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My 2021 Out of Your Comfort Zone Challenge TBR πŸ’—

OutOfComfortZone TBR

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ’— 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!Β Like last year I picked out 4Β 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! πŸ’•

Thank you to everyone who already signed up πŸ’—

➽ There’s still time to sign up all year, if you want to πŸ₯° If I missed your post somehow, feel free to link it down below, I love seeing what is on everyone’s TBR πŸ’•


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

TheΒ aim of this challenge is toΒ read books that you consider to be outside of your comfort zone. The Challenge itself isΒ 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!

Get all the information in my announcement post πŸ’—

I’d love for you to join me and chat about our progress throughout the year πŸ₯°

Out of my comfort zone 2021


My #outofcomfortzonechallenge TBR πŸ’—


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 πŸ₯° I also need to finally read Undying, as I read the first book such a long time ago, yet never picked up the sequel πŸ˜… 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!

  1. Starsight (Brandon Sanderson) πŸ’— Sequel to Skyward
  2. Undying (Kaufman & Spooner) πŸ’— Sequel to Unearthed
  3. Skyhunter (Marie Lu) πŸ’—



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 πŸ’• 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 πŸ₯°

  1. The Guinevere Deception (Kiersten White) πŸ’—
  2. The Enigma Game (Kaufman & Spooner) πŸ’— Companion to Code Name Verity
  3. The Dire King (William Ritter) πŸ’— 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 soonΒ  ❄ 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! 🎧

  1. Dead Voices (Katherine Arden) πŸ’— Sequel to Small Spaces
  2. Our Last Echoes (Kate Alice Marshall) πŸ’—
  3. I Hope You’re Listening (Tom Ryan) πŸ’—



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.

  1. So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo) πŸ’—
  2. All Boys Aren’t Blue (George M. Johnson) πŸ’—
  3. Body Talk (Anthology) πŸ’—



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) πŸ’• 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! πŸ₯° 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!

  1. Network Effect (Martha Wells) πŸ’— Book 5 in the Murderbot Diaries
  2. Get a Life, Chloe Brown (Talia Hibbert) πŸ’—
  3. The Midnight Library (Matt Haig) πŸ’—

Divider2 (2)Are you planning on participating in the #outofcomfortzonechallenge? What are some books out of your comfort zone you’d like to read?Β  πŸ’—


34 thoughts on “My 2021 Out of Your Comfort Zone Challenge TBR πŸ’—

  1. It looks like you have some great books on your TBR. I would definitely like to prioritise some sci-fi this year as I hardly reach for it but I have had a lot of good experiences with it. I hope the sequels live up to your expectations.
    I’m also eager for some non fiction and I’ve heard such great things about not all boys are blue so I hope you love it.
    I love checking out adult books but they can be more intimidating and time consuming. I am hoping to read The Midnight Library this year too. I think it sounds interesting.
    I can’t wait to participate in this challenge so thank you again for setting it up.
    Best of luck with your reading πŸ’•

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    1. I loved reading more sci-fi last year, so I hope you get around to reading more books from this genre πŸ₯° I’m always nervous about liking sequels, but I hope I enjoy all of them πŸ™ I never used to read any nonfiction but I enjoyed giving it a chance, so now I’m excited to read more from the genre! I’m also so excited about All Boys Aren’t Blue, I heard such good things!

      I’m still on hold for The Midnight Library at my library, but I’m eagerly waiting for the book to become available to me! I’ve loved all of Matt Haig’s books so far ❀ Thank you for taking part in the challenge & Good luck with your TBR!! πŸ’—

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  2. The best of luck with your tbr! Body Talk looks really interesting, I looked into it and the variety in types of writings seems really interesting and the subject matter sounds like it would be really impactful. I’ll have to add it to my tbr too.

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  3. Get A Life Chloe Brown is definitely out of my comfort zone too but I do want to give it a go. I’ve never really read any New Adult/Adult books but I do want to try some more. I tend to stick to contemporary/fantasy YA so it could be fun to try some different genres.

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    1. I also tend to avoid New Adult/Adult books, as I still consider them to be very outside of my comfort zone πŸ˜… I have Get A Life, Chloe Brown on my Kindle, so I hope to use it to get a bit more into adult book, especially as I’ve heard such good things 😊

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  4. Ugh, I love the idea for this challenge so much, Caro! You’ve got something awesome going on here, that’s for sure! I really hope you get a chance to get to the books on your TBR! I’m quite curious to hear what you think of the Kiersten White book (I cannot for the life of me spell the title, I’m sorry. xD) as I have it saved on my audible app too! I adored her previous series about Lada so much that I’m definitely curious about this new-ish one too but her Buffy book kind of turned me away from her. I hate when that happens with authors I thought I adored.

    As for sci-fi, I don’t remember if you’ve read Becky Chambers before? Her A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet was really good and an unexpected kind of favorite the year I read it! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Swetlana! πŸ₯° I have been wanting to finally read something by Kiersten White, so I’m curious if I like her books (Let’s hope that I enjoy them πŸ˜„) Oh no, it’s always sad if a book by a beloved authors doesn’t hold up πŸ˜”

      I read A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet at the end of 2020 and really liked it!! I cannot wait to continue with the series this year ❀


  5. I also want to read All Boys Aren’t Blue this year! (And more nonfiction in general.) So You Want to Talk About Race is such an educational book, I would 100% recommend it.
    I feel like I should read more historical fiction this year, as I usually like that genre but I rarely pick it up!

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    1. I used to never read any nonfiction, so I want to make an effort to read more every year! I also love the opportunity to learn more about the world and important issues πŸ˜„
      Same here! I always want to read more of it, but it never seems to happen 😱

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  6. That’s awesome that you’re hosting this challenge again Caro! I’m also hoping to read more adult and historical fiction this year. Also I’ve heard great things about Martha Wells though I haven’t read any of her book yet. Hoping to give a The Murderbot Diaries a try!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie! I hope to challenge myself and finally get to more adult/historical fiction books this year πŸ™ I highly recommend the Murderbot Diaries, it’s such a delightful series! πŸ₯° I haven’t tried any of Martha Wells’ other books though πŸ˜„

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  7. i am excited to be participating in the challenge this year (my sign-up post is already scheduled, hehe) and non-fiction is definitely a genre i want to read more of. last year, i think i only read 2 non-fiction books, so i hope the challenge will motivate me to read more in 2021. i also tend to prefer memoirs, so it would be interesting to pick up some other kinds of non-fiction, though i do find memoirs the most intriguing for some reason!

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    1. So happy to hear that you’re participating, Lais! I’m really looking forward to reading your signup post πŸ₯° I was surprised by how much more nonfiction I read last year, once I challenged myself to do so. I also tend to prefer Memoirs 😊 I want to read some other types of nonfiction this year though πŸ™

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  8. Ah this is such a fantastic reading challenge, best of luck for your TBR, Caro! I’ve heard lovely things about The Midnight Library, i look forward to hearing your thoughts!! ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! ❀ I’ve already read The Midnight Library now and I really liked it! The premise of the parallel lives with different choices was interesting and the ending was so satisfying and just like I wanted it to be πŸ₯°


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