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.


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

Reading Classic Books Challenge

How many times have you said that you need to read more classic books? If at any point you’ve made this claim, then this challenge is for you.

Welcome to the inaugural Reading Classic Books! I am super excited about this challenge and hope you’ll join me throughout the year in reading more classics.

I want this challenge to be fun and stress free. There are 12 challenge prompts but don’t feel like you have to do them all. Do as many as you want. The goal is simple – read more classic books.

How to join:

The challenge runs from January 1 thru December 31, 2020

Create a sign up post and leave the link in the link up below. If you don’t have a blog no worries. You can Tweet that you’ll be participating, do an Instagram post or if you have Goodreads create a Reading Classic Books shelf and link to that shelf

Don’t forget to put a link to this post, if you’re signing up via blog, Twitter or Instagram.

On the 1st of the month, a link up will post where you will leave the link to your Review and there will be a link to the giveaway (hosted by Rafflecopter)

The Rules:

1) ALL books must have been first published 50 years ago or earlier
2) Books must be read between January 1st and December 31st
3) Books may be used for up to two prompts


There will be three book Giveaways valued up to $20 (USD) . **Giveaway is open to anyone The Book Depository ships to. How to enter will be posted with each giveaway.

Giveaway Entry Period Winner Announced
January 1 – April 30 May 8
May 1 – August 31 August 7
September 1 – December 31 January 8, 2021

The Challenge Prompts:

1) Read a classic over 500 pages
2) Read a classic by a POC and/or with a POC as the main character
3) Read a classic that takes place in a country other than where you live
4) Read a classic in translation
5) Read a classic by a new to you author
6) Read a book of poetry
7) Read a classic written between 1800-1860
8) Read a classic written by an LGBT author and/or with an LGBT main character
9) Read a classic written by a woman
10) Read a classic novella
11) Read a classic nonfiction
12) Read a classic that has been banned or censored

FYI: If you’re participating in The Classics Club you can still do this challenge. I’m using the creation of this challenge and the prompts to choose books from my Classics Club list.

Make sure to follow Reading Classic Books on the following platforms because that’s where you’ll find group updates.

  • You can also request a Buddy Read on Goodreads for that special book you want to read and enjoy with someone
  • There will be some fun instagram challenges

Goodreads @ Reading Classic Books
Twitter @Read_Classics
Use: #readclassicbooks2020
Instagram @Reading Classic Books
Use: #readclassicbooks2020

I hope you’ll join me in reading more classics in 2020!

Lions, Tigers, & Bout of Books

I never did an official Bout of Books announcement post here, but I did one on Twitter (and yes, this is a shameless plug to follow me on Twitter).

In case you’re wondering what Bout of Books is, it’s a super chill, Continue reading