Firstly sorry I’ve been inactive and late to replying to everything. It has been hectic and catching up has been harder than I thought. But I think I’m back on track now. Thank you for the support and your patience.
Today I am announcing that I’m joining the Out of Your Comfort Zone reading challenge which is a year-long challenge where you read books outside of your comfort zone. I think this is a great one to participate in as it is so flexible and it gets you to be adventurous by trying new books.
This challenge is hosted by Caro from The Bookcheshire Cat so please check out the announcement post and sign up.
My Level Goal:
Badges I Hope to Collect:
I’m classing my comfort zone as YA fantasy and YA contemporary books so anything different is out of my comfort zone and counts for this challenge.
Potential Books for My TBR:
These are some ideas of the books I might read because I don’t really set out a TBR so I can’t promise anything but I will definitely be reading a few of these and I will be keeping you all up to date over the year.
Normally I would run away from anything to do with reality but I am actually going to be giving some Non-Fiction books a chance especially as most of them I will read in audiobook format which I think makes them more interesting for some reason.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I didn’t expect to love Notes on a Nervous Planet when I read it (I read them in the wrong order I know) but I really did so I would love to read this one too.
Why I’m No Longer Talking About Race to White People by Reni Eddo-Lodge
I’ve definitely grew up privileged in many ways and one of those ways was being white so I think this book will be great at opening my eyes and hopefully learning more ways to be a better person. It is an important book.
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
This won’t be an easy read and it will certainly be emotional but it is regarded as an international classic and I want to listen to her story.
How to Ruin Everything Essays by George Watsky
I have no idea what to expect but I love things that can make me laugh and the title was honestly very relatable so I’m going to read it.
Sci-Fi is not one of my favourite genres at all but I know there are a few books which lots of people rave about so I’m going to see if I agree by reading one of the most hyped.
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
It’s unique (and actually a very heavy physical book (I own it now)) so I’m curious to read it and experience the line ‘am I not merciful’ because I’ve seen it everywhere.
Historical fiction is a genre I’ve actually always enjoyed but never prioritise so that is going to change. Also I might finally read some historical fiction that isn’t the World Wars.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
We are going to ignore what I just said for a moment. But I’ve heard really good things about this so count me in.
The Familiars by Stacey Halls
You say ‘witches‘ I say ‘yes‘. It’s simple.
Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim
I don’t know anything about this part of history so I’m very interested to learn more. I think it is going to be emotional as well which is definitely something I love in books.
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and I can’t wait to read it. It sounds like it has a lot to offer so I’m excited to see what I think.
Books Told in Verse
I don’t really like poetry. I think it is a grudge from it being my worse exam in school (yes I’m petty) but I think books told in verse will ease me into it. Plus I’m genuinely curious about them and it is definitely out of my comfort zone so it is perfect for this challenge. I know nothing about these books except I want to try them all out.
Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Toffee by Sarah Crossan
Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
I rarely read adult contemporary because I prefer slow, sad contemporary and I don’t know any adult ones like that but occasionally I will read one when I’m in the mood.
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
This sounds like a fun #ownvoices story and I’m definitely intrigued to read it this year when I’m in the mood for it. It also has a sequel so hopefully I will enjoy it.
This is a group which I am very excited to try out and I have before but I want MORE. So I have lots of potential books but here are some.
Jade City by Fonda Lee
This book sounds amazing and the reviews have also been amazing so I need it. I think the fantasy has some modern day influence which I love and it is focused around family which again I love.
The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang
This is the sequel to ‘The Poppy War’ which I enjoyed. It was a dark book but I think it is one of best military fantasies so I’m excited to continue with it (when the paperback comes out lol).
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
I read the first one of this series last year and adored it (I love it the more I think about it) so I’m excited to carry on with these characters and see the next part.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
The myth and the legend that I need to read immediately (1) because it is becoming a movie and (2) it sounds magical, complex and intriguing.
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
This series is calling to me so much but I literally have no idea what it is about but I am going to find out THIS YEAR.
City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
I did the tag for this series on bookstagram and it had a lot of character tropes that I loved so I need to read ASAP.
Tales of Mythology by Edith Hamilton
This is a big book and I’m only going to gradually read it so I might not finish it this year but I love it… so much. I can’t wait to find out more and— ahh… I love it so much. One of my favourite stories got a full picture which I didn’t expect because it is a short story but that made my day.
I struggle to read classics but I’m genuinely interested in a few so I hope I get to read them.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
This sounds so intriguing and it focuses on a flawed character which is a bonus. Also Oscar Wilde just seems like a legend so I need to read it.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
One of the longest, most popular classics out there but I want to give it a go so we will see what I think afterwards.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I own this book and it includes fantasy, romance and comedy so I should really love this book.
So there we go, let’s see what books I actually end up reading.
Thank you so much to Caro for setting this challenge up and I can’t wait to participate. I really hope you all will join this reading challenge so we can track our progress together.