Queers Gone By Reading Challenge: Book Recommendations for Janelle Monáe & Josephine Baker

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Hi all!

In case you missed it, a few days ago I, along with 6 other hosts, announced the Queers Gone By reading challenge, created by Molly @ Bi Bookish Babe! Check out the announcement here!

Make sure to check out all the hosts blogs and channels for other book recommendations!

Molly: Blog | Twitter
KITTY: BLOG | TWITTER
KATHY: YOUTUBE | TWITTER
LILI: BLOG | TWITTER
SARAH: BLOG | TWITTER
ELOISE: BLOG | TWITTER

Each of the hosts were responsible for creating reading prompts for 2 of the 15 women, and the women I got to create prompts for are … Janelle Monáe and Josephine Baker!

Let’s get into the book recommendations! 

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Prompt 1: Read a book written or set during 1985-present day

Prompt 2: Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, about a female musician or actress

Prompt 3: Read a book with a Black woman as the main character

Prompt 4: Read a book with a pansexual main character: in April 2018, Janelle Monáe came out as pansexual

Prompt 5: Read a dystopian or sci-fi novel: Janelle’s most recent concept album, Dirty Computer, blends dystopian sci-fi elements with a totalitarian government that represses people’s sexualities and identities. 

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Prompt 1: Read a book written or set during 1906-1975.

Prompt 2: Read a book about a spy or World War II: Josephine was an American-born French dancer and is most famous for her aid of the French Resistance during World War II.

Prompt 3: Read a book set in the Roaring 20s: Josephine was one of the most celebrated performers of her time and one of her costumes, a girdle made of artificial bananas, became an iconic symbol of the Jazz Age of the 1920s. 

Prompt 4: Read a book with a bisexual main character: while she was married to four different men, Josephine had many relationships with women, the most famous being with Blues singer Clara Smith. 

Prompt 5: Read a book about mother/child relationships: during her work with the Civil Rights Movement, Josephine adopted many children from diverse backgrounds and religions, naming them her “Rainbow Tribe.” 

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Are you taking part in Queers Gone By? Which women’s prompts are you following? Have you read any of these books? Let me know! 

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