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2021 Out of Comfort Zone Reading Challenge πŸ’— Mid-Year Checkin

OutOfComfortZone Update

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ’—Β  We’re already over the halfway point of this year, but I still wanted to update you on my Out of Comfort Zone Challenge – as I’m doing this Mid Year Checkin separately from the other Reading Challenges like last year! I started the Reading Challenge in 2020 and I have loved branching out more when it comes to my reading, it has been nice experience reading from more genres and sometimes even picking up a book in the Adult age range! Today, I wanted to reflect on what I have been reading so far that counts towards my challenge and how I have liked all the books that I read, including what books are still on my TBR! If you’re interested in the challenge, there is still time to join! I’ll leave the signup open until the end of the year, so you can join any time if you want to 😊

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ChallengeIconWhat is the Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge?Β 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 relaxedΒ 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!

Signup Form // Form for adding your read books // Templates

The GuidelinesΒ πŸ’—

  • The Challenge runs fromΒ January 1st, 2021 to December 31st, 2021
  • If you want to join,Β you can do so all yearΒ until the challenge ends β™₯
  • The goal of the reading challenge is toΒ read genres/age ranges outside of your comfort zoneΒ (be as broad or specific as you’d like to be with that)
  • This is all very relaxed, so doΒ whatever works best for you, be it how many categories, books, and TBR’s as you want!
  • This time there’s a bingo board and also some templates you can use if you want!!

How you can joinΒ πŸ’—

  • Fill out the sign-up form if you’re interested in joining!
  • 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
  • Share your TBR’s/Posts/Progress throughout the year with the hashtagΒ #outofcomfortzonechallenge!

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28 Books Read πŸ’—

  • This year so far I have read 9 (New) Adult books πŸ“—
  • When it comes to the genres I read 4 Sci-Fi, 3 Historical Fiction, 6 Mystery/Thriller and 8 Nonfiction Books πŸ“š
  • In terms of enjoying the books: I had 4 five stars, 14 four stars, 4 three stars, 3 two stars and 1 one star rating ⭐

Levels & Badges πŸ’—

I have reached the ‘Explorer’ Level

L1_ DreamerΒ L2_ Traveler L3_ Explorer

  • βœ… DREAMER: Read 5 books outside of your comfort zone
  • βœ… TRAVELER: Read 10 books outside of your comfort zone
  • βœ… EXPLORER: Read 20 books outside of your comfort zone

I’ve earned 3 badges so far!

L_ FavoriteΒ L_ Tome L_ Genre Fan

  • βœ… THE FAVORITE: Find a new favorite book (The House in the Cerulean Sea, Network Effect & Fugitive Telemetry, You Will Get Through This Night)
  • βœ… TOME: Read a book over 500 pages (On a Sunbeam)
  • βœ… GENRE FAN: Read books from 5 different genres (Mystery, Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction)

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#outofcomfortzonechallenge BooksπŸ’—

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ON MY TBR

  • Starsight (Brandon Sanderson) πŸ’— Sequel to Skyward
  • Undying (Kaufman & Spooner) πŸ’— Sequel to Unearthed
  • Skyhunter (Marie Lu) πŸ’—

READ

  1. Network Effect (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. Fugitive Telemetry (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
  3. On a Sunbeam (Tillie Walden) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. Paper Girls Vol 1. (Brian K. Vaughan) ⭐⭐.5

➽ I have been enjoying reading more sci-fi, though I definitely want to at least read some of the books on my TBR! I didn’t read any so far, but I have been loving reading more Murderbot Diaries books as usual ❀ There are also some other great sci-fi books that I keep eyeing and great 2021 releases that I haven’t had the chance to read yet – like The Darkness Outside Us or Victories Greater Than Death! I’m feeling more confident in reading sci-fi, as it really appeals to me, especially when I’m super in the mood for it πŸ₯°

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ON MY TBR

  • The Guinevere Deception (Kiersten White) πŸ’—
  • The Enigma Game (Kaufman & Spooner) πŸ’— Companion to Code Name Verity
  • The Dire King (William Ritter) πŸ’— Finale of the Jackaby Series

READ

  1. The Downstairs Girl (Stacey Lee) ⭐⭐⭐.5
  2. Courting Darkness (Robin LaFevers) ⭐⭐⭐
  3. Igniting Darkness (Robin LaFevers) ⭐⭐

➽ Like last year I’m not doing too well with my historical fiction books, out of all genres for my challenges, this is the one I read the least of πŸ˜… I still like reading some historical fiction from time to time but usually other books draw my attention. I also didn’t find a book I loved in this category, The Downstairs Girl was my favorite out of the three books, but still not above a 3-star read! I’ll definitely read The Dire King (❀) to balance this out, but I’m not sure how much more I’ll be able to read from my TBR!

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ON MY TBR

  • I Hope You’re Listening (Tom Ryan) πŸ’—

READ

  1. Dead Voices (Katherine Arden) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. Our Last Echoes (Kate Alice Marshall) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. I Am Still Alive (Kate Alice Marshall) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. The Dead and the Dark (Courtney Gould) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. The Naturals (Jennifer Lynn Barnes) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  6. The KC Warlock Weekly: Accused (M.N. Jolley) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

➽ I never thought I’d say this but I’m really getting into mysteries! Usually not Adult Mystery, but there are some great YA books in this category that excite me. I’m still not too into horror or psychological thriller, but I love mystery elements as it’s so much fun to come up with theories and guess along πŸ‘€ This is my second most read category and I enjoyed all the books I read so far!! My favorites are from Kate Alice Marshall as she writes great mystery books with paranormal and even some horror elements! 😱

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ON MY TBR

  • So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo) πŸ’—
  • Body Talk (Anthology) πŸ’—

READ

  1. You Will Get Through This Night (Daniel Howell) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. El Deafo (Cece Parker) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  3. Almost American Girl (Robin Ha) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  4. All Boys Aren’t Blue (George M. Johnson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Lori Gottlieb) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  6. The (Other) F Word (Anthology) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  7. Peace Is Every Step (Thich Nhat Hanh) ⭐⭐.5
  8. Furiously Happy (Jenny Lawson) ⭐

➽ Most surprisingly is that I’m reading so much nonfiction (compared to what I read before – which was nothing at all)! Last year I read a lot of nonfiction as well and this year it’s my most read category so far! Except for Peace Is Every Step and Furiously Happy, I enjoyed all of the nonfiction books I’ve read so far! It’s a nice change to switch from ficiton to nonfiction and once again I’m enjoying more autobiographical books πŸ₯°

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READ

  1. The House in the Cerulean Sea (T.J. Klune) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. Get a Life, Chloe Brown (Talia Hibbert) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. The Midnight Library (Matt Haig) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. Spoiler Alert (Olivia Dade) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. Shipped (Angie Hockman) ⭐⭐⭐
  6. The Roommate (Rosie Danan) ⭐⭐⭐
  7. Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers) ⭐⭐⭐

Already Mentioned

  • Network Effect (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Fugitive Telemetry (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

➽ I still read mainly YA, but I did sneak in some (New) Adult Books!! Three of my 5-star reads this year have been Adult Books, which was a pleasant surprise for me! There were still some books that didn’t grip me completely, but no book that really annoyed me or that I hated! I especially liked trying out some Adult Romance books as they can be fun and great comforting books to read 😊

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Have you read any books outside of your comfort zone this year? Did you find any new favorite books? πŸ’—

8 thoughts on “2021 Out of Comfort Zone Reading Challenge πŸ’— Mid-Year Checkin

  1. You’re doing great on your challenge and I will always be here chanting DIRE KING DIRE KING DIRE KING hahaha
    In all seriousness, I think I’ve done this whole getting out of my comfort zone unintentionally as well. Because of my reading experiments, where I read other people’s favourites, I’ve picked up so many books I don’t think I otherwise would have looked at twice. It’s interesting to break out of your usual mold.

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  2. Ahh… You are doing so great with your challenge. πŸ₯° I am loving this challenge too but I’m so sorry I haven’t updated on my blog. I was meant to have done it by now but hopefully soon. πŸ’›
    That’s so great that you have been able to read so many non-fiction. It isn’t always a genre I gravitate to but quite a rewarding genre to read I find.
    So glad the sci-fi and mysteries sections are going well for you too. I hope you enjoy Victories Greater The Death as I am super excited for that one as well.
    Best of luck for the rest of the year and thank you for hosting this challenge. πŸ’–

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie! ❀ That’s okay! Don’t stress yourself πŸ’•
      I didn’t use to read any nonfiction but I really enjoy it now (especially autobiographies/memoirs)! Victories Greater The Death sounds really great, I hope we both like it 😊
      Thank you!! πŸ₯°

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  3. Ah you’re doing so great with your challenge, yay! πŸ₯° i’m so glad you’re enjoying mysteries more and more, you can give me recommendations now ahah πŸ₯° I’ve been enjoying a good mystery every now and then, too!

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