Sign Up for the 2016 Eclectic Reader Challenge


In it’s fifth 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 2016. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2016

  • 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 2016 to be eligible for the prize drawing.


  1. A book about books (fiction or nonfiction)
  2.  Serial killer thriller
  3.  Paranormal romance
  4.  A novel set on an island
  5. Investigative journalism (non fiction)
  6. Disaster fiction
  7. Steampunk sci fi
  8. Any book shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
  9. Psychology (non fiction)
  10. Immigrant Experience fiction
  11. YA historical fiction
  12. A debut author in 2016

To sign up and get more details visit the 2016 Eclectic Reader Challenge page



13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate W
    Dec 24, 2015 @ 08:39:16

    A great challenging challenge but afraid I can’t join on account of only reading from my TBR stack next year (and I’m quite sure I don’t have books for hardly any of those categories!). Have fun!

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  2. Lisa
    Dec 25, 2015 @ 03:06:45

    Sounds like great fun! I’ll probably use your list as a bit of inspiration this year. 🙂



  3. lou johnson
    Dec 25, 2015 @ 14:32:53

    Love this eclectic challenge. its all to easy to judge without trying new things



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  5. meganm922
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 11:04:46

    Sounds like fun. I didn’t join last year and I totally missed it. Thanks for continuing to host this awesome challenge.



  6. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Jan 02, 2016 @ 10:12:10

    Thanks for hosting again! I always enjoy this challenge!



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  8. Charlie
    Feb 18, 2016 @ 03:15:55

    Thanks so much for hosting once again. I always love trying to find books to read to push me out of my comfort zones and I always find your challenge great for that. I promise to try much harder to actually review and update how I go this year instead of reading in the shadows. Thanks again and happy reading




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