I’ve been using this blog sporadically over the past month, and I know how it must look. Like all I do is post challenges, but when do I ever actually read? I’ve read three books over the past month, and while my fourth is enjoyable, i’m in a teensy bit of a slump right now due to life and general stress. All the same, I do read, and these challenges are just meant as a fun way of putting a spin on the way I go about taking down my TBR pile this year!
If you read my recent post on 2019 reading resolutions at all (and, quite frankly, it was a long one so I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t!), then you’ll know that one of my resolutions for the year is to read more LGBT+ books, but particularly more WLW stories. All LGBT+ stories are a step in the right direction, absolutely, and I’d even so far as to say books like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe are some of my forever favourites! However, it’s a little bit tiresome to think that the only representation from within the LGBT+ community seems to be solely dynamics between gay boys/men – and, while not the case with Ari & Dante, it’s more often than not the same, tired use of white gay men. This year, I wanted to explore more LGBT+ reads, but specifically dive into more sapphic relationships, featuring girls from varying ends of the spectrum. Thankfully, I recently discovered F/F February over on twitter and, while we’re already a few days into the month, I’d love to get involved, even if in an unofficial way. Even just taking a look at their Bingo Board, it gave me a nice little nudge to actually take the time to go through the books already on my shelves, work out which ones fit into the F/F category, and sort them according to each challenge!
So far, I’ve narrowed it down to the following:
- an f/f contemporary/historical/romance: tipping the velvet by sarah waters
- a book from a new-to-you author: the seven husbands of evelyn hugo by taylor jenkins reid
- a rec from a friend: dare me by megan abbott
- predicting to five star: lady’s guide to petticoats and piracy mackenzi lee
- sci-fi/fantasy: as I descended by robin talley
Of the above, there’s only two (evelyn hugo & dare me) that I don’t own a physical, but do have access to, so it felt only right to include them. With 4 more spaces to fill on the bingo board, I have no doubt that if I took another look at some of the e-books I own, I’d no doubt be able fill those spaces. See! It’s really not so hard, after all, so what’s been stopping me?
Most importantly, I don’t want to turn reading into a chore, and I don’t want to force myself into reading something that I don’t have the energy for, and that’s what makes this an unofficial attempt at the challenge above. I won’t necessarily be partaking in all aspects, but I am hoping it will inspire me to explore more F/F reads, and I can only thank Imi over at imireviewsbooks for creating a challenge that helps encourage readers to explore more WLW romances! If you’d like to take part, check out her blog, twitter, or instagram, and don’t forget to credit back to her, too!
BEAT THE BLACKLIST
Firstly, I’d like to thank Esme for bringing this one to my attention! Now, first thing’s first: I love to read. That’s why we’re here, duh! Not only do I love to read, but I love to buy books. It’s a disease, in all honesty. If you took a look at my bookshelves (and believe me, Esme has), then you’d know that my TBR pile is taller than I am (though, admittedly, not too difficult for a short arse such as myself), and I want to change that! Luckily for all of us, 2019 is looking to become an excellent year for YA releases, as well as other genres, and it seems like there’s an abundances of books that i’m absolutely dying to get my hands on this coming year. That being said, I think it’s fair to say that us book lovers say exactly that every year! There’s a bunch of books that I’ve collected over recent years that, at the time, I was chomping at the bit to read, but instead they just collected dust. Unlike F/F February, this challenge allows me a little more time to ponder over my shelves, and try and determine which books I’d like to take a crack at! While F/F February is going to hopefully be a nice way to make a dent in my LGBT+ resolution for the next 25 days or so, I’m hoping Beat The Blacklist will help me in all areas, as well as help me tidy up my TBR a little in the next 10 months. Secondly, I’m a total sucker for anything Potter-related, and the opportunity to pick a Hogwarts House to represent SOLD me on this challenge, as I’ll never turn down a chance to show off a little Ravenclaw Pride!
While I know that there’s no limit to which pre-2019 releases i’m allowed to pick up, I’m going to be including a list below of some of the books I’m hoping to dive into as I get involved! Some are books included in my 2019 Resolutions post, as there’s no harm in completing multiple challenges in one hit, just as some are going to be books i’ve just been excited to get a start on. And, of course, i’m sure other books not listed will no doubt be making an appearance throughout the year!
- LGBT+: autoboyography
- LGBT+: i’ll give you the sun
- LGBT+/RETELLING/FF FEBRUARY: as I descended
- LGBT+/FF FEBRUARY: tipping the velvet
- LGBT+/FF FEBRUARY: the lady’s guide to petticoats and piracy
- RETELLINGS: capt. hook
- RETELLING: hunted
- RETELLING/POC: a blade so black
- CLASSICS: rebecca
- CLASSICS: sense and sensibility
- CLASSICS: to kill a mockingbird
- CLASSICS: the professor
- CLASSICS/LGBT+: the picture of dorian gray
- POC: dear martin
- POC: noughts and crosses
- POC: crazy rich asians
- LOW RATED/LGBT+: naomi and ely’s no kiss list
- LOW RATED: the one memory of flora banks
- LOW RATED: life and death: twilight reimagined
- LOW RATED/POC/LGBT+: runaways
- LOW RATED/RETELLING: after alice
All of the above are a combination of books that feature as a part of my resolution as well as as FF February, and below I’ve included just a select few choice books, regardless of category, that I just happen to really want to read before 2019 is out!
- september 1997: angel of darkness by caleb carr
- march 1998: the handmaid’s tale by margaret atwood
- august 2012: every day by david levithan
- september 2015: six of crows by leigh bardugo
- february 2017: the last of august by brittany cavallaro
- april 2017: if we were villains by m.l. rio
- may 2017: release by patrick ness
- may 2017: eleanor oliphant is completely fine by gail honeyman
- august 2017: wonder woman: warbringer by leigh bardugo
- august 2018: city of ghosts by victoria schwab
So, there we have it! I know, i’m a little slack, setting myself 2019 challenges a month in, and setting myself February challenges 3 days in, but here we are. I’m nothing if i’m not a sloppy mess of a human.
Will you be taking part in F/F February or Beat The Blacklist this year? How are your challenges shaping up so far? And, if not, are there any particular challenges, monthly, yearly, whatever, that you’re particularly looking forward to?