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Out of Your Comfort Zone 2020 Wrapup & 2021 Signup πŸ’—

OutOfComfortZone Reading Challenge 2021

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ’—Β  As we’re nearing the end of the year, my first ever reading challenge – the Out of Comfort Zone Challenge – is drawing to a close. Hosting a challenge on my own for the first time brough its challenges, but I loved it so much and had a lot of fun getting out of my comfort zone with my reading. It has brought me some amazing new favorite books that I wouldn’t have picked up so soon, some of them books I might never haveΒ  even read so I’m satisfied with how my reading has gone this year πŸ₯° Today, I want to reflect on the #outofcomfortzone 2020 a bit, sharing what books I read, what lovely people participated and some fun stats! I’ll keep it short as I’ll also share a reminder of what my challenge is about and the 2021 signup! A lot of things are staying the same, but there’s a new bingo board, fun templates and there will also be some themed recommendation posts coming next year πŸ’— I’m super excited and would love for you to join my challenge next year, if it sounds interesting to you! πŸ’•



Personal Wrapup πŸ’—Β 

Books Read πŸ“š 53 Books

Favorite Books πŸ’•

  1. Jackaby (YA Mystery & Historical Fantasy)
  2. Vengeful (New Adult Sci-Fi)
  3. The Gilded Wolves (YA Historical Fantasy)
  4. All Systems Red (Adult Sci-Fi)
  5. Skyward (YA Sci-Fi)

Genres read from πŸ“ Mystery, Horror, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Nonfiction, Romancce

Badges Achieved πŸ“” 4

L4_ AdventurerΒ L_ Favorite

L_ Tome L_ Genre Fan


OOCZ_ Adult (Update)

  1. βœ… Red, White & Royal Blue (Casey McQuiston) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. βœ… Vengeful (V.E. Schwab) β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ‡
  3. βœ… All Systems Red (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸŽ‡
  4. βœ… Artificial ConditionΒ (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸŽ‡
  5. βœ… Rogue Protocol (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸŽ‡
  6. βœ… Exit StrategyΒ (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸŽ‡
  7. βœ… Saga Vol 1. (Vaughan, Staples) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  8. βœ… Saga Vol 2. (Vaughan, Staples) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  9. βœ… Saga Vol 3. (Vaughan, Staples) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  10. βœ… Bingo Love (Franklin, St-Onge, San) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  11. βœ… The Will and the Wilds (Charlie N. Holmberg) ⭐⭐⭐.5
  12. βœ… Booked for Christmas (Lily Menon) ⭐⭐⭐
  13. βœ… Wrapped Up in You (Talia Hibbert) ⭐⭐⭐


OOCZ_ Sci-Fi (Update)

  1. βœ… Skyward (Brandon Sanderson) β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ‡
  2. βœ… These Broken Stars (Kaufman, Spooner) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
  3. βœ… Alex + Ada Vol 1-3 (Luna & Vaughn) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. βœ… The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Becky Chambers) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. βœ… Not Your Sidekick (C.B. Lee) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  6. βœ… Not Your VillainΒ (C.B. Lee) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  7. βœ… Not Your Backup (C.B. Lee) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  8. βœ… This Mortal Coil (Emily Suvada) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  9. βœ… This Cruel Design (Emily Suvada) ⭐⭐⭐
  10. βœ… The Sound of Stars (Alechia Dow) ⭐⭐.5



  1. βœ… The Gilded Wolves (Roshani Chokshi) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸŽ‡
  2. βœ… Silvered SerpentsΒ (Roshani Chokshi) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸŽ‡
  3. βœ… Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. βœ… White Rose (Kip Wilson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. βœ… My Calamity Jane (Hand, Ashton, Meadows) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  6. βœ… The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky (Mackenzie Lee) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  7. βœ… Deadly Curious (Cindy Anstey) ⭐⭐⭐.5


OOCZ_ Nonfiction

  1. βœ… Becoming (Michelle Obama) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. βœ… Reasons to Stay Alive (Matt Haig) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. βœ… Over the Top (Jonathan Van Ness) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. βœ… In Order to Live (Yeonmi Park) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. βœ… I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  6. βœ… Queer Heroes (Arabelle Sicardi, Sarah Tanat-Jones) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  7. βœ… Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  8. βœ… Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 (Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  9. βœ… We’re All Greta (Valentina Giannella, Manuela Marazzi) ⭐⭐⭐
  10. βœ… Bygone Badass BroadsΒ (Mackenzie Lee) ⭐⭐.5


OOCZ_ Mystery (Update)

  1. βœ… Jackaby (William Ritter) β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ‡
  2. βœ… The Map (William Ritter) β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ‡
  3. βœ… Beastly BonesΒ (William Ritter) β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ‡
  4. βœ… Ghostly Echoes (William Ritter) β­β­β­β­β­πŸŽ‡
  5. βœ… Rules for Vanishing (Kate Alice Marshall) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  6. βœ… A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (Holly Jackson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  7. βœ… Small Spaces (Katherine Arden) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  8. βœ… If We Were Villains (M.L. Rio) ⭐⭐⭐.5
  9. βœ… We Were Liars (E. Lockhart) ⭐⭐⭐
  10. βœ… Wilder Girls (Rory Power) ⭐⭐⭐
  11. βœ… A Study in Scarlet (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) ⭐⭐⭐


Participants πŸ’—

Thank you so much to all the lovely people who participated in the challenge (apart from me), it was great to see others also excited to read a bit outside of their comfort zone and I hope you had a good time πŸ’• I’d love to welcome some of you back for the challenge in 2021, if you’d like! It means so much to me that you were along for the ride this year πŸ₯°

Statistics πŸ’—

Books Read πŸ“š 101 books

Genres/Formats πŸ“”

  1. NonfictionΒ πŸ†
  2. Sci-FiΒ  πŸ†
  3. Historical FictionΒ  πŸ†
  4. Graphic Novels
  5. Romance
  6. Mystery
  7. Horror
  8. Contemporary
  9. Fantasy
  10. ClassicsΒ 

Age Range 🌷



OOCZ (1)

Reminder: What is the Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge? πŸ’—

The aim of this challenge is to read books that you consider to be outside of your comfort zone. Often I feel myself gravitating to the same kinds of books especially when it comes to age range and genres. Therefore, you can join this challenge if you wish to read more broadly (and adventurously) and dive into genres you don’t reach for as often. The Challenge itself is tailored to your goals, so it’s going to be relaxed and individual as everyone has a different definition of their comfort zone. You can set yourself a number of books to read in a particular genre (or subgenre, age range, etc.) or make a TBR with books you hope to get to!

Out of my comfort zone 2021

The Guidelines πŸ’—

  • The Challenge runs from January 1st, 2021 to December 31st, 2021
  • If you want to join, you can do so all year until the challenge ends β™₯
  • The goal of the reading challenge is to read genres/age ranges outside of your comfort zone (be as broad or specific as you’d like to be with that)
  • You can pick out as many genres/age ranges that you want to read more of and pick out how many books you’d like to read in that genre and/or make a TBR of books you’d like to try out.
  • For the books to count you have to begin and start them in 2021, as the challenge is geared towards this year – meaning that books started in 2020 don’t count.
  • Of course, any format of book works for this Readathon, as long as you can mark it as read on Goodreads!
  • This is all very relaxed, so do whatever works best for you, be it how many categories, books and TBR’s as you want!

How you can join πŸ’—

  • Fill out the form at the end of the post if you’re interested in joining!Β 
  • You can join by setting up a post on your platform, be it Blog, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, etc. with your reading goals/TBR for the Readathon
  • Please link back to this announcement post. You can also tag me on Twitter, Goodreads and on WordPress because I’ love to hear all about your progress and reading plans
  • You can also use the Reading Challenge Banner and the Icon in your signup/TBR post if you want to (and award yourself the badges once you reach the goals!
  • Share your TBR’s/Posts/Progress throughout the year with the hashtag #outofcomfortzonechallenge!Β 
  • You can keep track of your progress via social media, a post or blog page, whatever works best for you!
  • There’s also a Google Form to add your read booksΒ because I thought it would be cool to see what books we all read throughout the year!


Levels, Badges & Bingo Board πŸ’—


L1_ Dreamer L2_ Traveler L3_ Explorer L4_ Adventurer

  • DREAMER: Read 5 books outside of your comfort zone
  • TRAVELER: Read 10 books outside of your comfort zone
  • EXPLORER: Read 20 books outside of your comfort zone
  • ADVENTURER: Read 40+ books outside of your comfort zone

Fun Badges

L_ Favorite L_ Tome L_ Series Champ L_ Genre Fan

  • THE FAVORITE: Find a new favorite book
  • TOME: Read a book over 500 pages
  • SERIES CHAMP: Read an entire SeriesΒ 
  • GENRE FAN: Read books from 5 different genres

Bingo Board (New!!)

Starting this year I’m also offering an optional bingo board you can fill out, if you’d like to have a few extra challenges to your reading! As I said, you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to, but I thought it would be a lot of fun, especially as I personally love bingo boards πŸ’—

Bingo Board


Templates πŸ’—

This year, I’m offering some templates for setting up your TBR and/or posting updates on your platform/social media, as I thought it would be nice if you can’t or don’t want to make your own graphics πŸ’• In this Google Drive folder you can download all graphic resources (templates, bingo board and badges)!Β  For making my graphics I use Canva, which I highly recommend! I use the fonts Selima and Open Sans Condense, as well as this cat vector for my images πŸ₯°


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Update Banner, Examples of an Update Page (with and without rating), Example of a TBR Header (with and without placeholders for the book covers)


You want to join the Reading Challenge? Then use Form below to sign up! πŸ’—

ChallengeIcon 2021

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Are you going to join me in reading books outside of your comfort zone? What are your favorite books outside of your comfort zone that you’re glad you’ve discovered? πŸ’—


34 thoughts on “Out of Your Comfort Zone 2020 Wrapup & 2021 Signup πŸ’—

  1. Congratulations!! It’s so amazing that you managed too create your own challenge and read out of your comfort zone. This premise sounds so exciting and necessary because I have been wanting too push myself to read more non-fiction books. I would love to take part in this challenge!! Lovely post and excited too see what you bring in 2021!

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  2. Ahh it was so much fun participating in the challenge this year!! Although I have to say sorry because I know at some point I just completely forgot I was supposed to add my read books to the google form.
    This is such a great challenge idea and I will definitely be participating again in 2021!! πŸ˜€ I love the idea of the bingo board + the templates you’ve made! You’re a true champion, Caro!

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    1. I’m so happy to hear that, Sabrina!! I feel you though, I sometimes forgot to update the form as well because life happened πŸ˜„ I’m so excited for you to join again!! And thank you so much! Very happy that you like the new templates and bingo board πŸ₯° Awww thank you! You’re the real star for joining and your support ❀

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  3. I’ve really loved this challenge and like you said I really enjoyed how it encourages you to read out of your comfort zone because you can find so many great books you might not have picked up otherwise. It has been great participating and I can’t wait to do my wrap up post πŸ₯° I’m sorry I kept forgetting to add books to the Google form once I’d read them especially towards the end of the year πŸ™ˆ but you did so well with your reading 😍 and I’m so glad you found some new favourites. I really have to read The Gilded Wolves soon, it has been on my TBR for so long!! It was great to see how you did and thank you for hosting it !! πŸ’›

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie! I really look forward to reading your wrapup post! πŸ₯° It’s okay, I sometimes did forget it as well & added the books in waves πŸ˜„ Thank you, I have found a lot of great new books this year, that I never would have considered before! The Gilded Wolves is a great book, I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for participating! ❀

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