Tubby & Coo’s Shelf Improvement program is just that – we give recommendations that we think will improve yourself and your shelf! For this program, we’re trying to get you to decolonize your shelves, think from a new perspective, and expand your horizons. And, of course, be highly entertained in the process!
We provide a theme for the year and book recommendations for each month inside of that theme. If you purchase all 12 of these books by the end of the year, you’ll receive 10% off all of next year’s selections.
This year’s program focuses on family and everything that can mean. Each book recommended this year features some kind of familial relationship – from found family to single moms to siblings to polyamory to adopted children and everything in between. We hope that by reading these, you’ll interrogate your own ideas of what “family” means.
You can purchase books directly from us or you can buy from our Bookshop.org affiliate page, but the sale must benefit Tubby & Coo’s in order for it to count towards the challenge. If the recommendation is part of a series and you own the recommended book already, we will count it if you purchase the newest book in the series. You’ll need to submit your receipts for the purchase of your books at the form below. Note that you’ll need to be signed into Google in order to submit the form. This is so we can track your reads for the discount!
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Below, you can find the link to submit your receipts for the challenge, our Bookshop.org list to purchase books, our Storygraph challenge, and past challenge information.
January: A Queer Found Family Hippopotamus Epic (Sci-Fi)
February: A Cozy Orphan Witch Found Family Romance (Fantasy Romance)
March: A Gory Indigenous Mexican Horror with a Single Mother (Horror)
April: A Found Family Space Opera Featuring Siblings (Sci-Fi)
June: Asexual Found Family Heist Adventure (Dark Fantasy)
July: A Sapphic, Found Family, Fraught Mother/Daughter Political Epic (Epic Fantasy)
August: A Single Mom Who Devours Books – Literally (Dark Fantasy)
September: A Found Family of Bandits of Ungovernable Gender (Epic Fantasy)
November: Downton Abbey but GAY & with MAGIC (Fantasy Romance)
December: Alien Polyamorous Family (Sci-Fi)