Join the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2013!

With the years end approaching, it is time to prepare for the challenges of 2013.

The Eclectic Reader Challenge I hosted this year proved to be popular with 132 participants signing up, and to date,  348 reviews shared. Participants still have til December 31st to complete the challenge and enter their link to be in with a chance to earn a small prize.

For 2013 year I have decided to keep with the same format but encourage readers to step even further out of their comfort zones by reading 12 books during the year from 12 different categories.

I hope you will consider joining me for the 2013 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
  • 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!

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!

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45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Darlene's Book Nook (@DarleneBookNook)
    Dec 02, 2012 @ 07:41:51

    Thanks for hosting the challenge again, Shelleyrae! I had a lot of fun with this year’s challenge. I see that you have come up with some pretty challenging genres for 2013! Way to keep us on our toes 🙂



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Dec 02, 2012 @ 16:41:08

      Hi Darlene, I noticed a couple of other blogs have launched similar challenges this year so I decided to make mine a little more eclectic 🙂



  2. The Australian Bookshelf
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 19:58:49

    The new challenge looks great, Shelleyrae. I’ve still got 2 books to read for the eclectic challenge this year- I’m currently reading a classic and I have a horror novel to get to soon.



  3. Tea Time with Marce
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 13:21:22

    Your challenge is kicking my ass, lol. I cannot choose something for Fantasy and Science Fiction, sigh, looks like I won’t complete this one. I was doing so good but sheesh these 2 are out of my comfort zone and I just couldn’t choose. Thanks for a true challenge.



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Dec 04, 2012 @ 13:40:17

      Marce you have! The Kingdom works for Fantasy and The Line between Here and Gone works for Sci Fi (at a stretch)



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  5. Stephanie
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 02:55:36

    This is my first time participating. I’m so excited!



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  7. jos
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 08:26:00

    Great idea, just started reading again! Do you have any recommandations in some of the genres?



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  9. jcfantasy23
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 15:55:13

    Thanks for hosting! Will participate 🙂



  10. Jen Pace
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 12:46:46

    i’ll be signing up again!



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  12. jadechristyn
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 02:37:21

    I just signed up! I’m sure this will be great. 🙂



  13. paperbackpirate
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 17:07:26

    I had a lot of fun completing this year’s challenge! Looking forward to next year’s too. Thanks for hosting!



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  15. melanie_unabridged
    Jan 10, 2013 @ 09:23:13

    Thanks for checking out my site about participating, sorry for not linking back (D’oh!). I plan on using it to update my blog regularly so I promise to remember next time. I’m super excited to participate, thanks for the challenge!



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