Eclectic Reader Challenge 2013

I hope you will join me 2013 for the Eclectic Reader Challenge!


The aim of The Eclectic Reader 2013 Challenge is to push you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different categories.

Join in:

  • The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st 2013. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2013
  • Create a blog post committing to  your participation in this challenge.

*  If you don’t have a blog you are still welcome to sign up. You can create a shelf for the challenge at Goodreads or LibraryThing or a similar site Just include your name and a link to your shelf.

  • Post your name, blog name, and the direct link to your challenge post in the Linky using the link below

Click here to enter your link to sign up for the challenge

  • Select, read and review a book from each genre listed below during the year for a total of 12 books. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.

*  You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish.

*  Where a book is identified by more than one genre eg historical romance, it may only count for either the historical fiction or romantic fiction genres – not both.

*  You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 21st 2013 to be eligible for the prize drawing.


  1. Translated fiction
  2. Historical mystery
  3. Romantic suspense
  4. Made into a movie
  5. New Adult
  6. Urban Fantasy
  7. Dystopian
  8. Memoir
  9. LGBT
  10. Action Adventure
  11. Humour
  12. Published in 2013

If you need some ideas for what to read in the above categories I suggest you search Listopia at Goodreads for example click here for a list that includes New Adult titles

  • Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement  and /or the challenge image badge to the post.
  • Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky.

Click here to enter your link to your reviews

Please take the time to visit a few links and leave a comment!

If you tweet add #eclecticreader or @bookdout

All participants that complete the challenge by December 31st 2012 will be eligible to win a book of their choice to the value of $15AUD from or a $10US Amazon gift card or paypal funds of  US$10 to be drawn via Jan  2014.

Click here to enter your link when you have completed the challenge!

Please CONTACT ME if you have any questions, I hope you will play along!

Grab this badge for The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012

Here are tentative titles for my own list

  1. Translated fiction – Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus REVIEW
  2. Historical mystery – Antidote to Murder by Felicity Young REVIEW
  3. Romantic suspense – Half Moon Bay Helene Young REVIEW
  4. Made into a movie – The Turning by Tim Winton REVIEW
  5. New Adult – Losing It by Cora Cormack REVIEW
  6. Urban Fantasy – Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews REVIEW
  7. Dystopian – Resist by Sarah Crossan REVIEW
  8. Memoir – Confessions of A Sociopath by ME Thomas REVIEW
  9. LGBT – If You could See What I See by Cathy Lamb REVIEW
  10. Action Adventure – Powder Burn by Mark Chisnell REVIEW
  11. Humour – Erma Bombeck Collection REVIEW
  12. Published in 2013 – And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini REVIEW

96 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Kayleigh
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 23:00:01

    This looks great! I’ll definitely be taking part.


  3. Monique (@writenote1)
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 15:00:54


  4. Asha Seth
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 23:57:41

    I gladly join the challenge. Will post soon. Thank you for inviting Shelley. :-)



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  7. kristinshafel
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 15:31:58

    Just signed up! Looking forward to tackling this challenge :) thanks!


  8. Lucy
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 03:53:39

    Thanks for hosting! Love the categories you’ve chosen…now to pick the books!


  9. Magaly Guerrero
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 03:18:30

    I’m extremely excited about his one. Nothing like a great and enjoyable reason to leap out of the box. Thanks for hosting!


  10. Magaly Guerrero
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 03:20:01

    Just wanted to link my name to my writing blog, the last comment is linked to my personal blog.


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  12. Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 02:10:17

    Thanks for hosting the challenge again this year with new categories!! I’m so excited to be a part of it!


  13. Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 02:14:14

    Love this! Totally just signed up. :) Thanks for hosting!


  14. Magali Najarian
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 15:34:32

    This is my first reading challenge and I couldn’t have picked a better one. Great idea.


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  17. Alice M
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 07:58:31

    I will join this one too, now have even better reason to read!! (I didn’t need an excuse for reading, love it to much!!)


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  23. Yamini
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 00:30:39

    This should be easy! awesome variety though, most would choose horror, drama, and very basic stuff—this one’s more creative. :)


  24. Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes/Mallory Heart Reviews
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 03:10:35


  25. Alex @ The Book Banner
    Jan 03, 2013 @ 13:41:16

    The topics look great. I’m looking forward this challenge this year!


  26. kristinshafel
    Jan 04, 2013 @ 16:14:08

    Hi Shelleyrae, I have a question about the links: the first linkytool “Click here to enter your link to sign up for the challenge,” I entered the link to a static page on my site that has a master list of the books I’ll read/review for the challenge, where I will update links to individual reviews as I finish them. Next, you have “Click here to enter your link to your reviews” (I haven’t put anything there yet)—do you mean, a link for each individual review here (so, 12 links from everyone participating), or should I have put my master list page link there instead of the first linkytool? Sorry for my confusion! Just want to do it correctly.


    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 04, 2013 @ 16:43:21

      Hi Kristin, Questions are always welcome :)
      You have your ‘master list’ page link in the right place – the “Click here to enter your link to your reviews” is for each individual review link ( 12 links eventually per person). So , for example, if Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime walk was a review for the challenge you would add the direct link ( ) to the “Click here to enter your link to your reviews”. Does that help?


  27. Deborah
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 04:54:41

    What a great idea. I just discovered your blog on Twitter (where I tweet about inspirational things, not necessarily books). I used to be a voracious reader and just started reading more than in the past 10 years. I’m looking forward to reading future blogs.


  28. Heidi
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 12:05:17

    Sounds like a great challenge to broaden my reading – sometimes I tend to stick with my comfort zone, so keen to take part. Have signed up today!


  29. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 14:42:54

    I enjoyed this challenge last year. Thanks for hosting again!


  30. Carolyn Smith
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 20:06:12

    Hi! I just love the idea of this challenge, and have just joined up (I think?) I don’t have a reading blog but I’ve created a shelf on Goodreads where I’ll post my reviews; is this OK?


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  34. Rita
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 03:33:16

    This sounds like a great challenge! I’ll definitely be participating this year! :)


  35. Amanda Payne
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 08:59:54

    Hi, could you remove link #84 from the challengers list. I’ve set up a Tumblr blog that I’m going to be using rather than goodreads. Thanks, Amanda.


  36. Jane Grenier (@janiejaner)
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 09:04:32

    Done and done…fun!


  37. Amanda Payne
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 08:55:29

    I’m in and registered. Even recruited a few friends and colleagues to come along with. What’s more, I’ve started a blog (long unrealised ambition) to track my progress. First real post on choosing Historical Mystery up and running.


  38. Erin
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 00:46:46

    Hi Shelleyrae,
    I just entered my review on the linky tool (it’s no.24 – Norwegian Wood – translated fiction) but for some reason the link is going to a blank page on my blog.
    Are you able to change the link? If so this is the right one –



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  44. Rachelle Lerner
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 12:26:04

    I’ve just added a review of One Hot Murder which was published this year.


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  59. Charlotte
    May 05, 2013 @ 21:10:02

    Hiya :) I completed this challenge last year and really enjoyed it so i’ve decided to go for it again this summer! :D
    Looking forward to getting through some interesting and fabulous books!


  60. pippo1524
    May 14, 2013 @ 04:14:35

    I’m a bit late to this, but want to give it a go. However, I’m going to try to do it from books I already own but haven’t read. I don’t know if I own anything that qualifies as Romantic suspense though, can you help? What kind of authors fall into this genre?


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  68. Ashley Bodette
    Jun 20, 2013 @ 10:16:31

    I’m really excited about this challenge! I read A LOT, and this gives me a focus on WHAT to read.


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  79. Jannghi
    Sep 11, 2013 @ 10:05:24

    I’m a little late, but have finished some of the other challenges i’d signed up for and would like to try this one. Can I count books I’ve already read if they fit the categories?


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