10 Books for the June 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge

2020 WOTN Reading Challenge


The June 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt Is…

Although the parades are canceled, June is Pride month. This year, the June #WotNReadingChallenge prompt is celebrating transgender and nonbinary protagonists. For list writing purposes, I’m strict about the protagonist label. They have to be a major driver of the story and/or a point of view character. Additionally, some characters don’t necessarily call themselves transgender/nonbinary (because they live in secondary worlds) but the author indicates to the audience that that is the case, or they have said that it is through interviews.

10 Books for the June 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

Dreadnought by April Daniels

#Wotnreadingchallenge June 2020When Danny finds the dying superhero Dreadnought, he passes his mantle to her. This gives her the body that she always wanted, as well as great power/responsibility. However, the people around her aren’t all accepting of this bestowal: her new gender presentation or her new status as a superhero. It gets worse: whoever killed the original Dreadnought isn’t done yet. Danny has to figure out being a superhero, and quickly. It’s not like the bad guys wait.

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Mason Deaver - I Wish You All the BestAfter Ben comes out to their parents as nonbinary, their terrible parents throw them out of their house. Their sister Hannah and her husband take them in, but this compounds Ben’s anxiety disorder. Although they try to make it through the end of their senior year unnoticed, it soon becomes clear that not all attention is bad attention.

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

June 2020 #wotnreadingchallengeIn futuristic South Africa, the future looks bright. However, several elements are coming together to destroy this futuristic society. Trapped among an AI rebellion, a hallucinogenic drug, and an angry demigoddess, how will society survive?

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi - PetJam lives in Lucille, where there are no monsters anymore. One day, she meets Pet, who is hunting a particular monster. Jam must figure out how to raise the alarm when no one believes that alarm is necessary anymore. This book was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

George by Alex Gino

June 2020 #wotnreadingchallengeGeorge knows she’s a girl, but no one else can see it. She can’t even audition for her preferred part in the school play. With the help of her friend Kelly, George comes up with a clever plan to participate anyway. This is a great middle-grade novel and could be used to introduce the concept of gender identity to younger readers. It’s also an #OwnVoices book, if you were concerned about the use of a deadname in the title.

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

Alexis Hall - The Affair of the Mysterious LetterCaptain John Wyndham has returned from fighting a war in another universe and needs somewhere to live. He finds lodgings at 221b Martyr’s Walk, with Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress. Yes, this is another variant on Sherlock Holmes; no, I’m not sorry. This book gets very weird very quickly, and it’s great. Additionally, Wyndham has a far fiercer style of narrative control than Watson ever did, which I find delightful.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

After Mawat’s father, a god-chosen ruler, has died, Mawat and his friend/aide Eolo return to Iraden so Mawat can take his father’s place. When they get there, Mawat discovers that his uncle has taken his rightful throne. Now Mawat and Eolo must figure out what happened. This is Hamlet (but not entirely) seen through a fantasy lens, which is all I want in life.

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

June 2020 #wotnreadingchallengeThis is a story with two narratives: one is a discovered manuscript and one is in the footnotes. In the discovered manuscript story from the 18th century, the author slowly becomes the greatest thief of his age: Jack Sheppard.  Meanwhile, in the footnotes, we find out a lot about who discovered this manuscript and who else is interested in it.

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

June 2020 #wotnreadingchallengeOn this stratified generation ship, Aster and those like her are thought of as less than human. Aster especially feels outcast, due to the way others treat her. When she discovers that the death of her mother and the death of the sovereign are linked, she feels compelled to investigate. A dark book.

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Maggie Tokuda-Hall - The Mermaid the Witch and the SeaTo fit in with the other pirates on her ship, Flora had to become Florian. Unexpectedly, Florian bonds with one of the prisoners on the ship, Lady Evelyn Hasegawa. Together, the pair work to save a mermaid and ultimately save themselves.


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Siobhan Dempsey

Siobhan needs books to function, and therefore can infodump quite a lot about them, particularly when they're either science fiction or fantasy.

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