A while ago I announced Read the Rainbow on my social media and got an amazing response from you guys 🙂 I was keeping things behind the curtain and only mentioned that Read the Rainbow is a spotlight for queer books with own-voice readers. But today I’m here to give you all the little details about this beautiful queer project!
What is Read the Rainbow About?
Read the Rainbow is a spotlight for queer books, authors and readers. Every month, I’ll be hosting an interview or discussion centred around a queer book. The interviews will be conducted with authors and the discussions will take place with #ownvoice readers for each book (sign-up options below!). There may be one or two spotlights in a month depending on the new releases and the sort of time I have on my hands. Every month, I’ll be announcing the book(s) of the month for Read the Rainbow so that everyone can read the book before the spotlight, although it is not a necessity.
How does it work?
Since I want the BOTM to be easily accessible, every month, the spotlight will be on a book that was released the previous month. So if a spotlight discussion is taking place is say April 2020, the BOTM will be a March 2020 new release. There are no specific dates for the spotlight posts due to the irregularity of new releases and their availability but I will do my best to keep the posts around the 15th of every month.
You can use the hashtag #NotJustRainbow on social media.
How can I participate or help?
There are many ways for you to help, support and participate in Read the Rainbow!
- If you’re a queer reader, fill out this form! I’m gathering queer readers for fun spotlight discussions.
- If you’re a queer author and have a queer book coming out this year feel free to contact me for an interview or if you want to help in holding a giveaway, by filling out this form.
- If you’re a reader you can participate by reading the BOTMs and suggesting discussion and interview questions you would like to see.
- And to help and support Read the Rainbow you can spread the word on social media and encourage queer readers and authors to join the initiative 🙂
- Ans use the hashtag #NotJustRainbow whenever you talk about Read the Rainbow!
For February, the spotlight falls on We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding
Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.
I hope to see you around on the blog every month for Read the Rainbow! 🙂
If you have any sort of questions feel free to leave them down in the comments!
What are your thoughts on Read the Rainbow? Are you excited?
Will you be participating in Read the Rainbow in any way?