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Queer Lit Readathon Round 5 – Wrap-up

This was fun!

This readathon is a week long readathon from the 31st May to the 6th June. I enjoyed the reading challenge bingo. This is a readathon I will definitely do again 🙂

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

Reading Challenges

Books Read

Fun Home; A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

This was interesting but not as interesting as I thought it would be. It was unfortunately a bit dull. But then again it was a non-fiction graphic novel so maybe that’s why. The drawings were good tho and the story was well told.

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 adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic — and redemptive. 

Darrius The Great Is Not OK by Adib Khorram

OMG! I cried! I cried for at least a third of the book! But so much of this crying was emotional and loving and caring crying not sad and death crying. I love this book so much! I’m definitely reading the second book, and I made a friend of mine read it even though its not his type of book and he is loving it too 🙂

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

Yeah I cried, but not as much as I expected. Maybe if I hadn’t cried myself out the day before finishing Darius The Great, I would have cried more but oh well. It was sad, but it was also beautiful. I kept thinking about how they were going to go, but in the end their deaths were very much not what I expected which I liked.

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.

The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan

Ehm. I’m not sure what to say about this book. It was OK. It wasn’t as magical as I expected and it wasn’t as great as I expected. I was actually a bit disappointing. And that is all I’m going to say about that.

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. 

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter To The World by Ashley Herring Blake

This was so fun to read! It was sweet and fluffy, filled with art and good friends. It also had the element of being ignored due to being the middle child. Its funny who children have roles in a family; the oldest helps out with the younger and is more of an adult than the others. The youngest can get away with anything almost. While the middle child is just there for themselves.

I loved Ivy’s relationship to the pub/inn owner! As an adult, I imagined being that owner and tying to tell Ivy what life is about and

Synopsis

When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen’s house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm–and what’s worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.

Mysteriously, Ivy’s drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks–and hopes–that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings? 

I also started The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin. It’s a slow read and I’m trudging through it. but I didn’t finish the book during the readathon.

All in all I managed two books and three audiobook in a week!!

Anyone else participating in Queer Lit this round?

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