#TakePrideInReading

sara-rampazzo-769039-unsplash

June is Pride month here in the U.S. and myself, along with a bunch of other Bookstagrammers, started a reading challenge to help spread the word and raise awareness about queer authors characters and topics AND to celebrate just what this month truly means to so many of us. Here is how we’ve planned it out. Each week, there are 2 prompts. Our job is to read books that fit the prompts for the week, post about books that correlate, talk about books and authors that fit into each week, and/or post stacks of books that we pull from our shelves or pick up from the library that check the box for that week! It’s a fantastic way to read more queer lit, but also, it’s a great way to really think about our history, where we came from, how we got there, who helped us along the way, see where we stand now and to celebrate all there is to come. It’s only been a little over a week but it’s just been the BEST time! I love reading queer lit, but this has expanded my TBR pile exponentially and I couldn’t be more excited! So I wanted to make sure all of my blog friends knew about this challenge as well! Again, all the fun takes place over on Instagram-so find me there at bookishfolk and follow along using the hashtag #takeprideinreading. And bonus, I’ve seen SO many people over on Instagram talking about how they want to read more queer books and learn more about our history and I basically sob the majority of the day now just thinking about how something so small (like a reading challenge on Instagram) can have such an effect on so many people. It makes me the happiest.

Prompts:

Week 1: Voices Across the Spectrum, Breaking the Binary

Week 2: Community Classic, Unsung Classic

Week 3: Intersectional Voices, Know Our History

Week 4: LGBTQIA+ Genre Fiction, Personal Awakening

As you can see, we’re only on week 2, so we’ve still got a ways to go exploring these themes and celebrating the diversity of queer life! And please know, this is for all of us-you don’t have to be queer to participate. As long as you’re here to be respectful, ready to learn and grow, and read some fantastically queer books-we’re happy to have you along for the ride 🙂

In case you’re interested, here are the bookstagrammers that are hosting the challenge: These humans are wonderful people to follow for all sorts of reasons! Give them a look over on the gram!

@thefeministreader @readrunsea  @allisonreadsdc @basiclandcave @bklnbooks @caseythereader @franniereads @hisreadingnook @inkoneverypage @lesbeebooks @lupita.reads @mina_reads @readingschmitt @readmollyread @shelfbyshelf @thealchemyofbooks @whatsjennareading @booksnblazers @bowtiesandbooks @caseythecanadianlesbrarian @djenneg.reads @khakipantsofsex @queerafricanreads @roams.and.reads @talialune @ultimatelybookish @bookishfolk

YAY PRIDE MONTH and YAY QUEER BOOKS! As always, find me on Instagram and please let me know what books you’re reading this month! I’d love to hear!

bookishfolk…read instead.

 

 

Happy Pride Month

kirsty-lee-604440-unsplash

I’ve read a lot of LGBTQ+ books throughout the years, but I’m always, ALWAYS on the hunt for more. To celebrate Pride Month, here are some books that I highly recommend or am putting on my list and getting a hold of immediately (click title to go to link).

1. No other world by Rahul Mehta

2. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

3. Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn

4. The Color Purple by Toni Morrison

5. Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

6. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

7. The Gods of Tango by Carolina de Robertis

8. Guapa by Saleen Haddad

9. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

10. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

11. The Danish Girl by David Ebersboff

12. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

13. Ask a Queer Chick by Lindsay King-Miller

14. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

15. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

16. The New Old Me by Meredith Maran

17. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

18. Alexander and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanchez

19. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

18. Fun Home Allison Bechdel

20. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

21. How to Survive a Summer by Nick White

22. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson

23. Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager

24. The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

25. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

26. Tomorrow Will be Different by Sarah McBride

27. America is not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

28. Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

29. Under the Undala Tree by Chinelo Okparanta

30. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

31. Lies we Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Please let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought! Also…leave a comment and let me know other LGBTQ+ books that I must get my hands on immediately. Happy Pride and Happy Reading!

bookishfolk…read instead.