Happy Pride Month!
Today is the first day of #PrideLibrary20, and our first prompt is TBR, so I’m going to talk about my reading plans for the month. It’s not to late for you to join us, and be sure to link back to our introduction post when you participate, because then you’ll be eligible for our giveaway!
Our #PrideLibrary20 challenge consists of 30 photo/blogging prompts, and I’m hoping to both take an Instagram picture and write a blog post for each of them. This will mainly mean that you can expect a ton of recs from me this month, so be sure to keep an eye out for those if you’re interested. I’ll talk about anticipated releases, all-time favourites, recommended reads with certain representation, and more!
Below, you can view the challenge again, but for a more thorough explanation (including explanations of and recommendations for all of the prompts), I recommend reading our #PrideLibrary20 introduction post!
This month, I’m hoping to read exclusively LGBTQ+ books. To help me achieve that, I’m joining an amazing readathon, Reading It Queer, which is hosted by Eloise @ Eloise Reads. This readathon takes place from June 1st until June 30th, and the goal is to read queer books. There are 9 reading prompts, so I’ve compiled a TBR based on those prompts. I know a lot of my choices would fit multiple prompts, but I’d like to challenge myself to read a book for each prompt. I’ll likely read more than 9 books, but I want to leave space for myself to decide what I want to read based on my mood, so I haven’t made a bigger TBR.
The first prompt is non-fiction, which I actually want to read more of this year. I haven’t been very successful so far, so hopefully I’ll be able to read more than one non-fiction this month! I definitely want to read All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson, it sounds so important and absolutely wonderful. I have an Audio Listening Copy that I received from Libro.fm in exchange for an honest review. I’m especially excited for the audiobook because it has been narrated by the author himself, which I always think hits different, and especially considering this is a memoir.
Author of Colour and/or Character of Colour
For this prompt, I definitely want to read a book by an author of colour with a main character of colour. Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron seems perfect for this prompt, and it’s F/F as well, so I’m very excited about it! I have a Netgalley ARC, so I would like to get to it before it comes out in July.
Recommended by a friend
Another F/F book I’m dying to read, is Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen. This book came out in April, but I haven’t gotten around to reading my Netgalley ARC yet. It was highly recommended to me by Eloise @ Eloise Reads, who’s of course also hosting this reading challenge.
Additional rep (religion, disability, etc.)
For this prompt, I’m very excited to be reading the last Xan West book I haven’t read yet: Eight Kinky Nights! Xan West’s books are always chockfull of representation, and I love the way they write autistic characters. I believe there’s other disability rep in this book as well, as well as Jewish representation, so it fits this prompt perfectly. I received a digital review copy of this book from the author.
A genre you don’t normally read
A genre I don’t normally read is adult contemporary. But after reading a great review of All of My Friends Are Rich by Michael Sarais, I became very interested in this book, and the author reached out to me to send me an ARC, which I’m very excited to read. I received a digital review copy of this book from the author.
Set outside of the UK/US
I’ll admit, I had to do a little bit of research for this prompt. But of course LGBTQReads was once again a big help! The English translation of Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha comes out tomorrow (June 2nd), and it’s set in Brazil. I had already added it to my TBR on my audiobook service, so I can start listening the minute it comes out if I want to.
Published before 2018
This was another prompt I had to do a little research for, because I mainly read new releases. I dove into my physical TBR for this prompt, and I chose Dreadnought by April Daniels, which I bought a while ago and apparently came out in early 2017.
Own voices author
Another 2020 release I’m very excited about is The Friend Scheme by Cale Dietrich, which I also have a Netgalley ARC for. It comes out in July, so hopefully I’ll get to it in June.
Hopefully this challenge will help me get through some of the 2020 releases on my Netgalley TBR. I’ve already had The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke on my TBR for way too long, so hopefully I’ll finally be able to read it.
What are you planning to read this month? Are you participating in any challenges for Pride Month?
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