- Category A COUNTRY – Radio Shangri La: What I Learned in Bhutan by Lisa Napoli
- Category ITEM of CLOTHING – The Painted Veil by WS Maugham
- Category ITEM of FURNITURE – The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
- Category PROFESSION – The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
- Category MONTH of the YEAR – March by Geraldine Brooks
- Category TITLE with word TREE – The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
This crazy challenge had me reading multiple books for almost all of the categories. I do love this one and I love reading books already on my shelves.
- 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)
FUN! I will not have time to find titles in the house but will the first week in January…
[Updated now that I’ve looked at my shelves…]
Uh oh, the number thing. Does this mean that numbers spelled out DO NOT work?! crap. If that is the case, then I have no books on my shelves for this category. I am keen on reading The Three Musketeers – perhaps there is an edition somewhere with a 3? I also do not have any titles with an X – though, I do have a few author names with an X (hello Alex Dumas and Maxine Hong Kingston.) The alliteration category could possibly be satisfied by Maxine’s The Woman Warrior, a memoir called Going Gray or a story by Elizabeth Kelly called Apologize, Apologize! The title The Widow of the South will work for the compass direction and for the building category, I seem to have ample books with HOUSE in the title. I really want to read Home this year by Marilynne Robinson so that is my top choice but I think I might also like the Berg book – it’s short anyway. I have no books featuring cutlery.
So now, I get to look for any TOB Long List books that might fit or any classics 50 books I’ve committed to. I will also take suggestions!