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 Post subject: BOOKS: Eclectic Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:57 pm 
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Eclectic Reading Challenge 2017

Read or listen to 12 books during the year in 12 different categories. Each book can only be entered in one category, so for example a historical romance could count either as historical fiction or as romance, but not both. This year, there are 24 categories, but you can choose 12 of them to complete the challenge. If you choose to add more that's a bonus, but not necessary. Thanks to sassenach for sharing her 50 book challenge categories from 2016. I used that as a starting point, but I have whittled those down because 50 seemed like too many, and adjusted some others.

A big fat book with more than 500 pages
A skinny book with less than 200 pages
A romantic story
A murder /mystery story
A historical fiction novel
A book published this year (2017)
A book with a color in the title
A book by a writing duo
A book with a one-word title
A Non Fiction Book
A book by an author who is new to me
A book a friend recommended
A book that made me laugh out loud
An Audio Book
A book originally written in a different language
A book set during Christmas time
A book set in an ancient civilization
A book set between 1600AD and 1900AD
A book set during the Depression
A book set in Africa
A book set in the Americas (North, Central or South)
A book set in Europe
A book set in Asia
A book considered to be a classic


Come back and edit your post to share the title and author of the book you read that fits each category you choose.

:read: Good Luck and Happy Reading :read:


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Eclectic Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:13 am 
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This looks interesting. I think I might just consult it at the end of each month and see if what I have read will fit any category, rather than trying to find specific books. That means I will have to remember the plot of each book I read - such a difficult task these days!


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Eclectic Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:48 pm 
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I am committing to reading at least 12 books during 2017 that fit at least 12 of the following categories:

A big fat book with more than 500 pages - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
A skinny book with less than 200 pages - Dead in the Water by Dana Stabenow
A romantic story - These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
A murder /mystery story - The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
A historical fiction novel - Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
A book published this year (2017) - A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
A book with a color in the title - Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
A book by a writing duo - 7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
A book with a one-word title - Heartless by Marissa Meyer
A Non Fiction Book - The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis
A book by an author who is new to me - Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
A book a friend recommended - Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear [Actually, at least two friends have recommended this to me. :bigsmile:]
A book that made me laugh out loud - The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
An Audio Book - My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
A book originally written in a different language - Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
A book set during Christmas time - A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
A book set in an ancient civilization
A book set between 1600AD and 1900AD - Demelza by Winston Graham
A book set during the Depression - Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
A book considered to be a classic - Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Note: I eliminated the geographical ones since we have the separate Geography Challenge now. So, only 5 (UPDATE: now 2 and now 1) categories on this list that I haven't hit yet. :bigsmile:


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Eclectic Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:14 pm 
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Since the geography challenge is back, I will skip this one for now. Thanks, ABL for resurrecting my favorite challenge.


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Eclectic Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:52 am 
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This is a bit complicated for me, so I think I will make my own eclectic challenge to see how many countries feature in the books I read. (Main part of the story takes place in that country). I will do a review every couple of months, based on books I have already read, as I do not plan to actively search for new countries (unless I get carried away part way through the year.)


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Eclectic Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:54 pm 
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I often manage to make one single book count for more than one challenge so I don't mind trying both this Eclectic challenge and the geographic one. I might drop the Acrostic one if it gets complicated, unless it does itself. So I'm going to try and list the non-geographic categories for this challenge and see what I manage.

A big fat book with more than 500 pages
5. A skinny book with less than 200 pages - Elle S'appelait Emma by Alain Thiesse
A romantic story
1. A murder /mystery story - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
7. A historical fiction novel - The Siege by Helen Dunmore
A book published this year (2017)
9. A book with a color in the title - Pluie Noire (Black Rain) by Masuji Ibuse. The book was translated from Japanese into French. I also watched a movie based on the book in Japanese with English subtitles. I actually liked the movie better.
A book by a writing duo
3. A book with a one-word title - Onitsha by J.M.G. Le Clézio
6. A Non Fiction Book - Comprendre la Dyslexie by Dr. Evelyne Pannetier
4. A book by an author who is new to me - Flight by Sherman Alexie
A book a friend recommended
A book that made me laugh out loud
An Audio Book
A book originally written in a different language
A book set during Christmas time
8. A book set in an ancient civilization - The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
2. A book set between 1600AD and 1900AD - The Angry Tide by Winston Graham
A book set during the Depression
A book considered to be a classic

I also have to remember that I will be done after just twelve books so I'm going to number them as I go along to keep track of what I do.

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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Eclectic Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:19 am 
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Naomi wrote:
I often manage to make one single book count for more than one challenge so I don't mind trying both this Eclectic challenge and the geographic one. I might drop the Acrostic one if it gets complicated, unless it does itself. So I'm going to try and list the non-geographic categories for this challenge and see what I manage.
[snip: List - see below]
I also have to remember that I will be done after just twelve books so I'm going to number them as I go along to keep track of what I do.


Naomi, I like your idea, so I am going to copy it; I have used your list to start my own challenge, and seeing as I just finished A Farewell to Arms yesterday, I can chalk up one category completed!

A big fat book with more than 500 pages - The Outlandish Companion Vol 2 by Diana Gabaldon
A skinny book with fewer than 200 pages - Clouded Vision by Linwood Brclay
A romantic story - Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
A murder /mystery story - A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
A historical fiction novel = The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
A book published this year (2017) - The Prisoner by Alex Berenson
A book with a color in the title
A book by a writing duo = A Pathway to Self-Publishing: The Triskele Trail by Gillian Hamer and JJ Marsh
A book with a one-word title - Risked by Margaret Peterson Haddix
A Non Fiction Book - Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich
A book by an author who is new to me - The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith
A book a friend recommended - These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
A book that made me laugh out loud - Can you Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
An Audio Book - My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
A book originally written in a different language - Daniel Stein, Interpreter by Ludmila Uiltskaya (Russian)
A book set during Christmas time
A book set in an ancient civilization
A book set between 1600AD and 1900AD - The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent
A book set during the Depression
A book considered to be a classic - A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Eclectic Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:37 pm 
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Here is my attempt at the eclectic reading challenge.. :read:


A big fat book with more than 500 pages
A skinny book with less than 200 pages
A romantic story
A murder /mystery story...The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
A historical fiction novel ..To Capture What we Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin
A book published this year (2017)...Lady Cop makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
A book with a color in the title
A book by a writing duo
A book with a one-word title ...Relativity by Antonia Hayes
A Non Fiction Book ...Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
A book by an author who is new to me ...The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
A book a friend recommended ...The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
A book that made me laugh out loud ..
An Audio Book ..Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
A book originally written in a different language
A book set during Christmas time
A book set in an ancient civilization
A book set between 1600AD and 1900AD...The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown (1645)
A book set during the Depression
A book set in Africa
A book set in the Americas (North, Central or South) ..The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia
A book set in Europe
A book set in Asia
A book considered to be a classic..Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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