Reading the Rainbow is a queer romance readathon and bingo challenge created by @Booms.Books, @b.andherbooks & @Onthesampa9e on Instagram.
#ReadingTheRainbow22 took place from June 1-30th to celebrate Pride month. For this challenge, every book must feature one or more queer characters, and bonus points if the author is also queer. Any book can be used up to 2x on the bingo board.
This was the bingo board for #ReadingTheRainbow22. As you can see it covers a lot of different topics and tropes.
There was also a reading tracker and other story templates included with the prompts on the host’s Instagram pages.
So, lets see how I did this month. First, here are all the LGBTQ books I read this month. This includes ones that didn’t fit the prompts.
Now onto the bingo board!
As you can see I completed the whole board. This challenge pushed me to read a lot of LGBTQIA books that I had on my TBR and a lot that I wouldn’t have normally picked up. I really hope this challenge happens again next year because it was fun.
The Prompts and What I Read:
- “I Can Go Twice as High” (second chance romance)
- A Sapphic romance
- “Friends to know and ways to grow” (friendship!)
- #BeastMode (monster romance)
- “I can go anywhere” (travel!)
- A host rec!
- #SlayQueen (something stabby)
- Romance with a physically disabled MC
- Stone cold butch (romance with a butch MC)
- A Black romance
- Gettin’ Bi (an MF romance with Bi or Pan leads)
- Romance with an identity different from yours
- Simply the Best (reread a fave romance)
- Baby Got Back(list)
- “I’m comin’ out! (read a 2022 debut romance)
- A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall (This isn’t a debut but the hosts said a 2022 release worked)
- Romance with a gender expansive gap
- “History Huh?” (a historical romance)
- Ace in the Hole! (read an A-spec romance)
- Read a romance with neurodiverse MCs
- “Take a look, it’s in a book” (bookish MC)
- Romance with BIPOC leads
- “I Can Be Anything” (free square)
- #Reading Rainbow” (rainbow on the cover)