here & queerathon: thoughts & reflections on hosting a readathon

Hello! Here & Queerathon is still happening and you can still sign up! I started the Here & Queerathon pretty much on a complete whim without much forethought or planning at the very last second in December 2019 (wow, that was about 20 years ago, am I right?)

The whole world has gone through a lot of ups and downs so far this year, and I definitely have also, which has caused the readathon to kind of fall to the wayside for me. I do have about 10 participants currently, and 25 followers on the Twitter account, which I know I haven’t been doing a good job of keeping up with, and I have a lot of thoughts about how I’d do things differently in the future and I want to share some of those today.

Firstly, I definitely wouldn’t do an all year readathon again. I don’t know why I thought this was a good idea in the first place? But it would definitely be easier for me to maintain a readathon that happened a couple of times a year for probably a month at a time. I think this would also ultimately garner more interest because it would feel more immediate and people would feel more pressured to do it because it would be more limited time.

I would also enlist the help of other bloggers, preferably with more followers than I have. I think one of the biggest hurdles to readathon success in terms of the number of participants I had was that I have less than 1,000 blog followers and less than 300 Twitter followers. It would also be easier to divide up all the content I originally thought I would be doing and put less pressure on me to do it all in addition to regular blogging content.

I’d theme each month. To make it more interesting for people, I’d pick topics or themes, like maybe do a queer graphic novels month or a fantasy month. I might even pick some months where I would do actual prompts for people to base their reads off of.

I’d have multiple people manage the social media for the readathon. I thought I’d have a lot more time and inspiration to do Here & Queerathon-related posting, but that…did not occur.

In general, I’d just think things through more and plan out in detail, way in advance. A year-long readathon sounded great at first, but I quickly fell off the wagon in terms of promoting it and posting content related to it to keep things interesting for participants. I greatly overestimated my own motivation for running something all year when I started Here & Queerathon, even though I definitely had good intentions going into it.

I hope those who have been doing it have been enjoying reading queer books all year, and definitely encourage continued participation!

here & queerathon: february releases

Hello, friends! It is the third of the month and therefore, time for another post highlighting queer releases for Here & Queerathon, the year-long readathon I am hosting focusing on queer authors & queer representation, which you can still sign up for using the form from this page.

Without further ado, here are some of the queer books being released in February that count for this challenge:

 

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belle revolte – linsey miller – february 4, 2020

  • One girl comes from a poor family and wants to be trained in the magical arts
  • The other wants to be trained as a surgeon and skip out on magical training
  • They also look alike
  • So obviously, they switch places and lives, so one goes to finishing school for magic and the other learns about medicine
  • But there’s also a war going on, and the two girls want to try to help end it

 

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the gravity of us – phil stamper – february 4, 2020

  • I am so excited for this book. Two queer teens on a NASA base fall in love while their parents await a mission to space.
  • If you want to hear me screaming about this book, check out this post, this post, this post, and this post.

 

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we unleash the merciless storm – tehlor kay mejia – february 25, 2020

  • sequel to We Set the Dark on Fire, which I’m planning to read this month
  • it’s about the love interest from WSTDOF

 

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ink in the blood – kim smejkal – february 11, 2020

  • honestly I’m not too sure what this one’s about but apparently it has tattoo magic and religion
  • was pitched as perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake
  • also has a traveling theater troupe somehow??
  • honestly sounds v weird and dark

 

 

 

here & queerathon: january releases

Hello, and welcome to the first Here & Queerathon 2020 release post! Each month on the 3rd, I will post the books coming out during the month written by queer authors. If you know of any I missed or think should count, let me know so I can keep updating the post!

 

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Spellhacker – M. K. England

january 21, 2020

You should read this book if you want

  • Magical plagues (called the spellplague)
  • A full cast of queer characters
  • An illegal magic-selling business
  • Dangerous heists
  • Conspiracies

 

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dark and deepest red – anna-marie mclemore

january 14, 2020

This book is

  • Partially set in 1518 and partially set 500 years later
  • About mysterious and possibly magical red shoes
  • About a plague that causes women to dance in the street until they die
  • Featuring a trans love interest
  • A dark fairy tale

 

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infinity son – adam silvera

january 14, 2020

Adam Silvera’s latest book has

  • a “gritty, fast-paced adventure”
  • contemporary prose mixed with a fantasy world
  • magical vigilantes
  • a complicated relationship between brothers

 

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lady hotspur – tessa gratton

january 7, 2020

Lady Hotspur is about

  • the world of the Queens of Innis Lear a few centuries later
  • a lady known for her temper and “warcraft”
  • two other powerful ladies
  • f/f romance
  • a revenge plot

 

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we used to be friends – amy spalding

january 7, 2020

You should read this book if you want

  • a story told in a dual timeline
  • a book about a friend breakup
  • a first-time f/f romance
  • a book about growing up and growing apart

 

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lie to me – kaitlin ward

january 7, 2020

I can’t tell if the book is queer, but the author is, so on the list it goes. The gist of this book is:

  • girl wakes up in hospital with no memories
  • girl is told the fall that put her there was an accident but she remembers being pushed
  • another girl is found dead near where she fell
  • girl is very suspicious of everyone, including her new boyfriend

 

Have any to add? Let me know in the comments!

announcing the HERE & QUEERATHON 2020!!

I am so excited to announce this SO lettuce have a drum roll please (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

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OKAY: here we go: I AM HOSTING A QUEER READATHON IN 2020!! The name of the readathon is the Here & Queerathon 2020, and will focus on reading books by queer authors and/or with queer representation. It will run for the entirety of 2020, from January 1-December 31, 2020.

*Note: I am using “queer” as an umbrella term for many different sexualities and identities, including, but not limited to, asexual, aromantic, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, genderqueer/fluid/nonconforming, etc. Basically, anything outside of straight and cis probably counts.

Here is some other information:

 

books that count

  • books by queer authors
  • books featuring queer representation not by queer authors
  • books you START and FINISH in 2020 (books started in 2019 and finished in 2020 will NOT count)
  • any backlist (2019 or before) and frontlist (2020) or ARCs by queer authors
  • audiobooks count too!
  • so do comics and graphic novels!
  • and poetry!
  • basically, if it’s written by a queer author and/or has queer representation, it counts!

 

how to join

  1. Announce your intention to join the Here & Queerathon on a social media platform of your choosing. This includes your blog, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or anywhere you post on social media.
  2. Use the sign-up form to sign up. 
  3. Follow @HQueerathon on Twitter for updates. Share your update posts and reviews here and DM with any questions about the readathon or whether books count.
  4. Use the hashtag #hereandqueerathon to discuss the reading challenge with the book community.
  5. Start keeping track of the books you read on this form.

 

more fun & notes

  • There are no badges/levels for this challenge because I want it to be fun and low-key and for you not to feel pressured to read a certain number of books!
  • Every month, I will post recommendations of what to read featuring titles releasing during the month featuring queer representation as well as some backlist recommendations. This will happen on the 2nd of every month.

 

to sum up

  • Sign up here with the sign-up form
  • Log your books read with this form
  • Follow @HQueerathon on Twitter
  • Runs January 1-December 31, 2020
  • Only books by queer authors read completely in 2020 will count

 

participants

  1. Corey
  2. Louise @ Foxes & Fairytales
  3. Kayli H.
  4. E.
  5. Jenna @ Falling Letters