Eclectic Reader Challenge 2013

So I have decided that as I have currently got so many new books – due to very kind people who know how much I read giving me Amazon or Waterstones vouchers for my 40th birthday and the fact that I have serious difficulty deciding on the next book at the best of times – that I need some serious focus. So I am going to do the Eclectic Reader Challenge this year. It requires the reading of 12 books in different categories, all of which sound quite interesting. It was surprisingly exciting to choose the books in advance. I thought it might spoil my enjoyment to have planned what I was going to read but in fact it is more enjoyable because I know what is coming next. Here are the books I have chosen to read for each category.

  1. Translated fiction – The Prague Cemetery – Umberto Eco, Venus in Furs – Leopold Sacher-Masoch
  2. Historical mystery – The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins, A Test of Wills – Charles Todd
  3. Romantic suspense – Come Onto These Yellow Sands – Josh Lanyon, Awaken – Katie Kacvinsky
  4. Made into a movie – The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides, Election – Tom Perotta
  5. New Adult – The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins,  The perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  6. Urban Fantasy – Stardust – Neil Gaiman, Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
  7. Dystopian – The Testament of Jessie Lamb – Jane Rogers,  The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  8. Memoir – Girl Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen. It’s Only a movie – Mark Kermode
  9. LGBT – The City and the Pillar – Gore Vidal, Rent Boy – Gary Indiana
  10. Action Adventure  – The Zombie Room – R. D. Donald, The Lost World – Arthur Conan Doyle
  11. Humour – A Walk in the Woods – BIll Bryson, I Can Make You Hate – Charlie Brooker
  12. Published in 2013 – Levels of Life – Julian Barnes
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