Queer Lit Readathon

NOTE: Thank you to everyone who participated this year! We likely will be hosting this again at some point, so keep an eye on this page or follow us on our Twitter to keep updated on when this happens again.

Welcome! This page is an one-stop for all things related to the Queer Lit Readathon. You can also watch Rogan and Kathy’s announcement videos.

Dates of the readathon: June 10-16, 2018

  • In the person’s own timezone, no need to read according to our timezone.

Welcome to the first-ever Queer Lit Readathon! Your hosts are Kathy Trithardt and Rogan Shannon, and we’re very excited to be doing this. This readathon will be occurring June 10-16, 2018 in your own timezone. The rules for this are simple: all the books you choose must have a queer main character or revolve around queer topics. Below, you’ll see a board of 16 challenges you can choose from. You can go for a bingo, or not, it’s totally up to you. Read as many or as few as you want, we’re not strict! After the board, there’s a list of all the challenges with some more detail for your perusal.

QueerLitRead Challenges

Reading Challenges:

All books must have a queer main character or revolve around queer topics.

  • Read a book with an ace spectrum main character
  • Read a book with a POC main character
  • Group Read: The Brightsiders
    • This is entirely optional. If you cannot get ahold of this, or don’t want to read it, choose another square.
  • Read a book recommended to you by a friend or one of us
  • Read a book with a trans main character
    • Our use of trans here is the umbrella term which includes non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, and the multitude of humans that are not cisgender.
  • Read a hyped/popular book
  • Read a sci-fi/fantasy book
  • Read a book that has a cover that is mainly a color from the rainbow
    • Ex: Mostly red, mostly orange, and so on.
  • Read a literary retelling
  • Read a contemporary book
  • Read a book with a disabled main character
  • Read a non-coming out story
  • Read a book where the main character realizes they’re queer
  • Read a graphic novel
  • Read your most recently acquired book
  • Read anything #ownvoices

That’s it! Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @queer_lit, and if you post about this readathon, use the hashtag #queerlitread on all platforms to make sure we all can see the amazing books you’re reading!


Can I read the same book for multiple challenges?

Yes! We are aware not everyone can read many books in one week, so go for it!

Do I have to make a bingo?

No you don’t! You can read books from only the corners, or only the center, it’s all up to you. You can read 2 books or 14 books (we would be very impressed if you managed this!), the goal of this readathon is to be flexible as possible.

I can’t think of any books that match {this challenge}, help!

We have a few videos that recommend several queer lit books, linked here.

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