With all of us locked in our homes, quite a few of the book cons and festivals have shifted online which excited me to no end! Being an international reader is hard, especially when you see so many of your friends going to these book festivals meeting each other and meeting so many authors. You feel kinda left out.
But this time we all get to attend virtual book fests! The one I’m most looking forward to is the Social Distance Book Fest 🙂 They have so many wonderful panels and an exciting new tag which I’m going to be trying out today.
I found this tag on Bethany’s booktube, Beautifully Bookish Bethany so thank you for this tag Bethany!
The Social Distancing Book Tag
1. Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction & Historical Suspense: Share a book with great world building
Ooh I have to choose Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee for this one. I don’t have an easy time with sci-fi books because their worldbuilding is either confusing or not very well explained but this one did it perfectly.
2. Tackling Consent, Gender, and Toxic Masculinity in Romance: Share a book with enthusiastic consent
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow has so many wonderful themes and my favourite one has to be consent. It gets explored beautifully and we’re not just talking about consent for sex, the book talks about consent for everything and it just stole my heart.
3. So You Want to Start a Booktube Channel: Offer one piece of advice for aspiring book tubers
I’m going to change this to book blogger since I don’t have a booktube channel to begin with. One piece of advice I would offer is, just mingle with the community. Share your posts but also comment on others’ and start up conversations.
4. From Boys in Outer Space to Magical Girls & Guillotines: Queer Voices in Science Fiction & Fantasy: Share a favorite sci-fi or fantasy book with queer representation
I didn’t particularly like Spellhacker‘s writing style which is why I didn’t finish reading it but I’m a huge fan of its diverse LGBTQ+ cast. It’s definitely the queerest sci-fi or fantasy book I’ve ever come across.
5. Beyond Stephen King: New Frontiers in Horror: Share a creepy book written by a woman, a person of color, or someone from the LGBTQIA+ community
I’m going to go with a creepy book written by a woman. Teeth In The Mist by Dawn Kurtagich is such a wonderfully written book. I read it in audiobook format and the narrators, background music – everything thoroughly spooked me out. Hands down the best audiobook I’ve ever read.
6. Fierce Femmes: Standing Your Ground: Share a book with a fierce female protagonist.
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai has Rhiannon as the main protagonist and she’s this fierce badass female who leads her own company. I love how her character is written and develops over the story. She’s brave and ready to take on the whole world.
7. Navigating Latinx Identity in Fantasy: Share a fantasy book with Latinx representation
Again, I haven’t read this one yet but I’m super psyched for Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. It’s about ghosts and maybe falling in love with one? Either way, the book community has really been hyping it up and I’m certain this is going to be a hit.
8. Family, Friendship, & Determination in Middle Grade Fiction: Share a middle grade book with a great family or friend group
Holes by Louis Sanchar is one of my favourite middle-grade books. It’s a simple book with a beautiful focus on relationships and trust and a nice adventure that spans more than one timeline.
9. New Voices in YA Panels (SFF and contemporary): Share an upcoming release that you can’t wait to get your hands on!
I’ve been dying to get my hands on The Henna Wars by Adiba Jagirdar since the day this book was announced! It’s an adorable book about two henna competitors and an f/f relationship! As a huge henna fan and amateur henna artist, I’m ready to sell a kidney for this one.
10. From Sherlock Holmes to Veronica Mars: Variations in the Mystery/Thriller Genre: Share a favorite mystery or thriller!
Lock Every Door by Riley Sagar is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. I literally couldn’t stop turning the pages and by the time I finished this book, my mind was completely blown. I definitely recommend this to everyone!
11. Identity Formation & Deconstruction in Adult Fiction: Share a book that deals with identity in a positive or negative way.
Will I ever stop talking about this book? Absolutely not. Harley In The Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman has so many great themes but the best part is watching Harley mess up and try to figure out her life, her identity and who she really is. It’s really well written and I personally found it very relatable.
Related Posts: Harley In The Sky: Happy Book Release!
12. Social Distance Book Fest: Share a bright spot from the past few weeks! A book you read, a moment of self-care, something that made you laugh etc.
The brightest spot from the past few weeks is whenever I do a video-call with my friends because it always seems to cheer me up to see their faces and hear their voices 🙂
And I’m tagging everyone who’s gonna be there for the Socially Distancing Book Fest! Also, if you find this interesting feel free to consider yourself tagged.
Are you going to be there for any of the panels in the Social Distance Book Fest?
What are some of the favourite books you’ve read during this quarantine?
Tell me about all the nice and positive little things that happened to you during quarantine. We gotta look at the positives, right?