So a friend put me on to a cool little booky group: Literary Exploration. It started as a group on Goodreads and is now a rapidly-growing book blog/review hub/source of entertainment.

Anyway, it all started as a challenge to read more books from varying genres. In that vein, a new yearly challenge has sprung up.

Choose easy (12 books), hard (24), or insane (36), select a book from each genre in the list, and read it before the year is out. Seems simple enough, right? I feel pretty confident, so I chose the Insane challenge. Thirty-six books in a year is a good milestone!

Below is the list. Links go to my review of that book.

1. Adventure: Cheryl Strayed. Wild.

2. Autobiography/biography: David Sedaris. Me Talk Pretty One Day.

3. Chick lit: Kathy Lette. How To Kill Your Husband.

4. Children’s: Katherine Paterson. Bridge to Terabithia.

5. Classics: Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Crime and Punishment.

6. Cyberpunk: Neal Stephenson. Cryptonomicon.

7. Drama: Arthur miller. Death of a Salesman.

8. Dystopian: Stephen King. The Running Man.

9. Educational: Nicole Moore. The Censor’s Library.

10. Erotica: Krissy Kneen. Triptych.

11. Espionage: John le Carré. Call for the Dead.

12. Fantasy: Brandon Sanderson. The Way of Kings.

13. Graphic novel: Jan Strnad & Richard Corben. Ragemoor.

14. Gothic: Charlotte Brontë. Jane Eyre.

15. Hard-boiled: Dashiell Hammett. The Maltese Falcon.

16. Historical fiction: Hilary Mantel. Wolf Hall.

17. Horror: John Ajvide Lindqvist. Harbour.

18. Humour: DBC Pierre. Vernon God Little.

19. Literary fiction: Richard Ford. Canada.

20. Magic realism: Erin Morgenstern. The Night Circus.

21. Mystery: Dennis Lehane. A Drink Before the War.

22. Noir: James M Cain. Double Indemnity.

23. Non-fiction: Stephen D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner. Freakonomics.

24. Paranormal: TO BE DECIDED

25. Philosophical: James Gleick. The Information.

26. Poetry: Stacie Cassarino. Zero at the Bone.

27. Post-apocalyptic: Hugh Howey. Wool #1-5.

28. Romance: TO BE DECIDED

29. Science fiction: TO BE DECIDED

30. Steampunk: Richard Ford. Kultus.

31. Supernatural: Glen Duncan. Talulla Rising.

32. Thriller: Gillian Flynn. Dark Places.

33. True crime: Chloe Hooper. The Tall Man.

34. Urban fantasy: Jim Butcher. Storm Front.

35. Victorian: Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.

36. Young adult: Paolo Bacigalupi. Ship Breaker.


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