Whimsical Reading Challenge


This year I’m hosting a reading challenge that pretty much involves just judging a book by it’s cover. More specifically, by its title.

The idea is that I’m going to give you a list of topics, and you have to read a book with each one in the title. There is no time limit, there are no prizes, it’s simply a whimsical way to get through those stacks of books you’ve always wanted to read… or maybe a way to read some things you’d never considered before.

This challenge is a source of reading inspiration. I won’t be grading you, there are no rules. If you want to read a book that applies to a bunch of categories, it can still count for all of them. If you want to read a bunch of books that only fall under one category, then that’s ok too.

Without further ado, here are the clues for this little scavenger hunt [with the books I’ve read for them in italics]:

Weather Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
Something you’d find in space
Geological formation Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende / Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
A colour The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 
A farmyard animal Teaching the Pig to Dance by Fred Thompson
A zoo animal Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
– A type of building
A profession The Sculptor by Gregory Funaro
An illness Unexplained Fevers by Jeannine Hall Gailey
– A month March by Geraldine Brooks
A country Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain by Chris Stewart
A girl’s name Becoming Indigo by Tara Taylor
A boy’s name The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Shepherd and Little Joe by Michael Glassock III
– A body of water The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason  and The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke
– A mode of transportation
A kind of food Reality Sandwiches by Allen Ginsberg and The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi 
– A kind of drink Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
A feeling Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
– A flower Mama Rose’s Turn by Carolyn Quinn
– A hobby you have
– A hobby you don’t have The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook 
– Something made of metal Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire
– Something made of wood
– Something made of plastic
– A toy or game The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
– A family relationship Mother’s Curse/Daughter’s Justice by Thaddeus Nowak and Granny is my Wingman by Kayli Stollak
A number 700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
A mythical creature The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
– A shape
– Something you’d wear The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge
– Something you don’t like How to Avoid a Soggy Bottom by Gerard Baker
– Something scientific The Burglar Caught by the Skeleton by Jeremy Clay
– A question mark
A precious stone The Jewel Box by Anna Davis
– A bird Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
– A time of day

Throughout the course of the year, I’ll share a few suggestions for each topic and link them back to this page. I’ll also try to review as many books as possible… click on the links above for my efforts so far!

Now go, have fun! And if you want to leave me a link to your blog posts or book reviews, go for it!

D x

10 thoughts on “Whimsical Reading Challenge

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  2. How fun! I read mostly suspense novels, along with some classics and some kind of quirky novels so I don’t know how far I’ll get but I’m going to give it a try. If I can remember I’ll post some of what I read on another comment here. One I just recently read counts for “A Feeling”….Guilty Wives by James Patterson. That starts my list!

    • Ooh I love James Patterson but I’ve never heard of that one…

      And it doesn’t matter if you don’t manage to tick off every category, it’s all about having fun and trying a few new things 🙂

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