Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic weekend so far. I was so excited to wake up to the sound of rain this morning. Rainy days are just perfect for wrapping up in a warm blanket and spending the day reading, don’t you think?

This week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update is focused on the prompt “a book by an author with flora or fauna in their name.” The book I chose to read for this prompt was A Storm of Swords, which is the third book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. If you’d like to learn more about this book, please check out my Week Twenty-Six update.

This prompt could be approached in a couple of ways. Some readers have chosen to search for authors whose first and/or last names are identical to the name of a plant or animal, such as: Robin, Bear, Kingfisher, Fox, Rose, Lily, or Fern. Others have elected to read authors who have the name of a plant or animal embedded in their name, such as: Stephen, Fisher, Asher, Catherine, etc. For the purpose of today’s post, I have elected to focus on the first approach.

Here are a few books “by an author with flora or fauna in their name,” along with a rather curious Darcy.

If you are currently looking for a book to complete this prompt, here are a few of the authors I have enjoyed…

  • Holly Black
    • The Magisterium series (written with Cassandra Clare) — If you’re a fan of books that take place at magical schools, you’ll definitely want to check out this series. It includes the following books…
      • The Iron Trial
      • The Copper Gauntlet
      • The Bronze Key
      • The Silver Mask
      • The Golden Tower
    • The Folk of the Air trilogy — If you’re interested in learning more about this trilogy, please check out my Week One update. This trilogy includes the following titles…
      • The Cruel Prince
      • The Wicked King
      • The Queen of Nothing
  • Amy Rose Capetta
    • The Once and Future duology (written with Cori McCarthy) — If you’d like to learn more about these books, please check out my reviews from Weeks Twenty-Six and Twenty-Seven.
  • Kelly Coon
    • Gravemaidens
    • The sequel to this book, Warmaidens, is due to be released on December 15th.
  • George R.R. Martin
    • A Song of Ice and Fire — While I have currently only read the first three books in this series, I am looking forward to reading books four and five.
    • The Ice Dragon
    • Nightflyers
  • Robin McKinley — If you are a fan of fantasy novels, or enjoy retellings of classic fairy tales, you will definitely want to check out the following books…
    • Beauty
    • Rose Daughter
    • The Hero and the Crown
    • The Blue Sword — If you’d like to learn more about this book, please check out my review from earlier this year.
    • Spindle’s End
    • The Outlaws of Sherwood
    • A Knot in the Grain
    • The Door in the Hedge
  • Mary Roach
    • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers — This nonfiction book can be somewhat grotesque due to its subject matter, but is very interesting.

Only five weeks remain in the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, which means that time is running out to request book recommendations for specific Reading Challenge prompts. If you are currently participating in the challenge and would like a recommendation for a prompt that I have not addressed here on The Unapologetic Bookworm, please feel free to leave a comment on this post. You can also find me on Twitter @UnapologBkworm.

Next Saturday’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be focused on the prompt “a book that passes the Bechdel test.” In the meantime, I hope you will visit The Unapologetic Bookworm frequently next week for a new book review, gift ideas for your fellow bookworms, and a special Thanksgiving post.

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