Rainbow Reading Challenge | Pride Month

Hello, lovely bookish people! We’re so excited that it’s finally Pride Month (well, officially as of tomorrow)! It’s that time of the year again when stacks of rainbow books take over our bookstagram feeds, everyone brings out their knee-high rainbow socks again, and we read as many queer books as we possibly can.

This June, we’ve decided to host an official READING CHALLENGE! That’s right – it’s called the Rainbow Reading Challenge, and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read some books off your TBR featuring queer protagonists! The aim is to attempt to read one book for each colour of the rainbow based on the colour of their cover (seven in total), but you can opt to do more or fewer should you so desire.

For example, you might choose to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda for Red, I Was Born for This for Orange, Kindred: 12 #LoveOzYA Stories for Yellow, you get the hang of it!

We’ll all be tracking our reading progress on social media throughout the month, and we’d love you to do the same. Please use the hashtag #RainbowReadingChallenge so we can check out which glorious queer novels you’ve decided to pick up!

You can check out our Rainbow Reading Challenge TBRs down below if you need some inspiration. We can’t wait to see which books you choose!

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Pride Picnic / Our Favourite Queer Novels

Yesterday, we hosted our very first Pride Picnic! But no, this wasn’t our first ever picnic – we’re strong believers in catching up for any occasion at all to eat cake. Cake truly is the best invention in the entire world.

But as June is Pride Month, we thought we’d take our rainbow flags out of the closet, bake some cupcakes and cookies, and gather a bunch of awesome Melbourne YA readers to chat all about our favourite queer YA novels.

It was such a lovely afternoon at Fed Square. Our highlights definitely included hearing all about some upcoming queer novels we can’t wait to get our hands on, what everyone’s favourite queer books are (#sorrynotsorry TBR), and trying everyone’s incredible rainbow food.

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Pride Picnic

We’re hosting a Pride Picnic in celebration of Pride Month! Come along for an afternoon of feasting on rainbow-coloured food (and Oreos, duh) and talking about all your favourite queer YA novels.

We’ll be meeting at the top of Fed Square (near ACMI), and if it’s raining or cold, we’ll be moving inside The Atrium. Please bring a rug and something yum to share! Bonus points if it’s cake. Everyone loves cake.

We hope to see you there!

Grab a ticket here!

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