Twitter can be a toxic hellhole occasionally, but more often than not when I’m surrounded by excellent company, such as the Diverse Book Bloggers that I follow and the large otaku community, I feel inspired and happy. It even leads me to discovering some really neat blog-happenings, such as the Queer Literature Readathon that I discovered earlier today. When I saw that this was an actual biblio-gig, I knew that I had to join in!
June is PRIDE month and a time to raise awareness for and show support for the LGBTQIA+ community. I am Queer and identify as a gender neutral (non-binary, using they/them/their pronouns), biromantic-asexual individual. It took me a long time to come to terms with and be wholly accepting of who I am as a human being and my identity. I remember being ashamed or felt like something was wrong with me because of how much I differed from other people, including other Queer-identifying individuals. It was definitely a trial of inner-fortitude trying to find my reflection in a mirror clouded with bigotry, hate, and ignorance. But now that I have an excellent handle on it, I am always looking for ways to make others more accepting and supportive of our community, most of which consists of raising awareness for and educating folks on what it means to be Queer.
This amazing readathon is a fantastic means of doing that by offering book-lovers a way to understand the various identities and experiences that make up the large LGBTQIA+ community by challenging us to read books all about sexual orientations, gender identity, self-discovery and self-acceptance, and much more. The first time that I read a female-female romance, set against a science-fiction setting, it changed my life. Being able to engage with that part of my who I am with something I am so passionate about, to be able to see myself in the books that I read, opened new doors of understanding and knowledge for me, and I’m hoping it shall do the same for the allies who decide to participate with this readathon. It’s also a delightful way for Queer people to celebrate our individualities and the progress (albeit a slow one) that publishing is making in regards to open-minded representation of all walks of life, especially Queer friends. I’m just thrilled that I was able to find the readathon in time to partake myself.
The readathon takes place from June 10th to the 16th, and is hosted by a couple of Queer BookTubers—Kathy Trithardt & Rogan Shannon—and has sixteen challenges that you can try to accomplish during the week of reading shenanigans. I compiled my seven-book-TBR based off the challenges. While I don’t have books for every challenge, I am more than satisfied and excited for the ones that I was able to meet. If you are interested in more information about the Queer Lit. Readathon, check out the hosts’ Twitter pages, which I’ve linked above, or by checking out the Queer Lit. Readathon Twitter page here with this link.
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book satisfies the following challenges: POC MC, Contemporary, Hyped/Popular, #OwnVoices.
“Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.” –Amazon
I’ve had this book on my shelf for years, and I’ll admit that one of the reasons I never picked it up is because of how hyped it was. But now is the perfect time to get over myself and read it, don’t ya think?
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
This book satisfies the following challenges: Ace Spec, Hyped/Popular, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Recommendation from Friend/Community.
“Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of an armoire, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. Each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.” –Amazon
I received this book as a gift a few years ago during either the holiday season or a birthday. But it got shelved and forgotten about until recently. I’ve heard only phenomenal things, so I’m hoping it’s excellent.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide Series #1) by Mackenzi Lee
This book satisfies the following challenges: Hyped/Popular, Most Recently Acquired, Recommended from Friend/Community.
“Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and travelling companion, Percy. So, Monty vows to make this year-long escapade one last hedonistic hurrah, and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.” –Amazon
I bought this book as a gift to myself last year during my birthday and then got promptly distracted with other books recommended to me via friends and family. While I’ve heard mixed things about the narrative, I’m still excited for it because I’m a sucker for historical fiction.
Motor Crush Volume 1 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr
This book satisfies the following challenges: Graphic Novel, POC MC, Science-Fiction/Fantasy.
“By day, Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting ‘machine narcotic’ known as Crush.” –Amazon
I got super lucky with this book as Sir Betrothed had checked it out from the library a few weekends ago. I ended up snagging it from his library stack, so I can read it for the readathon. #SorryNotSorry.
Necrotech (SINless #1) by K.C. Alexander
This books satisfies the following challenges: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Recommended from Friend/Community.
“Street thug Riko has some serious issues—memories wiped, reputation tanked, girlfriend turned into a tech-fuelled zombie, and the only people who can help her are the mercenaries who think she screwed them over. In an apathetic society devoid of ethics or regulation, where fusing tech and flesh can mean a killing edge or a killer conversion, a massive conspiracy is unfolding that will alter the course of the human condition forever. With corporate meatheads on her ass and a necro-tech blight between her and salvation, Riko is going to have to fight meaner, work smarter, and push harder than she’s ever had to, and that’s just make it through the day.” –Amazon
This book was a gift from Sir Betrothed as he knows of my love for F/F romances and the SFF genre. I’m glad I will finally be picking it up as there is a sequel that was released at the end of last year that I need to get my hands-on ASAP!
Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1) by Sara Kim
This book satisfies the following challenges: Most Recently Acquired, Science-Fiction/Fantasy.
“An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely. A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town. A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardise all of England. A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all. A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.” –GoodReads
I bought this a few months ago as a means of branching out to steampunk as it’s a subgenre of science-fiction that I am least acquainted with. This book is written by a South Asian-American female author.
When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
This book satisfies the following challenges: POC MC, Trans Spec MC, Hyped/Popular, Recommended from Friend/Community.
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumours say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumoured to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.” –GoodReads
I received this book around the same time that I received Every Heart a Doorway and ended up shelving the two together. I’ve heard the book is rich with culture and exploration of gender identity, so I’m eager to finally pick it up.
I’m going to try my hardest to finish all seven of these books, but if I am unable to do so, then I won’t kick myself in the ass for it. My goal is to read some marvellous books with wonderful representation and to have lots of fun celebrating PRIDE month. Please let me know in the comments if y’all have read any of these books, or if you are also planning on joining the readathon party!
Thank you for taking the time to visit me today! Until next time, happy reading and happy otakuing! 🌼