Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015

Here is the Eclectic Reader Challenge for 2015.  This is always a fun one.  I'll be doing this one again.  See the blog here to sign up for this one.  Details below:
In it’s fourth year, the aim of The Eclectic Reader Challenge is to push you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different categories.

Join in:

  • The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st 2015. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2015
  • Create a blog post committing to  your participation in this challenge.
*  If you don’t have a blog you are still welcome to sign up. You can create a shelf for the challenge at Goodreads or LibraryThing or a similar site Just include your name and a link to your shelf.
  • Post your name, blog name, and the direct link to your challenge post in the Linky using the link below:
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  • 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
If you need some ideas for what to read in the above categories I suggest you search Library Booklists or  Listopia at Goodreads
      • Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement  and /or the challenge image badge to the post. If you tweet use the tag #eclecticreader or @bookdout
      • Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky.

Here is what I'll be reading for this:

  1. Retellings:  Ruby's Slippers--Leanna Ellis  
  2.  A book set in a country starting with the letter S:  Outlander--Diana Gabaldon
  3.  PI Crime:  Maigret and the Loner--Georges Simenon
  4.  A novel published before you were born:  Pride and Prejudice--Jane Austen
  5. Contemporary romance:  Shopaholic to the Stars--Sophie Kinsella
  6. Fiction for foodies:  Candy Apple Dead--Sammi Carter
  7. Microhistory:  For God, Country and Coca-Cola--Mark Pendergrast
  8. Science Fiction set in space:  The Martian--Andy Weir
  9. Sports:  Not Another Bad Date--Rachel Gibson
  10. Featuring diversity:  The Color Purple--Alice Walker
  11. Epistolary Fiction:  Bridget Jones's Diary--Helen Fielding
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure:  Ice Kissed--Amanda Hocking

.... Challenge Completed on June 13 .....


shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Thanks for joining me again in 2015. I'm looking forward to your reviews!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Congratulations Jamie! I'm impressed, I hope you enjoyed the challenge!