For 2021, I really want to make an effort to tackle my TBR and finally pick up some of the more intimidating books I have there, also known as books outside of my comfort zone. I tend to read mostly for comfort, and I still intend on doing that, but I think it can be interesting every once in a while pick up a book that I wouldn’t normally.
Like the name suggests, the challenge is all about reading books outside of your favorite/go-to genre, mine being YA contemporaries. You have a few levels you can choose, depending on how many books you want to read for the challenge, and I thought 10 would be a good one, meaning I’ll aim for the Traveler level.
There’s also a bingo board, and I haven’t decided yet how I’ll do it, I think I’ll share it only on my wrap-up, as my TBR can change throughout the year.
For now, though, I do have a selection of books I’d like to get to to complete the challenge:
SKY IN THE DEEP. This book has been on my TBR for a really long time and it is a viking-inspired fantasy, which is what I’m most intrigued about.
THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS. This one was in EVERYONE’s list of favorites of 2020, and I have high expectations. I do love Romeo & Juliet, and most people I talked about said the fantasy was not super complicated, so hopefully I’ll fly through it and love as much as everyone else.
THE SUN DOWN MOTEL. Me after reading one (1) thriller: I can handle this! Let’s read one more! But in all seriousness, this one was a recommendation that made me intrigued, as it follows two timelines (which I love) and is set in a creepy motel.
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE. Another one that everyone and their moms loved and said they cried over. I’ve only read one other book by V.E. Schwab before, so I don’t know entirely what to expect, except that it will probably be slow at first.
THE BEAUTY OF THE WOLF. This book’s average rating on Goodreads doesn’t make me hopeful I’ll love it, but I am so intrigued about the idea of a gender-bent re-telling of Beauty & the Beast. It is adult fantasy, though, so definitely out of my realm here.
HILLBILLY ELEGY. Non-fictions are not entirely out of my comfort zone, but I know this is darker than any of the ones I’ve read before. It’s been turned into a movie, but I want to read the book first!
Of course I do plan on reading more, but for now, these are at the top of my TBR anyway, so I hope that the challenge motivates me to finally get to them. Let me know in the comments what’s your go-to genre and if you read any of these books!