lot easier having you give me all the info.

Ella: Great to hear, Ella. Welcome, and I hope you enjoy it.

Bea: You’re welcome; hope you enjoy it!

MaryR: Thank you; feedback is always welcome :)

Elena: That’s always good. Reading for a challenge and getting through your TBR at the same time :)

Sarah Reads Too Much: Best of luck!

Jane’s Book Blog: Yep. Each year a different set of categories :)

Freda: :D

Emma: Yes, it’s a good amount with little pressure. Many times you’ll complete a category without noticing it which is part of what I love about it.

Brittany: Yay!

Brittany (Crafty Engineer): That’s okay; I’m on it :)

Laura: Suggestions are always good :)

Lady Bren: Most important thing is that you have fun. If you forget to link, you forget to link. I’d much rather you concentrate on the reading :)

Laura: Awesome, well done!

Carolyn: Great minds… ;)

Julie: Welcome, Julie!

Carolyn @ RIEDEL Fascination

January 23, 2015, 6:27 pm

Yes, great minds indeed Charlie! Bring over those books this year. :) If you don’t have time, it’s always fine to join you or Beth. Above 0C weather in central Canada today! Carolyn.

Chrystiana Silva

March 3, 2015, 5:51 pm

This looks like a lot of fun, I can’t wait to get started! :)

Audra Silva

March 3, 2015, 10:05 pm

I’m coming in late, but this looks like fun. I can’t resist. :)


April 26, 2015, 3:09 am

I just found your challenge while visiting during the Read-a-Thon. What a fun concept!

Christine Harding

August 11, 2015, 9:26 am

I signed up for this ages ago, the forgot about it: So here, a little late, is my first contribution – Winifred Holtby’s The Land of Green Ginger, for category 1, a book with ‘ing’ in the title.



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