Signing-up post for the 2016 What's in a Name reading challenge

Apropos of yesterday’s first post I decided to sign up for the What's in a Name reading challenge
I have mostly been reading loan books and ebooks lately, while my TBR stack has been swelling and threatening to take over my library (it's currently at around 40% of my books), Therefore I decided to try to read as many books from my TBR stack of physical books as possible.

Guess what? I found books that fit all the categories!

Below is a list of the possible reads. First you see the category and then a list of books.The ones in parentheses are ebooks, but I will only resort to those if I find the others uninteresting, boring or otherwise unreadable. I have bolded the ones I am most inclined to read, but that doesn’t put the others out of the running. My mood may, after all, have changed once I get to them. Once I have finished a particular category, I will strike out the category and underline the book I chose.

The rest of the rules and guidelines can be found on the hosting website.

If you have any suggestion or recommendation as to which of these books I should read, please post it in the comments section.

  • A country: Long Ago in France by M.F.K. Fisher; Skating to Antarctica by Jenni Diski; The Secret Life of France by Lucy Wadham; Cuba - The Land of Miracles: A Journey Through Modern Cuba by Stephen Smith; Full Tilt: Ireland to India by Bicycle OR  Muddling Through in Madagascar by Dervla Murphy; Show me the Magic: Travels Around Benin by Taxi by Annie Caulfield
  • An item of clothing: Dress and Undress by Paul Tabori; The Bloodied Cravat by Rosemary Stevens; The Affair of the Mutilated Mink by James Anderson;
  • An item of furniture: How to Make Bookshelves & Cabinets by Sunset Books (probably not the most scintillating of reads, but I’m planning to make some built-in bookshelves and I need to read this); The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence; A Piano in the Pyrenees by Tony Hawks; Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie; The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart
  • A profession: Billy Budd, Foretopman by Herman Melville; The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany: The Once and Future King by T.H. White; What the Butler Saw: Two Hundred and Fifty Years of the Servant Problem by E. S. Turner; The Coming of the King by Nikolai Tolstoy; The Death of the King’s Canary by Dylan Thomas and John Davenport; Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West by Anne Seagraves; Ashenden, or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham; Adventures of a Cameraman by Wallace Kirkland; Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham; All Fishermen are Liars by Linda Greenlaw
  • A month of the year: April Lady by Georgette Heyer; (An April Shroud by Reginald Hill); (August Heat by Andrea Camilleri)
  • A title with the word ‘tree’ in it: Lucifer: The wolf beneath the tree; The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd, A Parrot in the Pepper Tree by Chris Stewart


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