The Eclectic Reader Challenge Sign Up

I am entering a new challenge this year – the Eclectic Readers Challenge hosted by Shelleyrae at Book’d Out.


*Select, read and review a book from each category listed below during the year for a total of 12 books. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.


*  You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish.

*  Where a book is identified by more than one genre eg historical romance, it may only count for either the historical fiction or romantic fiction genres – not both.

*  You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 31st 2015 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

Bookmark the Eclectic Reader Challenge Page for future reference


  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2.  A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3.  PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4.  A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure

I think there will be some challenges here 🙂

13 thoughts on “The Eclectic Reader Challenge Sign Up

      • Haha! Well, you could go for a classic like Frederik Pohl’s ‘Gateway’ (I think you’d hate it but it’s short! I loved it when I was young – haven’t re-read it recently though) or Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ (a better book probably and maybe would suit you a bit better – a cult classic, but long), or a more modern classic like Iain M Banks ‘Consider Phlebas’ which I haven’t read but is apparently very highly regarded. But since you’re not really a sci-fi fan, I reckon you’d be better with Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’ – a brilliant adventure story with a great protagonist and full of humour – and really easy to skip over the sciency bits without missing out on anything too important. 😀

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