The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012

Eclectic Reader's Challenge 2012I stumbled across this little challenge today and thought it would be a good one to try out. Essentially, I am to read twelve books and publish a review for each. The books have to be in different genres, therefore forcing me to read at least one romance novel this year (help….). Seriously, I have no doubt that I can read and review a dozen books during 2012; it’s the genre-swapping that has the potential to be the difficulty.

I see this challenge as a good prod for me. I actually do read across genres, but to do so consciously might be another matter entirely. As an educational experience as a writer, I’m certain this will be good for me. And it has the added bonus of making sure I post at least twelve times this coming year.

So, below is the list of genres I am obligating myself to read, and a few of the titles I purloined from my Goodreads to-read list that fit in. One thing to keep in mind with the list is that lately, I have been purposely reading more from indie publishers and self-published authors. Many of the titles of this kind that populate my Goodreads list are recommendations from acquaintances on Twitter. So, if you don’t recognize the books or authors as block-buster superstars in mainstream literature, that’s why.

Science Fiction
Seven Point Eight by Marie A. Harbon
Non-fiction
Immediate Fiction, by Jerry Cleaver
Horror
Reunion, by Jeff Bennington
Classics
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Literary Fiction
In Memory of Greed, by Al Boudreau
Thriller/Suspense
BoneMan’s Daughters, by Ted Dekker
Crime/Mystery Fiction
Chasing Amanda, by Melissa Foster
Fantasy
A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin
Young Adult
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Romance
Bonded, by Mande Matthews
My Favorite Genre
Blood Skies, by Steven Montano
Historical Fiction
Although I love historical fiction—I’m currently reading Sons of Glory, by Craig and Janet Parshall— I inexplicably have none on my list. Any suggestions…?

I’m looking forward to stepping across the lines, so to speak, and sampling some of the book I probably would never read if not for this challenge. So, what do you think of my choices? Has anyone read any of these? And does anyone have a historical fiction title they’d like to recommend?

And, “Thanks!,” to Shelleyrae at Book’d Out for the challenge.

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About RNAdams2

I write what I call "supernatural suspense"; that is, suspenseful stories involving otherworldly events. I have a lot I could (and will) write about the topic. I could explain what I write as "horror," but I have always believed that an author should have the primary motive of horrifying his readers, which is not the case with me. I could call my writing "supernatural" or "paranormal," but my writing lacks much of the focus on romance/erotica or teenage angst that seems to be prevalent in those genres.
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9 Responses to The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012

  1. Shelleyrae says:

    Hi
    Thanks for signing up to The Eclectic Reader Challenge. I look forward to seeing what you choose to read!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d OUt

  2. PeteDenton says:

    Looks like a good list. I’ve only picked about three so far. So many choices. I don’t have any sug­ges­tions for his­tor­i­cal fic­tion yet. :)

    • Robert Adams says:

      I’ve had such a long list of “to-read” books, it was only a matter of deciding which ones I definitely was going to read soon. Thanks for your comment, and–sorry I didn’t mention this in the post–thanks for turning me on to this challenge; your blog was the first I heard of it.

  3. Shelleyrae says:

    I am glad to have you join The Eclectic Reader Challenge Robert! I look forward to reading your reviews!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d oUt

  4. MandeMatthews says:

    Rob…What a fabulous idea! I am both honored and thankful to be on your list! For a historical fiction suggestion…and one without romance? LOL. I wonder if this would qualify, though the protag is female and there is a hint of romantic entanglements though definately not the “happy” type: The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland, chronicling the life of a young female artist in Renaissance Italy. For an indie author suggestion? I haven’t seen many historical fiction writer’s on my twitter, but if I think of any, I’ll let you know! Again…thank you so much.

    • Robert Adams says:

      Hi Mande! It’s both my pleasure and privilege to read your book. I’ll check out your suggestion–sounds intriguing. And don’t worry about the romance; I just make a fuss about it. Can’t think of too many books I’ve really enjoyed that hasn’t had at least a little romance. ;)

      • The romance in Bonded is actually a subplot with secondary characters; so I hope that makes it more enjoyable for you. ;-) However, I need to cop up to the fact that the theme is based on the principles of duality…and I explore that concept throughout, not only with settings and magics, but through all of my characters’ relationships. So bare with me Rob! In any case, I’m glad to discover your blog. I’ve subscribed and am sure I will enjoy your posts. Thanks again!

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