There are several options (visit the challenge post to see what they are), but I'm choosing to read all 12 genres.
This challenge will run from November 1 2008 – November 1 2009
The goal: To read one book in the following genres: crime fiction, detective fiction, mystery fiction, horror fiction, thriller fiction, romance fiction, science fiction, action/adventure fiction, fantasy fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, and western fiction. Specific definitions of these genres can be found in this post.
Completed: ALL 12/12 as of 15 October 2009 (visit my wrap-up post)
Crime: Out by Natsuo Kirino
Detective: Pawing through the past by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
Mystery: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Horror: Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Thriller: Code to Zero by Ken Follett
Romance: Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
Science Fiction: The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
Action/Adventure: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Fantasy: Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip
Realistic Fiction: P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
Historical Fiction: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Western: Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
This Challenge looks really interesting, but I'm holding out for a few others that I think are coming around the bend. I can't wait to see what you choose though!
Definitely a good challenge to get you to read genres you might not usually reach for.
Regarding crime fiction ... I'm not sure how you feel about Australia authors, but I can recommend Peter Temple as a great crime writer. Bad Debts is one of his earlier and best works. I'm not a huge crime fan, but I love his stuff, which is very character driven.
Otherwise, if you're looking for something more popular, you can always try Patricia Cornwell's very early Scarpetta novels (if you haven't already).
Hope that helps!
lezlie - you're so strong! :-)
paula - thanks for the recommendations, I'll look into them. I just have trouble identifying crime fiction, as opposed to some of the other genres, I think. Peter Temple sounds interesting!
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