This year, I’ve been trying to get involved in reading challenges or groups. I’ve tried Lit CelebrAsian, a reading group focused on reading books by Asian authors, as well as State of the ARC/ARCs Anonymous to help with backlist ARCs.
Queer Summer Reading sounds like a simple, directly up-my-alley kind of reading challenge. This post will detail the challenge as well as how I intend to involve myself over the next two months.
Queer Summer Reading (here on out, QSR) is run on twitter (@queer_reads) by Laina and Luci, and also on Laina’s blog Laina Has Too Much Spare Time. I was messaged by my friend Mars about this, and decided that I was going to join up and read along with this challenge.
If you want to know more, check out Laina’s blog, especially the post that I linked above. The quick way to explain QSR is that it’s based on library summer reading challenges (I stopped participating in my local ones because all you got were “dragon dollars” and could only choose prizes when a library employee was staring at you). The main goal of QSR is to read four queer books over two months, July and August. That’s a really easy goal for some people, though, so Laina & Luci also made some bingo cards, which is what I’ll be focused on.
So, I think that all three are the same, just shuffled around, so I’ll probably just do the middle one. But the way I’m going to do it is that I’m going to just…read until I fill it up I guess? So I’ll play black-out bingo, have some fun, and read some queer shit.
Below, I’m going to type up what books I’m thinking of reading for each block, and if you have rec’s (for any of the spots, not just the ones with ?????), please put them in the comments! I’m always looking for more queer books, and recommendations.
Comfort Read: Tenderness by Xan West
Books with a Cool Cover: Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler
Poetry: Take Me with You by Andrea Gibson
Book You’ve Been Putting Off: Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie
Book From Before 2017: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Sequel: Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller
YA: Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
Historical: Chainbreaker by Tara Sim
Science Fiction: Not Your Villain by CB Lee
Adult: City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault
Book Rec’d to You: Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver
Free Spot: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Comic Book/Graphic Novel: ????
Book You’re Excited For: Stake Sauce by RoAnna Sylver
Book Gifted to You: Ash by Malinda Lo
Fantasy: The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember
MG: Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
New (to you) Author: An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
Non-Fiction: Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin
Contemporary: Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Picture Book: ????
Indie Book: Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault
For the majority of these books, I have access to a copy nearly immediately. I’ll be trying to read these over the next two months, but I know that I probably won’t be completing all of them by the end of the reading challenge.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. 🙂