June is one of my favourite months of the year because it’s Pride month. I love reading as many LGBTQIAP+ books as I can during pride, and this year, I noticed that we’re being blessed with lots of pride month readathons.
So, I thought I’d share as many of them as I can in this post, including their bingo board challenges, the platforms they’ll be hosted on, and any exciting surprises they might have in store.
If you’re looking for a readathon to take part in during June, hopefully you might find one that catches your eye.
Prideathon | 1st to 30th June
This is a month-long readathon lasting the whole of June, with the aim of reading books by and about LGBTQIAP+ people.
LGBTQ Month | 1st to 30th June
They have a bingo card of prompts and a live YA quiz happening on 14th June at 7pm GMT. They also have lots of author interview planned throughout the month!
Rainbow Readathon | 1st to 30th June
The aim of Rainbow Readathon is to read an LGBTQ+ book for each stripe of Gilbert Baker’s 1977 Pride flag, plus a multicolored book. Here are the stripes and their meanings:
Reading It Queer | 1st to 30th June
There are a number of optional prompts you can chose to take part in, too.
Gays Gone By | 8th to 14th June
The aim is to read queer historical fiction, and there’s a bingo board full of great prompts to give you some ideas.
Lily, Jemima, and Eloise have also created a masterlist of queer historical books, in case you want to see what’s out there.
Read Your Gays | 8th to 15th June
Read Your Gays is pride-themed readathon celebrating queer authors’ and readers’ stories.
This a week-long readathon hosted by Boston, and the next round will be taking place during the second week in June.
There are a number of different prompts you can choose to complete and each prompt will earn you a badge. These are:
Camping badge: a book that takes place in the woods
Art badge: a book with an illustrated cover
Bird watching badge: a book with a bird on the cover
Emergency preparedness badge: a dystopian or survival story
Nature badge: a book that prominently features nature
Teamwork badge: read the group book
Queer Lit Readathon | 31st May to 6th June
The aim of Queer Lit Readathon is to read as many LGBTQIAP+ books as you can and they have a bingo card of prompts to help you pick your TBR.
They’ll be using the hashtag #queerlitread on Twitter to give updates throughout the readathon. This is also a bi-annual readathon, so there will be another round happening in winter, from November 29th to December 5th.
Here and Queerathon | 1st January to 31st December
That’s right folks, this readathon is a whole year long!
Pride Readathon 2020 | 1st to 30th June
This readathon lasts throughout June and is being hosted by Angharad.
The aim is to read a book for each letter of LGBTQIAP+, so for example L could be a book with a lesbian MC, G could be a book with a gay MC, and so on. This means reading around 8 books, but it’s up to each participant whether they read more or less.
Spectrum Reads | 1st to 30th June
There are different prompts that you can complete each week of the month on Twitter and a series of photo prompts on Instagram.
Here and Queer in June | 1st June to 30th
This readathon is being hosted by Holly over on Instagram and will run throughout June. The aim is to either read all LGBTQIA+ books in June, or dip in and out and read some queer books alongside others your TBR.
There’s going to be a Call Me By Your Name readalong and an Instagram photo challenge to join in with.
Transathon | 13th to 26th July
This readathon isn’t *technically* taking place in June, but I had to include it because it’s a new readathon dedicated to reading books by trans authors.
Transathon runs for two weeks in July and there’s a bingo card of optional prompts to complete if you wish.
There will also be a giveaway for those who take part and there’s a Google sign up form you can complete if you’re thinking of joining in.
That’s all 12 pride readathons happening in June (and July) that I know about. If you’ve heard of any others, please let me know and I’ll add them to this post.
What are you planning to read during pride month? Will you be taking part in any readathons?