2020 Reading Challenge

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In preparation for next year, I’m starting to think about what I’m going to do for my next reading challenge. I’ve really enjoyed my Book Bingo this year and am looking forward to doing something similar next year.

The wonderful Jess from The Never Ending Bookshelf made a really cute book bingo template for this year that I just love! So much so, I am thinking of stealing her idea.

The template that Jess created is tamer than the huge monstrosity of my 2019 book bingo card, and I just love the way the template looks. Instead of a typical bingo card layout, Jess created a nice three line style which is not only different but has a really nice look and feel to it. If you haven’t you should totally check out Jess’ 2019 Book Bingo challenge, and see for yourself how damned cute it is!

With this in mind, I am thinking about ditching the 25 squares and instead only using 12 squares. There will also be a shift in focus, instead of offering things like ‘Goodreads Rec’ or ‘Read because of a pretty cover,’ I was thinking of focusing on tropes only.

This would mean potentially sticking to one challenge a month – which does leave me open to having to complete a challenge even if I change my mind and hate it, so I shall have to think carefully 🧐

In light of this, I am trying to think of challenge squares and am struggling. So far I have thought of a few and have really just hit the wall in terms of thinking of others. Also lets be honest, I’m probably only going to read romance novels so the tropes are focused towards that genre.

The below are some of my current ideas:

  • Marriage of Convenience.
  • Fake/Pretend Relationship.
  • Cinder(f)ella.
  • Ice King/Queen.
  • Superheroes.
  • Wallflower.

So once again, I’m putting it to you, do you have any suggestions for tropes?


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My Goodreads Year in Books – 2018

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I did it! I finished my challenge!

Initially I had only challenged myself to 40 books but each time I hit that number I increased the number. So here we are at a total of 81 books out of 70. I am pretty sure I’m going to extra super duper challenge myself in 2019, and try and hit 100 books.

The last couple of years I haven’t really been using Goodreads as much, nor updating all of the books I have read, so it was great fun making sure that I maintained my record for the whole year.

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Book Bingo 2019

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In preparation for next year, I am getting started on my 2019 Book Bingo card!

I have previously completed a Bingo Card in 2015 and I absolutely loved it. I was a little slow off the mark last year in putting one together, however I replaced it with the less intensive Comfort Zone Challenge which was also really fun. For the other previous years, I had taken a break from the blog, so I am really looking forward to tackling another Bingo Challenge!

In light of this, I am trying to think of Bingo squares and am struggling. So far I have thought of fifteen and have really just hit the wall in terms of thinking of others.

I currently have:

  • Fae
  • Sports
  • Shifters
  • Vampires
  • YA
  • TBR Pile
  • Goodreads Rec
  • Start the Series
  • Read that Sequel
  • Finish that Trilogy
  • Cinderella Retelling
  • Bi MC
  • Gender-queer MC
  • Lesbian MC
  • Trans MC

So I’m putting it to you, do you have any suggestions for books,  themes, or genres to add to my 2019 Book Bingo card?


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Comfort Zone Challenge: Battle Creek (2015)

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Second Last Month!

For this month’s challenge, I decided that I would try and tackle a television police show. I’m not the biggest fan of police procedurals or any type of crime show, so I had to try and find something that I would like but also still challenge my comfort zone. So immediately dismissing Brooklyn 99 as an option (because I love that show) I tried to find something that was both gritty and funny.

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Comfort Zone Challenge: Get Out (2017)

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Almost Over!

I was naughty and didn’t post last month, the main reason why was because I really struggled with this (and last months) challenge. I failed the first time so I figured I would give myself another month to try… I failed again.

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Comfort Zone Challenge: Western (Pinkerton Man Series by C.J. Baty)

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This month I challenged myself to try the Western genre. My thoughts on the Western genre are somewhat limited to John Wayne, the knowledge my Grandad liked them, and the fact that they’re the old man version of Mills and Boon books.

So with that in mind I, once again, tried to find something that was of the genre but something that I would enjoy. So by some incredible stoke of luck I found a book while shelving that was both a Western and a gay romance!

So, happy Comfort Zone Pride Month!

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Comfort Zone Challenge: Red Wine

 

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I’m going to start off by saying that I like wine. I like wine. However, I like my wine sweet and white. I tend to favour Moscato or sweet sparkling wines. Do not give me any of these bitter, dry, or crisp wines. Sweet and bubbly all the way.

Which is why, I thought I would try something different, something I turn my nose up at, but admittedly not continued to taste: Red wine.
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Comfort Zone Challenge: Audio Book

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I am going to start off my saying that I have kind of cheated in the first month of my Comfort Zone Blogger Challenge. For my music selection I decided that I was going to go outside my comfort zone and try an audio-book – emphasis on the audio 😛 . As opposed to a theme or topic, I decided to mix it up (on my first month 😛 ) and mess with the media format. Continue reading “Comfort Zone Challenge: Audio Book”

Comfort Zone Blogger Challenge

Hi Everyone,

During the time that I have been blogging, I have participated in a few challenges that I’ve set up for myself. My previous posts concerning my self-created Book Bingo card, were some of the funner and more rewarding posts that I have created. With this in mind I created the Comfort Zone Challenge.

What is this challenge I hear you ask?

I designed the Comfort Zone Challenge to give me that little push outside of my comfort zone. A lot of things in life change and often when we push ourselves we can be surprised by the results. With this in mind, the Comfort Zone Challenge allows me to identify aspects of my life that I dislike or that make you uncomfortable, and then face them head on.

By confronting your fears and experiencing them across a variety of medias, you can give yourself the opportunity to grow as a person…or reaffirm your hatred of something.

The Comfort Zone Challenge, is that for each month over the next six, I get to pick something that I don’t really like and pick a way in which I will interact with it. When I select an ‘uncomfort’ I can choose to interact with this through either a film, music, television show, book, activity, or something of my own selection.

For example, I really dislike zombies so I could potentially challenge myself to watch a well received zombie TV show like The Walking Dead.

The idea behind this, is that by challenging myself to engage in something I tend to avoid, I expose myself to something that may challenge my perspective and opinion. By watching The Walking Dead, I may discover that I do enjoy the show and that I can handle the otherwise horror inducing zombies.

The trade off with this challenge is that, despite stepping outside of my comfort zone, I may still dislike and recoil in horror at the sight of running zombies. If I find that I really cannot handle something, then I do get one free pass, where I can chicken out.

By confronting your fears and experiencing them across a variety of medias, you can give yourself the opportunity to grow as a person…or reaffirm your hatred of something. My hope, however, is that  maybe over the years, I have matured and end up enjoying some of the things that I previously disliked.


If you find yourself enthralled by my challenge, then you are more than welcome to participate. All I ask is that you acknowledge my blog and that you link back to my site. If you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate ask and leave a comment below.

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