Challenge your-shelf with the Comfort Zone Reading Challenge.

Thursday, 26 January 2017
My biggest flaw as a reader is that I am a very lazy one. I rarely try out new genres and I stick to my comfort zone like a champ. Truth is things that are not easy are just hard. This might seem obvious but if you think about it... It couldn't be simpler. At least in my case the simple thought of getting out of my reading comfort zone and challenge myself sends a shiver down my spine. Ah the hassle. Would it be worth it? Would I like it? Why change if this works for me? It's scary, but I think it's about time to grow some lady ba... courage and do it. Are you with me?

We can very well state that this is a new year's resolution thing, yes. I am sure there are more of you out there that want to redeem themselves this year by challenging their-shelves - I am not even sorry for the pun. Well, this is for us.


What is the Comfort Zone?

The comfort zone includes those genres you feel more comfortable reading. Those that are your to-go genres and those that you have gotten used to read because you feel at ease by doing so. For instance, my comfort zone comprises YA and NA.

The reading comfort zone is like those sweatpants you wear at home because damn, are they comfy and why should I not wear them if I know I'm in paradise. Or like that grilled cheese sandwich you eat every time you are hungry and don't know what to cook? Why bother trying a fancy sandwich with crackling-topped pork, coleslaw and wilted silverbeet? What if I don't like it and what the hell is silverbeet?

What is The Comfort Zone Reading Challenge?

Easy, is a reading challenge to challenge your-shelf - still not sorry for the pun - during 2017. You just need to read books that belong to genres that are out of your comfort zone. For instance, I will read books that fall into genres such as thriller, non fiction, memoirs, adult fiction, classics or horror.

In oder words… The reading comfort zone is like those sweatpants you wear at home because damn, are they comfy and why should I not wear them if I know I’m in paradise. Or like that grilled cheese sandwich you eat every time you are hungry and don’t know what to cook. Why bother trying a fancy sandwich with crackling-topped pork, coleslaw and wilted silverbeet? What if I don’t like it? How is it going to be better than grilled cheese? and what the hell is silverbeet?

What do I have to do in order to take part in the Challenge?

You just need to read 17 books that fall into genres out of your comfort zone during the year 2017.

Spice things up, loose the sweatpants and try something out of that comfortable grilled cheese sandwich. For the ones confused, please re-read "What is the Comfort Zone" section.

But 17 are too many... It's more than 1 book per month!

Cool your jets. You can pick 7 books, or 10. Or 13 if you also want to challenge your luck. What matters here is that you pick up books that you would usually don't dedicate a second thought. Pick as many books as you'd like.

Can I read 17 books from just 1 genre?

Yes! As long as it's out of your comfort zone, you are good to go.

What do I accomplish with this? Is there a prize?

Well, you will have my forever gratitude for taking part, and what's more important, by the end of the year you will have challenged your-shelf. You will probably discover new genres that you thought were not worth the try, or maybe you will be sure you don't like certain ones. Either way, it's a win-win situation.

As for the prize, it depends on how many of you want to take part :) If there's people, I will host a giveaway for those who took part.

The giveaway will not include sandwiches or sweatpants. For the ones confused, please re-read "What is the Comfort Zone" section.

How do I sign up for this?

It doesn't matter whether you have a blog, instagram, twitter or you are just a booklover. Just head out to the bibliotheque and check fill out the form!




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