2019 · Readathons · TBR

Queer Lit Readathon Round 5 – TBR

I’ve never done this one before so why not just jump in 🙂

This readathon is a week long readathon from the 31st May to the 6th June.

Double announcement videos this time as there is a double host 🙂

Reading Challenges

My wishful TBR

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

I borrowed this book a while back from a friend and have not gotten to it but this readathon provides the perfect opportunity. It’s a queer graphic novel!

Reading challenge: female over 40 (maybe, need to do more research), non-fiction, backlist, graphic novel

Synopsis:

Meet Alison’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter’s complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned “fun home,” as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescense, the denouement is swift, graphic — and redemptive. 

Darrius The Great Is Not OK by Adib Khorram

I have wanted to read this for a while but recently it arrived in my library’s audiobook app and I borrowed it straight away. It’s now just waiting for me to pick it up!

Reading challenge: backlist, Summer Vibes,

Synopsis:

Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, in America or in Iran.

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it’s pretty overwhelming–especially when he’s also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom’s family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

Sohrab makes sure people speak English so Darius can understand what’s going on. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understands that sometimes, best friends don’t have to talk. Darius has never had a true friend before, but now he’s spending his days with Sohrab playing soccer, eating rosewater ice cream, and sitting together for hours in their special place, a rooftop overlooking the Yazdi skyline.

Sohrab calls him Darioush–the original Persian version of his name–and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab. When it’s time to go home to America, he’ll have to find a way to be Darioush on his own.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Just the title makes me think I’ll cry, which is the only reason its been on my shelf for years and I have yet to read it. Knowing the authors work makes it 100% certain I will cry, but I also think it will be a good read. I’m here for it!

Reading Challenge: 5 star prediction, backlist, not a coming out story?

Synopsis:

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

A friend gave this book to me saying is should fit right up my ally with all the gender discussion and gender bending actions etc, and yes it does sound like this is right up my ally.

Reading Challenge: backlist, not a coming out story, female over 40.

Synopsis:

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose – and change – their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters.

Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction. 

The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan

This has been on my TBR for a while. I’m unsure if I’ll like it but I though I could add it and test it, then either finish it or DNF it, but I want to try it.

Reading Challenge: backlist

Synopsis:

Mara’s island is one of stories and magic. She knows she’ll eventually end her days atop the cliff, turned to stone and gazing out at the horizon like all the villagers that went before her, drawn by the otherworldly call of the sea. Her whole family will be there too, even her brother Bee and her sister Islay.

But the island and the sea do what they want, and when they claim a price from her family, Mara’s world changes forever.

As years pass and Mara grows into herself and her scars, a chance meeting with the magnetic Pearl brings magic to life once more in ways that Mara never thought possible, in a story that she never would have dreamed for herself before.

The enchanting spiritual prequel to The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan’s The Gloaming is a present-day fable that brims over with dazzling imagination and captivating language. 

A TBR of 5 books in 1 week is a bit cramped… quite ambitious. I don’t think ill manage them all but I’m just coming out of TomeTopple so it might happen..

Anyone else participating in Queer Lit this round?

4 thoughts on “Queer Lit Readathon Round 5 – TBR

  1. Good luck! Lots of LGBT classics here, I’m sure you’ll enjoy them 🙂 I never do readathons because I know I couldn’t read so many books in such a short time, haha

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    1. Thanks! I’m sure I will too 🙂 Yeah I know what you mean. For me its a challenge. I set up a list of book and I do what I can, but it has to be fun. The last thing you want to do is to add pressure on you favourite hobby.

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