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Shelleyrae at Book’d Out is hosting the Eclectic Reader Challenge again for 2015. The goal is to read 12 books across a variety of genres and expose ourselves to some books we might not have found otherwise. The categories this year are
- Retellings—Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier (Beauty & the Beast)
- A book set in a country starting with the letter S—The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (Sweden)
- PI Crime —The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, read by a full cast
- A novel published before you were born—My Ántonia by Willa Cather (1918)
- Contemporary romance—How to tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
- Fiction for foodies —First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
- Microhistory (Non Fiction)—Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
- Science Fiction set in space—The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
- Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)—Rome, 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World by David Maraniss
- Featuring diversity—Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, read by Grayce Wey
- Epistolary Fiction —Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer, read by Angela Brazil and Stephen R. Thorne
- Middle Grade/YA Adventure—Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Some of these (Retellings, middle grade, before I was born) will be pretty easy. Others (Science fiction set in space, sports, food, microhistory) will be tough. But that’s the whole idea of the challenge, right? Right.
I’ll track my progress here. My personal challenge will be to review more of the books that I read for this. Last year I only reviewed three! That’s pathetic. For more details visit Book’d Out. Thanks to Shelleyrae for hosting again!
Update on January 1, 2016: I completed the challenge, reading and reviewing all twelve books! Woohoo!