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!)
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!
WEEK 1 — May 29-June 5
Category A: TRANS YA ** fiction or non-fictional
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!