My A-Spec April Readathon TBR

 is hosting an A-Spec April readathon ( from April 1-14, and this is my TBR! I like to have options for reading challenges, so I’m including a few for each category.

These books lean to romance, YA and SFF as my reading does (esp romance). I am including some rereads because I often reread and I’d love to read some of these again with a particular eye for the autism representation. I am indicating that by putting the book in italics. Books and stories that are available in audio have an (A).

Note: All links to Amazon will be affiliate ones. If you buy through those links, I will make a small amount of money on that sale (which I plan to use to buy more books to review), but it will not add any to the cost of your product. It comes out of the company’s profits.

Here is the bingo card for the readathon!

aspec april

Indie / self-published author

Purple on the cover

Released in the past 12 months

Two or more a-spec characters in the same book

A-spec character of color

  • Plastic Wings by CT Callahan (fantasy YA novel) Black asexual MC
  • Over and Over Again by Cole McCade (contemporary m/m romance novel) Romani demisexual man MC
  • The Last 8 by Laura Pohl (post-apocalyptic YA) Latina bisexual aromantic MC (A)

A book recommended to you

  • Empty Net by Avon Gale (contemporary m/m romance novel) demisexual queer man MC (A)
  • The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz (science fiction f/f romance novella) ace MC
  • Not Dead Yet by Jenn Burke (paranormal mystery m/m romance novel) demisexual man MC

Readathon group book

Novella and short story

  • Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed (contemporary f/f romance novella) biromantic demisexual love interest
  • For Better or Worse by R Cooper (contemporary m/m romance novella) demisexual MC
  • epicene by Constance Bougie (contemporary YA short story) aromantic non-binary MC

Released Over Twelve Months Ago (musician themed!)

  • The Trouble by Daria Defore (contemporary aromantic comedy novella) Korean American aromantic gay man MC
  • Strike Up the Band by Sam Burns (contemporary m/m romance) ace MC (read 4/6)
  • All Note Long by Annabeth Albert (contemporary m/m romance) demisexual MC

Character on Both Ace & Aro Spectrums

Book Without A Romance

  • We Go Forward by Alison Evans (contemporary novella) aroace woman MC
  • Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (contemporary YA novel) biromantic ace secondary character (A)
  • A Promise Broken by by Lynn E O’Connaght (fantasy novel) aroace trans man MC

Characters With Different IDs on the Same Spectrum

  • Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn O’Connaght (fantasy novel in verse)  lead characters who are aroace and demiromantic asexual
  • Stake Sauce by RoAnna Sylver (urban fantasy novel) disabled grey ace greyro trans man MC, ace secondary character
  • No More Heroes by Michelle Kan (science fiction novel)  Several characters on both the aro and ace spectrums.

New to Me Author

Disabled A-spec Character

  • Shadows You Left by Jude Sierra and Taylor Brooke (contemporary m/m romance) demiro MC with PTSD and addiction
  • Criminal Intentions: Backdraft by Cole McCade (contemporary m/m police procedural novel)  Korean American demigray ace gay man MC with PTSD, Black Cubano American aro woman secondary character (read 4/8)
  • The Queen of Cups by Ren Basel (speculative fiction short story) autistic ace MC (read 4/24)

Fantasy or Sci Fi

 

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