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Out of Comfort Zone 2023 Reading Challenge Announcement ๐Ÿ’— feat. 2022 Wrapup

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Hello fellow bookworms๐Ÿ’— It’s once again a new year and the Out of Comfort Zone Challenge is returning for 2023!! Today, I also want to reflect on the #OOCZ2022 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 2023 signup! ๐Ÿ’— I’m super excited and would love for you to join my challenge next year if it sounds interesting to you! ๐Ÿ’•


OOCZ2022 Wrapup

Personal Wrapup ๐Ÿ’—

Books Read ๐Ÿ“š 94 Books

Favorite Booksย โฃ๏ธ

  1. The Library of the Unwritten ๐Ÿ’— Adult Fantasy
  2. Empty Smiles (Katherine Arden) ๐Ÿ’— MG Horror
  3. Daughter of the Deep (Rick Riordan) ๐Ÿ’— MG Sci-Fi
  4. Book Lovers (Emily Henry) ๐Ÿ’— Adult Romance
  5. So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo) ๐Ÿ’— Adult Nonfiction

Genres read from ๐Ÿ“ Mystery, Horror, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Nonfiction, Romance

Badges Achieved ๐Ÿ“” 6


Participantsย ๐Ÿ’—

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 ๐Ÿ’• I’d love to welcome some of you back for the challenge in 2023!ย  ๐Ÿฅฐ

Statisticsย ๐Ÿ’—

Books Read ๐Ÿ“š 116 books

Genres/Formats ๐Ÿ“”


Age Range ๐ŸŒท



OOCZ2023 Signup

Reminder: What is the Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge?ย ๐Ÿ’—

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 donโ€™t reach for as often. The Challenge itself is tailored to your goals, so itโ€™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!

OOCZ 2023 Banner

The Guidelinesย ๐Ÿ’—

  • The Challenge runs from January 1st, 2023 to December 31st, 2023
  • If you want to join, you can do so all year until the challenge ends ๐Ÿ’—
  • The goal of the reading challenge is to read genres/age ranges outside of your comfort zone (be as broad or specific as youโ€™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 youโ€™d like to read in that genre and/or make a TBR of books youโ€™d like to try out.
  • For the books to count you have to begin and start them in 2023, as the challenge is geared towards this year – meaning that books started in 2022 donโ€™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 TBRโ€™s as you want!

How you can join ๐Ÿ’—

  • Fill out the form at the end of the post if youโ€™re interested in joining!ย 
  • 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 Iโ€™ 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 TBRโ€™s/Posts/Progress throughout the year with the hashtag #OOCZ2023!ย 
  • You can keep track of your progress via social media, a post or blog page, whatever works best for you!
  • Thereโ€™s also a Google Form to add your read booksย because I thought it would be cool to see what books we all read throughout the year!


Levels & Badges ๐Ÿ’—


  • 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

  • CHONKER: Read a book over 500 pages
  • HIDDEN GEM: Find a new favorite book
  • LISTENER: Listen to an audiobook
  • LOVE LETTER: Read a book that was recommended to you
  • SERIES CHAMP: Read an entire Seriesย 


Templates ๐Ÿ’—

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 ๐Ÿ’• In this Google Drive folder you can download all graphics! I have also created a Canva Template for the TBR and Progress Pictures, so you can directly edit and use it ๐Ÿ’—



TBR Template, Monthly Wrapup, Individual Book Report


You want to join the Reading Challenge? Then use Form below to sign up!ย ๐Ÿ’—

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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?ย ๐Ÿ’—


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