Stuff on Sundays: 2016 Eclectic Reader Recommendations Part 1


I’m happy to welcome those that have signed up for the Eclectic Reader Challenge so far this year, and several already have already gotten started and shared reviews.  The challenge asks participants to read 12 books over the year, each from a variety of different categories. These are:

  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

I encourage participants who aren’t sure what to select for each category to look for recommendations from other book bloggers who they read and follow, or browse lists such as Goodreads Listopia , Library Booklists, or whatever source is favoured, however I thought I might offer a few gleaned from my own browsing.

You can learn more and SIGN UP here

I’m going to cover the first three categories today, and continue over the next month or so.

Click the cover for more information about each title.


A book about books (fiction or nonfiction)

Books about books are irresistible to most readers. Here are a mix of fiction and non fiction titles you could choose from

2. Serial killer thriller

Many of today’s bestselling crime and thriller novels feature serial killers with police hot in pursuit but serial killers can also become the unlikely antiheroes of the story…

3.  Paranormal romance

A paranormal romance novel blends together themes from the genres of fantasy, science fiction, or horror, but has a fundamental focus on the development of a romantic relationship between two protagonists leading to a ‘happy ever after’ conclusion. Many of these books are published within a series arc but generally focus on a different couple each time so they can be read as stand alone’s.


Feel free to share your recommendations in the comments.

 You can join the challenge at any time up until December 1st 2016.  For more details, click HERE

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn
    Feb 07, 2016 @ 11:22:39

    Like your choices. I just can’t do this one this year! Your Man Booker item just threw me, I knew I just didn’t want to read one! After trying to read and failing on The Luminaries!



  2. laurelrainsnow
    Feb 07, 2016 @ 15:00:12

    Great books! I love serial killer books, like Heartsick and Cop Town.

    I have The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, but haven’t read it yet. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. kirajessup
    Feb 07, 2016 @ 15:48:38

    I am so far behind on all my challenges. I think I’ll sit down this afternoon and work out exactly what I want to read so I have a list I can cross off. Thanks for the reminder 😉



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