Eclectic Reading Challenge

Thanks to Stephanie Nickel at Steph’s Eclectic Interests for pointing me to Book’d Out’s Eclectic Reader Challenge. The challenge is to read and review one book in each of 12 categories this year. Not that we’re going to stop at reading only 12 books in 2012!

The official categories are:

  • Literary Fiction
  • Crime/Mystery Fiction
  • Romantic Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Non Fiction
  • Horror
  • Thriller/Suspense
  • Classic
  • Your favourite genre

Since I don’t particularly enjoy following instructions without tweaking them a bit, I’m replacing literary with how-to and horror with westerns. Been hankering to read a Louis L’Amour for a while now. It occurs to me that poetry is another good genre category. Not going to add it here, because I wouldn’t have a clue how to review it. I’m not officially joining the challenge either, since I’ll be posting some of the reviews here and some at speculative, sporadic… and slightly odd. (Tweaking again…)

If you blog book reviews, check out Book’d Out’s Eclectic Reader Challenge, because there’s a prize up for grabs.

My eclectic challenge choices (I’ll add links to my reviews as they’re posted):

  • How-to/Instructional: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Orson Scott Card
  • Crime/Mystery Fiction: Death of a Couch Potato’s Wife, by Christy Barritt
  • Romantic Fiction: Critical Condition, by Sandra Orchard
  • Historical Fiction: Ellenvale Gold, by Amanda Deed
  • Young Adult: Oak Island Revenge, by Cynthia d’Entremont
  • Fantasy: The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson [Replaced with Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson … saving The Way of Kings for 2013]
  • Science Fiction: Judgment at Proteus, by Timothy Zahn
  • Non Fiction: Your Church Is Too Safe: Why Following Christ Turns The World Upside-Down, by Mark Buchanan
  • Western: Forlorn River, by Zane Grey
  • Thriller /Suspense: Gone to Ground, by Brandilyn Collins
  • Classic: The Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne
  • Your favourite genre: Not even sure what this is, these days, but I’ll have fun picking a good book!

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