Monday, January 11, 2021

2021 What's in a Name Challenge


Hosted by: Andrea @ Carolina Book Nook
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2021

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE

Guidelines (from announcement post):
  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. You can sign up any time, but only count books that you read between those dates.
  • Read a book in any format (hard copy, ebook, audio) with a title that fits into each category.
  • Don’t use the same book for more than one category.
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
  • You can choose your books as you go or make a list ahead of time.

Categories for 2021 (with links to review pages):
  1. One/1 (example: One Second After; The 100)
  2. Doubled word (ex: In a Dark, Dark Wood; Wolf by Wolf)
  3. Reference to outer space (ex: The Fault in Our Stars)
  4. Possessive noun (ex: The Zookeeper’s Wife)
  5. Botanical word (ex: The Language of Flowers; The Sandalwood Tree)
  6. Article of clothing (ex: Bossypants)

MY  READING  LIST (books read, with links to reviews):
  • Category 1: 1066 And All That, by W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, illus. by John Reynolds (1930)
  • Category 2: Dead Dead Girls, by Nekesa Afia (2021) 
  • Category 3: Tom Swift and the Visitor From Planet X (Tom Swift Jr. #17), by Victor Appleton II (1961; audiobook 2007)
  • Category 4: Smilla's Sense of Snow, by Peter Høeg; trans. by Tiina Nunnally (1992) 
  • Category 5: Oranges and Lemons (Bryant & May: Peculiar Crimes Unit #17), by Christopher Fowler (2020)
  • Category 6: 


● Category 1 (One/1 - word or numeral):

● Category 2 (Doubled word):
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Tom Franklin
  • Dead Dead Girls. Nekesa Afia 
  • Three Times Time. Jack Matthews
● Category 3 (Reference to outer space):
  • Full Wolf Moon (Jeremy Logan #5). Lincoln Child
  • The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins 
  • Number the Stars. Lois Lowry 
  • Star Trap (Charles Paris #3). Simon Brett 

● Category 4 (Possessive noun):
  • Monk's Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #3). Ellis Peters
  • Saint Peter's Fair (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #4). Ellis Peters 

● Category 5 (Botanical word):

● Category 6 (Article of Clothing):
  • The Bluebonnet Betrayal (Potting Shed Mystery #5). Marty Wingate 
  • The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink (Perry Mason #39). Erle Stanley Gardner 
  • The Case of the Singing Skirt (Perry Mason #60). Erle Stanley Gardner 
  • Death in a White Tie (Inspector Roderick Alleyn #7). Ngaio Marsh 
  • Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins #1). Walter Mosley 
  • The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole #1). Robert Crais 
  • Monk's Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #3). Ellis Peters 
  • The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot, the Shoe King's Son. Catherine Besterman
  • Red Mandarin Dress (Inspector Chen Cao #5). Qiu Xiaolong 
  • The Scarlet Slipper Mystery (Nancy Drew #32). Carolyn Keene 


2021 World War II Challenge


J. Howard Miller 1918-2004,
artwork details on wikimedia commons

HOST: Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews
DATES: January - December 2021

● See my original post about the Challenge HERE
● See the Challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE

GOALS: Read, Watch, Listen, Share WWII related stuff

  • Fiction published during 1939-1945
  • Fiction set during 1939-1945
  • Fiction that is about the leading up to the war
  • Fiction that is about the direct aftermath of the war
  • Nonfiction books about the War
  • Biographies or Autobiographies with sections about the war
  • Poetry or verse novels with a WWII setting OR publication date
  • Essays, Articles, Op-Ed pieces
  • historical-historical (straight up historical with no sub-genres)
  • historical romance
  • historical mysteries
  • historical coming-of-age
  • historical thrillers/suspense/spy novels

  • See YouTube Pop Hits Chronologies for the years 1938-1946

Films and documentaries
  • any film made/released during 1939-1945
  • any film set during the war 
  • any documentary about the war

MY  READING  LIST (stuff I've read, with links to reviews):

  1. The Clue of the Tapping Heels (Nancy Drew #16). Carolyn Keene (1939)
  2. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Nancy Drew #22). Carolyn Keene (1945) 
  3. The Hollywood Spy (Maggie Hope #10). Susan Elia MacNeal (2021; set in 1943) 

MY  WATCH  LIST (films/docs I've watched, with links to any reviews):



  • Colour Scheme (Roderick Alleyn #12). Ngaio Marsh (1943)
  • Died in the Wool (Roderick Alleyn #13). Ngaio Marsh (1945)
  • The Hollywood Spy (Maggie Hope #10). Susan Elia MacNeal (2021; set in 1943) 
  • Los Alamos. Joseph Kanon (1997; set in 1945) 


Books in Translation Reading Challenge 2021

HOST: Jen @ 
DATES: 1 January - 31 December 2021

● See the Challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE
● See my original post about the Challenge HERE
● See the link for reviews HERE

Guidelines (quoted from announcement page):
  • You can read a book that’s been translated from any language into the language of your choosing. The challenge is not limited to translations to or from English.
  • You can read any genre
  • You can read books meant for any age group
  • Crossovers with other challenges are fine
  • Any format that you choose is also acceptable
  • The challenge will run from January 1 through December 31, 2021
  • A blog is not required for participation; you can also link to reviews on other sites such as GoodReads or LibraryThing
  • Sign up anytime throughout the year 

  1. Beginner: Read 1-3 books in translation (my choice)
  2. Conversationalist: 4-6 books
  3. Bilingual: 7-9 books
  4. Linguist: 10+ books

MY  READING  LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. The Lost Village. Camilla Sten; trans. by Alexandra Fleming (Swedish) 
  2. Smilla's Sense of Snow. Peter Høeg; trans. by Tiina Nunnally (Danish)