Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012

I hope you will join me 2012 for the Eclectic Reader Challenge!

The aim of The Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge is to push you a little outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different genres.

Join in:

  • The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st 201. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2012
  • 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.

  • Post your name, blog name, and the direct link to your challenge post in the Linky using the link below

Click here to enter your link to sign up for the challenge

  • Select, read and review a book from each genre 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 21st 2012 to be eligible for the prize drawing.


  1. Literary Fiction
  2. Crime/Mystery Fiction
  3. Romantic Fiction
  4. Historical Fiction
  5. Young Adult
  6. Fantasy
  7. Science Fiction
  8. Non Fiction
  9. Horror
  10. Thriller /Suspense
  11. Classic
  12. Your favourite genre
  • 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.
  • 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.

Click here to enter your link to your reviews

Please take the time to visit a few links and leave a comment!

All participants that complete the challenge by December 31st 2012 will be eligible to win a book of their choice to the value of $15AUD from or a $10US Amazon gift card or paypal funds of  US$10 to be drawn via Jan  2013.

Click here to enter your link when you have completed the challenge!

Please CONTACT ME if you have any questions, I hope you will play along!

Grab this badge for The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012

Here are tentative titles for my own list

  1. Literary Fiction – The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott REVIEW
  2. Crime/Mystery A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller REVIEW
  3. Romantic Fiction – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell REVIEW
  4. Historical Fiction  – A Dissection of Murder by Felicity Young REVIEW
  5. Young Adult – Drive By by Jim Carrington REVIEW
  6. Fantasy – Two Weeks’ Notice by Rachel Caine REVIEW
  7. Science Fiction – Shine Light by Marianne de Pierres REVIEW
  8. Non Fiction BandAid For a Broken Leg by Damien Brown REVIEW
  9. Horror – The Radleys by Matt Haig REVIEW
  10. Thriller /Suspense – The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn REVIEW
  11. Classic-The Harp in the South by Ruth Park REVIEW
  12. Your favourite genre Monday and the Murdered Man by Andrew Kirschbaum REVIEW


166 thoughts on “Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012

  1. I’m excited to join your 2012 reading challenge. It is definitely going to take me outside of my comfort zone, which is mostly mysteries, but I am up for the challenge. Just one question: Do we need to read the books in the order as you have listed them? Thanks!


    1. Hi Melissa,
      Thanks for joining the challenge! To answer your question – you can read in whatever order you like.


  2. I just joined your challenge. I also made an error. please delete me from the linky. sidne eclectic reading challenge. there are two.l the correct one is sidne’s eclectic reading challenge reviewz. thank you.


  3. This is a great idea… I’m in!

    Question: I’ve entered my blog info in the Linky Thingie… when I have review posts, do I enter them somewhere as well?

    Anyway, I am happily looking forward to the beginning of the year so i can begin. :o)


    1. Hi Rob,
      Thanks for joining . In the post above there is a link to a separate Linky for entering your reviews, enter the link to your review posts there 🙂


  4. Regrettably, I must asked to be removed from challenge. I don’t think I will be able to handle a few others I’ve joined. I took an even challenging new job after much pleading and salary blackmail. I will need six months just to pull the place to general standards before state inspection. I’m number 54, sidne,eclectic reviewz.. Hope to join in next year.


  5. This should help me find some new authors and types of reading.

    I tend to love the Urban Fantasy and SciFi stuff, all with Happily Ever Afters of course.


  6. Thanks again for hosting this challenge. I didn’t quite manage it in the end, but I widened my reading beyond measure! I really enjoyed reading the different genres and surprised myself by reading and enjoying books that I wouldn’t have gone near previously.

    The 2013 genres are interesting so I might sign up again. Happy reading and have a Merry Christmas!


  7. Greetings, This is Cynthia at The Eclectic Reader books in Fort Collins, Coloraodo, USA. I’ve been The Eclectic Reader since 1994 as a home-based bookstore, then moved to a “brick and mortar” retail store again in 2011. I was going to run the exact same contest last year (my sister said not to) but will probably do it this year. It will be an in-store event and not on line. I meant to tell you last year that we were twins but never got around to it. Visit my website: Here’s to eclectic readers all over the world!


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