Monday, July 24, 2017

My LGBTQ+ Themed TBR for BookTubeAThon 2017

*writes TBR at midnight when the BookTubeAThon has literally already started for me*
*pretends to live in Illinois (at least I can fake another Midwestern accent better than some other stuff)*

Hello! It's almost that time of the year again (the week of BookTubeAThon), so that means it's time for my TBR post! This is my third year participating in the BookTubeAThon, and I'm so excited to possibly be on schedule for my Goodreads challenge, and to finally get to some of the LGBTQ+ books I've had on my TBR pile for awhile!

And that brings me to my next point: this year, my BookTubeAThon TBR is completely LGBTQ+ books. I still have seven books and they all fit into the official challenges, but I'm also giving myself the extra challenge of reading all LGBTQ+ books. I don't know if anybody else has done this or something similar in the past, but if you know of anyone, please tell me! I'd love to see their TBR.

Anyway, I'll stop rambling now.

1. Read a book with a person on the cover.

For the first challenge, I'll be reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (gay MC), which, as you can see, has, well, most of a person on the cover? But that counts! I've been meaning to read one of Becky Albertalli's books for forever, and I think this is a good time! I know so many people that go on and on about this book, so I'm pretty sure I'll like it.

2. Read a hyped book.

My book for this one is More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (gay MC). Everyone I know that has read this book raves about it, and it's definitely my kind of book. I've also been really meaning to read an Adam Silvera book since I actually really like him as a person and read a lot of his interviews, but I've never managed to read one of his books! So I guess I've decided that his debut is the way to start?

3. Finish a book in one day.

This is kind of a difficult one to plan out, but I think I'm going to try to go with Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (trans guy MC). Part of me wants to say, "Finally! A book about a trans guy!" and the other part is whining, "...but it's written by a cis woman..." The reason I'm picking this one is because it's pretty short, also I mayyyyy have snuck in about 45 pages worth of reading last week because I couldn't wait to read it. So far I only have a couple major issues (which I'll address in a review when I finish it because for all I know it could be discussed later), but it's honestly not as bad as I was expecting soooo.. that's a compliment I think.

4. Read a book about a character that is very different from you.

This was honestly a difficult one for me considering my theme and the fact that I've identified as pretty much every letter that's ever been part of the acronym at some point in my life, so I basically had to find the one letter I haven't been. The book I chose for this challenge is None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, which features an intersex main character. I know that some people don't consider intersex strictly part of the LGBTQ+ community, but my choices were extremely limited here! This book does still deal with a lot of identity and body issues though, and I'm definitely not a straight girl, so this was a decent fit for this challenge!

5. Finish a book completely outdoors.

This... This is the cruelest challenge Ariel has ever given me. OUTSIDE? READING? READING OUTSIDE!?!?!?!? I'm not looking forward to this challenge, but I'm pretty determined to "win" BookTubeAThon this year, so I guess I gotta do what I gotta do. *shivers* Anyway, my fifth book is Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis (lesbian MCs). It's also my shortest book at 214 pages, and for good reason! I'm going to attempt to get as few mosquito bites as possible while completing this challenge. Wish me luck, guys.

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.

As many of you know, I tend to specifically seek out books purely because they have LGBTQ+ characters, so this challenge was also a hard one for me, but I'm going with If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (trans girl MC), which I've been meaning to read for way to long. While I didn't buy this book specifically because of the cover, it was the cover that first introduced me to the book! I had a few friends that were really excited about this book about a trans girl written by a trans woman with a trans woman on the cover, and I was sold instantly. A trans woman on the cover?? Oh my god??? So I basically went out and bought this book right when it came out mostly because of the cover...

7. Read seven books.

While this one may change depending on how much time I have left at the end of the week, my plan is to read my ARC of Mask of Shadows by Lindsey Miller, which follows a genderfluid character through a fantasy setting. And I don't know if you guys know, but LGBTQ+ fantasy is pretty much my favorite thing in the whole world, and I was absolutely thrilled when I got approve for an advanced copy. At the same time, this is the longest book on this list at about 384 pages, so I might end up not having enough time, but I thought I'd put it on anyway!

And that's my TBR! Now I guess it's time for me to read? Yay! I may end up swapping a book or two out of these in favor of a shorter book, most notably The Marvels by Brian Selznick (which actually has a gay character, impressive for a middle grade book) and The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, and The Red Pyramid graphic novels by Rick Riordan, made into graphic novels by...some other people (you're welcome). But yeah, if I run out of time, that's what I'm going for.

Thanks for reading!

PS: Sorry, I didn't have the energy to add in pictures. It's 12:45 AM. I swear, I usually do better. (read: "Please follow me I'm desperate")

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