#12DaysofDiversity — Retelling Readathon Signup

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Hello and welcome to the sign-up post for the 12 Days of Diversity Readathon! I decided that I wanted to run another diversity promoting readathon over Christmas, and when I ran a twitter poll the majority voted for Diverse Retellings as a theme! 

This is not a readathon for the faint of heart. But it's Christmas after all, and accordingly, there will be presents or prizes granted by the Book Santa for the winners. 

 

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There are two categories for participation: Reindeer and Badass Santa. There will also be category prizes for individual postings, for those of you who have time to read one or two books, but not complete the whole challenge. 

To compete at Reindeer level, you will need to read one of the books from each of the categories listed later in this post, as well as one *wild card* entry from any category. This is a total of Six Books in Twelve Days. You will need to read these books as well as review them on a blog, GoodReads and another retail website. Everyone who completes those steps will be entered in the draw to win the Reindeer prize of a $35 Amazon Card or equal credit at the Bookstore of their choice. 

Then, we have the Badass Santa competition. 

 

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The Badass Santa will be the participant who achieves the greatest number of Readathon Points. Points will be calculated as 10 points per book read and reviewed, with a further 5 points per book for taking a photo of it and showcasing it on Instagram. 

The Badass Santa will be a reader of epicness. To reflect this, they will win an actual mini trophy engraved with their name, their title as Badass Santa, their blog name and #12DaysofDiversityIn addition, they will receive a $75 Amazon Card or equal credit at the store of their choice, and a mystery box of gift wrapped diverse books delivered to them. 

Prizes will also be given for the Most Beautiful Instagram Post and Most Hilarious Review. Both of these individuals will win a copy of the Diverse Retelling of their choice. 

Onto the categories! (clicking on all the titles will bring you to the book's GR page. Some of them appear in black — I'm not sure why)

 

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The first category is Diverse Retellings Published in 2016! The following list is not exhaustive, but it might be pretty close. If you'd like to read something else for this category, please comment with the book's title / what it's retelling / a link to its goodreads page. 

And I Darken by Kiersten White — Retelling of Historical Dracula, Gender-Flipped, LGBTQIA 

As I Descended by Robin Talley — Retelling of Macbeth, LGBTQIA

Beast by Brie Spangler — Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, LGBTQIA

Char by Kristina Wojtaszek — Retelling of Hansel and Gretel, POC Protagonist

Fairest by KS Trenton — Retelling of Sleeping Beauty, LGBTQIA

Marian by Ella Lyons — Retelling of Robin Hood, LGBTQIA

Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor — Retelling of Peter Pan, POC Protagonist

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Retelling of Hades&Persephone, POC Protagonist

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Abdieh — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

 

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The second category is protagonists of colour! Again, if there is a title you think is missing that you'd like to read instead, please comment with its title/author/goodreads link! 

 

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

A Whole New World by Liz Braswel — Retelling of Aladdin, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale — Retelling of Maid Maleen (Grimm), POC Protagonist

Char by Kristina Wojtaszek — Retelling of Hansel and Gretel, POC Protagonist

Hunting Monsters by SL Huang — Retelling of Red Riding Hood, POC Protagonist/LGBTQIA

Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor — Retelling of Peter Pan, POC Protagonist

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine — Retelling of Phantom of the Opera, POC Protagonist

Street Love by Walter Dean Myers — Retelling of Romeo and Juliet, POC Protagonist

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriot — Retelling of Cinderella, POC Protagonist

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis — Retelling of 12 Swans, POC Protagonist

Ramayana by Daljit Nagra — Retelling of Ramayana, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler — Retelling of Little Mermaid, POC Protagonist

The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine F. King — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Retelling of Hades&Persephone, POC Protagonist

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore — Retelling of Romeo and Juliet, POC Protagonist

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin — Retelling of The Wizard of Oz, POC Protagonist/Non-Western Influences

 

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Category 3! LGBTQIA protagonists! 

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And I Darken by Kiersten White — Retelling of Historical Dracula, Gender-Flipped, LGBTQIA 

Ash by Malinda Lo — Retelling of Cinderella, LGBTQIA

As I Descended by Robin Talley — Retelling of Macbeth, LGBTQIA

Beast by Brie Spangler — Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, LGBTQIA

Fairest by KS Trenton — Retelling of Sleeping Beauty, LGBTQIA

Hunting Monsters by SL Huang — Retelling of Red Riding Hood, POC Protagonist/LGBTQIA

In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western/Queer

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesa Lia Block — Retelling of The Odyssey, LGBTQIA

Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey — Retelling of Peter Pan, LGBTQIA

Marian by Ella Lyons — Retelling of Robin Hood, LGBTQIA

Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase — Retelling of Alice in Wonderland, LGBTQIA

Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee — Retelling of Selkie Folklore, LGBTQIA

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller — Retelling of The Iliad, LGBTQIA

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neill Gaiman — Retelling of Sleeping Beauty, LGBTQIA

Rules of Ever After by Killian Brewer — Retelling of Princess and the Pea, LGBTQIA

 

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I feel that my findings for this category were especially weak — so definitely feel free to suggest and find your own! Link us all in the comments section!

 

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A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

A Whole New World by Liz Braswel — Retelling of Aladdin, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western/Queer

Ramayana by Daljit Nagra — Retelling of Ramayana, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson — Retelling of Indian Folktale, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Retelling of Hades&Persephone, POC Protagonist

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Abdieh — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine F. King — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Retelling of Hades&Persephone, POC Protagonist

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin — Retelling of The Wizard of Oz, POC Protagonist/Non-Western Influences

 

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Again, I feel that there are probably loads of options that I've missed for this category. I absolutely want readers to support more stories from small presses and independent publishers, but at times, it can be difficult to find these stories!

 

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Char by Kristina Wojtaszek — Retelling of Hansel and Gretel, POC Protagonist

Fairest by KS Trenton — Retelling of Sleeping Beauty, LGBTQIA

Hunting Monsters by SL Huang — Retelling of Red Riding Hood, POC Protagonist/LGBTQIA

Marian by Ella Lyons — Retelling of Robin Hood, LGBTQIA

Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor — Retelling of Peter Pan, POC Protagonist

Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase — Retelling of Alice in Wonderland, LGBTQIA

Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee — Retelling of Selkie Folklore, LGBTQIA

The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine F. King — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

Rules of Ever After by Killian Brewer — Retelling of Princess and the Pea, LGBTQIA

 

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To signup, please comment with a link to your blog. I will start a table and update it with the links to participating blogs!

Also follow @jules_chronicle on twitter (me!) to get live updates to the event and learn about exciting guest posts.

During the event itself, I'll be hosting lots of authors for guest posts, interviews and exclusive excerpts from upcoming Diverse Retellings for 2017! 

Bring on Christmas!! 

 

Current Signups 

Jamie from Books and Ladders

Angelina from Fables Library

Dani from Dani Reviews Things

Ana from TheBooktarian

What the Log

Becca from Becca the Lit Witch

Samantha from The Forest of Words and Pages

Augustine from The Novel Knight

If the Book Will Be Too Difficult

Becca from Becca and Books

Anna Elise Monte (writer)

BookNut101 from 21st Century Once Upon a Time

Louise from Foxes and Fairy Tales

Nina Rossing (writer)

Bhavya from Books and Calm

Marcelina from Bookbacked

Aentee from ReadatMidnight

Lizzie from Big Books and Grande Lattes

Sarah at Reviews and Readathons

Kayla (booktuber)

Sophie from Sophie Reads Books

Anna from A Literary Potion

Sydney from BooksofKings

Jessica Gunn (writer)

Nicole Lynn from Pop Crunch Boom

Mish from Chasing Faerytales

CJ from Sarcasm and Lemons

Catherine from Library Kitten

Adriyanna from Life Writings of a Reader

Rebecca from Reading Wishes

 

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98 thoughts on “#12DaysofDiversity — Retelling Readathon Signup

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you’re going to be participating! Lots of these books do count in more than one category, but you’d need to pick which category you’re reading it for.

    1. Hi Angelina! That’s fine, but when you setup your host blog post, can you make sure that both of you are designated in separate reading lists?

  1. Jamie pulled me out of my manic studying to tell me about this, and I am SO DOWN FOR IT. I’m so glad it runs during my holiday (the first one I get during this degree that started over a month ago). Also, I’ve been meaning to read a lot of these books already so yay!

    1. I’m actually not sure! I’d need to check and see if it’s actually retelling a specific fairy tale (or has specific influences) or if it’s just a fairy tale like setting? Interlude is actually publishing my next book, so I’ll ask the author directly today!

    1. Hi Samantha! Great to have you participating! (I absolutely love your blog header — wow, that is fucking gorgeous)

    1. Awesome!! Also you win the prize for the most organised for already having your host post up and together! Yay! I’m so excited to see what you’ll think of the books!

  2. PRAISE YOU!! This is exactly what the bookish community needs for the holidays ❤️❤️ The book choices are excellent, I’ve heard quite a bit of good things about a few of them. Can’t wait for the readathon!

    1. I love retellings personally, and I can’t wait to read some of these myself. Busily compiling my own TBR! Excited to have you!

    1. Just a tip! Some of the works published by The Book Smugglers are actually free to read online via their website. Might make two categories a bit more accessible?

    1. Hi Louise, Thanks for the suggestion! Unfortunately, this readathon is all YA titles, so that one wouldn’t fit for this one!

    1. There’s actually been a lot of dispute over Cinder in one of the facebook author groups I’m in. A lot of people have said that cinder herself is a white protagonist? Apparently the publisher has made some trailers of the book and she’s been represented as blonde/white.

  3. Currently in a book slump but hopefully I’ll be able to participate in this. I’m not blogging, but hope I can still join in this? I loved the last diverse readathon you held!

    1. Of course you can! You’ll need to post your reviews on to GR and to Amazon/B&N if that’s okay? And do you have a twitter handle I can link to for signups?

    1. Absolutely! If you do, please let me know what they are so I can add them to the list!  A lot of people haven’t settled on what they want to read yet, so the list is evolving!

    1. Hi Lizzie! So excited that you’ll be joining us! I’m not actually sure that book is a retelling? Can you give me more details?

  4. For Badass Santa, do you have to read from every category (like for Reindeer) or can you just read whatever/however much you want?

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      That’s a really good question and it’s not clear. I think you need to fulfill the minimum criteria for Reindeer to start Badass Santa. After you’ve done the 6, it’s up to you.

  5. I still haven’t decided which books I’m going to read (and I’m on a buying ban at the moment while I save up to move to Canada so it may depend which books are available in my local library) but I really want to join in!
    Some of these books I have already read, can I re-read them for the readathon or do they have to be new books? (There were too many ‘reads’ in that sentence!)
    Anna x

    1. Hi Anna! So happy to have you joining us for the Readathon!

      I would prefer if they were new reads. But, some of these reads can actually be read FOR FREE online. Both Hunting Monsters and the 99th Bride can be read on The Book Smuggler’s Website.

  6. Hey, this looks super fun! Retellings and diversity are two of my favourite bookish things put together. My blog is librariankitten.wordpress.com

  7. I’ve asked questions, but I haven’t officially signed up as I was busy working on my TBR. Is there still time? I didn’t realise there was a cut off otherwise I would have been quicker.

  8. Would The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho count? It’s listed as a diverse YA retelling on GR, but I’m not sure what story it’s a retelling of.

    I’m getting really excited for this readathon, the books are all looking great.

    1. I absolutely loved that story. I’m not sure what it’s retelling either, though. I’d love to include it if anybody has the answers!

    1. Hi Lexie! I’ll add you to the scoreboard posting! You don’t have to have an official TBR, you just have to post your reviews as comments in the scoreboard posting as you list them!

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