A book with two people’s names in the title

You’d think nothing would be more straightforward. But no, I worded it poorly. So, we have cases where one person with two names forms the title, or where they don’t have names, or two people with the same name, or words that could be names. Oh well, it was a silly one anyway.  Continue reading “A book with two people’s names in the title”

A book with a fish in the title

This is a very obvious one, you would think, except I got two octopuses and one jellyfish. Oh well, close enough. Fish seem to be more common than amphibians, but less common than insects and mammals. The mammals are heavily influenced by the shifter romance genre. Some folks really want to imagine banging a dude who is also literally a bear. Not so much with fish! Continue reading “A book with a fish in the title”

A book involving a circus performer

Why a circus performer? Because I’m nice, that’s why. I was trying to think of categories, and I had this curio cabinet next to me. Inside, among a variety of objects, was a musical clown doll (it plays “Send in the Clowns”, as a matter of interest). So, I could have gone with just clowns, but that seemed a little evil given the common anglophone fear of clowns. Continue reading “A book involving a circus performer”

A book with an insect on the cover

This one cool trick will save you some effort this year: I made a category for an insect in the title, which means a good half of these books count! Convenient! I was not actually thinking of making it easy on everyone, it’s just that I’ve been cycling through different living things on the covers and in the titles, and insect seemed rather a lot more forgiving than last year’s “cetecean”. I thought that one would have been easy for me since I have access to piles of books from British Columbia. Reader, it was not. I honestly expected a lot more butterflies to turn up for this one, but bees seem to have won out. Weirdly, there is only a single work of plain non-fiction this week. Continue reading “A book with an insect on the cover”

A book by a neurodiverse author

This was not a terribly straight-forward category. What counts as neurodiverse? I didn’t want to use the term “atypical”, since it puts too much emphasis on what’s considered “normal”. The most obvious candidates were autistic authors. Incidentally, the word for “not autistic” is “allistic”. An allistic person isn’t necessarily neurotypical, though! I do wonder how much depression can count as neurodiversity given its disproportionate prevalence among millennials. It’s been a hard knock life, who can blame us? Boomers, that’s who. Continue reading “A book by a neurodiverse author”

Read a book and a contrasting or complementary book

This is the very last of the 2020 posts chronicling the 2019 URC books. Which I’m posting in 2021 because, well, last year was a whole thing. It’s actually one post for two. I was originally going to split it, to meet my one post a week quota, then when I missed multiple weeks it went back to being one giant post for what are technically two tasks on Habitica. Readers needed to pick a book to read, and then also read some sort of companion book. It couldn’t be a book in an actual series, though it could be by the same author. A book to compare or contrast to the first book, basically. It was originally inspired by a bunch of Krakauer debunkings of various popular figures and events. There are plenty of pairs that didn’t make the cut here, and ironically there’s no Krakauer books at all. Continue reading “Read a book and a contrasting or complementary book”

A book someone read for a previous URC or MRC

Yes, this was a super lazy category. A book someone else read for one of my challenges in the past. This was also a TBR-killer category, since I know my TBR grows with each subsequent challenge. Given that the URC and MRC have been running for now 7 years (!!!), and I’ve been running a blog about the URC for 3 of those with an average of 1000 books per year (not accounting for duplicates, natch), folks had a lot of choice! And I get a free week, since I decided last year I’m no longer obliged to think of a new thing to say about every single book that’s already appeared. Sometimes I still do, of course. I need the respite, since I still have a whole 2020 post to do with 30 odd books to cover. Continue reading “A book someone read for a previous URC or MRC”

A book based on a real event

Since 2020 is over (thank gods…), I won’t be including possible categories for this post. I’ll start adding those again with the first post of the 2020 books, but this is just me catching up on the last 2 categories from the 2020 URC. In this case, it was any book based on something that really happened, although the book could be fiction. Pretty straight-forward category, I think. Continue reading “A book based on a real event”

A book with a cetacean in it

I’m going to kick off the year of the 2020 URC reads with some lighter fare. Well, at least a lighter, less popular category. This is mostly because I’m still catching up on those last two posts for last year. There was absolutely no reason for this category, it was just a random idea. I’d previously featured reptiles and amphibians, so I just continued to riff on the idea. Even as I wrote the category, I knew half of you would end up reading Wiki Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider. And you know what? I don’t mind! It’s a good book by a gay Maori author, I design categories just for this kind of author profile and here you’re reading him just to complete a silly category. Incidentally, Ihimaera has written novels for adults, so if you enjoyed that book and want something at a different reading level, the man has range!
Also, fair warning that as it’s a new year (yay!) with new categories, it will take me a bit to know the categories well enough to not miss a beat. Feel extra free to comment if there’s a category that a book fits that I didn’t list! Continue reading “A book with a cetacean in it”