It’s Eclectic

Okay, so I will succumb to a least one New Year’s project. The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012 comes to us from Australian blogger Book’d Out. It’s an interesting challenge, but one that might not be as much of a stretch for me as for some folks. I do like variety. It’s aim is to get participants to read outside one’s favorite genre, and instead read (and review) one book each from twelve different genres. I’m going to have to think about some of these and fill them in later. I know right away that horror is going to be my biggest stretch. Yikes. Two more rules: 1) If the book is a cross-over, it only counts for one. Basically, let’s not  cheat with a historical romance. 2) No need to read one a month, but everything has to be read by December 31, 2012.

Okay, then, I’ve already started with my YA pick. I’m open to suggestions on the rest. Please help me out!


  1. Literary Fiction –Little Bee– Chris Cleave ♥
  2. Crime/Mystery Fiction – The Stranger in the Room – Amanda Kyle Williams
  3. Romantic Fiction –
  4. Historical Fiction –The Evolution of Calpernia Tate – Jacqueline Kelly
  5. Young Adult – The Dead & The Gone – Susan Beth Pfeffer ♥
  6. Fantasy –
  7. Science Fiction –
  8. Non Fiction –  On Writing by Stephen King ♥
  9. Horror –
  10. Thriller /Suspense –
  11. Classic – White Fang – Jack London
  12. Your favourite genre – (biography/nonfiction) 1776 by David McCullough

Update: When I finish, they get a ♥ if I liked them, or a • if I’m neutral. Don’t ask what they get if I don’t like them. I’m too nice for that!


  1. Oh! You’ve struck a chord here with me. I love to recommend books. For the historical fiction genre, I just read Sarah’s Key by Tatiana Rosnay. It had some flaws but it was a page turner and right at 300 pages. Literary fiction is pretty broad; my friend, Joshilyn, has a new book coming out this month called A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty that’s a great read; one of the narrators (it has 3) is a 15-year-old girl so it might satisfy your YA leanings. I read Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot a couple of years ago after reading his memoir, On Writing. It wasn’t too nightmare-inducing. Classics are always fun and many of them are free on Amazon if you have a Kindle or some kind of e-reader app. I read A Room with a View by E.M. Foerster this past summer and fell in love with it. OK, that’s enough from me.

  2. Thanks, Al! How can I forget Stephen King? I think I can handle him for my Horror genre. I’ve probably read most of his, so I’ll have to find something I haven’t yet. That’s a great idea to pick up some classics for free on my iPhone Kindle app. I might even read a classic horror, like Frankenstein or something. Phew, okay, I feel better now. The romance is my second most difficult decision. 🙂

  3. Hi!
    Glad you decided to join The Eclectic Reader Challenge!
    I look forward to seeing what you choose to read

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d oUt

  4. Historical Fiction – EL Doctorow’s Ragtime
    Non Fiction – Elie Wiesel’s Night
    Young Adult – Lois Lowry’s The Giver
    Classic – Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women

    And, for the kicker…
    Crime/Mystery – Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain’s
    Murder, She Wrote: Trick or Treachery

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