Queer Lit Readathon Vlog | BookTube

Edited for length and clarity – vlogs don’t always translate very well into text!

Sunday (just after midnight, first hour of June 2nd)
Hello, and welcome to my Queer Lit Readathon blog. I’m already off to a great start! I forgot that I was planning to do a vlog of all week, and… I’ve already finished my first book, The Witch Boy. I love it. Yes. Recommend it. Yes. I will be doing a more proper explanation of the books in my future wrap up. To the books, I was still awake by midnight (when it turned June 2nd), because I was coming home from Seattle. So I thought that I’d go ahead and read one book for Queer Lit Readathon. I really wanted to read Witch Boy, so fine. I’ll go ahead and do that. It’s finished. Now it’s around 1:30AM, and I need to sleep. Get my beauty rest, so I can enjoy all of the queer books that I will be reading this week. Good night!

Sunday (evening)
Yesterday, well technically, earlier today at like 2AM or something, I posted a poll on Twitter for which book to start reading next: We Set the Dark on Fire; Red, White, & Royal Blue; and I Wish You All the Best. The book that won the votes was We Set the Dark on Fire. I finished that, and the cover is beautiful.

Now, I will read the next, second most voted for on the poll, Red, White & Royal Blue. I’m excited. I’ve heard a lot of really good things about this. So I really hope it lives up to the hype. I’m sure it will, because friends who have read this, I trust them, and they liked this, so I probably will like it too.

Monday (very early morning)
I just finished Red, White & Royal Blue. Yes. I haven’t been able to sleep. I was like no, I just want to keep reading. I will be really tired today, but worth it. Worth it. Definitely read this, if you can.

Monday (night)
So, as is usual with these, I’m really bad with vlogging when I say I will. I finished Red, White & Royal Blue, as you know. I almost went ahead and read I Wish You All the Best, but I decided that I wanted to save that to be one of the last books I read. So I decided to read The End of Eddy, finished it. It’s not bad. I don’t know what I really expected it, but it’s not bad. I think my next read will be As I Descended. I don’t even remember what it’s about, but I do remember I picked this for Disabled Main Character. Right now, it’s 10:15 on Monday night, so it’s only the end of the second day for the Queer Lit Readathon, and I’ve already finished four books! I’m surprised I’m progressing this well, but we’ll see if that continues. Because tomorrow, I’m busy all day, so… I may not do much reading tomorrow. But I’m confident I can finish my reading this week. I’m not worried. Well, I say that now, we’ll see.

Today is day four of the readathon. I got no reading finished yesterday. I wasn’t surprised. I was doing things all morning, then went to Seattle at night for watching a movie, Rocketman. Let me tell you, yes. It’s really good. *chuckles* My friend and I went together. We were the youngest people in the entire theater. The next age up was around early 40s? That was a little bit weird, but the movie was really good and I enjoyed it. I had no time to read because I was doing other things and whatever. Right now, I am in the middle of doing Twitter sprints. Currently, I’m reading As I Descended. I haven’t gotten very far. I’m still a little all over the place, so we’ll see how far I get with this today. Maybe finish it today? We’ll see.

Saturday (morning)
To the surprise of no one, I forgot to continue doing vlogs. I think the last time I did a video of anything was when I was reading As I Descended. That’s basically a queer Macbeth retelling with ghosts and stuff. It’s pretty good. After that, I read Boy Erased. Hoo boy. That was… Hard to read. After that, I read I Wish You All the Best. SO good, but oh my god. The first few pages just rip your heart out and crush it. It’s really good.

I originally planned to read The Song of Achilles as my Historical Fiction book, but the library still doesn’t have it ready. It looks like someone’s not returning their book on time. So, because I won’t be able to do that, I went ahead and read The Prince and the Dressmaker as a replacement for Historical Fiction. I will always happily re-read it, this is my third time reading it. It’s still so good. That’s all of the books that got a blackout, a full bingo board. Woohoo!

I have a couple extra books. On a Sunbeam, it’s a thick one. It’s a graphic novel though, so I should be able to finish that today. Then my other extra book is Beyond Magenta. We’ll see if I finish it before the end of today. I have Twitter sprints today at 12-2, so I hope, I should be able to finish On a Sunbeam during that time. We’ll see. That’s the update so far, today’s the last day of the readathon, sad face! I will continue reading queer books, of course.

Sunday (morning)
I finished On a Sunbeam during the Twitter sprints yesterday. I finished before the time ran out, so nice. Then I had to go do things, so put a hold on reading. That book, On a Sunbeam… The art in that is gorgeous. Yes. The story too. Yes. I’m actually considering buying a copy for myself, it’s just that good. I could just sit and stare at the art for a long time. Beautiful. Then last night, I finished Beyond Magenta. It was good, basically profiles on six different trans teens. I thought it was good, but I just wish it had more. Six, that’s it? Oh. It would’ve been nice to have more.

With all of that, I finished reading ten books this week. Okay. *chuckles* I think I’m pretty set for reading this month. Just kidding, I will continue reading more queer books, because I have to. During Pride month? Come on.

I want to say thank you to all of the people who joined this round. A lot of people joined this round, Kathy and I really appreciate it. We have a survey for this round, I’ll leave a link here. If you participated in this readathon, please take it. It’s short, you don’t have to answer all of the questions if you don’t want to. We just want some information from you about what you thought about this readathon, what we could do to improve next round, things like that.

The next round will be in December. We do this two times a year, June and December. We will post information on our Twitter, on my website, in places, when we have the dates set for December. That won’t be until later, though. But follow us on there, we still post about queer books, and sometimes other things, but mainly queer book things.

Again, thank you so much for participating in this round. If you weren’t able to participate this round, don’t worry. We have more coming! That’s all for today.

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Hello there! I'm Rogan, a queer deaf guy who has a passion for leadership and advocacy. I create YouTube videos about a lot of different topics - being deaf, queer, reading, language, and whatever else interests me!

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