How many readathons can I join in the space of a month???
The answer is 4. This will be my third and fourth readathons of the year so far!
What a huge difference a year makes. 2019 was the first year I ever participated in a readathon and honestly, I can’t remember how many I did do but there was a few!
This year I’m starting strong, the Pondathon has been so much fun! CW @ The Quiet Pond went above and beyond for this readathon and it has pushed me to read more books than I would have without it!
I’ve also been doing #StartOnYourShelfathon also from CW as well and geez, she really knows how to bring the magic to reading huh??? I worship at her feet and also wonder how the hell she’s doing it all??? A goddess in human form.
I don’t know how I didn’t know about H&Q until now??? But thanks to Caro @ Bookcheshirecat talking about it in one of her posts I’m so excited!
I already knew about #ARCApocalypse because I love Destiny’s blog @ Howling Libraries and had every intention of joining but then just…kept forgetting about it???
Anyway, I’m going to explain what these readathons are a little more and show some of the books I plan to read for them.
I’ve decided I’m going to count books I’ve already read this year that qualify for these readathons because, well I didn’t see any rules saying I couldn’t ahah and also because they’re both year-long readathons without any kind of points or rewards system so I don’t see why not!
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What is Here and Queerathon?
OKAY: here we go: MEL IS HOSTING A QUEER READATHON IN 2020!! The name of the readathon is the Here & Queerathon 2020, and will focus on reading books by queer authors and with queer representation. It will run for the entirety of 2020, from January 1-December 31, 2020.
*Note: Mel is using “queer” as an umbrella term for many different sexualities and identities, including, but not limited to, asexual, aromantic, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, genderqueer/fluid/nonconforming, etc. Basically, anything outside of straight and cis probably counts.
Here is some other information:
Books That Count
🍃 books by queer authors
🍃 books featuring queer representation not by queer authors
🍃 books you START and FINISH in 2020 (books started in 2019 and finished in 2020 will NOT count)
🍃 any backlist (2019 or before) and frontlist (2020) or ARCs by queer authors
🍃 audiobooks count too!
🍃 so do comics and graphic novels!
🍃 and poetry!
🍃 basically, if it’s written by a queer author, it counts!
How to Join
🍃Announce your intention to join the Here & Queerathon on a social media platform of your choosing. This includes your blog, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or anywhere you post on social media.
🍃 Use the sign-up form to sign up.
🍃 Follow @HQueerathon on Twitter for updates. Share your update posts and reviews here and DM with any questions about the readathon or whether books count.
🍃 Use the hashtag #hereandqueerathon to discuss the reading challenge with the book community.
🍃 Start keeping track of the books you read on this form.
More Fun & Notes
🍃 There are no badges/levels for this challenge because I want it to be fun and low-key and for you not to feel pressured to read a certain number of books!
🍃 Every month, I will post recommendations of what to read featuring titles releasing during the month featuring queer representation as well as some backlist recommendations. This will happen on the 2nd of every month.
To Sum Up
🍃 Sign up here with the sign-up form
🍃 Log your books read with this form
🍃 Follow @HQueerathon on Twitter
🍃 Runs January 1-December 31, 2020
🍃 Only books by queer authors read completely in 2020 will count
*The above explanation is from Mel’s announcement post with small changes so the wording isn’t in first person. This is because I’m trying to post this ASAP so this saves times rather than putting it in my own words.
My Here and Queerathon TBR
My ARC TBR is looking very queer so they’ll be the first books on my TBR for this readathon!
I’m so excited to read all of these! Most of them are new releases that I’ve just been approved for but there is one that I was approved for last year and never got around too…
│Dangerous Remedy│Dangerous Remedy #1│Kat Dun│
Pitched as stranger things in the french revolution, there’s an ensemble cast of queer disasters, two girls in love and a bi love triangle. plus strange science, swashbuckling action and a little magic 💀 – Kat Dunn’s Twitter
I think this might have been a cover request??? It’s so beautiful! ‘We cheat Death, as the blade falls…’, I need to know more!!! I mean there’s a bloody guillotine on the cover—literally!
But since reading the author’s pitch I am even more excited to read it!!! Queer disasters are my brand.
│Barbed Wire Heart│Tess Sharpe│
There’s nothing stronger than a woman who’s risen from the ashes of some fire a man set.
Far From You is one of my fave books and is so catered to me that I just about nearly cried when I saw Sharpe was publishing another book that is so catered to me. My skin is clear and my heart is full of books.
I’m mad at myself for taking so long to get to it.
│The Scapegracers│The Scapegracers #1│Hannah Abigail Clarke│
We’ve brought you beats, lights, and glamour; we brought fresh meat, new blood, and booze. In return, we want some chaos, we want havoc; bring us hell.
This book was on my list of anticipated new releases for 2020 and I was honestly so shocked when I was approved for it on NetGalley??? It’s so pretty and it’s about a lesbian witch and complex female friendships! What’s not to love???
│The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass│Adan Jereat-Poole│
The Vortex shifted, the core growing darker, as black as dead eyes and the hole in the head of a needle. The darkness threaded Eli through the fabric between the human city and the witch city.
A story about a made witch assassin??? What???
I honestly kind of have no idea what I’m signing up for here but I’m keen to find out soon!
│When You Get the Chance│Tom Ryan│
Complicated? She asks. What’s complicated is trying to exist in a world that doesn’t acknowledge your identity. What’s complicated is dealing with people who mock the way you choose to refer yourself.
Queer teens on a road trip to Pride???
I wanna go on a queer road trip to Pride!!!
Well, this book is about as close as I’m going to get atm and I am pumped!
What is #ARCApocalypse?
Are you behind on review copies? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the stacks of ARCs you need to review? Has Destiny got a reading challenge for you…
It’s time to take matters seriously: Destiny is devoting the entire year of 2020 to catching up on her review copies. By December 31st, 2020, her goal is to have read every single ARC that released at any point leading up to that date — so, her 2020 titles, her leftover 2019 titles, and anything she has that came out before 2019, too.
She was going to just do this on her own, but then she thought: wouldn’t it be more fun to take her followers all along with her?
So, she came up with a hashtag she hopes we’ll find as catchy and inspiring as she does: #ARCApocalypse! She’ll be using this hashtag on Instagram and Twitter to post her updates, and she hopes we’ll join her. She also has a Goodreads group and Discord server to help everyone share their progress and find any support that might be needed!
You can find Destiny’s TBR for this readathon here.
*Most of the above explanation is from Destiny’s announcement post with small changes so the wording isn’t in first person or talking about it in future tense.
My #ARCApocalypse TBR
And here are the rest of the ARCs I have at the moment!
This year I really want to aim at reading and posting reviews closer to the publish date because I’ve never really been very good at that…
But lowkey worried about keeping up with the ones I have right now. I really should not have gone on that request binge as a reward for having almost caught up this month. I really jumped the gun on that one.
I just have such a love-hate relationship with ARCS. On one hand, I love the honour of being approved for a book I’m incredibly excited for and know I’ll love! But on the other hand, I seem to not be that great at picking out books that are a sure thing.
I’m so good at picking out books I know I’ll love to read any other time, whether I’m purchasing or borrowing for the library, I have a pretty high success rate but that’s because I am not very good at keeping up with new releases. More often than not I prefer to wait until the book has been out a while and I can read reviews from people I trust before committing to a book unless it’s by on author or part of a series I know I’ll love.
That’s not an option with ARCs and although sometimes I get super lucky and am approved for books I’m already anticipating from authors I know I enjoy, most of the books I request and am approved for are books I know very little about. And that tends to mean that most of my disappointing reads each year are ARCS which can put me in such a slump and then I get stubborn and refuse to read any for months.
But I think I’m getting better at picking them?? Maybe??? But mostly I’m allowing myself to DNF more. I ain’t got time to finish shitty books.
Hopefully, these books aren’t shitty and I’m blown away!
│100 Days of Sunlight│Abbie Emmons│
“This is when I usually crack a lame joke, like, “Yeah, sorry, I left my real legs at home.””
I’ve been following Abbie’s blog for a while now so I was super excited to see she was publishing a book!
This is another ARC I’ve had for far too long and didn’t get to but I will be reading it this year, preferably over the next few months! No more requesting ARCs until I do!
│Rules for Being a Girl│Candace Bushnell│
There are so many unspoken rules for navigating high school–for navigating life, maybe–that I can’t help but try to figure out which one I broke to get myself into this situation. There are so many rules for girls.
I interested to see where this book goes.
I read Bushnell’s The Carrie Diaries series years ago before I took reading all that seriously and really refined my taste in books so although I enjoyed it then, I’m not positive I’d enjoy it now.
However, this book is far more catered to my tastes and I’m ready to give it a go.
Soon enough you’ll be thirty and wondering how the hell you got from here to there. You’ll look back at old pictures and swear that was just yesterday and then realise that yesterday was ten years ago.
I love poetry. And I don’t read it enough.
I recently read Aphrodite Made Me Do It I tell ya, that book is golden and I want a physical copy tomorrow and I want a number of the poems tattooed on my skin forever.
I don’t think I’ll enjoy this one as much but I’m hoping I’ll be pleasantly surprised!
│The Magical Writing Grimoire│Lisa Marie Basile│
Part guided journaling practice, part interactive magical grimoire, The Magical Writing Grimoire shows you how to incorporate writing as a magical tool to create healing and amplify spell-casting.
I’ve been slowly delving into the world of witches and Wicca for a few years now and I’m ready to take a bigger step.
I’m 100% sure what I’m signing up for with this book but I am really excited to find out!
I’m ready for the Queer and to finally stop feeling forever behind on ARCs!
What ARCs are on your TBR?
What queer books are you planning to read in the near future?
What readathons are you participating in at the moment?