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Eclectic Reader Challenge

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Shelleyrae at Book'd Out is hosting the Eclectic Reader Challenge again this year. I truly enjoyed this challenge in 2012, so I'm signing up again.

Here's what Shelleyrae has to say:

  • The aim of The Eclectic Reader 2013 Challenge is to push you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different categories.
  • The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st 2013. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2013
  • 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 2014.

I read a lot of these anyway, but I may have trouble with the dystopian and LGBT categories. I have not had much luck with dystopian novels in the past, with the exception of The Hunger Games trilogy. I haven't read a lot of LGBT and just don't really know where to start. Any recommendations for either of those categories?

Updated December 29, 2013: That's a wrap! A big push here in December helped me complete everything. Thanks again to ShelleyRae for hosting!

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  1. Dystopian: The Giver. And the books that follow it, which are better, but you need to read the series in order. This is a quick read for middle grades.

    Or The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, sort of a feminist 1984.

    Or Stephen King: any of the books in the Dark Tower series, or The Stand.

    LGBT: The first books that spring to mind are memoirs: Alison Bechdel's graphic novel Fun Home, Florence King's Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, and Dan Savage's The Kid (I can loan you a copy.)

    Of LGBT fiction, Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain, Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes, and Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment -- because if you haven't read any Discworld books, you really need to fix that. Oh and Keeping You a Secret, by Julie Anne Peters, is a YA coming out novel.

  2. Thanks for joining me again Jen - For LBGT I just bought John Irving's In One Person
    I'm not sure what to read for Dystopian either - I am not a big fan of the genre

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Congratulations on completing the challenge!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out


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