The Challenge

During the year of 2012, I am participating in the Eclectic Reader Challenge, which dares readers to delve into books and genres they may never have been interested in before.  The goal is to read at least one book from each of the twelve genres listed at the bottom of this page.

The books can be read in any order, but all books must be completed within the year.  That means I’ll be reading twelve books just for this challenge.  Since I have an entire year in which to do it, my goal is to read one book for this challenge per month to make it last throughout 2012.  As I complete each book, I’ll write a review about it and post it on this blog.

This page is where I will be tracking my progress throughout the year.  I’ll be marking down on the list which books I’ll be reading for each genre as soon as I acquire them, and once I finish a book I’ll include a link to the corresponding review.

This is sure to be one interesting year.

  1. Literary Fiction: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – REVIEW
  2. Crime/Mystery Fiction: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – REVIEW
  3. Romantic Fiction: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – REVIEW
  4. Historical Fiction: The Help by Kathryn Stockett – REVIEW
  5. Young Adult: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – REVIEW
  6. Fantasy: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – REVIEW
  7. Science Fiction: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – REVIEW
  8. Nonfiction: Killing Hitler by Roger Moorhouse – REVIEW
  9. Horror: Carrie by Stephen King – REVIEW
  10. Thriller/Suspense: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz – REVIEW
  11. Classic: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – REVIEW
  12. Your favorite genre: 1984 by George Orwell – REVIEW

8 thoughts on “The Challenge

  1. Glad you are joining me for the Eclectic Reader Challenge – I look forward to your reviews!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d oUt

  2. Hey, a suggestion for the crime mystery section, you could try the Girl with the Dragon tattoo, as it’s been such a huge hit in the book world the past year or so 🙂 It’s a pretty good example of the crime mystery genre, although it wasn’t my favorite book in the world 🙂

  3. If you don’t have any book planned yet for the crime/mystery fiction category, I suggest you read The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos. It’s a bit boring at first, but it gets better towards the middle. I don’t think a lot of people would like it, but I honestly enjoyed the plot. It contains heavy cursing and has some adult content though.

  4. Congratulations on finishing the Eclectic Reader Challenge for 2012! I hope you join me again in 2013!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

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