Quick! I need book recommendations …

… for the following genres. So I can get with it and complete the Eclectic Reader challenge already.

  • Historical mystery
  • Romantic suspense
  • Made into a movie
  • New Adult
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Dystopian
  • Memoir
  • LGBT
  • Action Adventure
  • Humor

I can probably count The Curse of the Wendigo under action adventure and Prophet of Bones under new adult, maybe. What exactly does “adult” entail, anyway? Boring grown-up stuff like jobs? PoB has cool work stuff …

Thoughts on books to read in these categories?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? #3

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy MLK Day! It’s Monday again, which means it’s time to share my latest endeavors. Even if you don’t participate regularly or don’t intend to, feel free to talk about what books you’re reading in the comments.

Penguin LostWhat I’ve been reading

I polished off The Jazz Cage by Ray Chen Smith (review here) and the Russian novel Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov. More on that this week! In short, it’s good and depressing at the same time — so one of “those” books.

I know there’s a sequel, so I’m going to have to read that because I flew through this one.

That makes two books so far for what’s looking like a very busy 2013. :)

What I’m reading now

Here I come, The Casual Vacancy! Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this one.

BoneshakerWhat I plan to read next

February is around the corner, which means I need to read a historical mystery for the Eclectic Reader Challenge. Not sure yet what I’m going to pick. Any suggestions?

I need to squeeze in The Fault in Our Stars next month, too. LONG OVERDUE. And I want to read Boneshaker since I came across that recently.

What are your reading plans? What books have you discovered lately? Any good recommendations — or words of caution? ;)

Join the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2013 with me!

2013 Eclectic Reader Challenge

Next year, I’m going to read 12 books from 12 very different categories.

The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2013 encourages readers to step out of their comfort zones. I did this a few months ago when I reviewed Secondhand Spirits, and I’d like to expand my reading range even further.

Last year, the challenge brought in 132 participants and 348 shared reviews. You have until December 31 to sign up, and anyone who completes the challenge could win a small prize. Learn more about how you can join in at the Book’d Out blog.

You can still participate even if you don’t have a blog. A Goodreads or LibraryThing account, for example, works just fine.

Every time you post a review, you can share it with other challenge participants. This is a great way to connect with other readers and bloggers and find great recommendations for other books.

Will you join me?

Below are the categories:

  1.     Translated fiction: Death and the Penguin
  2.     Historical mystery
  3.     Romantic suspense
  4.     Made into a movie
  5.     New Adult
  6.     Urban Fantasy
  7.     Dystopian
  8.     Memoir
  9.     LGBT
  10.     Action Adventure
  11.     Humor
  12.     Published in 2013: Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior