The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015
The 12 categories were:
1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth) – The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth
2. A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia) – The Room by Jonas Karlsson, Sweden
3. PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator) – Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic
4. A novel published before you were born – Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
5. Contemporary romance – The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business) – The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
7. Microhistory (Non Fiction) – Longitude by Dava Sobel
8. Science Fiction set in space – The Void by Timothy S Johnston
9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction) – The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
10. Featuring diversity – Wave by Hoa Pham
11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries) – Martin Harbottle’s Appreciation of Time by Dominic Utton
12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure – Northern Lights (His Dark Materials Trilogy) by Philip Pullman
A great challenge which really took me out of my comfort zone – who knew I would enjoy a novel about baseball!
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2015 Audiobook Challenge
I committed to the Stenographer level (can listen while multi-tasking, 10 – 15 audiobooks)
1. Cairo by Chris Womersley, narrated by Damien Warren-Smith
2. Present Darkness by Malla Nunn, narrated by Rupert Degas
3. The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, narrated by Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, Steven France
4. In The Morning I’ll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty, narrated by Gerard Doyle
5. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, narrated by Robert Hardy
6. Resistance is Futile by Jenny T Colgan, narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis
7. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, narrated by Simon Vance & Vanessa Benjamin
8. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, narrated by Ian Holm
9. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch, narrated by Samuel West
10. Northern Lights (His Dark Materials Trilogy) by Philip Pullman, narrated by Philip Pullman and ensemble cast – highly recommend!
5 of these titles actually made it into my Best Books of 2015 list – something extra special happens when you combine a talented author with a wonderful narrator.