Buzzwordathon 2022: My version and my TBR

This year I’m planning to participate in Buzzwordathon (or Buzzword Reading Challenge) 2022. Here’s how Buzzwordathon is supposed to work, according to creator Kayla from Booksandlala:

“The Buzzword Readathon (#buzzwordathon) is a monthly readathon, running the first week of each month (1st through 7th).  Each month has a designated word/word theme and you have a week to read as many books as you like with that word in the title. Alternatively you can complete this as a year-long reading challenge, and read just ONE book each month featuring the monthly buzzword until you complete the whole challenge!”

I’m tweaking the challenge a bit. Instead of just reading one book a month, I’m treating it as twelve challenges I can fulfill whenever throughout 2022. Last year, I ended up backloading the year and read five books for Buzzwordathon in December. This year I get the feeling I’ll frontload the year, but I’m okay with that.

The prompts and books I’m tentatively planning to read for them:

  • January: Who, what, when, where, why, or how
    • When You Least Expect It by Haley Cass
    • This is a queer lady romance my wife has recommended to me. It’s a holiday romance so I’ll probably read it closer to the end of the year.
  • February: Pronoun
    • Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski
    • I talked about this a bit in my last post. A quick summary, this book was recommended to me by my physical therapist as part of my chronic pelvic pain treatment, and I’m excited to give it a try. I read the introduction in November or December of last year and it already made me cry, so I’m anticipating a lot of feels are gonna happen with this book. I might end up reading it over a couple months.
  • March: Location
    • Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler
    • This is a YA queer lady romance coming out in June. I’m pretty sure it’s a cheerleader/football player romance, and I just need so much more lady cheerleader/lady athlete romances in my life. My perpetual worry is that it (or any new release I’m excited about) won’t get an audiobook, so everyone keep your fingers crossed.
  • April: Little or big
    • Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese
    • This will be a reread I’ve been wanted to get to since October. When I read Creativity the first time it made me feel hopeful and inspired and warm and fuzzy, and I’m hoping for the same feelings again in this second read.
  • May: Direction
    • A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
    • I talked about this one a bit in my last post as well. I’m going to be late to the party, but better late than never. This YA urban fantasy follows a Black teen girl who also happens to be a siren in Portland, OR.
  • June: “All”
    • How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived by Leslie Jordan
    • I also talked about this one previously. ^_^ It looks like it will be a funny, heartwarming, quick read, which sounds perfect.
  • July: Bookish word
    • Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen
    • Okay, so here’s the thing. I’ve put off reading this one for a long time. I first heard about it years ago from Cece at ProblemsofaBookNerd. I was initially excited about it but eventually decided I didn’t want to read it for personal reasons; I had moved away from a red state at 19 and didn’t want to poke too hard at my feelings about that. I’m now 29, living in a red state once again, and working with queer teens, and I finally feel like I’m in a place where I’ll both enjoy and benefit from this book.
  • August: Item or object
    • A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman
    • I heard about this novella on Kayla’s channel quite a while ago, back when I was first discovering my interest in horror. At the time I was intrigued because I thought I might enjoy underwater horror, but I had a lot of trouble getting access to it. Now I know I absolutely love underwater horror and my library finally has an audiobook copy I can read, so I’m really excited to get to this sometime in 2022.
  • September: Light or dark
    • A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair
    • I have so many books on my TBR/rereads list with dark/darkness in the title. I’m going with this one for now because it’s on my January TBR and I’m okay with knocking out this prompt early. Maybe as the year goes on I’ll add all the darkness books I read to the Storygraph prompt, just to see how many I end up with. If I do that, I’ll share the list with y’all at the end of the year.
  • October: Creature
    • Wisdom From a Humble Jellyfish and Other Self-Care Rituals from Nature by Rani Shah
    • Another one that was in my last post. This seems like it will be a short, feel-good nonfiction and I’m here for it.
  • November: “-ing”
    • When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
    • This is also on my January TBR. It’s a thriller written by one of my favorite romance authors and I’m really excited to finally get to it.
  • December: Number
    • An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World by Patrisse Cullors
    • I’m excited about this book because I process information well when it’s in lists, so I think this format is going to work well for my brain. I’m also down for any nonfiction that makes me feel like the world isn’t a hopeless trash heap… A trash heap, maybe, but not a total lost cause.

And that’s my Buzzwordathon TBR! It may change throughout the year. If I keep feeling like blogging, I’ll keep y’all updated in my monthly TBRs and wrap-ups. ^_^

Author: SeeOwlRead

They/She. I’m a queer reviewer and librarian.

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