This is the brainchild of Bruce Gargoyle.  Seven categories on the them of wild, goose and chasing, for you to read one book for each (no applying a book to more than one category).

1. A book with a word of phrase relating to wildness in the title – any interpretation of the word “wild” is acceptable (eg: The Call of the Wild, Angry Aztecs, Crazy for You; An Untamed State)

2. A book with a species of bird (or the word “bird”) in the title: (eg: The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Thorn Birds, Turkey: A Modern History)

3. A book with an exotic or far-flung location in the title – fantasy and mythical locations are acceptable (eg: Paradise Lost, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Atlantis Rising)

I’m offering the Time Traveller’s Resort and Museum (David McLain) for this, since it’s definitely exotic and a very far-flung.

4.  A book with an object you might hunt for in the title (eg: Treasure Island, One for the Money, The History of Love, Dreams from my Father, A Monster Calls, All the Answers)

I’m offering The Whispering Skull (Jonathan Stroud) for this category.

5. A book with a synonym for chase in the title (or its derivatives: chasing, chased, etc) (eg: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Follow the River, Man’s Search for Meaning, The Night Stalker)

If I’m desperate, I’ll offer Sea (The Huntress #1, Sarah Driver)

6.  A book with a means of transport in the title (eg: If I Built a CarWalk Two Moons, The Girl on the Train)

7.  A book with an object you might take on a search or hunt in the title (eg: The Golden Compass, The Map to Everywhere, Water for Elephants, Team of Rivals )

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There’s a link for each of the categories for you to add your successfully read title as you go.

Books on my list that seem relevant:

  • The Time Hunters
  • Tourist Trap
  • Into the Wild
  • The Elegant Universe… the Quest for…

… and it isn’t easy to think of them!


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