#ReadProud Week 1

Thanks to the outpouring of support for #ReadProud, I'm starting a different blog post for each week to keep things a little bit more organised. You can read about the overall structure of the event here. You can also find out about the prizes there! 

Remember, each week there are two categories. Participating in one category and reading one book per week makes you eligible for the Silver Prize Draw. Participating in both categories and reading two books (or more!) per week makes you eligible for Gold Prize Draw!

For your book to count towards the draw, you have to leave a review on GoodReads and at least one retailer website. If you're not comfortable posting reviews, you can still participate, but unfortunately you won't be eligible for a prize draw. Leave links to your reviews in the comments for the Week!

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Week 1: 


Category A: TRANS YA ** Fiction or Non-Fiction

I'm reading: BEING JAZZ  by Jazz Jennings

Other 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 

BEYOND MAGENTA by Susan Kuklin (non-fiction) 

(you may read any other book of your choice that falls into this category)


Category B: Gay Contemporary, NA or Adult

I'm reading: FOR REAL by Alexis Hall

FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell 

Other Suggested Titles: 

SUTPHIN BOULEVARD by Santino Hassell
FOXES by Suki Fleet


CUT AND RUN by Abigail Roux 



1) Some Go Hungry … Mia Seigert 

2) Being Jazz … Julia Ember

3) The Art of Being Normal … Bhavya

4) Spy Stuff … Laura

5) Divide and Conquer … Bhavya

6) Cut and Run … Laura

7) The Unintentional Time Traveller … Chasia

8) Five Dates … Chasia

9) The Centre of the World … Becky

10) A Hundred Thousand Words … Silvana 

11) For Real … Julia Ember

12) Freakboy … Serena

13) If I Was Your Girl … Nina Rossing

14) I Know Very Well How I Got My Name … Becky

15) Beauty Queens … Mia Siegert 

16) His First Time … Jamie

17) The UnIntentional Time Traveller … Meredith Katz

18) Glitterland … Meredith Katz

19) Beyond Magenta … Rebecca

20) The Great American Whatever … Rebecca

21) Hell and High Water … Bhavya 

22) If I Was Your Girl … Michelle

23) Being Jazz … Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

24) If I was Your Girl … Nicole 

25) If I was Your Girl … Chase 

26) The UnIntentional Time Traveler … Kara

27) Coin Tricks … Kara

28) The UnIntentional Time Traveler … Bhavya 

29) If I was Your Girl … Rachel 

30) The Luckiest … Rachel

31) Cut and Run … Serena 

32) All is Well … Bogi

33) Beginning with the Mirror … Bogi

34) Transgender Lives … Crystal 

35) If I was Your Girl … Amber

36) The Foxhole Court … Amber

37) TruNorth … Shira

38) When the Moon Was Ours … Jamie 

39) Off Campus … Jamie


Update us on your progress in the comments! 

48 thoughts on “#ReadProud Week 1

  1. All righty, I’ve wrapped up week 1 a bit early since I’ll be busy the rest of the week. 🙂 So happy to see other people have posted already too! 😀

    A – The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R16LILC5LJVKY5/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=162015207X
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1623791363?book_show_action=false

    B – Five Dates by Amy Jo Cousins
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R157OY860JCWWH/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00O2BBSHW
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1655102841?book_show_action=false

  2. Second finished book in the category Trans YA: “I know very well how I got my name” by Elliott DeLine (amazon review will follow soon) 😀 ://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1655348291

  3. So I’ve been a bit all over the place with my reading for this challenge this week. I’ve finished stuff for different weeks. I am bad at making lists and sticking to them so I figured I’d read what turned my crank at the time. Hope that’s okay! Here’s my completed list:
    Week 1: Category B
    – His First Time by D.E. Lorrin (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1650488279)

    Week Two: Category A
    – The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1423776177)

    Week Three: Category A
    – (you) set me on fire by Mariko Tamaki (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1655906090)

    And then my last read hits both Week Three: Category B and Week Four: Category A
    – You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1641732418)

    I’m planning on finishing one or two more today if I can swing it but probably won’t have that much time.

  4. For Trans YA (Cat. A), I read: The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon
    Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2FXAO0LSVR38C/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv
    Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1657996658?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    For Gay Contemporary (Cat. B), I read: Glitterland by Alexis Hall
    Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2K4W59TR6F1LW/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv
    Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1658009806?book_show_action=false

    I’m also posting my reviews to my website under a reviews tag: https://meredithakatz.wordpress.com/category/reviews/

  5. Week 1: Category A: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
    Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1503339164?book_show_action=false

    Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2RD8YESVZ01IU/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1250078407

    Sorry it took so long to submit. Amazon never emailed me. I also just filmed the review (a second time). I will edit it and air it next Friday. Thank you again for hosting this amazing reading challenge.

  6. I’m off to a good start! 🙂

    * Week 1, Category A: THE UNINTENTIONAL TIME TRAVELER by Everett Maroon
    – goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1652318684?book_show_action=false
    – amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RCPXJL4VP3VOM/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=162015207X
    – barnes and noble: http://fw.to/OFh5pRJ

    * Week 2, Category B: COIN TRICKS by Willow Scarlett
    – goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1612722110?book_show_action=false
    – amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R32GG9X3IT1835/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01CAVI2F6
    – barnes and noble: http://fw.to/YcytumJ

  7. Great challenge, thank you very much for organizing it! My two reads this week were:

    Trans YA:
    Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1651930537?type=review#rating_78475292

    Gay contemporary:
    Beginning with the Mirror: Ten Stories about Love, Desire and Moving Between Worlds by Peter Dubé – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1656409831?book_show_action=false

    I submitted them to US Amazon as well, but they are still pending; I can post the links once I have them. I haven’t reviewed on Amazon in ages so I’m not sure how long it takes for reviews to be approved?

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