Sunday, December 12, 2010

What's in a Name 4

Yesterday I mentioned that I'm going to participate in Beth Fish Read's What' In a Name 4 Reading Challenge.

I've started considering what books I'm going to read to fulfill the requirements of this challenge, based on books I am anticipating reading in 2011. But, I thought it would be fun to see what your suggestions would be for books in this challenge. So here are the requirements:


  • A book with a number in the title.
  • A book with jewelry or a gem in the title.
  • A book with a size in the title.
  • A book with travel or movement in the title.
  • A book with evil in the title.
  • A book with a life stage in the title.

I want to try and be creative with my choices for this. I have a couple in mind that I think are rather creative. We know the "evil in the title" is not going to be hard for me. I have a few that will meet the requirements of "a number in the title."

All right, your turn. What do you think? And remember, this is a challenge that isn't open to just bloggers. You can join too!


Jon The Crime Spree Guy December 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

8 million ways to die by Larry Block

Diamonds are forever by Ian Fleming.

The Big Nowhere - James Ellroy

Nobody Runs Forever - Richard Stark

Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain

Death: The Time of Your Life - Neil Gaiman

Anonymous December 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM  

Was going to go all Larry Block's Matt Scudder on you, but couldn't find a gem. The others would be:

Number: 8 Million Ways to Die

Size: A Long Line of Dead Men

Movement: A Dance at the Slaughterhouse

Evil: Even the Wicked

Life Stage: Everybody Dies


Lesa December 12, 2010 at 2:46 PM  

I have some forthcoming books for you, Jen.

Gem - The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh (Jan)

Number - One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming (April)

Movement - Catch Her if You Can by Merline Lovelance (Jan)

Life stage - A Lonely Death by Charles Todd (Jan)

Evil: Devil-Devil by Graeme Kent (Feb.)

And, one fairly new -
Size - Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Don Bruns

Bobbie December 12, 2010 at 9:30 PM  

number: NINE DRAGONS by Michael Connelly


travel or movement: RUNNING BLIND by Lee Child

evil: EVIL FOR EVIL by James R Benn

life stage: DAMN NEAR DEAD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF GEEZER NOIR edited by Duane Swierczynski

that was fun, Jen, thanks for letting others give ideas. :-)


Cozy in Texas December 12, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

Hello, I stopped by your blog today. This sounds a great challenge, but my TBR pile is out of control. . .

Jen Forbus December 12, 2010 at 11:00 PM  

These are great suggestions! I knew this would be a good challenge for crime fiction!! Thanks everyone. Keep the suggestions coming.

kathy d. December 13, 2010 at 12:05 AM  

On numbers, then there is every book in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich ... I'm just saying.

On stones, one could go back in time and read "The Moonstone," by Wilkie Collins.

If one will delve into global fiction, there's "A Beautiful Way to Die," and "Let the Dead Lie," by Malla Nunn.

That's it for now.

kathy d. December 13, 2010 at 1:56 AM  

Stones/jewels, there is also "The Shanghai Moon," by S.J. Rozan (this is about a jewel and more)

Evil: Blood of the Wicked, by Leighton Gage or A Bad Day for Sorry, or A Bad Day for Pretty, both by Sophie Littlefield

Movement: The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths

Size: Suffer the Little Children, by Donna Leon

Beth F December 21, 2010 at 8:56 AM  

Yay!!!!!!! So glad you're joining up.

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