November 2021 TBR | IndigAThon

IndigAThon is a readathon that lasts the entire month of November and is all about reading books by indigenous authors! Full information on the readathon can be found on their Instagram. It’s hosted by Bear (YouTube) and Michelle (YouTube).

This year there are seven prompts to fulfill and I’ve managed to find books that complete four of them, so let’s get right to it!


An indigenous child wearing colorful traditional dress dances. The dress is patterned with butterflies and rainbow fringe. The child has dark brown hair in a braid, a white feather in their hair, and has light brown skin.

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Ever since I stumbled upon this book earlier this year, I knew I was gonna read it for Indigathon. This is a middle grade anthology centered on all of these indigenous kids going to a powwow together. There are sixteen contributors to this anthology and I’ve only read from one before, so I’m excited to read from a bunch of new to me voices!

I’m counting this for “Joy” prompt and for “Host rec” as Michelle recommended it in this video here.

A narrow image of the American flag. It looks like a blanket woven. The background is black and the text "Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer" is white and takes up most of the cover

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

This was one of two options my library’s online selection gave me in terms of nonfiction authored by an indigenous author. This book was written in response to book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, which I have not read but I will probably read a review or summary of to try and get the gist. This is obviously for the “Nonfiction” prompt.

Intricate designs in black, red, and light blue form eagles heads and leaves. They climb up to a butterfly made out of two faces looking at each other.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

I received this book from BookishFirst… a while ago y’all. You’re supposed to read the books sent to you in the first three months and I definitely have failed in that. But in my defense, this book was listed as having 320 pages pre-publication, but it’s actually nearly 500 pages so when I got that in the mail I was intimiated.

Anyway, I’m excited to finally get to this. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews for this book. It’s a YA mystery/thriller and that’s all I need to know, because I don’t need the summary spoiling the first twist for this novel.

This book counts for “book with your favorite color on the cover’ because that blue is absolutely gorgeous.

Cover has a red and pink beaded buffalo in the center of the black cover. The beading is designed in such a away it looks like the inside of the buffalo. The text "Jonny Appleseed: A Novel" and "Joshua Whithead" are in light yellow.

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

This is another book I had planned on reading earlier in the year, but ended up not doing so. All I know about this book is it’s about a two-spirit sex worker who has to go home for a funeral. I plan on getting the audio book from my library, which is read by the author.

This was initially for the “host rec” prompt as I thought Bear had recced it but I can’t find the video they do so in. Either way, I plan on reading this book this month.


I think that might be all the books I can handle for November. I have two books edging on 500 pages, which is a lot for me normally, let alone this year where my reading has been lower. I have some ideas for other books to read if I completed all of these, namely the books I’m already in the middle of, so watch out for my wrap-up at the end of the month!

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading for Indigathon? Or, what are you planning on reading for November in general? Let me know in the comments!

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