#ReadProud Reading Challenge

June is #PrideMonth and to celebrate, my writing friend Julia Ember is hosting a #ReadProud Challenge. The goal is work through your LGBT+ TBR list!

This is a 4-week challenge. Each week will have 2 categories. You can participate on two levels:

(1) GOLD:  Read two books per week, one from each category, totalling 8. 

(2) SILVER: Read one book from one category a week, totalling 4. 

Successful completers of the challenge will be entered in a prize draw:

GOLD: $100 Amazon Gift Card (or B&N/Waterstones if preferred!)

SILVER: $50 Amazon Gift Card (or B&N/Waterstones if preferred!)

 

Rules:

1) You must read in the weekly categories to be eligible. However, you do not have to read the suggested books. You may find your own reads in the relevant categories.

2) You must post your reviews on GoodReads and at least one retailer website. You shoud link these in the comments on this post. These reviews can be negative or positive.

3) These reads must be new reviews. This means you can’t recycle old reviews or old Arc reviews. You need to post the review in the relevant week.

4) Post in the ORIGINAL comments OVER HERE to introduce yourself and your blog/twitter handle!

Here is a badge to put on your blogs if you plan to blog the event!

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WEEK 1 — May 29-June 5

Category A:  TRANS YA  ** fiction or non-fictional 

Suggested Titles: 

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

FREAKBOY by Kirstin Elizabeth Clark (lyric)

BEING EMILY by Rachel Gold

THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson

LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesca Lia Block

PARROTFISH by Ellen Wittlinger

THE OTHER ME by Me! 🙂

CATEGORY B: GAY CONTEMPORARY, NA or ADULT.

Suggested Titles: 

FOXES by Suki Fleet

INTO THIS RIVER I DROWN by TJ Klune

CUT AND RUN by Abigail Roux

 

WEEK 2 — June 5-12 

Category A:  LESBIAN SPECULATIVE

Suggested Reading:

THE BETTER TO KISS YOU WITH by Michelle Osgood

UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember (meeee!)

THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie

DISSENSION by Stacey Berg

THE RAVEN AND THE REINDEER by T. Kingfisher

THE RENEGADE by Amy Dunne

THE SECOND MANGO by Shira Glassman

 

Category B:  LGBTQ Middle Grade or Younger

Suggested Titles: 

GEORGE by Alex Gino

RED: A CRAYON’S STORY by Michael Hall

AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson

HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES by Leslea Newman

ONE MAN GUY by Michael Barakiva

 

WEEK 3 — June 12-19 

Category A:  AUTHORS OF COLOUR

Suggested Titles: 

SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel Jose Older

All books by Malinda Lo

All books by Alaya Dawn Johnson

All books by Octavia Butler

All books by Nalo Hopkinson

All books by Stephanie Kuehn

All books by Nnedi Okorafor

 

Category B:  LESBIAN CONTEMPORARY 

Suggested Titles: 

ANNIE ON MY MIND by Nancy Garden

LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley

CAREFULLY EVERYWHERE DESCENDING by LD Bedford

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour

AN UNSTILL LIFE by Kate Larkindale

 

WEEK 4 — June 19-26

Category A:  GAY YA

Suggested Titles: 

WE ARE THE ANTS by Shawn David Hutchinson

JERKBAIT by Mia Seigert

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

DAGGER by Steven dos Santos

BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan

THE RAVEN BOYS series by Maggie Stiefvater

Category B: WILDCARD 

Surprise me. Surprise us all. As long as it’s LGBTQIA. I’d LOVE people to bring forward some terrific Asexual, Bisexual and Non-binary books!

 

Extra Suggested titles:

DUST by Elizabeth Bear

ANCILLARY series by Ann Leckie

NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio

MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides

THE ADORNED by John Tristan

PROXY by Alex London

CODA by Emma Trevayne

LOST SOULS and DRAWING BLOOD by Poppy Z. Brite

GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith

WITCH EYES by Scott Tracey

SCARDUST by Me! 🙂

 

And don’t forget that Harmony Ink Press has a bunch of LGBT+ YA titles for you to choose from if you’re looking for more great reads!

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  • Julia E.

    I love all your extra list items, Xan!!