Wednesday, 4 July 2018

52 Book Challenge - Week 27

And we welcome in the second half of the year with a reading challenge that may be either incredibly easy or incredibly difficult, depending on what your name is.

27. A book with a character with your first name.

So, last week we gave you some advice for finding information about characters who have the same first name you do. Looking up your name in Wikipedia, for example, or trying to find your name within a few places of the word "character" in a Google search: (Yourname AROUND character).

You could also try going to a site like Goodreads and LibraryThing, and search for your name there, but as neither of these sites have an option to narrow your search to character names, you'll also end up finding a lot of authors with your name (and they probably haven't named any characters after themselves, unless they're quite narcissistic - or, like Jane Austen, their names were so common at the time that it was impossible to have a family that didn't have a "Jane").

It's odd - it's like no one thinks anyone is going to search for a character by name, when you would think that "there was a character named Charlie" might be something people remember about a book they're trying to find (much like "the cover was blue" - they should also have a search function based on the colour of books).

Of course, there's always social media. Try getting your friends on TwitBook to help you out with recommendations.

And, as always, may the odds be ever in your favour.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.

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