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What’s In A Name – 2016 Sign-Up Post

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This is the sign-up post for the ninth annual What’s In A Name challenge, originally started by Annie, handed to Beth Fish Reads, and now continued here at The Worm Hole. Bloggers have written up this post in other languages: Italian, Portuguese.

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 – I’ve included some from other languages, and translations most definitely count!):

  • A country (try not to use ‘Africa’!) Suggestions: Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, Xiaolu Guo’s I Am China, Martin Wagner’s Deutschland)
  • An item of clothing (Su Dharmapala’s Saree, Ann Brashare’s The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Javier Moro’s El Sari Rojo; Pierre Lemaitre’s Vestido De Novia)
  • An item of furniture (Marghanita Laski’s The Victorian Chaise-Longue; C S Lewis’s The Silver Chair; Gøhril Gabrielsen’s The Looking-Glass Sisters)
  • A profession (Adriana Trigiani’s The Shoemaker’s Wife; Mikhail Elizarov’s The Librarian)
  • A month of the year (Elizabeth Von Arnim’s The Enchanted April; Rhoda Baxter’s Doctor January)
  • A title with the word ‘tree’ in it (Ai Mi’s Under The Hawthorn Tree; Elle Newmark’s The Sandalwood Tree)

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 once the challenge has started – 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 please email me your details (I’ve had to turn off comments on this post because the spam has become too much). 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 2016, you can sign up at any time during the year.

Hope you enjoy the challenge and best of luck! The hashtag for Twitter is #whatsinaname2016 (the number included so we don’t get lost amongst various Romeo And Juliet quotes!)

Sign up here!


Daphne sayed

November 20, 2015, 8:42 pm

I would like to join challenge starting with I am China.

Tracy Terry

November 22, 2015, 5:54 pm

Whoops! In my eagerness to sign up I forgot to leave a link.


November 23, 2015, 6:41 pm

I am pleased to see your hosting this challenge again next year. I would really like to take part this time. I already have some books in mind. I am going to check what I’ve got and hopefully create a sign-up post.

Margaret @ BooksPlease

November 23, 2015, 8:11 pm

I’m glad you’re hosting this again next year!

Lisbeth @ The Content Reader

November 23, 2015, 9:50 pm

Interesting challenge. I will come back with the country title, once I figured out what to read.

Lisbeth @ The Content Reader

November 24, 2015, 2:43 pm

Here is the link to my blog post with a list of the books I will read.


November 24, 2015, 10:10 pm

I found this challenge via Books Please. I’m really looking forward to it.


November 25, 2015, 2:09 pm

Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this post. Count me in!

Bev@My Reader’s Block

November 27, 2015, 2:59 am

Glad you’re hosting again and very glad to see that I have books on my TBR piles that will fit all the categories! I’m trying very hard to only sign up for challenges that I already have the books on hand. Yay!

Julie’s Reading Corner

November 28, 2015, 4:15 am

I’m so glad you’re doing this again! I’m really using my creativity for a couple of them!

Joy @ A Little Reading

December 1, 2015, 3:04 am

Thanks so much for hosting this one again!


December 4, 2015, 1:45 am

I’m in again!! Woot!!


December 8, 2015, 3:40 am

I love this challenge, I had so much fun in 2015!


December 9, 2015, 2:59 pm

The only reading challenge I do! I’m so close to finishing 2015’s list. Thanks for hosting again!


December 11, 2015, 4:16 pm

Thanks for hosting! These are some TOUGH categories. Off to go search my virtual tbr. I have in house books to cover five of the categories but I like to have more choices.

Margot @ Joyfully Retired

December 19, 2015, 11:34 pm

Thanks for hosting this challenge. This is now my eighth year and I still enjoy it. I don’t know how you come up with the creative ideas, but I always love trying to find them.

Sherrie @ Food for Thought

December 20, 2015, 12:09 am

Looking forward to a great reading year. Have a great day!


December 21, 2015, 4:41 pm

Thanks for posting another creative challenge! This is only my second time participating, but I love looking for books that meet the criteria.


December 22, 2015, 10:59 am

thanks for hosting it! :-)


December 26, 2015, 1:00 am

Thank you for keeping this challenge alive! It’s one of my favorites.


January 1, 2016, 2:19 pm

I’ve seen your challenge mentioned last year and I like to try it this year. Thanks for this really challenging challenge :)


January 2, 2016, 8:21 pm

I always enjoy this challenge, thanks for hosting again!

Mayor Sonni

February 8, 2016, 3:41 am

Thanks for hosting! I am working on my book list.



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