DramaQueenAThon Announcement – International Women’s Day 2023 | March 2023 Tentative TBR

Every time International Women’s Day rolls around, the question that many misogynists (most of these men) ask: “Why is there a special day for women? Where is the special day for men? Is this your idea of feminism?” This is so tone deaf and ignorant on so many levels that it becomes something that we are left with no choice but to ignore. Instead, we focus on celebrating women and feminism, to bring to the front all the women inspiring us in a million different best ways and more. And what can us bookworms, who are on social media, who have a pinch of a following do? Hold readathons in celebration!

Which is why this year, DramaQueenAThon – the original edition – has made a comeback.

I did a full announcement video in which I also spoke about my tentative TBR (because concrete TBRs stress me out right now) for the readathon on my YouTube channel. If you’d like to check it out, here’s the link: DramaQueenAThon Announcement + TBR on YouTube.

I started DramaQueenAThon in March 2020 as a celebration of all the queens out there, doing our things and inspiring everyone in the process. With time, the name came to cover all my readathons, which, I think is fitting because I’m melodramatic round the year. But DramaQueenAThon of March 2020 was a readathon in which we read only women authors throughout the month. And I thought it was about time that we did something like this again.

2023’s DramaQueenAThon has just 3 rules:

  • Only read books by women authors. It could be 2 books or 20, but all the authors have to be women.
  • Read at least one book by an Indian woman.
  • Read at least one book by a transgender woman.

The readathon started at 12 AM of March 1, 2023 and ends at 11:59 PM of March 31 of your time zone. Basically, it spans the whole month, and all you have to do is read books by women authors while following the above rules. That’s the readathon. It’s as simple as that.

So according to these above rules, here’s what my tentative TBR looks like:

  • These Are the Words by Nikita Gill: This 2022 release is one of my most anticipated books of all time. And given Nikita Gill is my favorite author-poetess ever, this book is going to take a place of pride this month.
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: This is a collection of essays by Roxane Gay about, I think, what it is to be an imperfect feminist and how to give ourselves the space to grow. I’ve started reading this book and am about 45 pages in.
  • Feminists Don’t Wear Lies and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis & Various: I’ve finished reading this one and really liked these essays, which range from the history of feminism to experiences to lessons to the different ways one can be a feminist.
  • Know My Name by Chanel Miller: Chanel Miller’s autobiography in which she tells her story, reclaiming her identity after being known for a long time as Emily Doe where Brock Turner, after sexually assaulting her on the Stanford campus, was sentenced to just 6 months in jail. I know this is going to turn me into a mess.
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: The story of two brothers, this book by one of my favorite authors of all time, I believe, is going to be another of her smashing books for me. I did a 5-star predictions video in which this book was a part. So you see how much confidence I have in Lahiri. 😊
  • Babel by RF Kuang: If you’ve followed my journey of reading The Poppy War series, you’ll know that I was devastated by it. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I LOVE books that wreck me. So you see, this is a potent combination for me to read this historical fiction about translators and translation.
  • Dust Cloud by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai: This author’s The Mountains Sing was one of my favorite books of 2022 and I cannot stop raving about it. How wonderful then that I get to read her new book and be on the blog tour for it! ❤
  • The Truth About Me by A. Revathi: This is an autobiography in which A. Revathi tells her story, her truth about being born in the wrong body and how she fought to get to where she felt true to herself. This has been on my wishlist for a while now and I think this is a great time for me to do something about it.
  • Finding Me by Viola Davis: Viola Davis’s autobiography takes us through the journey of her life and her finding herself, as is obvious from the title. I’m really looking forward to finding out more about such a strong personality as her.
  • Dear Girls by Ali Wong: Ali Wong is someone who I relate to on quite a few levels, especially since she looks at the world and how twisted it is and is weirded out by it. And if she has something to say, I’ll sit and listen. As simple as that.
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus: This is one book that I bought last year, all excited to read it, but never got around to it. Call it FOMO, call it whatever, but I really want to dive into it soon and join the crowd that is going gaga over it.
  • Call Them By Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit: This is a nonfiction, a collection of essays, about ‘American crises’. I was not a huge fan of ‘Men Explain Things to Me’ by this author, but I thought I’d give her writing another chance.
  • Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason: Another book that I’ve been seeing everywhere and people have been GUSHING about it. A friend told me that this will wreck me and that I WILL love it. She knows me well and the conviction with which she said it makes me want to drop everything and pick it up right now as I write this.
  • Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters: An own voices story about a trans woman, this is another book that has been garnering all the acclaim ever since it released. I think it was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2021, which makes me doubly happy!
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: This is Joan Didion’s story of loss and finding herself and her thoughts after losing her husband just some time after their daughter fell seriously ill. Although I see mixed reviews of this book, grief is always hard to read, no matter what packaging it comes in.
  • Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories by Janice Pariat: Janice Pariat is another author who I’ve been wanting to start reading for a while now. This collection of short stories is the only one of her books that I have and I’m hoping I can read this soon.

So that’s what I’m up to this March, this International Women’s Month. If you’d like to join me, please use the hashtag #DramaQueenAThon on social media. I’d love to see what you’re reading! 🙂

If you’d like to watch the announcement + TBR video instead, here’s where you can: DramaQueenAThon Announcement + TBR on YouTube.

I’ll see you soon in the next blog post.

Until next time, keep reading, and add melodrama to your life! 🙂

3 thoughts on “DramaQueenAThon Announcement – International Women’s Day 2023 | March 2023 Tentative TBR

  1. I’m currently reading These Are the Words and am loving the poems. I’m certainly going to look out for more of her work. Your TBR list looks brilliant. Good Luck with reading them all.

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    1. This makes me so happy! Nikita Gill is an absolute gem. I’m super stoked for you that you get to read her work for the first time. Such brilliance! ❤
      Thanks so much! I've been having a slow month but there's been progress 🙂
      Hope your reading is going well too ❤

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