I quite enjoyed the 12 in 12 Reading Challenge and looked for something similar to do this year. I stumbled upon the Eclectic Reader Challenge and it looks right up my alley.
The goal is to mix things up a bit in your reading choices by forcing you to read at least one book in each of the following categories:
1. Translated fiction
2. Historical mystery
3. Romantic suspense
4. Made into a movie
5. New Adult
6. Urban Fantasy
10. Action Adventure
12. Published in 2013
Many of these categories represent some of my favorite genres (memoir, dystopian, and translated fiction, to name a few) but some will be more of a challenge. I'm not a regular reader of humour, but I think I'll keep David Sedaris in mind when this part rolls around. Plus, I tend to read old stuff, so reading something during the year it was published will be good for me. Although I might wait 'til the end of the year to do that part of the challenge!
I have a question though, what the heck is 'new adult'? Can somebody help me out here?!?
I'll be working on the Eclectic Book Challenge concurrent with my Goodreads 65-books-a-year challenge. In addition, I am giving myself a mini-challenge to try to read as much from my library as possible. It's like sewing from your stash, but here's it's reading books that I already own (and have for years, in some cases) but still haven't read.
As far as challenges go, I definitely do a better job of completing reading ones than crafting ones! I still haven't finished my Colette Palette Challenge. I'm not sure what this means, except that perhaps I have more practice reading on a deadline (I do have a degree in literature) than I do sewing on a deadline.
Plus, reading is more of a passive activity than sewing. And once I finish the book, it's done; no one (okay, hardly anyone) is going to criticize me because I've already forgotten some of the characters' names a few weeks after I finished the book. But the mistakes I make on a sewing project will likely be very visible for a very long time. So, I guess, in that way, reading requires less commitment. Although it requires a heavy time commitment, especially if you're reading a 900 + page tome as I am currently doing with the Gormenghast Trilogy! I should really count them as three separate novels, as they were originally, but the version I'm reading comes packaged all together...we'll see at the end of the year how close I come to 65 books. I might have to do some maneuvering!