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Reading Challenge Revisit

I was browsing back through some old blog entries, looking for new stuff to subscribe to (I did mention I’m a total Google Reader addict now, didn’t I?) and came across this post about the What’s in a Name reading challenge. Funny that I should see this now, considering I’m in the middle of one of them (The Fall of the House of Usher) and have finished reading the rest. Nice.

What’s in a Name


Okay, so I told myself I wouldn’t be participating in any more reading challenges. After all, the Reduce My TBR Mountain challenge has been really effective but also has made me kind of obsessive. So instead of pushing myself to read such quantities of books, I’m going to read a specific few. This is a year-long challenge (throughout 2009, that is), where the books are based on title. I chose exclusively from my existing TBR pile, so I had to stretch it a little here and there. The titles may change should I come across something more suitable. Here are the ones I plan to read for each category:

  1. A book with a “profession” in its title: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
  2. A book with a “time of day” in its title: Seize the Night by Dean Koontz
  3. A book with a “relative” in its title: The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  4. A book with a “body part” in its title: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  5. A book with a “building” in its title: The Fall of the House of Usher and other tales by Edgar Allan Poe
  6. A book with a “medical condition” in its title: Give Me a Break by John Stossel (okay, so maybe that’s stretching it a touch. It was that or Xenocide by Orson Scott Card, though Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard sure sounds like a medical condition!)

Anyone care to join me? For more information, visit the welcome page.

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