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
Immediate Fiction, by Jerry Cleaver
Reunion, by Jeff Bennington
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Literary Fiction
In Memory of Greed, by Al Boudreau
BoneMan’s Daughters, by Ted Dekker
Crime/Mystery Fiction
Chasing Amanda, by Melissa Foster
A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin
Young Adult
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
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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