Out of Your Comfort Zone 2020 Reading Challenge | announcement and potential TBR

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. 

Hello everyone!!

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.

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My Level Goal:

L2_ Traveler

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Badges I Hope to Collect:

L_ FavoriteL_ Genre FanL_ Tome

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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.

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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.

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Non-Fiction

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

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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.

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Why I’m No Longer Talking About Race to White People by Reni Eddo-Lodge

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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.

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I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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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.

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How to Ruin Everything Essays by George Watsky

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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.

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Science Fiction

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

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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.

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Historical Fiction

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

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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.

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The Familiars by Stacey Halls

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You say ‘witches‘ I say ‘yes‘. It’s simple.

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Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim

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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.

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The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

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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.

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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

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Toffee by Sarah Crossan

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Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Adult Contemporary

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

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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.

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Adult Fantasy

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

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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.

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The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang

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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).

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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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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.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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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.

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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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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.

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City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

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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.

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Mythology

Tales of Mythology by Edith Hamilton

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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.

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Classics

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

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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.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontΓ«

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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.

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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I own this book and it includes fantasy, romance and comedy so I should really love this book.

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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.


 

Are you taking part in this reading challenge?
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? How you got a favourite book outside your comfort zone?

34 thoughts on “Out of Your Comfort Zone 2020 Reading Challenge | announcement and potential TBR

  1. Illuminae & code name verity are so good (but I think I’ve probably shouting that about a million times πŸ˜‚)
    Toffee’s good too but bring lots & lots of tissues!
    Love this idea but I think I already read a lot of genres so I don’t even know what out of my comfort zone would be? Non fiction I guess but there’s a reason I don’t go there & it’s mainly because it reminds me of school 😣
    Hope you do well! πŸ’•

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    1. Haha I have heard you say how good these are but I won’t tire of hearing it πŸ˜‚ I can’t wait to read them!!
      Ohh.. okay tissues brought!! I’m prepared…. kind of πŸ˜‚
      I guess if you already read lots of genre it is hard but it is also to do with different age groups so if you don’t read middle grade or adult. Or graphic novels?? I don’t know but yeah non-fiction is normally a group I stay away from too but I like autobiographies and inspirational books!
      Thank you so much El!! ❀

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  2. These all sound really good!! I haven’t joined any challenges yet this year (ah, well, I don’t want to feel guilty for not meeting it O.o) but this one sounds so cool. My most-read genres are the same as you as well! I don’t usually read outside of that haha. ❀ But I should definitely try! HF and mysteries are actually really interesting. Good luck!!

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    1. Thank you, hopefully I will enjoy them. I only participate in year long challenges like goodreads and this year YARC and this one because they are so flexible but I know what you mean about the pressure.
      I do like this one as you can do so much with it!!
      Yay YA fantasy and contemporaries are the best (yes I’m bias)!! πŸ˜‚
      Yeah I’m always surprised by historical fiction but it is SO good. And I hardly read mysteries myself actually!
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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      1. No problem! Yeah, that’s exactly why; but they’re definitely a lot of fun if you set your goals low enough!
        Ahah YES πŸ˜‰
        I know, right??! I’m always reluctant to pick them up but they ARE so good :O I might have recommended this to you before, but definitely read Ruta Sepetys’s books πŸ™‚ Ah, np! ❀

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  3. what??! this challenge sounds so amazing and it would definitely benefit me, haha! my comfort zone is, strangely enough, always evolving. XD it used to be sci-fi and/or fantasy, but now it’s ya contemporary … i need to start reading other types of books more often!

    ugh, i’ve been wanting to read The Illuminae Files and Toffee for so long, maybe this will be the year *shrugs* also, the rest of these books sound so amazing!!

    anyways, this sounds like a lot of fun and i have total faith that you are going to do WONDERFUL!! ❀

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    1. I know it is an amazing challenge (thank you to Caro for setting it up)!! Yes I think when I’ve tried new books out it has always been rewarding and like you it shifts my comfort zone, like I never used to read contemporaries but I’ve really been enjoying them lately. So it is great to try out different books!
      Yeah I have been talking about reading The Illuminae Files for FOREVER πŸ˜‚ I hope you get to read them both!! 2020 is the year!!
      Yay, hopefully I will love them all.
      Thank you so much Ash! ❀

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  4. Wow, this sounds so interesting! Code Name Verity is on my tbr at the moment, and also have you tried another historical fiction called Salt To The Sea yet? It’s really good. Picture of Dorian Gray is great too! I read it wjen I was 10, it was too dark for that age, thoughπŸ˜‚
    I wish you all the good luck, hope you’ll do well!❀

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    1. It is a really great reading challenge! Yay I hope you get to read Code Name Verity soon then!! No I haven’t read any Ruta Sepetys yet but I always hear the best things especially about Salt To The Sea and Between Shades of Grey so I need to try them out!! I’m glad you loved it, I will have to read it ASAP!!
      I’m glad you liked Dorian Grey but it does seem quite dark for that age πŸ˜‚!!
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  5. Ooh this looks like an interesting challenge (: also I’m really sorry if I made you get behind by commenting on everything. Good luck with this challenge (: I’ve actually set one up for myself – basically to make me start reading some retellings – so atm my blogging break isn’t going well πŸ˜… I want to finish catching up then take one for a week or two. Although during that time, if I finally get reading, I probably will sort out reviews still.
    There are a few books here that I hope to read at some point too – Illuminae, Code Name Verity and all the adult fantasies. And Jane Eyre and Dorian Gray although I had no idea that the first of those was long πŸ˜‚ I’m kind of hoping to try and read a few classics this year though. Maybe one a month or every other month if my headache ever goes away for long enough for me to get reading. I also want to read some non fiction at some point but atm my list of that is mostly celebrity biographies that look like they might be funny and a book I saw the other day about OCD πŸ™ˆ
    Ooh and the author of The Familiar had another interesting sounding book coming out next month (:
    Anyway good luck with this, I’m sure you can do it!!

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    1. It is a really cool challenge!!
      Oh no not at all, I just had like 2 weeks off so it built up over time!! I normally try to stay on top of it. I really loved and appreciated all your comments, I loved reading them all ❀ !!
      Ohh that sounds like a cool challenge and definitely would be a good way to get you to read retellings!! Haha it is hard to take a full on break from blogging πŸ˜‚
      Aww.. well I hope you get to have a break and relax!! Yeah reviews are best done immediately because my memory can suck!!
      Ohh I hope you get to read them soon too!! And love them!!
      Yeah I was so surprised at the length of Jane Eyre, it is like 500 pages!! Yeah that sound like a great way to make sure you read some classics!! Hopefully the headaches will stay away!
      Celebrity biographies can be really interesting, I would like to try some out too!!
      I saw the book on your blog yesterday so I can't wait to read The Familiar and hopefully it will make me want to read more from her!!
      Thank you so much Charlotte!! ❀

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      1. I agree πŸ˜€
        Oh right. I can totally relate to that. I had over 150 emails about comments, it’s now down to 16 but I haven’t sorted through the ones for the past few weeks yet so there are more hiding, I just need to organize my email to find them :L Thank you πŸ’œ πŸ’œ
        Thanks, I’m hoping it’ll make me finally read a few as I have so many that I’m excited about on my TBR. And I agree :L
        Thank you, fingers crossed. I really just want to get reading again. Hopefully it’ll work. And yeah I agree, plus I think it’s easier to work on one at a time than to let them stack up.
        Thank you πŸ™‚
        OMG I didn’t know that :L Oh well, hopefully I’ll manage to get into it and enjoy it :L I managed to get through Dickens longest book and only got fed up by it as I wanted to get back to my own books (I was reading it for studies not choice). So if I’m picking Jane Eyre up by choice hopefully it’ll go better.
        Thank you.
        Hopefully, I haven’t actually read one before :L Oh and I have the Aeronauts book on my TBR as I liked the movie.
        Oh cool. Ah the cover post I’m guessing? As I’m replying to this late I can’t think what it would be but I’m guessing it was that as the books out in February and I haven’t posted that release post yet. Anyway I hope you enjoy The Familiars (:

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        1. Wow that is a large amount of emails to get through, you did well to get through them all!! ❀
          I know I have so many books on my TBR that makes me so excited to get to them!!
          Yes so true, I hope you will get into reading again!!
          Hopefully, it is very popular so I'm optimistic!! πŸ™‚ I think when you read a book for studies it makes it worse tbh haha!! So fingers crossed for Jane Eyre!!
          Ah.. that's cool! I hope you enjoy reading them then!!
          Yes it was I believe!! Thank you so much!! ❀

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          1. I probably have even more this time!! Tbh I have no idea how I’ll catch up. If I managed it before I’m sure I can again though. Although I do seriously need to finish my library books first!! Hopefully I’ll start another of them later on today.
            Thank you, I hope so too!! I did love my last book though so that’s a good sign (:
            Yes that’s so true. Especially as instead of enjoying the story you know you have to pick it apart instead.
            Thank you (:

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  6. Thank you so much for joining my challenge, Sophie!! I’m so happy to have you onboard! πŸ₯°πŸ’— I’m also aiming to read more nonfiction (Notes on a Nervous Planet was on of my favorites of last year!) and I’ve already read Reasons to Stay Alive, it was a good read as well 😊 I also loved Illuminae and Code Name Verity, so I hope you’ll end up enjoying them as well. Thank you again for your support of my challenge! πŸ’•

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    1. Of course, I’m so excited to do it!! Thank you for setting it up!! πŸ™‚ ❀
      Hopefully we will both find lots of non-fiction that we will love!! I'm glad you enjoyed Reasons to Stay Alive.
      Ohh.. that's excited!! I think I will love them too!
      Of course. I love the idea!! ❀ ❀

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  7. This challenge is such a great idea! And, you’ve got some fantastic adult fantasy books on your list. I haven’t read The Fifth Season yet (though I hear fantastic things.) But, City of Brass, Jade City, A Darker Shade of Magic, and Red Seas Under Red Skies are all great!

    Good luck on this!

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    1. It is a wonderful idea, I think it is great to try different things!! 😍 Thank you– I can’t wait to get to them all!! I’ve heard a lot of good things for The Fifth Season too!! Yay that makes me so excited to read them!! 😍

      Thank you so much!! πŸ’›

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  8. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is on my tbr, and I’m hoping to read it this year. I really enjoyed Illuminae and Gemina, it was only the final book that let me down – I hope that will not be the case for you. The Picture of Dorian Gray is pretty good, I enjoyed it, but I think I went into it expecting too much?? And I was pretty young when I read it, I might enjoy it more today. Hope you’ll get to all/most of these books. πŸ™‚

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    1. I’ve actually read it now and it was a really good read. It was well written and I enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy it too when you read it! 😊

      Yay I’m glad you enjoyed illuminae but I had heard the last book wasn’t the most popular! Hopefully I will enjoy the whole series 😊

      I’m glad you enjoyed Dorian Gray but I’m sorry you didn’t love it. I don’t really know what to expect from it so that might work in my favour! Yeah, you never know you could like it more now!
      Thank you πŸ’›

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