Following on from the success of F/F February, Ellie and I have decided to host another monthly challenge – this time, Aro-Ace April. Ellie is taking the lead on this one as she had been considering it for a little while, but when Kelsea also suggested we do it, we knew it was something that should happen. The presentation of aro ace and a-spec characters within literature is something very important to Ellie personally, which is another reason why we really wanted to host this challenge and put it out there.
Aromantic, asexual and all a-spec characters are possibly the least represented LGBTQ+ individuals within literature – but it doesn’t mean there aren’t books out there. In fact, if you look right, there are a ton of really amazing ones. Which is exactly what #aroaceapril is all about. Bringing these books to the forefront by talking about them, posting about them, and reading them. It’ll have the same kind of loose layout as #fffebruaryreads wherein a lot is down to you, the reader. You can choose what you read, when you want to read it, and how many books featuring aro ace spec characters you wish to read. You can read one book, or you can read ten. (You could even read none but still post photos of books featuring aro/ace characters in the photo challenge.)
We have fun little challenges for you all again – a small Instagram photo challenge with prompts, and then a bingo board that also corresponds. You can find those down below. On Instagram, every post tagged with #aroaceapril will get you entered into a giveaway for a book featuring an aro/ace spec character, as will any usage of it on Twitter. Completing the bingo board is an extra entry!
A list of books to read will be up tomorrow, Wednesday 27th on Ellie’s blog. There are loads of really good ones – including mainstream releases I know are on many TBRs, so some of you have no excuses *cough* like those people who haven’t read Vengeful yet *cough cough*
(If you really want to start prepping early, though, let me suggest some of these mainstream books featuring a-spec characters: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman; Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman; Once & Future by Cori McCarthy & Amy Rose Capetta; The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy by Mackenzi Lee; Vicious by VE Schwab and many more that will be on the upcoming list . . . )
At the end of the day, we hope this challenge brings a little more awareness to books featuring a-spec characters, as well as helping others who might not know as much about what it means to be on the spectrum to learn a little more.
Also happening this month is the readathon A-spec April, which you can find more info about here. They’ll be hosting a readathon between April 1-7th and 8-14th, so we really encourage participating with them too if you have an interest
Are you planning on joining in? Let us know in the comments!