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What’s In A Name 2017 Sign-Up Page

What's In A Name 2017 logo

This is the sign-up post for the tenth – yes, tenth! – 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.

I decided to go back to interpretations for the logo this time, choosing the painting by Henri Pierre Picou.

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 – translations and other languages most definitely count!):

  • A number in numbers (84, Charing Cross Road; 12 Years A Slave; 31 Dream Street)
  • A building (The Old Curiosity Shop; I Capture The Castle; House Of Shadows; The Invisible Library; Jamaica Inn)
  • A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it (The Girl Next Door; The Running Vixen)
  • A compass direction (North and South; Guardians Of The West; The Shadow In The North; NW)
  • An item/items of cutlery (The Subtle Knife; Our Spoons Came From Woolworths)
  • A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration! (The Great Gatsby; The Luminous Life Of Lilly Aphrodite; Gone Girl; The Cuckoo’s Calling)

As usual I’ve tried to include some easy categories and some not so. 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 I Capture The Castle could be used for ‘a building’ or ‘a title in which at least two words share a first letter’ 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 the What’s In A Name logo on the sidebar. 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 2017, you can sign up at any time during the year.

Hope you enjoy the challenge and best of luck! The hashtag for Twitter is #whatsinaname2017 (the number included so we don’t get lost amongst various Romeo And Juliet quotes!)

Sign up here!



November 21, 2016, 1:36 pm

Thank you for hosting! Am looking forward to this challenge!


November 21, 2016, 2:12 pm

Thanks for hosting again this year! I’m already excited with my plotting and planning – even thinking outside the box for one.


November 21, 2016, 3:19 pm

Thanks for hosting!

Bev@My Reader’s Block

November 22, 2016, 11:40 pm

Yay! I’ve been checking back periodically to see if a new challenge post was up yet. Can’t wait to start on the new list.

Margaret @ BooksPlease

November 24, 2016, 1:49 pm

I’m so pleased you’re doing this again and really looking forward to get started.

I have just one more book to read to complete this year’s challenge.


November 25, 2016, 1:56 pm

These reading prompts are terrific. I will spread the word.


November 27, 2016, 5:17 pm

Just launching my blog and looking forward to making this my first challenge for 2017, so thanks.

Gina, a book dragon

November 27, 2016, 10:35 pm

So happy you’re doing this again next year! I’ll be back to sign up :-)

Lisbeth @ The Content Reader

November 30, 2016, 12:55 pm

Great challenge. Thank you for hosting this year as well. Just signed up!

Kris @ Ms. Nose in a Book

December 3, 2016, 6:59 am

I love this challenge! Happy to be participating again!

Isobel Moon

December 15, 2016, 3:20 pm

I’m so excited, this challenge seems so fun!

J. Jobe

December 16, 2016, 7:28 pm

Howdy y’all, never joined any challenges online before! Totally excited ~ Jobe

Liz @ The Swing Shift Librarian

December 16, 2016, 10:19 pm

Thanks for hosting this, it sounds like its going to be fun! I can’t wait to see what books everyone is reading.

Laurie @ RelevantObscurity

December 17, 2016, 1:27 am

I love these categories. Count me in!


December 22, 2016, 12:44 am

I’m in!


December 24, 2016, 4:33 pm

Thank you for the inspiration. Thank you for hosting.

Jaslyn Hughes

December 27, 2016, 7:36 am

Thanks for hosting! Looking forward to joining the challenge. :)


January 1, 2017, 4:31 pm

I finished the 2016 challenge at the very end of December and am back again for this year. Thanks for hosting!


January 2, 2017, 2:18 am

Thank you for hosting again this year! I love this challenge!


January 2, 2017, 4:07 am

Thank you so much for hosting this challenge again!

Rachelle Lerner

January 3, 2017, 2:15 am

I believe this is one of my most challenging ones to do.


January 3, 2017, 6:41 pm

Sadly, I didn’t manage finish all the categories in 2016 but it was only my first go. I have books to read that fit all the 2017 categories, so let’s give it another go!

Edith LaGraziana

January 4, 2017, 4:22 pm

Hello! Thanks for hosting this nice challenge. So far I made only a general sign-up post for all challenges in which I’m participating this year, but a book list for this one in particular will follow before too long – I hope.


January 4, 2017, 8:20 pm

Hi, really looking forward to this challenge- looks like a lot of fun :)

Lisbeth @ The Content Reader

January 5, 2017, 3:30 pm

Hi, thank you for hosting. Just love this challenge!

Margot @ Joyfully Retired

January 13, 2017, 1:30 am

I’m a little late, but I always love this challenge. Thanks for hosting.

Michelle Miller

January 18, 2017, 4:39 pm

Thanks for hosting!

Reading Books Again

January 28, 2017, 1:04 am

Sorry. I signed up twice because I made a mistake in the link to my sign up post in my first try.


February 2, 2017, 4:29 pm

First year joining What’s in a Name challenge! Hope to complete it successfully. Thank you for hosting it.


February 2, 2017, 9:07 pm

I swear I’m doing it this year! I need to set a reminder so I don’t get to the end of the year (again!) and realize I missed a category.


February 4, 2017, 10:05 am

Hi, thanks for hosting!
This is my first year joining and I intend to read books by women writers for all the categories.


March 11, 2017, 10:51 pm

I’ve completed the challenge:



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