2013 Literary Exploration Challenge


The Literary Exploration Challenge pushes readers to explore new genres and read outside their usual tastes. This challenge primarily takes place on Goodreads, where you can create a unique shelf and link it to the challenge page to track your progress. The Literary Exploration group also has an optional book club, forums, and the rest of the normal Goodreads group perks. If you want to participate via your blog, sign up in the comments section of the Literary Exploration blog post announcing the challenge.

There are three levels to the challenge: easy, hard, and insane. You read 12, 24, or 36 books in the respective levels, and as the levels increase, the genres get narrower/more unusual. I’m going to choose the insane level and try to read 36 different genres this year. I tend to read a large variety already, and I wanted to try some of those listed in the insane level anyway. If you have suggestions, I could use them, particularly in the biographical, educational, poetry, and philosophical genres.

Sign up here! Or track your challenge on the Goodreads Literary Exploration challenge page!

My list so far:

  1. Adventure – The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
  2. Auto-Biography/Biography – Without You by Anthony Rapp
  3. Chick-Lit – A Royal Match by Tyne O’Connell
  4. Childrens Book – Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
  5. Classics – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  6. Cyberpunk – Coda by Emma Trevayne
  7. Drama – August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
  8. Dystopian – Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  9. Educational – Quiet by Susan Cain
  10. Erotica – Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  11. Espionage – The Athena Project by Brad Thor
  12. Fantasy – Railsea by China Miéville
  13. Graphic Novels – Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower
  14. Gothic – Immortal by Gillian Shields
  15. Hard-Boiled – Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  16. Historical Fiction – Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  17. Horror – The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  18. Humour - My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster
  19. Literary Fiction – The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
  20. Magical Realism – Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
  21. Mystery – Deadly Politics by Maggie Sefton
  22. Noir – White Cat by Holly Black
  23. Non Fiction – Slaughterhouse by Gail A. Eisnitz
  24. Paranormal – Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
  25. Philosophical – Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  26. Poetry – Complete Poems of D. H. Lawrence by D. H. Lawrence
  27. Post-Apocalyptic – The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
  28. Romance – In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks
  29. Science Fiction – Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  30. Steampunk – The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
  31. Supernatural – Intrinsical by Lani Woodland
  32. Thriller – Bloodlines by James Rollins
  33. True Crime – Actual Innocence by Barry Scheck
  34. Urban Fantasy – River Marked by Patricia Briggs
  35. Victorian – Changeless by Gail Carriger
  36. Young Adult – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Check my progress all year on the sidebar or on my 2013 Challenge Index.

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