#TransRightsReadAThon March 20th-27th
The #TransRightsReadAThon is a social media movement to raise awareness and money for Trans Rights groups across the country and was created by author Sim Kern (on instagram & tiktok). Christy and I are pledging $1 a chapter, with a minimum goal of 50 chapters, and hoping we get at least 2-5 people to join us reading trans books and trans authors* the week of March 20th-27th!
*trans is an umbrella term, that is commonly used to include many identities like transgender, nonbinary, agender, third gender, two-spirit people, and gender nonconforming folks.
We are picking OUTMemphis to donate as they are the on the ground grassroots organization in Tennessee, which is the newest state to pass legislation into law that bans trans affirming healthcare for minors, and all drag performances from public property and restrict venues from minors.
Kelly is planning to read The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa & Christy is reading The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas. We are both going to read the graphic novel Galaxy: The Prettiest Star by Jadzia Axelrod!
We both read trans and queer authors all year and if you follow us on social media you know that we are always supporting our queer community and we read queer & trans books all year!
Please join us on instagram and either give a one-time donation through our donation sticker to help us match or reach our goal, or join in and pledge a $1 a chapter like we are!
You do not have to give money to make an impact! Share people’s posts, make comments, likes, and saving instagram posts help beat the algorithm! Read trans authors and books, check out trans authors and books from the library, or make requests to your local library to carry these books. There are many things you can do to help make this world safer for trans kids and adults.
My favorite book of 2022 was Man o’ War by Cory McCarthy and this is a trans narrative from a trans author, and I highly recommend it!
Here is a link to a guide of recent trans books & authors I have posted about recently on instagram to help you build your TBR!
The Wicked Bargainby Gabe Cole Novoa
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
on February 28, 2023
Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Young Adult
El Diablo is in the details in this Latinx pirate fantasy starring a transmasculine nonbinary teen with a mission of revenge, redemption, and revolution.
On Mar León de la Rosa's sixteenth birthday, el Diablo comes calling. Mar is a transmasculine nonbinary teen pirate hiding a magical ability to manipulate fire and ice. But their magic isn't enough to reverse a wicked bargain made by their father, and now el Diablo has come to collect his payment: the soul of Mar's father and the entire crew of their ship.
When Mar is miraculously rescued by the sole remaining pirate crew in the Caribbean, el Diablo returns to give them a choice: give up their soul to save their father by the harvest moon, or never see him again. The task is impossible--Mar refuses to make a bargain, and there's no way their magic is a match for el Diablo. Then Mar finds the most unlikely allies: Bas, an infuriatingly arrogant and handsome pirate--and the captain's son; and Dami, a gender-fluid demonio whose motives are never quite clear. For the first time in their life, Mar may have the courage to use their magic. It could be their only redemption--or it could mean certain death.
The Sunbearer Trials (The Sunbearer Duology, #1)by Aiden Thomas
Published by: Feiwel and Friends
on September 6, 2022
Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Young Adult
Welcome to The Sunbearer Trials, where teen semidioses compete in a series of challenges with the highest of stakes, in this electric new Mexican-inspired fantasy from Aiden Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys.
“Only the most powerful and honorable semidioses get chosen. I’m just a Jade. I’m not a real hero.”
As each new decade begins, the Sun’s power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the evil Obsidian gods at bay. Ten semidioses between the ages of thirteen and eighteen are selected by Sol himself as the most worthy to compete in The Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all—they will be sacrificed to Sol, their body used to fuel the Sun Stones that will protect the people of Reino del Sol for the next ten years.
Teo, a 17-year-old Jade semidiós and the trans son of Quetzal, goddess of birds, has never worried about the Trials…or rather, he’s only worried for others. His best friend Niya—daughter of Tierra, the god of earth—is one of the strongest heroes of their generation and is much too likely to be chosen this year. He also can’t help but worry (reluctantly, and under protest) for Aurelio, a powerful Gold semidiós and Teo’s friend-turned-rival who is a shoo-in for the Trials. Teo wouldn’t mind taking Aurelio down a notch or two, but a one-in-ten chance of death is a bit too close for Teo’s taste.
But then, for the first time in over a century, Sol chooses a semidiós who isn’t a Gold. In fact, he chooses two: Xio, the 13-year-old child of Mala Suerte, god of bad luck, and…Teo. Now they must compete in five mysterious trials, against opponents who are both more powerful and better trained, for fame, glory, and their own survival.
Galaxy: The Prettiest Starby Jadzia Axelrod, Jess Taylor
Published by: DC Comics
on May 17, 2022
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, LGBTQIA+
It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power. A vibrant story about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars.
Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life. Good looks, good grades, a starting position on the basketball team, a loving family, even an adorable corgi. Every day in Taylor’s life is perfect. And every day is torture.
Taylor is actually the Galaxy Crowned, an alien princess from the planet Cyandii, and one of the few survivors of an intergalactic war. For six long, painful years, Taylor has accepted her duty to remain in hiding as a boy on Earth.
That all changes when Taylor meets Metropolis girl Katherine “call me Kat” Silverberg, whose confidence is electrifying. Suddenly, Taylor no longer wants to hide, even if exposing her true identity could attract her greatest enemies.
From the charming and brilliant mind behind the popular podcast The Voice of Free Planet X, Jadzia Axelrod, and with stunningly colorful artwork by Jess Taylor comes the story of a girl in hiding who must face her fears to see herself as others see her: the prettiest star.