I don't tend to do too many reading challenges and in fact I was actively trying to avoid signing up to any for 2013. I'm no good at trying to read 'on demand' and I feel like they can put too much pressure on the reader and take some of the fun away. But when I saw this challenge over at the Literary Exploration group on Goodreads (, I couldn't resist signing up. It seems like the perfect way to broaden my reading horizons as well as allowing me to get through plenty of the books already sitting waiting on my TBR pile.
"Interesting in becoming a Literary Explorer? In 2013 Literary
Exploration is challenging you to try out new genres; with a 12 book, 24
book and 36 book challenge. We give you a list of genres and anyone
participating in the challenge has to complete one book from each genre
over the course of the year."
There are three levels of participation - you could go for Easy, Hard, or go the whole hog like me and go for the Insane Challenge, which involved reading a book from each of the following genres over the next 12 months:
Adventure - The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Chick-Lit - Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes
Classics - Breakfast At Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Fantasy - Alif The Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Gothic - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Hard-Boiled - The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Horror - The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
Mystery - Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
Noir - Strangers On A Train by Patricia Highsmith
Post-Apocalyptic - Wool by Hugh Howey
Romance - Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard
True Crime - Forty Years Of Murder by Prof. Keith Simpson
Urban Fantasy - Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Victorian - Gillespie & I by Jane Harris
Young Adult - The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Some of these will be easy for me and I can already think of several books on my shelf that will fit the bill. There are some genres that I'm feeling more apprehensive about, though. Fantasy, for example, is a genre that I usually avoid like the plague. I wouldn't have a clue where to start with poetry as it isn't really something I've ever tried to read before (unless John Cooper Clarke counts!). And I'm a little confused as to what counts as Educational rather than Non-Fiction. So I'll have a little think and prepare myself to launch into this challenge in the New Year. You can probably expect to see some requests for recommendations in some of these categories in the near future!
What are your thoughts on reading challenges/readalongs? Some bloggers seem to participate in so many, I don't know how you'd be able to keep up the pace. I enjoyed hearing other thoughts on this topic over at The Readers podcast.