And, to help me decide *what* to read, I’m also joining the “What’s in a Name” reading challenge. The challenge is fairly small - only six books. But the catch is that you have to read one book for each of six categories. And these are some odd and challenging ones:
1. A book with a topographical feature in the title. For this, I’m probably going to read either Wyrmhole, by Jay Caselberg (because that’s definitely a topographical feature if you deal with more than three dimensions) or The Vesuvius Club, by Mark Gatiss (because there’s no rule that it can’t be the proper name of a particular feature). - Edit: Completed. Read The Vesuvius Club, by Mark Gatiss.
2. A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title. This category is probably one of the easiest for me. There’s the aforementioned Wyrmhole (assuming I don’t read it for the topographical feature), Black Wings by Christina Henry, Touched by an Alien, by Gini Koch, Mad Kestrel by Misty Massey, A Fate Worse than Dragons by John Moore (I’d rather see a dragon in the sky than on the ground about to eat me!), The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters, Alien Taste by Wen Spencer, and Second Sunrise by David & Aimee Thurlo. Edit: Now completed - The Sanctuary Sparrow, by Ellis Peters was my choice!
3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title. Pretty easy to narrow this one down: either Spider’s Bite, by Jennifer Estep, or Snake Agent, by Liz Williams.
4. A book with a type of house in the title. This one is probably going to be the hardest (since I do want to stick to books I own). I could either go with The Sanctuary Sparrow (since sanctuary can refer to a monastery), or The Harem of Aman Akbar by Elizabeth Scarborough (It’s a type of home, even if not a type of house). It’s funny, I’ve got books *about* houses, but barely any mention any type of domicile in the title. - Completed. Read The Alehouse Murders, by Maureen Ash.
5. A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title. Another fairly easy one: Mira, Mirror, by Mette Ivie Harrison, Dog Days, by John Levitt (okay, I don’t carry a dog in a purse, but there are plenty of people who do), The Mirror Prince, by Violette Malan, or Books Can Be Deceiving, by Jenn McKinlay (which is the only one I actually do regularly carry around - books!).
6. A book with something you’d find on a calendar in the title. Well, in all likelihood, it will be Dog Days. But I could also make the argument for Night Tides, by Alex Prentiss, or for New Moon, by Midori Snyder. Edit: Completed this with Just Another Judgement Day, by Simon R. Green.
Well, that’s all of them, along with my potential books.