Hi, friends!! What’s this, me posting somewhat consistently?? Don’t get used to it because it most likely won’t stay this way, but who knows? Perhaps it will? Anyways, IndigAThon is a readathon hosted by Michelle and Brody which is dedicated to reading books from Indigenous authors during the month of November. I stumbled upon the twitter page for this readathon sometime during mid October and got so excited and immediately started planning out what I wanted to read, so let’s jump into some of the books I really want to read this month! I have been working hard to make sure I diversify my reading this year but I noticed I had still not read that many books by Indigenous authors and while that is not acceptable in the slightest, I am going to do my best moving forward to be more cognisant of that and this readathon seemed like a great place to start.
Prompt- Intersectionality: Book: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
I am so excited to read this one, I have only read one Rebecca Roanhorse book (Race to the Sun) but I really loved it and I have seen so many people giving this book five stars and raving about it, I can’t wait. Kae (one of my sweetest mutuals, please check out their other content if you haven’t) did a whole video on it that made me even more excited. I have no idea if I will read this book first or what, but it is definitely in the running for first pick. I don’t have a physical copy of this available to me because my library hasn’t picked it up yet and I sadly can’t really afford adult hardcovers but I got the ebook and the audiobook (thanks to a sweet libro gift from my favorite, Brianna).
Prompt – New to You: Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
I was picking up two of my other holds for IndigAThon from the library and I wandered over to the YA section and saw this book, so I grabbed it too. I haven’t seen that much about it, but from the summary it seems like something I would really enjoy and may be a quicker read so I am planning to read this while I am still in the thick of things where school is concerned.
Prompt – Other Than 5CT: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
This is not my typical read and I am actually a giant baby when it comes to horror, but I am going to read this regardless because I have heard so many good things about it and I have gotten better at handling horror if I listen to it on audio and my library has the audiobook. I have no idea when I will read this, most likely on a weekend because that is when I read horror so I can watch a fluffy show if I get freaked out.
Prompt – Middle Grade: The Case of Windy Lake and The Case of the Missing Auntie by Michael Hutchinson
When I was looking up Indigenous books for younger readers I stumbled upon these and they seem like something the kids I nanny would like, so I got copies to read myself before passing onto them. Its an ambitious goal, but I am going to try and get the oldest to read at least one of these this month too because I know they have not had much exposure to Indigenous content outside of their school curriculum (which is, trust me, Not good so).
Prompt – Free Space: Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me by Lurline Wailana McGregor
This is another one I stumbled upon when building my TBR and I kept coming back to it, so I decided that was a sign to pick it up this month. I haven’t heard very much about it from people I know or follow, but there were lots of great reviews are articles about it that I found while researching so I am so excited.
Prompt – Buddy Read: Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
This will be a reread, but I am so excited to physically read this one this go round instead of just listening to the audiobook and I am even more excited to talk about it with my lovely best friend, Brianna. This is another one that I am excited to have a copy of to share with the kids I nanny, but it is probably still a tad bit above their reading levels so maybe I’ll try to get them to read it next year.
Prompt – Other than US: Coyote Tails by Thomas King
I have books not from North America on my radar that I want to try and get my hands on this month, but in case that doesn’t happen I am going to count this one from Canada. I have been wanting to read this since I saw Kayla from BooksandLala read it in one of her reading vlogs, but it also seems like a great read to read with the younger kids I nanny so I went ahead and ordered a physical copy. My plan is to read it sometime this week and then start reading it with them for their reading time next week.
Prompt – Group Book: Heartbeat Braves by Pamela Sanderson
This is the group book, so it is a given that I read it but I am still really excited about it. The summary looks super cute and there are three more books after it in this series, so I am hoping I love this one because if I do I will most likely go ahead and read them this month (or next month if I don’t get to them) because it is starting to be winter and during the winter I love snuggling up and reading romances so it just sounds perfect.
Prompt – Non-Bookish Media
I am not going to explicitly put anything here because there are so many things I have in mind that I don’t know which one to put, but I will talk about some of my ideas. I have been looking at some movies I might watch, I am pretty certain I am going to watch Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2014) and Boy (2010). I also want to dig into local Indigenous history so I will be researching the Monacan tribe, which is whose land I am currently residing on. I have found some websites I want to explore and am hoping I can find some books or other resources, but we’ll see what I can find.
Okay, friends! I think that is about it for today, but I want to hear from you! Are you reading any Indigenous lit this month? Any recommendations you want me to fit in for this readathon? Let’s chat in the comments!