Challenges are wonderful things. You read a list of usually unrelated books and at the end of it you feel SUCH a feeling of accomplishment. If I'd read these same books but not participated in this challenge, I would not feel anywhere near this proud. I guess it just means I should join as many challenges as possible right? :-)
Anyway - What's In a Name is one of my favorites because the categories are such random fun. Many thanks to Beth for running it!
Here's what I read:
A book with a food in the title: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
A book with a body of water in the title: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
A book with a plant in the title: The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn
A book with a place name in the title: Gods in Alabama by Joshlyn Jackson
A book with a music term in the title: The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
I loved most of them. I loved Flavia of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie most, I think, I can't think of more lovable 11-year-old protagonist. I loved Percy Jackson - how could I not, he's the son of a Greek god after all! I loved The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen's magical storytelling is right up my alley. I loved The Piano Teacher for showing me a different side of World War II, a side I never really thought about.
I didn't love The Ivy Chronicles or Gods in Alabama, but I sure liked them a whole lot. This must mean that the What's in a Name challenge was a huge success for me - yay!
The challenge officially runs until the end of the year - that's too bad, I would have liked to already start making lists to fit some new great categories! :-)