I follow this awesome blog, Hey Kymmie. She mainly posts book reviews, but also some travel and food things. Anyway, Kymmie is participating in this reading challenge that I thought was interesting - Read My Name. As if I don't already have enough to occupy my time, I thought, what the hell? I'll do it too.
What is it? Well, that's the easy part.
You choose a goal number of books to read. Those books must have an author name, character name, place name, or some other type of name that is some variation of your first, middle, or last name.
The challenge goes from January 1, 2019 (I'm getting a bit of a late start) to December 31, 2019. You can choose any type of book you want and rereads are fine!
- Use your first, middle, or last name. You can even use a nickname, or maiden name (if you're married)! So for me, I can use Kathryn, Elizabeth, Stacy, Kaye, Kate, Katie, Gray....
- You don't have to use the same name for each read, or in the same way. Of course, you can if that's what you want.
- Spelling doesn't matter! I can use Kathryn, Katherine, Catherine...you get the point.
My Goal: 10 books
I wanted to do more, but let's face it - writing takes up a lot of my reading time and I don't read nearly as much as I used to.
1. Work in Progress by Staci Hart
- I am a huge Staci Hart fan; she's one of my automatic one-click authors. I've read almost everything she's written, so it only makes sense that I read her latest.
2. Long Road Home by Stacey Lynn
- This book fits the challenge with the name, but I also added it to my list because the title is the same as my book! I have to read this one!
3. Bright Side by Kim Holden
- This is a re-read of one of my all-time favorite books. If you haven't read this - it's a must read, but have tissues ready! The main character's name is Kate Sedgwick. This book though...it's everything. I don't even have words for how incredible it is! I will ALWAYS recommend Bright Side!
4. Prey by Kaye Blue
- Irish Mob? Yes, please! I hadn't heard of Kaye Blue before I went searching for books, but this cover caught my attention and I'm hoping for tons of sexy Irish men.
5. Elizabeth and the Clan of Dragons by Ava Mason
- Reverse Harem. Female wolf. Four sexy dragons. Yes, please! This is book one of a four-book series, which means that I'll likely read them all!
6. Suddenly Susan by Virginia Gray
- The author's name caught my attention on this one. Gray is my maiden name and I was born and raised in Virginia. Had to add it to the challenge!
7. Blue Horizons by Kathryn Andrews
- If I'm remembering correctly, I've read a book by Kathryn Andrews before, so she's not an entirely new-to-me author, but I'm eager to read this one!
8. Stealing Kathryn by Jacquelyn Frank
- This is an older book (2010), but the description was really interesting and it has a lot of mixed reviews, so I'm curious to see for myself. It's book two in a series though, so I'm hoping I won't be lost if I don't read book one first. Or, I can just avoid that problem and read the first book before diving into this one.
9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- I'm just gonna say it...I've never read this book. I haven't seen the movie either, except for maybe a few minutes. I've heard nothing but good things, so I'm sure I'll love it.
- Technically, two books. It's a duet though, so I felt it was necessary to read both. The first is 112 pages, the second 184. These covers are fantastic!
I kinda lucked out. I have fairly easy and common names to work with, but it did take a little while to choose the books. Too many to choose from! I can't lie, I spent too much time (when I should have been writing) searching for books, but I think this is a great list and I can't wait to get started. I won't necessarily read them in the order listed, but Work in Progress is up first.
The 2019 Read My Name Challenge is hosted by SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews. You can read the full description and sign up if you want to take the challenge!