Challenging myself to read ✨EVERYTHING✨ in 2022: My Plans for Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge

Hello there!

I posted my reading challenges for 2022 at the beginning of January, but already a couple weeks later I’m back, desperate to add just one more challenge in there. I came across the Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge by the amazing Caro @ bookcheshirecat, and the challenge looks so fun that I cannot not take part!

I’m a keen fantasy reader, but I would like to broaden my horizons to ward off reading slumps and keep me engaged. So the challenge is perfect for me! (also Caro made such CUTE graphics and badges and everything that it would be a crime not to take part) In this post I’ll outline which genres I want to expand on and what I hope to achieve during 2022 for the challenge!

Out of your comfort zone banner (2022 reading challenge). A pink wood background with an illustration of a cat wrapped in a blanket. Text says:  #OOCZ2022. Reading more adventurously, hosted by Bookcheshirecat

You can find the announcement post right here: Out of Your Comfort Zone 2022 Reading Challenge Announcement by Caro @ bookcheshirecat Find all the graphics, banners, challenges, tips and tricks there, in addition to a sign up form!

Let’s get into it!

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February TBR: Blackathon

Hello there! Happy February and happy Black history month!

February is the time for Blackathon! The readathon runs for the entire month, and the idea is to simply read books by Black authors. The challenge is hosted by the wonderful Jesse @ Bowties and Books and cohosted by Starlah @ starlahenjoys, Shane @ luxuriousblu, Fadwa @ wordwoonders, Arri @ boriqueerreads, Nina @ the_wandering_reader, Anna @ never_withouta_book, and Chanelle @ chanelletime. Check out the readathon Twitter here to get all the deets.

Blackathon banner that says "blackathon. A Black history month inspired readathon"
Picture by the organisers of blackathon. I don’t own this picture. Link here.

I’m really excited for this round of Blackathon, especially because there is also a competition aspect! Teams of different genres (lit/contemporary, thriller/horror, romance, and sff) compete over which group reads the most pages in their team’s genre. As a fantasy buff, I have predictably landed myself in the SFF group. Here are the SFF group challenges:

Picture of the Team SFF challenges. Text says: "Team sff, hosts: starlahenjoys & boriqueerreads 1. A book that explored the duality of loyalty/betrayal. 2. A book with Trans spectrum representation 3. Read a book between 312 and 387 pages 4. Group book: Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden
Picture of Team SFF challenge prompts. Image by the organisers of blackathon, I don’t own this image, link here.

In addition to teams, Blackathon will also host a 24 hour readathon on 12th-13th February, and the organisers also have a bunch of fun challenges, reading sprints and watchalongs planned!

Only books that are scifi or fantasy will be added to my group’s total page count, so I’ll try to prioritise reading sff — but I think I won’t be able to resist picking up some other ones too!

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2022 Reading Resolutions & a TBR of 5* Predictions ✨

Happy 2022! I hope the year has gotten to a great start for you (and if it hasn’t, I hope it changes gears to something great right now!).

I love the New Year because it feels like it offers a fresh chance to try something new. Today I’m going through everything that I hope to achieve by reading in 2022! (and a sneaky check-in on how I did with 2021 resolutions as well!)

Similarly to 2021, I decided to set a couple reading resolutions and a yearly TBR for 2022. Let’s get into it!

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November Wrap-up & December TBR: Trying to hit all of my yearly goals 💪

Hello there!

Hope you have had the loveliest beginning to December! I’m over the moon that we are in the Christmas (and my birthday!) -month now, and I’m ready for all things Christmas ☺️🎅

Today I’m going over all the books I read in November (which was way more than I expected!), and what I’m hoping to get to in December. Throughout these last two months of 2021 my goal is to crush my yearly reading goals. If you missed my recent look into how I’m doing with my goals and resolutions so far, check out the post here.

Without further a do – let’s get into it!

A gif of a stack of books, a ribbon and christmas ornaments appear and make the stack into a christmas tree
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21 Books for 2021: A Yearly TBR

Hello there! Hope you are having a great day!

I’m lightyears behind everyone else, but here I am – slowly, very slowwlyyy making my way through these beginning of 2021 posts.

Late To The Party GIF by MOODMAN

Even though I know I’m late with these, I’m really enjoying writing them! I could still be doing these in May who knows haha.

Today I get to show you my 2021 TBR! I had a yearly TBR for 2020 which I did not follow at all, but I tried my best to be mindful to cater for my changing mood when selecting these 21 books. I’m also making it a goal to check up on how I’m doing with this TBR every couple of months! I chose books for this list that I want to challenge myself to read, books that I have been putting off for a long time and books that I have been excited about for some time.

End of the year posts:

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January & February TBR: Reading Books I Didn’t Get to in 2020 & Medieval-A-Thon

Hello there and happy 2021! 🥳🥳 Hope you have had the loveliest start to 2021!

Even though I’m very excited about making a lot of new TBRs for 2021 and getting-my-hands-on-all-the-shiny-new-books, I want to first dip my toes into some reads I didn’t get to in 2020. In January and February I’ll be reading books I didn’t get to in 2020. Many of these books are from my TBR for 2020, a TBR which I made on the 1st of Jan 2020 and completely forgot about until 29th Dec 😂 But I also went through my previous TBR posts to see which books I vowed to read!

The TBR list includes mostly books from my TBRs that I already own. I often include books from libraries or books I think I’ll buy soon, but I want to have a particular focus on the ones I own!

I don’t think I’ll be able to read all of these even in the next two months, but I’m hoping to make some progress nevertheless! Also, giving myself an abundance of choices is something that works the best for my moody reader brain.

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5-Star Predictions ✨

Hi there!

Let’s talk about those amazing books we encounter once in a while – those that make you wish that the story would last for 2000 pages longer and that you could travel back in time to read the book for the first time all over again. A 5-star book for me requires that I thoroughly enjoy it, I want to feel things and be awed by the story. 5-Star books for me often come out of the blue, but sometimes I manage to predict which tomes on my TBR are going to have the biggest impact on me. So today I’m here to do exactly that – predict which books will tear my heart in two and make me lose sleep in favour of finishing one more chapter.

I can’t wait to get started! Most of the books on this list I know next to nothing about, I just have an odd, strong hunch that they will be wonderful reads. Hopefully I can return to this list of 10 books when I have finished most of them to check if I was right or not 🌟

Psssssst. I have added synopses under the cover for books that are standalones or the first book in a series. No synopses for sequels to avoid spoilers!

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OWLs Magical Readathon TBR: April 2020

Hello! Welcome to my April TBR 😊

April is the magical time we have all been waiting for – the time for another round of OWLs! G @ The Book Roast organises magical readathons like the OWLs, which is based on ordinary wizarding levels in Hogwarts, multiple times every year! These readathons are always over-the-top kind of amazing because not only should you read a lot, you can complete prompts to gain your own magical career that you can select from G’s career guide! So if you have ever wanted to be a dragon tamer or a defence against the dark arts -teacher, now is your time!

Below is the introduction video by G, check it out for all the deeds on OWLs.

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March TBR Flowchart ✨

Hello my fellow bookaholics 💕

I went on a short break to catch up to my blogging schedule & to blog hop around more, but now I’m back! And oh boy, this is an exciting post to share with you 😍

I love making TBRs and planning what to read next, but I’m poor at following them! I mood-read a lot, and I find it impossible to persuade myself to follow my own TBRs.

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Me going through my TBR and not feeling any of it

But I believe that I have finally found a solution that allows me to list my reading plans while still catering for my fluctuating reading moods! A flowchart! Or rather – a TBR like one of those tween magazine quizzes we all love. I can’t refuse a ‘select your dream holiday home and we will tell what kind of pear you are’ – Buzzfeed quizzes, and so I hope that I can’t refuse a TBR quiz either 😆 The perfect solution!

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