If you still don’t know what Transathon is, you can still pretty much figure out from the name! It’s a very awesome readathon that took place all through July and it’s focused on reading more books by trans and non-binary authors! There is also a Mini Transathon for Transgender Awareness Week. Go follow them on twitter @transathon and also you can find the amazing host, Ocean, on twitter @oceansofnovels and on their blog here.
Because I am a lazy piece of muffin, I never wrote my wrap-up for Transathon and while preparing for this week’s posts I realized that this is the perfect week for this. I present to you the amazing books I read over July as part of Transathon.
I am also hosting a giveaway on my Instagram as part of Transgender Awareness Week.
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.
This was probably the cutest, most adorable, completely wholesome story and queer that I have ever read. I still can’t get over how warm and fuzzy this story made me feel, and it’s now one of my go-to stories when my depression is acting up. I rated it 5 stars and it deserves it so much, the characters are amazing, Nova and Tam discover who they wanna be, while dealing with hurt from their parents, sticking together, and being there for each other.
Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie
This one’s a very nice 101 on Transgender, but if you already have some knowledge about the subject you won’t find a lot of new info.
I listened to it in the car with my partner, and I don’t think I would have enjoyed it so much if it wasn’t audio, but having it read to you by the author himself really adds to the story.
Is a pretty cool story for any young teen trying to figure out what is going on, telling you is ok to don’t have yourself, including your figured out right away.
His story is also very specific for the health care system in England and, as he said himself, won’t match with the experience of people from other countries.
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Also known like “Yeah, it’s ok, I didn’t need my heart anyway”
The emotions feel so authentic and Ben’s journey is way too relatable for any teen that ever tried to find themselves. While their struggles are specific to someone figuring out their sexual identity, the feelings are all the same, the anxiety and fear of what others will think.
Their depression was perfectly messy portraited, too often we see it romanticized, and going away so easily, but I felt this in my core, not being able to function, to get out of bed. So maybe be aware of this if it’s a trigger for you.
I hope everyone reads this book at least once, and maybe then everyone will understand the need to be yourself, to live true to yourself.
Dreadnought by April Daniels
Oh hi, meet my new favorite superhero, Danny also know as Dreadnought.
While I loved every one of the books I read during this readathon, I think Dreadnought was the one that surprised me the most. I don’t see it hyped a lot (mostly on bookstagram) so I didn’t know what to expect.
My nerd, superhero loving soul was over the moon with this book. It’s your classic I am a superhero what now?? I am a sucker for any superhero story with a twist and this one presented such a unique perspective to the genre, with rich characters and complex plotlines.
Can’t wait to dive into the second installment of this story.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Technically I did finish this one after Transathon ended, just because when I ordered it it was sold out everywhere and it took a while to arrive. That’s beside the point. This book deserves all the hype it got!!
There is no way for me to explain in words and little enough of them to fir on this post how magnificent the book was. I will say that it contains the first love triangle that I actually enjoyed.
This story is full of amazing representation, angst, and a little bit of enemy to lovers. Basically all the ingredients I need in order to fall in love with a book. Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that this one made me cry in the middle of the night. Why was I up in the middle of the night? Glad you asked!! I couldn’t put it down, that’s why!!!
So folks there you have it, my complete Transathon wrap-up. And it only took me like five months to do it. All of there were top five star reads for me, even if I didn’t mention every one of them in particular.
I would like to mention, there should be a trigger warning for transphobia, outing, deadnaming, use of wrong pronouns, and teens being thrown in the streets by their parents in Felix ever after, I wish you all the best and Dreadnought. Just a head’s-up if you want to pick up any of these.
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Do you have any other recommendations for similar books?