The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge Returns for 2014

Posted December 12, 2013 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in Literature / 9 Comments

The Literary Exploration reading challenge is back, by popular demand. As most people know, Literary Exploration tries to explore all different genres in the hope to become a well-rounded reader and even discover something new. So we are challenging everyone to dedicate either 12, 24 or 36 books that you would normally read during the year to different genres. We have compiled a list which hopefully will give you a chance to explore literature a little deeper.

It’s real simple; below you will see an easy (12 books), hard (24 books) or insane (36 books) challenge. Each genre links to the Goodreads genre page if you need some suggestions on what to read. We want you to have some fun and explore; hopefully you might find a new genre that peaks your interest. To sign up either join the Literary Exploration book club on Goodreads and talk about your progress with others involved or for the bloggers out there, if you want to add it as part of your blogging experience simply let us know with a link (to your Literary Exploration Challenge page) in the comments below so our readers can see how you are going.

This year we have adjusted the insane challenge slightly to make it a little more rounded. The popularity of the reading challenge with overwhelming and we are pleased to see how many people wanted to do it again next year. We have even offered some bonus for those who want to take it to the next level. The idea of this challenge is to have a well-balanced list of genres and not focusing on one genre more than any others.

Good luck all who decide to join in. I personally am going to go for the 36 book, insane challenge and I’m really looking forward to it. While there are some genres I’m not looking forward to reading, it’s all part of being a literary explorer. What could be wrong with that?

Easy Challenge

  1. Classics
  2. Fantasy
  3. Graphic Novels
  4. Historical Fiction
  5. Horror
  6. Literary Fiction
  7. Mystery
  8. Non Fiction
  9. Romance
  10. Science Fiction
  11. Thriller
  12. Young Adult

Hard Challenge

  1. Adventure
  2. Auto-Biography/Biography
  3. Chick-Lit
  4. Classics
  5. Drama
  6. Fantasy
  7. Graphic Novels
  8. Historical Fiction
  9. Horror
  10. Humour
  11. Literary Fiction
  12. Magical Realism
  13. Mystery
  14. Non Fiction
  15. Paranormal
  16. Philosophical
  17. Poetry
  18. Pulp – (Hard-Boiled or Noir)
  19. Romance
  20. Science Fiction
  21. Steampunk
  22. Thriller
  23. Victorian
  24. Young Adult

Insane Challenge

  1. Action/Adventure
  2. Auto-Biography/Biography
  3. Chick-Lit
  4. Childrens Book
  5. Classics
  6. Contemporary
  7. Cyberpunk/Steampunk
  8. Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
  9. Epic
  10. Erotica
  11. Espionage
  12. Fantasy
  13. Graphic Novels
  14. Gothic
  15. Historical Fiction
  16. Horror
  17. Humour
  18. Literary Fiction
  19. Magical Realism
  20. Mystery
  21. Non Fiction
  22. Paranormal/Supernatural
  23. Philosophical
  24. Poetry
  25. Pulp – (Hard-Boiled or Noir)
  26. Romance
  27. Science Fiction
  28. Self Help/Educational
  29. Short Stories
  30. Thriller
  31. Travel
  32. True Crime
  33. Urban Fantasy
  34. Victorian
  35. Western
  36. Young Adult

Bonus points points (can be exchanged for bragging rights) for Translated Fiction and books over 800 pages.

9 responses to “The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge Returns for 2014

  1. frellathon

    I plan on doing the easy one as I’ve mentioned. I don’t know how likely I am to get to every genre non fiction in particular not being a fave of mine but I’ll try for sure

  2. Marie

    I really loved doing the challenge yet. I haven’t sorted out my wrap up post yet, but I definitely didn’t make it through the whole Insane list, partly because I had a bit of a reading slump for the past couple of months. I wasn’t planning on doing any challenges for 2014 but seeing the changes has really tempted me – as well as the bonus points!

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