#ReadProud Reading Challenge

June is #PrideMonth and to celebrate, I decided that I would spend the month working through my Queer TBR pile … and I'm encouraging you all to join me! I hope lots of readers will join in to read LGBTQ books from all different genres and discover some new great reads. 

This is a 4-week challenge. Each week will have 2 categories. You can participate on two levels:

(1) GOLD:  Read two books per week, one from each category, totalling 8. 

(2) SILVER: Read one book from one category a week, totalling 4. 

Successful completers of the challenge will be entered in a prize draw: 

GOLD: $100 Amazon Gift Card (or B&N/Waterstones if preferred!) 

SILVER: $50 Amazon Gift Card (or B&N/Waterstones if preferred!)

 

Rules: 

1) You must read in the weekly categories to be eligible. However, you do not have to read the suggested books. You may find your own reads in the relevant categories. 

2) You must post your reviews on GoodReads and at least one retailer website. You shoud link these in the comments on the relevant week's post (on this blog). These reviews can be negative or positive. 

3) These reads must be new reviews. This means you can't recycle old reviews or old Arc reviews. You need to post the review in the relevant week. 

4) Post in the comments to introduce yourself and your blog/twitter handle! 

Here is a badge to put on your blogs if you plan to blog the event! 

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WEEK 1 — May 29-June 5 < — Week 1 is live! Click to record your reads!

 

Category A:  TRANS YA  ** fiction or non-fictional 

What I'll Be Reading:   

BEING JAZZ: MY LIFE AS A TRANSGENDER TEEN by Jazz Jennings (non-fiction)

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) 

 

CATEGORY B: GAY CONTEMPORARY, NA or ADULT.

What I'll be Reading: 

FOR REAL by Alexis Hall (over 18s!)

Suggested Titles: 

SUTPHIN BOULEVARD by Santino Hassell (over 18s!)

FOXES by Suki Fleet 

INTO THIS RIVER I DROWN by TJ Klune

CUT AND RUN by Abigail Roux 

 

WEEK 2 — June 5-12 — LINK POSTED FOR READS!

 

Category A:  LESBIAN SPECULATIVE

What I'll be Reading: 

THE BETTER TO KISS YOU WITH by Michelle Osgood

Suggested Titles: 

UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember (meeee!)

THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie

DISSENTION by Stacey Berg

THE RAVEN AND THE REINDEER by T. Kingfisher

THE RENEGADE by Amy Dunne 

THE SECOND MANGO by Shira Glassman

 

Category B:  LGBTQ Middle Grade or Younger

What I'll be Reading: 

GEORGE by Alex Gino

Suggested Titles: 

RED: A CRAYON'S STORY by Michael Hall

AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson 

HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES by Leslea Newman

ONE MAN GUY by Michael Barakiva 

 

WEEK 3 — June 12-19 — Post Reads Here!

 

Category A:  AUTHORS OF COLOUR

What I'll Be Reading: ASH BY MALINDA LO 

Suggested Titles: 

IF YOU COULD BE MINE by Sara Farizan 

SEVEN TEARS AT HIGH TIDE by CB LEE

THE SUMMER PRINCE by Alaya Dawn Johnson

THE BATTLE FOR JERICHO by Gene Gant

TREASURE by Rebekah Weatherspoon 

 

Category B:  LESBIAN CONTEMPORARY 

What I'll Be Reading: OUT ON GOOD BEHAVIOR by Dahlia Adler 

Suggested Titles: 

ANNIE ON MY MIND by Nancy Garden

LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley

AT HER FEET by Rebekah Weatherspoon (over 18s!) 

CAREFULLY EVERYWHERE DESCENDING by LD Bedford

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour

 

WEEK 4 — June 19-26

 

Category A:  GAY YA

What I'll Be Reading: We Are the Ants by Shawn David Hutchinson

Suggested Titles: 

JERKBAIT by Mia Seigert 

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli 

DAGGER by Steven dos Santos

BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan

FJORD BLUE by Nina Rossing

 

Category B: WILDCARD 

Surprise me. Surprise us all. As long as it's LGBTQIA. I'd LOVE people to bring forward some terrific Asexual, Bisexual and Non-binary books.