My Sign-Up and TBR: Out of Your Comfort Zone 2022

Hi everyone! It’s Sabrina here! This year I am once again participating in the Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge, hosted by the lovely Caro over at Bookcheshirecat! I have loved taking part in this challenge and pushing myself to read books I otherwise wouldn’t have picked up. It’s been an amazing experience to find new favourites and discover more about my taste in books. So, today I thought I would officially sign up for the 2022 challenge and share some books that I’m hoping to read this year to complete my out-of-my-comfort-zone goals!


Run by Caro at Bookcheshirecat, this challenge runs for the whole year and revolves around reading books that are outside of your usual – whether that be due to their genre or age range. You can set your own goals and TBR, so it can be as difficult or as manageable as you want. There are also some fun badges you can earn!

If this sounds up your alley and you’d like to join this year as well, check out the announcement and sign-up post here and share your progress with #OOCZ2022!


I recently announced my goals for this challenge in my 2022 goals post, but in case you missed that, here they are:

Read five classics
Read five poetry collections
Read five historical fictions

There have been a handful or so classics that I have enjoyed in the past, but it takes a lot of buzz and willpower for me to actually pick them up – I tend to gravitate toward newer books. I included classics in my first year of this challenge and it was sufficient to encourage me to read more of them, so hopefully that will be the case this year too!

Poetry collections, on the other hand, I have never really loved. I haven’t read all that many of them though, otherwise I wouldn’t have bothered including them as a goal. I’ve always thought of poetry as very sophisticated and have envied those who seem to “get it”, lol, so we will see if I finish the year a little more on that side or if I am more confused than ever!

Historical fiction is probably the category here that I have read the most from – it’s just not something I gravitate towards. For example, out of 125 books I read last year, only six of them were (primarily) historical fiction. I’m hoping I will read more than five this year, but I do have quite a few challenges and goals to reach, so I thought I would keep this one non-intimidating.


Emma, Mansfield Park and Lady Susan by Jane Austen

Top of my list for classics are the works of Jane Austen – I’ve enjoyed several of her books before so I feel like these are a safe bet. I also like the Emma movies I’ve seen, so I imagine that is the one I will pick up first, and hopefully it will be easier to follow since I already have a basic understanding of the story. I’m excited to find out!

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, and I actually started it once so it would count towards another challenge I’m doing this year – reading books I’ve put on hold. I’ve also got a copy of it on my phone, so it will be easy for me to access and I won’t have a strict deadline on reading it (though this could be a bad thing, as there will be no sense of urgency, lol). I hope I’ll enjoy it!

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

I mentioned recently on the blog that I want to read this, so I may as well try and do it for this challenge! I know it’s a long one, but hopefully that will just give me the chance to get more invested in the story.

Passing by Nella Larsen

I have yet to read The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, so I like this idea of reading this first – and then I can watch the movie too! I’ve heard nothing but good things over the last couple of years, so I think reading this will be a worthwhile experience.

Blakwork by Alison Whittaker

I saw someone raving about this on Twitter the other day, so I immediately jumped in the queue for it at my library. I’m only about 90% sure that it’s a poetry collection, lol, but I’ll find out soon enough because it’s just arrived for me.

Great Goddesses by Nikita Gill

This collection was recommended to me by Emily from Paperback Princess, so of course I immediately added it to my TBR! Aside from that, it sounds like something I have a high chance of enjoying due to the subject matter, so I will be excited to give it a try!

Whereas by Layli Long Soldier

Also recommended to me by Emily, this collection sounds impactful and informative, so I hope I will be able to get access to a copy this year.

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

I want to eventually read everything by Alyssa Cole, so of course this book – and its sequels – are on my list. I haven’t heard as much about this series as I have for the Reluctant Royals, but I have confidence that it will be just as good!

The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles

I didn’t fall in love with Slippery Creatures when I read it last year, but I certainly want to give the author another chance, and I think this series will be good for that! If not, I will just try something else :’) There has to be a KJ Charles book for me.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

This is another book I have been meaning to read for a long time. It sounds so intriguing and has lots of good reviews from people whose taste I trust. Plus, this author has two other books that sound amazing that I want to get to and it makes sense for me to start with the first!

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

I have been in the queue for this from Libby for so long, and it’s finally got to me. Hopefully I will be able to finish it before it has to go back! It sounds great and I love the cover, so I hope it’s an exciting read and lives up to my expectations.

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Another victim of the library deadline, I started reading this once but didn’t get very far into it before having to take it back – so this will count for my other challenge too. I’m hoping I will enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale by the same author – I am quite nervous about this one though!

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

I have wanted to read more Sarah Waters ever since I read and loved Fingersmith and this one has the highest average rating, so it’s my first pick. I also think I’ve heard the most about this one. I have to admit, the synopsis alone doesn’t really draw me in, but with over 400 pages, I imagine there is more to the story than is described. Fingers crossed I enjoy this one!

What do you think?

Are you going to participate in OOCZ2022? Do you have any recommendations for my goals? What’s a genre that’s outside of your comfort zone? Let me know!

7 thoughts on “My Sign-Up and TBR: Out of Your Comfort Zone 2022

  1. Considering how much i enjoy Emma films, Emma is one of my least favourite Austen books. It’s one I have read the least because of it. I’m not sure what my issue is with it, but I just struggle with it. Although I’ve not read any Austen books in a whole, it might be time for a reread. I always put off reading classics as they are such a time investment but I am determined to read Little Women this year as it is one book my nan gave me that she wanted me to read. It was a long-running joke about how much I’d put it off. I think on-fiction books are the biggest out of my comfort zone read. Factual stuff I seem to avoid like the plague along with classics which is silly because I’ve enjoyed books that fit but they feel like they need too much time on my part to finish.


  2. Omg, I’m so happy you’re planning on reading Whereas and Great Goddesses! I really do hope you love them. Both of those books reminded me of how impactful poetry could be. Good luck!


  3. Thank you so much for joining the challenge again, it makes me so happy that you had a good time last year 💕 Wishing you good luck with your reading plans! I have also been wanting to read In Deeper Waters since it came out 🥰 Historical Fiction is sadly one of my least read genres every year, so I hope to read more this year 🥺


  4. I’m so happy to see Jane Austen books here! If you enjoyed the adaptations, I think you’ll also like the book. I’m a bit biased, it’s my favourite Austen novel, I read it twice and would reread it any time. 🥰
    The Picture of Dorian Gray is an amazing classic, not only with gorgeous writing, but it’s also one that makes you think. A lot.
    Hope you enjoy all of your choices!


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