On Completing What’s In A Name? 4 Challenge

I signed up for only two reading challenges this year.  Sometimes challenges are hardly challenging but these two proved a bit hard to complete, given my rather dismal level of reading this year. I am still reading to complete my 100 shots of short.

The What’s In a Name? 4 is one of my favorite challenges; this is my second year of participation.  Readers had to match the titles of books read to the following categories:  a number,  jewelry or gem, size, travel or movement, a form of evil and a life stage.  The host of the challenge, Beth Fish, encourages participants to be creative in matching titles to her selected categories.  Which is exactly what I did.  I was facing the possibility of non-completion; I had not read any book with a size in the title.  I had matched titles to 5 out of 6 categories after I interpreted oil as a gem.  But then it occurred to me, rather desperately, that the word ‘distant’ could be considered a size.  Distant is a qualitative measure relative to some other length. Viola, it’s a size.  Challenge completed!  Therefore, I read the following books:

My thanks to Beth Fish for hosting the challenge. I will definitely do this challenge again next year.



  1. Just for fun, I might have been able to complete this challenge: Number: Two steps forward, by Irma Gold; Jewelry or gem: Cutting for stone, by Abraham Verghese (I think this works since you have to cut stone to make jewelry?); Size: All that (a short story), by David Foster Wallace (do you reckon all of that could be a size?); Travel or movement: That deadman dance, by Kim Scott; Life stage: Her father’s daughter, by Alice Pung.

    That sort of challenge is fun if you can make it fit what you are reading anyhow!


    • You should have signed up. It all works nicely. The gem category is a bit tricky but yes, how does one get a gem if not by cutting?


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