Stuff on Sundays: 2016 Eclectic Reader Recommendations Part 3


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.

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CLICK HERE to view 2016 Eclectic Reader Recommendations Part 1

CLICK HERE to view 2016 Eclectic Reader Recommendations Part 2

Click the cover for more information about each title.

7. Steampunk

The term ‘steampunk’ was coined in the late 1980’s and I’ve read very little of this relatively new speculative fiction sub genre.  Steampunk works often set in an alternative history of the 19th century, or in a future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage.


8. Any Book Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize is an annual award. Any novel originally written in English and published (not self published) in the UK in the year of the prize, regardless of the nationality of their author is eligible. You can select any title shortlisted since the awards inception in 1969. Wikipedia has an easy reference list.


9. Psychology (non-fiction)

I’ve deliberately kept this category general, but I’ve listed mostly popular psychology titles below with great ‘readability’.


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

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kirajessup
    Feb 21, 2016 @ 10:15:53

    Thank you. The psychology category had me a bit stumped, but there are some great suggestions here.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Kailana
    Feb 21, 2016 @ 14:46:02

    I really want to read QUIET. I have been listening to the podcast recently so really should check out where it came from.



  3. laurelrainsnow
    Feb 21, 2016 @ 15:05:48

    Enjoy your books! I did love participating in the Eclectic Reading Challenge a few years ago…I may try it again some time. Thanks for sharing.



  4. Kathryn
    Feb 21, 2016 @ 19:51:28

    Ah yes! Steampunk, how genres grow. I learnt of it in my last years of teaching and did read Leviathan. The achilles heel for me as I said before is the Man Booker! Not even going there, but would love to see what you read for it.



  5. eternalised
    Feb 23, 2016 @ 00:09:14

    Great collection of eclectic reads! Enjoy your books.

    Majanka @ I Heart Reading



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