Riveted Lit, which is a multi-publisher platform for promoting YA literature, is a really fantastic site which was launched a few months ago, which offers discussion and features on YA books, but also free – yes, FREE – extended excerpts and even full books to read once you sign up to the site. I signed up a few weeks ago, but hadn’t actually read any books on it, until last week I saw their latest campaign.
October 11th is National Coming Out Day, so in celebration (and also to promote upcoming debut novel Robot Boy), Riveted and Simon Pulse teamed up and created their #WeAreHuman Readathon.
They selected eight of their favourite books featuring LGBTQ characters, and are asking you to read them. Reading literary fiction has been shown to improve empathy, and also, it’s fun, so really this is a win-win situation.
They’re also making a $5,000 donation to the It Gets Better project, to spread a message of hope for LGBTQ youth.
The eight books on the Riveted list are all available on their website to read – for free! – until November 11th. Furthermore, if Riveted get 5,000 total reads by the end of their campaign, they will double their donation to the It Gets Better project!
I’m currently halfway through Afterworlds, which is written by Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series.
I absolutely love the Uglies series, so I had high hopes for this book. Funnily enough, though, I’m not really loving it. Alternating chapters tell the story of teen debut author Darcy and her fictional creation Lizzie, and I’m not really feeling any connection between the two stories. But as I said, I’m only halfway through, so it may well improve.
Regardless of my opinion on this one book, though, the Readathon is clearly a great idea – free books, plus money for LGBTQ charity appears to have literally no downside, so I thought it was totally worth talking about today!