What’s In A Name Challenge 2021 – Sign Up

What's In A Name 2021The What’s In A Name Challenge is being hosted again for 2021 by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook.   You can find out how I got on with the challenge in 2020 here.

The challenge runs from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2021. You can sign up any time, but can only count books 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.

I’ve made some provisional selections below, picked from my TBR pile. The link from the title will take you to the book’s entry on Goodreads.  Once I’ve read them, I’ll replace this with a link to my review.

It’s a really fun challenge, so why not sign up to take part yourself?

‘One’ or ‘1’                                The One from the Other (Bernie Gunther #4) by Philip Kerr

Repeated word                       Time and Time Again by Ben Elton

Reference to outer space    Death Descends on Saturn Villa (The Gower Street Detective #3) by M.R.C. Kasasian

Possessive noun                     Children’s Fate by Carolyn Hughes

Botanical word                       A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Article of clothing                 The Cornish Dressmaker by Nicola Pryce

My 2020 Reading Challenges: How Did I Do?

With the end of the year only hours away, it’s time to take a final look at how I did with the reading challenges I set myself in 2020, a year I don’t believe any of us will forget soon.

What's in a Name? 2020What’s In A Name? 2020

This challenge, hosted by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook, involves reading books with titles that match each of six categories. Thanks to a handy ampersand in a title and recently finishing a book whose title is an antonym, I completed this challenge with a few days to spare.  Andrea is hosting the challenge again in 2021 with six new categories – find all the details here.  I shall be signing up and I hope some of you will too.

The Classics ClubThe Classics Club

The challenge involves creating a list of 50 classic books you would like to read within five years and working your way through them (with the help of the occasional Classics Club Spin where a book from your list is selected for you) to earn yourself a place on the Wall of Honour. My deadline is December 2021 and so far I’ve read 43 of the books on my list so I’m heading for the home strait. However, it has to be said that some of the books I’ve read were also part of my Buchan of the Month reading project, of which more below.

Buchan of the Month Banner 2020.jpgBuchan of the Month Reading Project

Now in its third year, this personal challenge involved reading a different book by John Buchan – fiction or non-fiction – every month.

You can find my reading list for the year and links to my reviews here.

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2020

I set my target at 120 books this year and achieved that when I finished A Conspiracy of Silence by Anna Legat back in October. My current tally is 153.

when-are-you-reading-2020When Are You Reading? 2020 (hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words)

This challenge involves reading a book set in each of 12 different eras, starting with pre-1300 and ending with the future.  I managed to complete them all but I’ll admit a few were more difficult than others to find books to fit.  If you’d like to read more historical fiction or you’re a fan of the genre but want to challenge yourself to read books set in different time periods, you’ll be pleased to know Sam is planning to host it again in 2021.  Details coming soon!

20-books-of-summer-201920 Books of Summer 2020 (hosted by Cathy at 746Books)

Spend the summer reading books?  Sounds good to me! Taking place between 1st June and 1st September, the challenge involves picking your own 10, 15 or 20 books you’d like to read during the challenge period.  That’s it!  The rules are accommodating as well which is how I managed to complete the challenge for the first time this year.

Did you take part in any reading challenges in 2020? If so, how did you get on? Do you have new challenges in mind for 2021?