#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 .

#ReadProud Wrap-Up and Winners

A month ago, I started the #ReadProud challenge as an initiative to encourage bloggers and readers to pick up more LGBTQIA books this month.

Lots of readers pledged their time and made the commitment to read one or two LGBTQIA books a week. We had 36 starters in the challenge and 24 people finished, maintaining their momentum for four consecutive weeks! Many more people participated individually, choosing to read queer books through other challenges or on their own momentum. Over the weeks of the challenges, #ReadProud readers read and reviewed 137 queer books from different genres and age categories. These books came from Big 5 publishers, independent Publishers, small presses and self-published authors.

 

Top 5 Most Read Books

1) George by Alex Gino … 9 Readers — Middle Grade, Trans Contemp.

2) If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo  … 6 Readers … Young Adult, Trans Contemp.

     This book was also the highest rated of the challenge, averaging 4.67 stars.

3) Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sarah Farizan … 6 Readers … Young Adult, Lesbian Contemp.

4) Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler … 4 Readers … New Adult, Lesbian Contemp.

5) Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember … 4 Readers … Young Adult, Lesbian Speculative.

 

Readers had the choice to enter either the Silver Challenge or the Gold Challenge. Silver Challenge Readers read 1 book per week, while Gold Challengers read 2. Each category will have a prize draw. Gold Challengers were automatically entered in both draws, as they read two books per week.

All challenge completers were entered into a randomizer for the draw. Here are the winners:

SILVER PRIZE ($50 for AMAZON, B&N, WATERSTONES or FOYLES): Lauren from Let's Get Beyond Tolerance / Shooting Star Magazine

GOLD PRIZE ($100 for AMAZON, B&N, WATERSTONES or FOYLES): Amber from Bookstacksamber

I hope that both of you will continue your queer reading momentum and get lots of LGBTQIA new books!

Sadly, I cannot give a monetary prize to everyone, but I would also like to mention Jamie from Books and Ladders and Bhavya from Books and Calm for being FUCKING BADASSES in terms of number of books read for this challenge. These guys are like little queer reading power houses. I would like to gift both of you a free queer ebook of your choice — please follow the same instructions to claim it as other prizes.

To claim your prizes, please send me an email at juliaemberya AT gmail DOT com — let me know where to send your prizes! All these prizes are giftcards effectively, and will be sent digitially on or before July 15 as long as claimed promptly.

It goes without saying, maybe, but I want to say it anyway: Queer Books and Queer Spaces are important all year round. If you are looking for new books to read, I absolutely hope that you will check out the lists compiled by GayYa.org or LGBTQReads.com as well as follow them on twitter for regular updates, new books and challenges.