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:
- A book about books (fiction or nonfiction)
- Serial killer thriller
- Paranormal romance
- A novel set on an island
- Investigative journalism (non fiction)
- Disaster fiction
- Steampunk sci fi
- Any book shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
- Psychology (non fiction)
- Immigrant Experience fiction
- YA historical fiction
- 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.
Click the cover for more information about each title.
4. A novel set on an island
I’ve selected these titles that feature islands that are both imaginary and real, large and small, from allacross the world.
5. Investigative Journalism
Investigative journalism is a form of journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a single topic of interest to shed light on a specific issue, such as crime or social injustice.
6. Disaster fiction
It was a lot more difficult than I expected to find examples of disaster (also known as catastrophe or apocalyptic) fiction, given the plethora of disaster films like San Andreas, Poseidon, Independence Day and Twister. Disaster fiction should focus on the disaster itself and the days immediately following, but post apocalyptic fiction, where years or decades have passed since a disaster, is far more common.
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