Reading Challenge | Get out of your comfort zone

Are you looking for a reading challenge to get you out of your comfort zone?

Why a reading challenge?

Do you feel as if you’re reading the same genre books again and again? Are you looking for a reading challenge to open new doors and new adventures? Feel like you’ve become stuck in a comfort reading rut?

I felt as if I had become stuck. There are so many fabulous books being published all the time as well as books available from back catalogues.  But I do have the tendency to stick to the same genre with the odd foray into fantasy or YA novels.  To shake myself up and help me step out of that rut I had fun creating a challenge which you can join in too.

Join in the reading challenge any time of the year

It doesn’t matter when you start your reading challenge. There is no deadline and no expectation for you to let me know how you’re getting on (you’re welcome to tweet me @shazgoodwin).

  • Be honest with yourself
  • Read at least one book from each category
  • One book might fit more than one category
  • If it feels like a chore, STOP!
  • The most important thing is to have fun

Pat from The Squirrel Basket completed the challenge in 17 months.

Click here to read her final post on her website.

You don’t have to complete all the challenge.

This is a reading challenge to get you out of your comfort zone.

The challenge is meant to entertain you and if you find that you’re choosing different genres then the challenge has worked!

Track your Book Stats up to 2030 and Beyond

With its easy-to-use layout and user-friendly design, this Google Sheet Template will help you organize and keep track of your reading.

This spreadsheet holds all the information you’ll need in one place for paperbacks, hardbacks, eBooks and audiobooks. As well as the usual stats of Title, Author, Date Published and reading progress, this book review template has data and ratings for the following:

  • series title and number
  • characters
  • atmosphere
  • writing
  • plot
  • pacing
  • world building
  • enjoyment
  • grading / star rating
Overview and Google sheet from a reading tracker

Download your copy today and keep a record to transform your love of books into an organized and enriching experience.

The Reading Challenge

A biography/memoir

A book inspired by a true story

A nonfiction book

A book based on a fairy tale

A Young Adult book

A science fiction book

A crime/thriller book

A book of poetry

A book someone tells you ‘changed my life’

A book recommended by someone in your network

A book chosen for you

A book with one word in the title

A book with a colour in the title

A book with a number in the title

A book with a predominantly green cover

A book set in a country that is not your birth country

A book translated to English

A book that became a movie

A book you own but haven’t read

A book from the library

A book of short stories

An audiobook

A book from an author you’ve never read before

A bestseller from a genre you don’t usually read

If the majority of books you read are female authors, a book by a male author and vice versa

A book with a dual timeline

A book set in the past during a time of turmoil

A book with an unreliable narrator

A trilogy or series of books

A novella

Download the PDF of the challenge for free by clicking here.

Coloured blocks with reading challenge categories

Use my reading challenge as inspiration. Set your own reading goals.

It’s important that a challenge is something you can achieve so be realistic, have fun and release your imagination.