BlackSFF-Athon & Black-Oween-Athon Announcements & a Potential TBR

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It is spooky season time and I’m here with a couple of readathon announcements. Woot! Woot! Both readathons were created by friends a fellow Bootubers, so please make sure you check out their announcement videos which will be linked at the end of this post.

Let’s start off with the BlackSFF-Athon. This readathon was created by Thistle & Verse

“to promote science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and supernatural horror by Black authors”.

You might remember her from my post, Discussion: Overlooked & Underhyped Sci-Fi/Fantasy by Black Authors where she recommended 5 Sci-Fi/Fantasy books. BlackSFF-Athon is a two-week readathon that starts on October 3. Thistle & Verse has created reading prompts, Instagram challenges, reading sprints, and live shows.

The next readathon is Black-Oween. This year, I am not only participating in it, but am also one of several co-hosts. Black-Oween-Athon was created by Bre over at the Loc’D Booktician. It takes place during the entire month of October and it’s to celebrate Black authors who write Horror, Mystery, Thriller. The readathon has 6 prompts, a Bingo Board, author interviews, reading sprints, live shows, and more.

I’m not going to get into the prompts and all the activities that these readathons have going on because we’d be here all day. So, again I encourage you to check out both of their announcement videos for all the deets. I am really excited about these readathons and this year’s iterations of them. And, I hope you join in.

My TBR

So, yeah, I kinda sort of created a TBR. I say “kinda sort of” because at the moment there are 15 books on my TBR between the Black SFF and Black-Oween-Athon readathons. And, if I’m being honest there is no way I’m going to read all of them. But it pays to have options. Right?

Black-Oween BlackSFF Format
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston X X HB
Black Noir ed. By Otto Penzler X HB
The Black Stars Collection X eBook
Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins X eBook
The Conjure-Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher X PB
Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia X eARC
The Good House by Tananarive Due X X PB
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead X eARC
Lakewood by Megan Giddings X X eBook
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson X HB
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko X HB
Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson X? X PB
Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa X eARC
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora X eBook
Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson X X HB

Discussion: Overlooked & Underhyped Sci-Fi/Fantasy by Black Authors

Whenever I do a discussion post, I aim for Monday and this one is piggy-backing off my TBR  from Wednesday (9/1): Sci-Fi September & Buddy Reads. For this post, I asked a couple of my favorite Booktubers to lend a hand. As far as I’m concerned they are by far the most knowledgable when it comes to Black Science Fiction and Fantasy.

In case you’re unaware, I’m participating in the Sci-Fi September readathon and I made a conscious decision to focus on Black authors with Black protagonists. I feel, in general, literature by BIPOC authors gets overlooked, is underrated, and under-hyped in the book community. We often read, review, and put greater emphasis and value on the same books Continue reading

Day 10: Celebrating Black Authors – A Long Way Gone by Beah

Today’s book is doing triple duty. It’s serving as my celebrating black authors book, Book Beginnings and The Friday 56.

Title: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author: Ishmael Beah
ISBN-13: 978-0374531263
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Release Date: August 2008
[Read] [TBR]

Summary from Book:

At the age of twelve, Ishmael Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. AT sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, her learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and finally, to heal.

cac55-bb-buttonBook Beginnings is hosted over at Rose City Reader. It’s simple to join in the fun. Continue reading

Day 9: Celebrating Black Authors – Phillis Wheatley

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ll be celebrating black authors by sharing a book a day written by a black author and that has a black main character. Some of the authors I’ve read others are new to me and will be added to the ever-growing TBR pile.

Title: Complete Writings
Author: Phillis Wheatley
ISBN-13: 978-0140424300
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Release Date: February 2001
[Read] [Add to Growing TBR Pile]

I am not a huge fan of poetry, especially poetry prior to the Jazz age or the Harlem Renaissance. I read a few of Phillis Wheatley’s poems in college in an American Literature class. I thought interesting, Continue reading

Day 8: Celebrating Black Authors – Alexander Dumas

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ll be celebrating black authors by sharing a book a day written by a black author and that has a black main character. Some of the authors I’ve read others are new to me and will be added to the ever-growing TBR pile.

Title: The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Alexandre Dumas
ISBN-13: 978-1593081515
Publisher: Barnes &  Noble
Release Date: November 2004
[Read] [Add to Growing TBR Pile]

I was first introduced to him like so many of you through the swashbuckling movie, The Three Musketeers. I remember reading bits of it in a high school English class and always thought I’d come back to it. Well it took some Continue reading