#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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If you like these readathons and want to support me in my ongoing craziness, please do check out Unicorn Tracks and consider buying my book! <3 .

Short, Diverse Reads for Max TBR Takedown

 

Novellettes: All the fun in a quarter of the time.

 

So, we're halfway through October, and I know that for the competitive among you, this is the time of year when you start to look at the looming total of books you still have to read to complete either GoodReads or blog-based challenges with a feeling of panic.

Don't fear! I'm here to help you.

All of these great stories can be read in under an hour based on the average reader speed of a page a minute.

As an added bonus, every single one of these feature either a LGBTQIA main character, a POC main character, OR BOTH.

 

Genre: Fantasy

 

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Title: Hunting Monsters

Author: SL Huang

Publisher: The Book Smugglers

Length: 50 pages

Read Time: Less than 1 hour

Diversity: Intersectional: on page  lesbian couple, POC cast by a POC author

Synopsis:

Ever since she was a small girl, she has learned to be careful on the hunt, to recognize the signs that separate regular animals from human-cursed grundwirgen. To harm a grundwirgen is a crime punishable by death by the King's decree – a fatal mistake that her Auntie Rosa and mother have carefully prepared her to avoid.

On her fifteenth birthday, when her mother is arrested and made to stand trial for grundwirgen murder, everything she thought she knew about her family and her past comes crashing down.

Mini Review: I was struggling for a bed time read, flipping through things in my kindle, but when I started this, it instantly grabbed me. I loved the build up the relationship between Rosa/Mei, and how the child narrator gradually became more aware of complexities over time. Beautiful, vivid writing. A fascinating fairy-tail mashup of Little Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast.

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Title: The Vishakanya's Choice

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Publisher: The Book Smugglers

Length: 27 pages

Read Time: Half an hour

Diversity: POC cast and mythology by an author of colour. #ownvoices

Synopsis:

Early in her life, Sudha's fate was divined to be a lonely, fruitless future of young widowhood. So, it was considered a blessing when she was brought to the Hastinapur harem to become a vishakanya–a weapon, an assassin, a poison maiden whose very touch is toxic.

Mini Review:

A beautifully written (who expected anything else from Roshani Chokshi??), dark little short story. Considered death incarnate as a result of her star-chart, Sudha is fed poison and turned into a living weapon. Her agency is stripped away and she's treated like a dangerous possession. The depiction of setting is super vivid.

This story is about a girl taking her choices back, standing up for herself, becoming powerful and it's wonderful.

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Title: The Rainbow Flame

Author: Shveta Thakrar

Publisher: Uncanny Magazine

Length: 16 pages

Read Time: 20 minutes

Diversity: Full POC cast by POC author. #ownvoices

Mini Review:

This is the absolutely beautifully told story of Ripali, the last in a line of magical candlemakers who mix parts of their own imaginations into the candles they create. The candles are used by Spell Singers, who use them to protect the population. But Ripali isn’t happy with her situation – why should she be the one to lose her visions and her memories?

The prose and ideas in this are stunning. Shveta is basically the master of gorgeously constructed imagery and metaphor. This is a portal fantasy of sorts, but the transition is so seamless you almost forget.

My rating:

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Title: The Terracotta Bride

Author: Zen Cho

Publisher: Zen Cho

Length: 51 pages

Read Time: Less than an hour

Diversity: POC cast and mythology by a POC author. #ownvoices

Synopsis:

In the tenth court of hell, spirits wealthy enough to bribe the bureaucrats of the underworld can avoid both the torments of hell and the irreversible change of reincarnation.

It's a comfortable undeath … even for Siew Tsin. She didn't choose to be married to the richest man in hell, but she's reconciled. Until her husband brings home a new bride.

Yonghua is an artificial woman crafted from terracotta. What she is may change hell for good. Who she is will transform Siew Tsin. And as they grow closer, the mystery of Yonghua's creation will draw Siew Tsin into a conspiracy where the stakes are eternal life – or a very final death.

Mini Review:

A totally fascinating blend of mythology and modernity. This is a super quick read novella read with a unique and interesting cast of characters. Beautifully written and easily readable in an hour.

I loved the way the story talked about hell and reincarnation. It's not always a peaceful process, but something that a lot of the souls dread. Siew Tsin's naivety made her a perfect narrator.

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Genre: Paranormal

 

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Title: The Artist and the Devil

Author:  Shira Glassman

Publisher: Shira Glassman

Length: 15 pages

Read Time: 20 minutes

Diversity: Gay Romance

Synopsis:

Noah has an uncomplicated life–he teaches art at a high school, then sketches outside all afternoon until he gets hungry and has to go home, and finally spends the night grading papers. His life is thrown into confusion when he encounters a mysterious burly businessman one day in the park. Noah keeps finding clues that the man is Satan–and the worst part is, he's growing more attracted to him every day.

Mini Review:

When I first started reading, I was little bit skeptical. I kept thinking, wait, hold on Noah, you have absolutely no evidence for your accusations? Where are you getting these thoughts from?

And I read on, thinking, well this is cute But

BUT THEN: THE TWIST. THE BEAUTIFUL DIAMOND TWIST that turns this from simply a cute gay romance short, into a larger commentary on stereotypes and jumping to conclusions.

Love it.

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Genre: Sci-Fi

 

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Title: The Siren Son

Author: Tristina Wright

Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine

Length: 19 pages

Read Time: 20 minutes

Diversity: Very, very queer 😀

Mini Review:

Read and adored Tristina Wright's "The Siren Song." I loved the beautiful ocean imagery and the sweet love between Killian and Neal.

ALSO the image of a merking living in a coral castle being rammed with a battleship … one of my favourites lines of all time! <3

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Read the story at Lightspeed!