Queer Lit Readathon

Welcome! This page is a one-stop for all things related to the Queer Lit Readathon. Here are the dates for all of 2020. Scroll down for more details on Round 6 happening in the first week of December.

If you notice, there are two more dates than usual – in March and September. Those are what we’re calling #QueerWeekends, and they’ll be two days to simply read queer books. No challenges, no requirements, nothing. Just read queer!

You can also watch Rogan, Kathy, and R‘s announcement videos.

Dates of the readathon: November 29 –  December 5, 2020

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

Your hosts as always are Kathy Trithardt and Rogan Shannon, and our guest cohost this round is R Jenson, and we’re very excited to be doing this. This readathon will be occurring Nov 29 – Dec 5, 2020 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.

  • Background Romance: Meaning a book where the romance isn’t the point of the book, it’s just there
  • Group Read: Summer of Everything by Julian Winters
  • Adult Fiction/Nonfiction: Read an adult book that is either fiction or nonfiction
  • ???: Choose Your Own Category – tells us what it is in your TBR
  • Non Coming Out: Read a story that does not have a coming out
  • Ace/Aro MC: Read a book with an asexual/aromantic main character
  • Pre/Non-Medical Transition: This means a trans main character that is pre medical transition, or one that has no desire to physically transition
  • See Yourself: Read a book where a character shares an identity of yours
  • #ownvoices: Read a book that has been written by an author with that identity
  • BIPOC MC: Read a book with a main character that is Black, Indigenous, or a person of color
  • Winter Vibes: Read a book that gives you feelings of winter
  • Host Rec: Read a book recommended by one of the hosts
  • Queer Friends: Read a book about queer friends
  • Graphic Novel: Read a graphic novel
  • Retelling: Read a retelling of a fairytale, classic story, or the such
  • MC Not Like You: This is open to of a different sexuality, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity – just read diversely

That’s it! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram 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 as 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.

Are you on other platforms?

Yes, we are @queer_lit on Twitter (where we will do chats/sprints, and boast other Queer Lit Tweets) and Instagram (where we post pictures of queer books year round).

When does the readathon start?

Midnight on May 31st in your own time zone (or whichever time zone you want to pretend to be in for that week).

Should I caption my TBR video?

Yes, please! In fact, it would be great if you captioned all of your videos. The auto-generated captions have gotten better over the past couple of years, but they still don’t understand everything people say, and are clueless about punctuation and capitalization. Making sure your content is accessible is just the right thing to do.

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