Sign Up for the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015

In it’s fourth year, the aim of The Eclectic Reader 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 2015. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2015

  • 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.

  • Select, read and review a book from each category 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 31st 2015 to be eligible for the prize drawing.


  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2. A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3. PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4. A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure

If you need some ideas for what to read in the above categories I suggest you search Library Booklists or Listopia at Goodreads

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. If you tweet use the tag #eclecticreader or @bookdout
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.

Bookmark the Eclectic Reader Challenge Page for future reference




10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 11:48:45

    Oh I might do this – to get my out of my rut!!!



  2. mysm2000
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 13:04:38

    Hi Shelley Rae,

    I’m new to all this but I’m in! I may contact you later if I’m unsure about what I’m doing. I’m totally unfamiliar with “linky” and have never taken part in a challenge before. I’ve created my post but haven’t published it yet. If I’m able to figure it out, is it permissible to add your challenge badge in the sidebar of my blog? Am I right that I include the badge when I write each of the twelve reviews? Or am I only allowed to use it when I’ve completed the 12 reviews? You’re probably sleeping as I’m writing this but I hope I’ll hear from you soon.

    Lorraine Montgomery Ottawa, Canada.

    Lorraine Montgomery *follow my adventures at* * * *follow my book blog at * * *



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Nov 30, 2014 @ 14:29:59

      Hi Lorraine,
      Feel free to contact me at any time.
      You are more than welcome to add the badge to your sidebar, you don’t have to use it when you post a review but it is useful to identify the post as a review for the challenge in some way.
      Linky’s are fairly easy to use, to sign up all you need to do is add your name and blog post link where it asks you to.
      Welcome to the challenge!



  3. kathrynsinbox
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 15:23:58

    I’m in!

    I feel down about midway through this years challenge (though there is still some time left,) so I might have to try a bit harder with the 2015 one. In any case, it’s a great reading initiative and I discovered a couple of authors that I probably wouldn’t have discovered if I had not taken the challenge, so I am happy to give the 2015 challenge a shot.



  4. Faraziyya
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 15:33:57

    I’m considering this challenge! I’ll come back later 🙂



  5. 1girl2manybooks
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 18:31:45

    Hmmm might have to give this one a go I think



  6. kepagewriter
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 04:13:13

    Some very interesting genres this year. Looking forward to choosing my books already.



  7. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    Dec 06, 2014 @ 11:26:35

    I think I might just fall 1 title short in the 2014 challenge, but I will definitely be signing up again for 2015 this month. Really like your 12 new categories for 2015 Shelleyrae!



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