Book review, Readathon, Wrap-up

Pride Readathon 2019 wrap-up


Start Date: 1st June, 2019

End Date: 30th June, 2019

Total number of Books Read: 5

Highest rating: 5/5 stars

Lowest Rating: 3/5 stars

Best Book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Soanz

Last year in June I discovered Pride Readathon on Instagram where a couple of boys organised a month-long readathon with the aim of reading books in the LGBTQ+ genre. I discovered a lot of amazing books and read 5.5 of them. Here is a wrap-up of my Pride Readathon 2018. Although this year did not have an official readathon, some of us still continued it as Pride Readathon 2019. I read a total of 5 books this year and discovered even more amazing books that will probably be featured next year.

Here is a wrap-up of all the books that I read for the readathon:

  1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Soanz (5/5 Stars): This was my favorite book of the entire month. It is a deeply moving story that is relatable to people no matter what their age. I finished the book in a record two days which is saying something since I was juggling a full-time job and a crochet product to be made on order.
  2. Circus Folks and Village Freaks by Aparna Sanyal (5/5 Stars): A well written book that will have you wondering at the behaviour of the society even while chuckling at its eccentricities. As someone who doesn’t read a lot of poetry, I was pleasantly surprised at my reaction towards it. I also loved the illustrations at the beginning of each poem.
  3. The Upside of Unrequitted by Becky Albertalli (5/5 Stars): A beautiful story with well developed characters that tug at your heart. I read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat for Pride Readathon 2018. When one of my bookstagram buddies sent this book to me, I knew I had to read it for Pride this year. My favourite part was how the Peskin-Suso family looks so diverse from the outside but everyone is genuinely connected with each other and there is complete trust in their love for each other.
  4. Carry on by Rainbow Rowell (3/5 Stars): A fast paced book with varied characters that makes for a light reading. I loved how the author included characters from various ethnicity. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many Indian names and food mentioned in the story. 
  5. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (4/5 Stars): I found some parts of the book a bit too slow and I wanted to shake the characters for their decisions but on the whole, it was a fun and light read.

Here is a list of books that I wanted to read for Pride:

  1. Maurice by E. M. Foster
  2. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  3. They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera
  4. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  5. Coffee Boy by Austin hant
  6. Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Although I only read a handful of books for the readathon, I now have a mighty TBR to tackle. I was glad that all of the books that I read were wonderful and I look forward to reading the others on the list.

What did you do for the Pride Month?

Did you read anything that was LGBT related?

Tell me in the comments below or on my Instagram @the_food_and_book_life

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