Status Update: The 2012 Eclectic Reader’s Challenge

Book reviews are about all I’ve posted in the last few months, and here my first non-review post in a very long time is about–book reviews. Even though it appears as if I have reviewed far too many novels lately, I can say that, as far as the 2012 Eclectic Reader’s Challenge is concerned, it hasn’t been enough.

If you don’t know–or don’t recall–what the Challenge is, it’s simply this: Read a book in each of twelve different genres, then publish a review. Simple, right? One book and review a month. Well, I fell a little short.

Here is a list of the represented genres, the books I had planned to read, the ones I actually read, the rating I gave, and whether a review has been published for the novel.

Genre Book Planned to Read Book Read Rating Status
Science Fiction Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle, by Marie Harbon same 3 Stars
but see the review for explanation
Read and reviewed
Non-fiction Immediate Fiction, by Jerry Cleaver none n/a Not read
Horror Reunion, by Jeff Bennington same 3 Stars Read and reviewed
Classic Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley same  3 Stars Read and reviewed
Literary In Memory of Greed, by Al Boudreau Life of Pi, by Yann Martel 5 Stars Read and reviewed
Thriller/Suspense BoneMan’s Daughters, by Ted Dekker In Memory of Greed, by Al Boudreau n/a Read, not reviewed
Crime/Mystery Chasing Amanda, by Melissa Foster same 4 Stars Read and reviewed
Fantasy A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin Bonded, by Mande Matthews 4 Stars Read and reviewed
Young Adult The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins same n/a Read, not reviewed
Romance Bonded, by Mande Matthews Why Men are from Earth and Women are not from Venus, by Mark Laverdiere n/a Begun but not finished, not reviewed
Historical Hadn’t decided n/a n/a Neither read nor reviewed
My favorite genre (horror) Blood Skies, by Steven Montano n/a n/a Neither read nor reviewed

So there you have it. I intend to post a review for The Hunger Games before the end of the year, so watch for it soon.

The following year I intend to write and publish one book review a month. I already have a short list of those that will appear here–some have already been read and are just waiting for me to write it up. With very few exceptions, the books I review will be within the horror/supernatural/paranormal/suspense genres. There are currently one fantasy and one science fiction novel on the list.

If you have any suggestions, or are an author with a book you’d like reviewed, let me know in the comments section and I’ll add them to my list.

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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Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Congratulations on making the effort, even if you fell short :)

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out