Hey there, comrades! I hope everyone’s doing well and is staying indoors if they are able. I know being on quarantine, self-isolating, or being in lockdown can be difficult. But we’ve all got to do our part to help flatten the curve and avoid spreading the virus around.
To help occupy some time and take your mind off things, I’ve partnered with Linda @ A Crimson Daisy to bring you the Reverse Racism Readathon, a readathon dedicated to books by authors of colour!
Want to know more? Read on!
Here, Linda explains what the Reverse Racism Readathon, or #ReRaReadathon, is all about.
We’ve decided on two sets of prompts. The first are book content prompts and the second set are author prompts. In this blog post, I’ll be talking all about the author prompts – along with what I’ll be reading for each prompt!
Take note though, you don’t need to complete both sets of prompts. Finishing one set is more than enough! All that’s required of you to participate in #ReRaReadathon is to only read books written by authors of colour. It’s that simple!
Here are the author prompts, along with my pick for each:
1) Author of an ethnicity not your own – Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.
Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…
2) Mixed-race author – Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.
3) Non-US author – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…
4) QPOC author – No Two Ways by Chiyu Rodriguez
AJ Felipe makes the most of being the head information security engineer for a local law firm with the help of her loyal team of nerds. Their job isn’t really the most fun, but things take a turn when one of her junior security engineers decides to nominate her for a makeover show.
Enter Jackie Niño, the one-night stand AJ didn’t expect to meet again—who also happens to be the makeup artist who’s going to get her all dolled up on national television.
After the episode is aired, another ghost from her past comes back to haunt her: Axel Herrera, the ex-boyfriend who still thinks she left him because she’s a lesbian.
Spoiler alert: She isn’t.
Being bisexual is hard enough. How will AJ navigate new feelings while finding closure for old heartaches?
And that’s it!
☕ Join #ReRaReadathon and share with us your TBRs!
☕ Have you read any of the books on my TBR?
☕ Have you made any recent commitments to reading books by authors of colour?