Thursday, January 28, 2010

What's In A Name? Challenge

So I've decided to join one of those literary challenges. It's called "What's In A Name?" It seems easy ... let's see

So here's how it works: Between January 1 and December 31, 2010, read one book in each of the following categories:
  1. A book with a food in the title: Clockwork Orange, Grapes of Wrath, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  2. A book with a body of water in the title: A River Runs through It, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, The Lake House
  3. A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: The Murder of King Tut, The Count of Monte Cristo, Lady Susan
  4. A book with a plant in the title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Wind in the Willows, The Name of the Rose
  5. A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Out of Africa; London; Between, Georgia
  6. A book with a music term in the title: Song of Solomon, Ragtime, The Piano Teacher
The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

Other Things to Know:
  • Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
  • Books may overlap other challenges.
  • Books may not overlap categories; you need a different book for each category.
  • Creativity for matching the categories is allowed.
  • You do not have to make a list of books before hand.
  • You do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.
Let's see if I have any of these categories checked off yet?
I've read 33 books so far in 2010 as of today ...
  • and none have had a food in the title ...
  • no body of water (one mountain reference though!) ... ooooh ...
  • we've got something for #3: a book with a titled person in the title (i.e. queen, president, governor) and I've got Italian Groom, Princess Bride
Italian Groom, Princess Bride
The Princess Bride

oh well ... it's a start!

Inkdeath (Inkheart Trilogy #3)

Inkdeath (Inkheart, #3) Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Inkdeath picks up from where Inkspell leaves off.

Meggie, Mo, Resa, and Farid are still stuck in the word created by the book Inkheart. Fenoglio isn't writing anymore but Orpheus is, and mostly, for his own profit.

Mo/The Bluejay is still playing the Robinhood-esque character and saving the day for the downtrodden peasants of Umbra who are starving to death under the Adderhead's brother-in-law, The Milksop's, rule. And then the Piper shows up and tricks the children into the castle.

What's a hero to do? Ink a deal with Death itself. And is Death ticked at Mo. In Inkspell, Mo bound the Adderhead a book while he was in the Castle of Night which would give him immortal life. BUT he soaked every tenth page in water and now the book is rotting ... and so is the Adderhead. Death still doesn't appreciate Mo taking life and death into his own hands.

How can a hero like Mo, who is the Bluejay but isn't, who is a bookbinder but isn't, save the InkWorld, Resa, Meggie and his friend Dustfinger from the wicked Adderhead, The Piper, Orpheus, and Death?

With the help of his friends ... that's how.

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