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2019 Read Harder Challenge > Task #18: A novel by a trans or nonbinary author

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Book Riot Community (book_riot) | 430 comments Mod
Use this space to discuss books you're reading or that might fit the 18th Read Harder task.


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Jennifer (chrestomathies) | 18 comments I'll be reading Freshwater, and probably also Confessions of the Fox. I also strongly recommend Revolutionary!


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Tracy (tracyisreading) My excuse to read Peter Darling. Yay!


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Susanne | 49 comments I want to read Little Fish by Casey Plett. It also has less than 100 reviews on Goodreads, for those who like to double dip. :)

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders was one of my favourite books this year, I highly recommend it!


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Cendaquenta | 44 comments I recommend the Tensorate series by J.Y. Yang (first book: The Black Tides of Heaven). I'll probably read the sequel The Red Threads of Fortune for this prompt. :)


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Tabitha D (windmillstilt) | 49 comments Ohh I happen to have All the Birds in the Sky so that'll be my pick for this one.


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Mercedes (villadinorah) Jennifer wrote: "I'll be reading Freshwater, and probably also Confessions of the Fox. I also strongly recommend Revolutionary!"

Wow... Freshwater sounds like a dream of a novel! I think I'll read that one. Thank you!


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Christina (defarge) | 6 comments Sarah Gailey's work would be great for this challenge. River of Teeth or its sequel Taste of Marrow would also count for #2: An alternate history novel. Each one is a short read, too; they were collected together in American Hippo.

Since I've already read those, I'm eyeing An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon or The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang for this challenge.


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Ava | 29 comments I'm going to read George by Alex Gino for this task, to double dip with task #22, a children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009.


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Mandi Thomas (themandithomas) | 23 comments I Wish You All the Best comes out in May and will be my pick for this category.


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P Clarke | 1 comments The Only Harmless Great Thing is really good and is also alternate history and told (partially) from the point of view of an animal, so you can tick multiple tasks off your list if you wish.


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Stina (stinalyn) | 179 comments Top contenders for this prompt at the moment are An Unkindness of Ghosts and Beneath the Crust.

I highly recommend All the Birds in the Sky.


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Hope I am reading Long Black Veil Hopefully it counts!


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Karen Soanes (ksoanes) | 12 comments I read Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout and really enjoyed it for anyone looking for a book in this category.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


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Brittany Morrison | 64 comments Nevada by Imogen Binnie looks good. Not sure if I’m going to read that or Peter Darling here.


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Kristi (kristisan) | 2 comments I really loved All the Birds in the Sky, so I'm going to try Charlie Jane Anders's next book, The City in the Middle of the Night, which is supposed to be released in February.


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Emelie | 3 comments Lost Souls - trans author. Horror/Vampires/LGBT themed.

Magic Fell - non-binary author. YA-fantasy, LGBT themed.


Thegirlintheafternoon | 61 comments Kheryn Callender's This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story would work here! I've heard great things about it.


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Bonnie G. (narshkite) | 1369 comments I had If I Was Your Girl sitting here on this rainy day and so it is my pick!


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Shay Vande (goodreadscomshaylogic) If you're looking for a book with a nonbinary protag, I really loved Symptoms of Being Human


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Jenn | 9 comments I really enjoyed both Hurricane Child and River of Teeth this year.

I think I'll be going with Dreadnought or Caroline's Heart


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Lucia Kelly | 45 comments Shay wrote: "If you're looking for a book with a nonbinary protag, I really loved Symptoms of Being Human"

Unfortunately, I don't think it counts for the challenge as I can't find any information stating that the author, Jeff Garvin, is either trans or nonbinary. Sounds like a good read though!


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Lucia Kelly | 45 comments Hi there! I'm compiling lists of everyone's suggestions in case that's easier for people (i know it is for me!) c:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...


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April | 4 comments Dreadnought by April Daniels was absolutely fantastic. It’s a wonderful look at the transgender experience and also superheroes.


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Jenny (bybibookgirl) | 88 comments Anything by Juno Dawson or Jordan L. Hawk would work for this... But all going well I'm going to use my friend Ely Percy's book Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz, which is coming out soon, hopefully this year, though if not then I'll just read it outwith the challenge! They're both trans and Non Binary!


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ProfBen10 | 50 comments Any Doctor Who fans in this group? Well, I just discovered that one of the most recent 13th Doctor novels "The Good Doctor" was written transgender author.
Just downloaded it on my Audible and cannot wait to begin it tomorrow afternoon!


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ProfBen10 | 50 comments Jenny, I didn't see your post! Juno Dawson is the author I mentioned above! This is definitely a sign that I should be reading it! Thank you for affirming my choice! :)
Now I'm really looking forward to starting this book!


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Jenny (bybibookgirl) | 88 comments ProfBen10 wrote: "Jenny, I didn't see your post! Juno Dawson is the author I mentioned above! This is definitely a sign that I should be reading it! Thank you for affirming my choice! :)
Now I'm really looking forwa..."


I have that one out of the library right now! I'll read it and then keep it as a reserve if my friend's isn't out this year! It looks really good!


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Jen Ifer's Inklings (only4lightn) | 6 comments Tracy wrote: "My excuse to read Peter Darling. Yay!"

Oh! I am glad you mentioned this. Peter Darling has been on my list forever AND I already own the ebook. Also I am a huge Peter Pan fan. :)


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Kristi | 6 comments I’ve seen A Prayer for Owen Meany on several lists for this topic. Does John Irving identify enby? I’m not seeing that anywhere and am confused (but hopeful) as to his fit in this category. Haven’t read one of his books in at least 15 years...


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Judith Rich | 88 comments If nothing else appeals, I'm going to read Hav by Jan Morris. I read the first part, Last Letters From Hav, a few years ago, but I've never read the second part, Hav of the Myrmidons.

From what I gather, she's written a lot of non-fiction, but this is her only fiction.


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Bonnie G. (narshkite) | 1369 comments Kristi wrote: "I’ve seen A Prayer for Owen Meany on several lists for this topic. Does John Irving identify enby? I’m not seeing that anywhere and am confused (but hopeful) as to his fit in this categ..."

Excerpt from a Lambda interview with Irving:

There’s no question that I’ve always identified with a wide range of sexual desires.

[…]growing up in the 50s and 60s where it was so unusual to have sex as a young teenager that there was nothing you could do but imagine it. There were never the constraints on what you imagined [being] as intimidating as [the] constraints on who you actually had sex with. It was nonetheless disturbing, and my gay friends of my generation, certainly a writer like Edmund White, has written very poignantly about the guilt and the shame and the self-hatred that was attached to having the, at the time, “abnormal sexual desire.”

I told that story for years about my first girlfriend who was so afraid of getting pregnant that she permitted only anal intercourse, which I liked so much that it only added to my terror that I really must be gay. “Oh my God, I really like this.” And then, what was I to do with the fact that I was often much more attracted to the mothers of my girlfriends than I was to the girlfriends. And there were those unmentionable older boys who attracted me in a more than hero worship way when I was 13, 14, 15 and they were 17, 18, 19. This simply taught me that sexual desire itself is terribly mutable if you’re honest, and that I don’t know why someone like Shakespeare could write so easily about the mutability of sexual attraction and the sexes and we seem to struggle with it so. We in America in particular.


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Cat (perkyrusalka) | 22 comments I'm reading The Drowning Girl by Caitlin Kiernan. I think I bought it for a previous challenge, but I haven't read it yet.


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Leigha (leighas_life) | 6 comments Heather Brewer is transgender and goes by Zac Brewer So books by either of these author names fits this prompt, right? He has a middle-grade series about a vampire that I enjoyed back in the day, Vladimir Tod. I read it as an adult and found it fun.

Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1) by Heather Brewer


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Sheri | 75 comments I read The Black Tides of Heaven and then also read The Red Threads of Fortune since they're both short. The author is nonbianary. They were both really great. Sort of high fantasy, but with the introduction of tech.


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Kristi | 6 comments Bonnie wrote: "Kristi wrote: "I’ve seen A Prayer for Owen Meany on several lists for this topic. Does John Irving identify enby? I’m not seeing that anywhere and am confused (but hopeful) as to his fi..."

That doesn't exactly say nonbinary though; that says possibly bi/pansexual. Nothing there says he either does or doesn't identify as strictly male so I don't think he can be counted on this prompt unless there's something more definitive about his gender identity.


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Bonnie G. (narshkite) | 1369 comments Kristi wrote: "Bonnie wrote: "Kristi wrote: "I’ve seen A Prayer for Owen Meany on several lists for this topic. Does John Irving identify enby? I’m not seeing that anywhere and am confused (but hopefu..."

Good point


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Marissa (stiricide) | 2 comments Lost Souls was already mentioned (see also: Drawing Blood, Exquisite Corpse, RIYL horror, vampires, sex, etc), Brite also wrote a series of incredible foodie-lit novels set around a fictional New Orleans restaurant (Liquor, Prime, Soul Kitchen), which are equally enthralling but involve much less blood. ;)

If you're even more adventurous than that, Brite (now working as Billy Martin) has a Patreon where they've been releasing chapters of their latest endeavor, a critical lit review of Stephen King's entire catalogue.


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Ariel | 34 comments Leigha wrote: "Heather Brewer is transgender and goes by Zac Brewer So books by either of these author names fits this prompt, right? He has a middle-grade series about a vampire..."

I think the books he wrote before he transitioned would still qualify. I read the first book in the spin off series last year, First Kill and really enjoyed it.


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LeAnna (leanna_nash) | 8 comments Perfect timing for just getting Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg!


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Tiffany | 46 comments I just read A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe which is by Alex White who identifies as non-binary. Its also a space opera so you can use it for the space category too.


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Teresa | 357 comments Tiffany wrote: "I just read A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe which is by Alex White who identifies as non-binary. Its also a space opera so you can use it for the space category too."
Thanks for the recommendation. I like space opera.


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April Gray (graypeape) | 30 comments Tiffany wrote: "I just read A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe which is by Alex White who identifies as non-binary. Its also a space opera so you can use it for the space category too."

is Alex White also an AOC? they don't appear to be, looking at their pic, but looks can be deceiving..... the book set in or about space is supposed to be by an AOC


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Lauren Stoolfire | 38 comments All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders - I've had my eye on this since it came out and this gives me a great reason to finally get to. :)


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Theresa | 129 comments Lauren wrote: "All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders - I've had my eye on this since it came out and this gives me a great reason to finally get to. :)"

The Kindle version is currently on sale for $2.99.


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