2019

Monday, December 16th to Sunday, December 22nd

Y’all, it’s been a year. The readathon will be much more low-key this year. One week when I (and anyone who wishes to join me) will focus only on reading queer speculative fiction. If you think it counts, it counts.

Group read

If you feel so inclined, the group book for this week will be Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy.

Goodreads summary:

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

Challenges

Instead of the bingo board we used last year there will be a few challenges this year. Just like the group read the challenges are optional.

  1. Read something with a POC author/illustrator/creator.
  2. Read something with stars on the cover
  3. Read a backlist title (a 2018 release or earlier)
  4. Read something with a not-entirely-human character
  5. Read something that includes #OwnVoices representation.

Giveaway

To celebrate the readathon and queer books in general, I’ll be giving away a copy of The Disasters by M. K. England in your preferred format (hardback, paperback, e-book, or audiobook)(e-book or audiobook only for folks outside the U.S.)(sorry). Details and entry form can be found here!

Goodreads summary:

Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.

But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.

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