Hello fellow bookworms 💗 I’ve already talked about what 2021 Reading Challenges I’m joining, but my very own reading challenge returns this year, so here I am posting my #outofcomfortzonechallenge TBR! Like last year I picked out 4 genres and one age range out of my comfort zone to read this year and I have dedicated 3 books per category to put on my TBR! This is less than last year, as I noticed that I didn’t read much of my set TBR as I mood read a lot more compared to previous years, and having too many books picked out beforehand became a source of stress. Therefore, I’m picking my Top 3 Priority Reads per category (still 15 books in total). These are books that I’m super excited for right now, though I might adjust my little TBR when my mood changes 😊 I’m starting with a short reminder of what my challenge is all about and then it’s straight to my TBR! 💕
➽ There’s still time to sign up all year, if you want to 🥰 If I missed your post somehow, feel free to link it down below, I love seeing what is on everyone’s TBR 💕
- Becca @ ipreferthebook
- Nikki @ nikkiswiftreads
- Sabrina @ wordyandwhimsical
- Sophie @ meandink
- Tara @ thephantomreads
The aim of this challenge is to read books that you consider to be outside of your comfort zone. The Challenge itself is tailored to your goals, so it’s going to be really 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! There are also fun levels and badges to collect if you’re interested in that!
I’d love for you to join me and chat about our progress throughout the year 🥰
I read a lot more sci-fi books last year and rediscovered my love for the genre. Right now I’d love to escape into space, so I definitely want to keep reading books in this genre, especially as they have been so much fun! ⭐ I have two sequels to beloved books that I definitely want to read in 2021. I adored Skyward, so Starsight is on the top of my priority list and I can see myself reading this very soon 🥰 I also need to finally read Undying, as I read the first book such a long time ago, yet never picked up the sequel 😅 Last but not least, I have been wanting to get my hands on Skyhunter, as I love Marie Lu and need to catch up with her new releases!
- Starsight (Brandon Sanderson) 💗 Sequel to Skyward
- Undying (Kaufman & Spooner) 💗 Sequel to Unearthed
- Skyhunter (Marie Lu) 💗
Sadly, I still haven’t been reading historical fiction as regularly last year, so I hope to try to read some books again this year! For me, reading historical fiction book with a fantasy element seems to have worked well, so I’m definitely making use of that. As I didn’t get to it in 2020, I will be reading The Dire King, the big finale of the Jackaby series, one of my favorite new series of all time 💕 Apart from that I have been getting more into reading books inspired by the Arthurian legend, so I picked up The Guinevere Deception on ebook as it sounds just like what I’m in the mood for currently! I also want to read The Enigma Game, as I adore the series and I was so excited that we got a new companion book in 2020 🥰
- The Guinevere Deception (Kiersten White) 💗
- The Enigma Game (Kaufman & Spooner) 💗 Companion to Code Name Verity
- The Dire King (William Ritter) 💗 Finale of the Jackaby Series
Predictably, Mystery and Thriller were my least read genres for the challenge last year, as it’s still very much out of my comfort zone. However, I want to try to at least read some books in the genres: thriller, mystery or light horror. My top priority book is Dead Voices, a Middle Grade Horror/Mystery book and sequel to one of my surprise favorites of last year. I love how each book is themed around a different season, for this book it’s winter, so I might read it soon ❄ Another author I discovered last year is Kate Alice Marshall (author of Rules for Vanishing) and I’m very excited for her 2021 release Our Last Echoes, it sounds amazing!! A 2020 release I need to get to is I Hope You’re Listening, as it’s a mystery involving a podcast element! 🎧
- Dead Voices (Katherine Arden) 💗 Sequel to Small Spaces
- Our Last Echoes (Kate Alice Marshall) 💗
- I Hope You’re Listening (Tom Ryan) 💗
I read a bunch of nonfiction at the beginning of last year, but then it fizzled out towards the end of the year. I’m still happy that I read so many nonfiction books in 2020, as it used to be one genre I never considered for myself. In 2021 I don’t plan on reading as much nonfiction, but I still have some books I’d love to get to. I definitely want to educate myself better on racism, so I’m starting out with So You Want to Talk About Race, which I heard is the most accessible. However, I have more advanced books on my TBR as well. A book that also interests me and that I’ve heard good things about is All Boys Aren’t Blue, a collection of personal essays. Finally, I also plan on reading Body Talk, an anthology with an incredible 37 authors who talk about what living in their bodies is like.
- So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo) 💗
- All Boys Aren’t Blue (George M. Johnson) 💗
- Body Talk (Anthology) 💗
I actually read some adult books last year, though it’s still not an age-range that I reach for often (it’s really intimidating, even with some great recommendations of the bookish community). I 100% want to read Network Effect as I fell in love with the Murderbot Diaries last year and this is the first full-length novel, as the previous books were all novellas. That makes me even more excited as we get more Murderbot content (and there’s another novella out in 2021) 💕 I also fell in love with Matt Haig’s books in the past year and his new 2020 release sounded so good as The Midnight Library deals with multiple realities, which interests me. His books have convinced me in 2020, so I can’t wait to read this one! 🥰 Finally, I got the e-book of Get a Life, Chloe Brown, as everyone seems to have loved this romance book! Sadly, I didn’t like the author’s 2020 Christmas novella, but I hope her other books are good!
- Network Effect (Martha Wells) 💗 Book 5 in the Murderbot Diaries
- Get a Life, Chloe Brown (Talia Hibbert) 💗
- The Midnight Library (Matt Haig) 💗
Are you planning on participating in the #outofcomfortzonechallenge? What are some books out of your comfort zone you’d like to read? 💗