#12DaysOfDiversity Retelling Readathon 2016

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I’m participating in 12 Days of Diversity, a holiday readathon of Diverse Retellings! Hosted by Julia Ember, author of Unicorn Tracks and the upcoming titles: Tiger’s Watch and The Seafarer’s Kiss, the readathon runs from December 19th to 30th, 2016. I’m not sure if sign ups are still open but you can read all about it in Julia’s original post here. There are also prizes 🙂

Reindeer level – Read one of the books from each category plus one other book from any category. Six books in twelve days. Then review the book on Goodreads, your blog and another retail website. Everyone who completes this level is entered into a draw for a $35 Amazon gift card or equivalent from a bookstore of your choice.

Badass Santa level – this is given to the participant who earns the most amount of Readathon Points. Points are calculated as 10 points per book read and reviewed, with a further 5 points for taking a photo of the book and showcasing it on Instagram. This person will win an actual mini trophy engraved with their name, their title as Badass Santa, their blog name and #12DaysofDiversity, along with a $75 Amazon gift card or equivalent from a bookstore of your choice.

There will also be prizes for Most Beautiful Instagram Post and Most Hilarious Review. Winners will get a diverse retelling of their choice.

I don’t expect to win the Badass Santa level, but I am aiming for the Reindeer level and the Most Beautiful Instagram post. I’m not that funny, so I don’t think I’d win Most Hilarious Review 😉

Here are the books on my TBR. I don’t believe I’ll read more than six, but I’ve included all the books I’m interested in reading – if not now, at some point in the future.

Please check out the full list here. There’s so many great titles, some I’ve read, that I couldn’t possibly fit them all here. You’ll also notice some titles fit in multiple categories.

Diverse Retellings Published in 2016:

And I Darken by Kiersten White — Retelling of Historical Dracula, Gender-Flipped, LGBTQIA

Beast by Brie Spangler — Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, LGBTQIA

Marian by Ella Lyons — Retelling of Robin Hood, LGBTQIA

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Retelling of Hades & Persephone, POC Protagonist

Protagonists of Colour:

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale — Retelling of Maid Maleen (Grimm), POC Protagonist

Hunting Monsters by SL Huang — Retelling of Red Riding Hood, POC Protagonist/LGBTQIA

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine — Retelling of Phantom of the Opera, POC Protagonist

Street Love by Walter Dean Myers — Retelling of Romeo and Juliet, POC Protagonist

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriot — Retelling of Cinderella, POC Protagonist

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis — Retelling of 12 Swans, POC Protagonist

Ramayana by Daljit Nagra — Retelling of Ramayana, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler — Retelling of Little Mermaid, POC Protagonist

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Retelling of Hades & Persephone, POC Protagonist

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin — Retelling of The Wizard of Oz, POC Protagonist/Non-Western Influences

LGBTQIA Protagonists:

And I Darken by Kiersten White — Retelling of Historical Dracula, Gender-Flipped, LGBTQIA

Ash by Malinda Lo — Retelling of Cinderella, LGBTQIA

Beast by Brie Spangler — Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, LGBTQIA

Hunting Monsters by SL Huang — Retelling of Red Riding Hood, POC Protagonist/LGBTQIA

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesa Lia Block — Retelling of The Odyssey, LGBTQIA

Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee — Retelling of Selkie Folklore, LGBTQIA

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller — Retelling of The Iliad, LGBTQIA

Non Western Stories & Myths:

Ramayana by Daljit Nagra — Retelling of Ramayana, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson — Retelling of Indian Folktale, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Retelling of Hades & Persephone, POC Protagonist

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh — Retelling of 1001 Nights, POC Protagonist/Non-Western

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin — Retelling of The Wizard of Oz, POC Protagonist/Non-Western Influences

Published by a Small Publisher:

Hunting Monsters by SL Huang — Retelling of Red Riding Hood, POC Protagonist/LGBTQIA

Marian by Ella Lyons — Retelling of Robin Hood, LGBTQIA

Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee — Retelling of Selkie Folklore, LGBTQIA

If you’re not able to participate, you should still check out the list. There’s a lot of great books to discover! Let me know if you’re participating and what books you’re hoping to read.

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Goodreads Choice Awards 2016

The semifinal round for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 has started and I just wanted to take this moment to write about and highlight some favourites. Obviously you can only vote for one, but I hope you find some new reads. I’m only sharing the categories and books I’m interested in, but make sure you check out all 20 categories and vote here. Voting ends in three days (November 13).

Best Historical Fiction:

I haven’t read any of these but have heard good things so they’re all on my TBR shelf.

Best Fantasy:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab is one of my favourite novels so I couldn’t not vote for its sequel A Gathering of Shadows. City of Blades and Cursed Child are also on my TBR shelf.

Best Poetry:

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I haven’t read The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace but have heard so many good things about it. I’m a huge fan of the author’s book blog.

 

Best Debut Goodreads Author:

I loved Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton and have heard really good things about The Girl from Everywhere, The Reader and The Star Touched Queen! I personally voted for The Girl from Everywhere so I hope you vote for that one too, but the rest are great choices.

Best Young Adult Fiction:

There’s a lot more good books in this category but I couldn’t fit them all, so I’m highlighting the ones I really, really want to read. I voted for The Female of the Species, in case you were wondering hint hint 😉

Best Young Adult Fantasy:

So this category has a lot of good books and a lot of NYT Bestselling, big name authors. I’m really proud of Julie Eshbaugh, her debut Ivory and Bone made it among authors like Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Aveyard. I was talking to Jodi Meadows on twitter, the author of My Lady Jane and The Orphan Queen (really good duology!) and she was really surprised to see My Lady Jane had made it into the semifinals. Even though ACOMAF was technically my favourite book, I decided to vote for My Lady Jane because I knew a lot of people would be voting for SJM.

I’d love to hear what books you voted for or if any of your favourite books made it to this round.

2016 ARC April Challenge

IMG_9962Octavia and Shelly from Read Sleep Repeat are hosting ARC April, where you try to read as many arcs as possible in April. If you don’t already know, an arc is an advance reader copy. I participated in ARC August in 2015 and it was really fun, so I’m glad to see they decided to do ARC April. Sign up here and check out the prizes you can win.

Here are the ARCs I’m planning to read:

And I Darken by Kiersten White

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

If I get through these I have a couple others to read, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself – especially since I’m planning to read a few non-arcs in April. Are you participating in ARC April? What arcs are you planning to read?