The Feminist Book Club Read-a-thon is fast approaching from October 9th through October 11th! This is the first read-a-thon hosted by Feminist Book Club and I could not be more excited to connect with readers everywhere. You can sign up for the read-a-thon to be eligible to win amazing prizes such as the grand prize, a six month subscription to Feminist Book Club!
To prepare for the 72 hour read-a-thon the books you are reading are just as important as where you are reading them. In anticipation of our read-a-thon, here are five fun places to read during the Feminist Book Club Read-a-thon along with some recommendations!
5 Fun Places to Read your Books During the Feminist Book Club Read-a-thon
1. Read Anti-Racist Literature in Front of your Uninformed Family
Sure, you have a lot of anti-racist literature on your shelf, but have you actually began the next step to read them? There are some really amazing anti-racist books out there like How to Be an Anti-Racist, but I highly recommend reading Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall. This incredible nonfiction collection writes about and shares how issues such as healthcare, education, and a living wage are incredibly important for the feminist movement to recognize because of their impact on Black Indigenous People of Color. Hood Feminismis an amazing book to put your white feminism into perspective and to create real change by uplifting and giving voice to those who are left out of conversations.
Read your anti-racist literature in front of your family who chooses to be uniformed on systemic racism to spark conversation and to hopefully lead to some meaningful learning for everyone involved.
2. Read Steamy Romance on Public Transportation
Here at Feminist Book Club we are in support of all books that promote a person’s sexuality and help you feel a little more into yourself. As a society we need to be encouraging people to tap into their sexuality more and literature is a great way to do this. Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert is an amazing example of an inclusive romance novel where the main character is a Black woman who has a chronic illness. This book not only has the steam there but this book also helps give representation for readers everywhere.
Read a steamy romance novel on public transportation to assist in the normalization of embracing one’s sexuality and also to support romance authors who are often stigmatized for the genre they write.
3. Read About Witchcraft While Charging your Crystals
Whether you are a seasoned Witch or an aspiring enchanter, there are some incredible books to read while passing the time when your crystals are charging in the sunlight. At Feminist Book Club we have had a few monthly reads that have centered around witchcraft, my favorite being These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. This young adult novel is an action packed book about young witches who are coming into their powers while battling evil forces and trying to survive a breakup. This book has an amazing cast of badass teenagers, but there is also some lovely LGBTQIA+ representation that normalizes queerness for readers.
While your crystals are charing on the windowsill, give yourself a break from your witchcraft by curling up with a good witch themed book. Feminist Book Club’s October pick is The Year of Witching so members will be doing this right along with you.
4. Read an Incredible Young Adult Novel While Sitting in a Tree
Channel your inner child by climbing a tree and reading a young adult novel! Or if you are like me, you can read a young adult novel in a hammock hanging from a tree because I am unable to climb a tree…
Young adult novels often get a bad reputation because of the age of the intended audience but I personally am one of the biggest fans of YA because it can portray and communicate such serious themes in a way that is impactful for people of any age. One of my most recommended young adult books is With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo because of Acevedo’s addictive writing and the incredible themes of perseverance and strong family relationships. This book will take you on a trip, literally to Spain, but through the life of a teenager who is looking towards her future and trying to figure out where and who she would like to be. Even though you are not in the same position as the main character, readers will be able to relate in their personal experiences while also sensing a bit of nostalgia for an earlier time.
5. Read a Book About Sex With Your Book Club (in a socially distanced way)
Are you a part of a book club? Are you talking about sex with members? No? Then you should spend the Feminist Book Club Read-a-thon engaging in literature that can be uncomfortable, to help confront dominant narratives that control what society considers “normal.” Sexuality can be explored at at any time and in multiple genres as seen above with a steamy romance novel, but there are also incredible nonfiction books to pick up. Here at Feminist Book Club we are very fortunate to have one of our blog contributors as an author and expert in the topic of understanding one’s sexuality. A Dirty Word by Steph Auteri is a great read to help reclaim your ideologies around sexuality in a society that promotes it should look a certain way.
For the Feminist Book Club Read-a-thon, consider meeting with your book club in a socially distanced manner to read and talk about sex and to challenge your beliefs of what is appropriate discussion.