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June Wrap Up: The Month I Conquered My LGBT+ TBR

Hi all!!

So this was an incredibly productive month and I honestly don’t know how I pulled it off! I read 22 books this month – 22Like … how?? I have no idea, but I did say I would turn into a couch potato the second uni was over, and I guess I delivered!

For those of you who don’t know (and I’m sure everyone does), June was PRIDE MONTH!To celebrate, I dedicated this month to reading LGBTQIA+ novels that I have had on my tbr and Kindle library for ages, plus a couple of new releases. Although, has anyone noticed these books are from the G, B and Q spectrum and that’s it? It didn’t hit me until a few days ago that I haven’t properly celebrated PRIDE MONTH!! if the only books I’ve read are one that feature an m/m pairing. I’m really disappointed in myself, (even though these are books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time). So if anyone has recommendations for the LBTIA categories, please leave a comment! 

Books Read:
= 17 books, 4 short stories, 1 play

So, out of the 11 books I set as my June tbr, I read 8 of those books! (Don’t know why I didn’t read all 11 when I clearly read a lot of books lol.)

Books Reviewed:

timekeeper

A tender romance with a steampunk, magical twist! Such a wonderful debut. I can’t wait for the sequel.
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Always a delight reading a K.J. Charles novel. This sequel was the enemies-to-lovers book I’ve been waiting for.
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A phenomenal sci-fi romance with incredible world-building and a badass protagonist.
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lordofss

A sequel worthy of the name – intricately complex, wonderfully diverse, and a delicious slow-burn.
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A fluffy, cute, and hilarious contemporary that I never wanted to end. Wish I could read it for the first time all over again.
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thegentlemans

A comical, romantic swash-buckling adventure with a ship to end all ships. I read this book in one sitting, and you will too!
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Book of the Month:

Two books for Book of the Month, because I read so many, there’s no way I can choose only one!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was everything I wanted in a historical novel and more! I love friends-to-lovers novels (almost as much as I love enemies-to-lovers) and the relationship between Monty and Percy was truly something special here. RTC.

I am still reeling over how incredible Laurent and the Beast was. A gay time-travel romance, loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, featuring a burned/disfigured biker and an innocent, indentured servant? Um, yes please. I need the next book in the series ASAP – it’s supposed to be coming out some time this year!

Runner-ups:

As I read so many books this month, many of them were amazing, but not quite as incredible as LatB and TGGtVaV, but still deserve a shoutout. These are the runner-ups to the Book of the Month, and definitely worth a read.

Monthly Disappointment: 

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I was really excited for this novel, but once I started reading it, I became so disappointed and almost DNF’d it many times. The only thing that had me reading was my desire to find out what happens at the end. The plot was mildly intriguing, and I enjoyed reading the changes the author made from the original, but ultimately, that was not enough to save the book in my opinion. This book sorely needs to be edited by a professional editor: the author incorrectly uses em dashes and uses ellipses unnecessarily. There was also way too much insta-love, which only served to remind me how awkward and over-the-top adult hetero romance is. I’m going to be sticking with my YA romances from now on.

Netgalley ARCs:

I was so, so, so lucky to have been given an ARC of these novels and I can’t wait to read them! I just know I’m going to ball my eyes out with They Both Die at the End so I’m going to save that read for when I’m already feeling blue. And I know next to nothing about The Tiger’s Daughter, aside from the fact that many people are excited for it, so here’s hoping it’s as good as people think!

Author ARCs:

So one of my favourite m/m authors, K.J. Charles, sent out calls for reviewers for the first book in her new series, Spectred Isle. And I was lucky enough to have been provided with an ARC!! I can’t wait to read this book – I’ve read almost all of Charles’ bibliography, so I already know I’m going to love it! (Look how awesome the cover is!!)

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Purchased Books:

I can hear you saying, ‘Laura, don’t you have a cap on how many books you buy?’ Yeah, I do but leave me alone, okay! I’m momentarily abandoning my self-imposed book-buying ban for the duration of the semester holidays.

So with that being said, you guys all know by now that I love Jane Austen, but aside from Pride and Prejudice, I don’t own any of her other books. So I decided to rectify that by slowly purchasing the Vintage Classics collection of her novels. So far I have, of course, P&P, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion. It’s always been a goal of mine to read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and I’ve made it my mission to complete that goal this year. So I had to buy a copy of the book, and luckily, the Vintage Classics series had one too!

Achievement:

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June was the month I completed my Goodreads book challenge! Every year I set myself a goal of reading 50 books, and I always complete it (thankfully). I’m so excited to see how many books I manage to read by the end of the year!
Current tally: 65 books

Blog Awards 

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While I was nominated for this award a month ago, I didn’t get the chance to write it up until the month! Click on the award button to read my advice and who I nominated for the award in return.

Book Tags

I have been tagged in quite a few book tags, but I’m very slow at actually completing them! Sorry about this. I will always post book tags, but it just takes me a little longer than most, so if I suddenly post one you tagged me in months ago, that’s why!

This month I participated in:
The Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag
The Happiness Tag

Weekly Memes

Seeing as this month we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter, it’s was also a great time to show my House pride! I haven’t participated in a T5W in a long time, but couldn’t pass it up when it was about Harry Potter!! Check out which five books I recommend for Slytherin readers by clicking on the image below!

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Extra Content 

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This month I participated in a release blitz for Regine Abel’s dark romance Anton’s Grace. I will be reading this book soon and the review will be up not much long after. I’m very excited to read this, because I absolutely adored Regine’s other sci-fi romance, Escaping Fate. Click on the image above to check out the blitz!

Non-Bookish Stuff:

orange-is-the-new-black-136418660805602601This month I binge-watched Orange is the New Black season 5 and it was incredible! Not as enjoyable as season 4, but still comical and dark. The season, of course, ends on another cliffhanger, and I’m so annoyed we have to wait until 2018 to find out what happens! The highlight of season 5, for me, was the female friendships, and the importance of human rights which are so often denied to prisoners. If you are going to watch this season, you’re in for a wild ride: you’ll laugh for half of the episodes, and then be crying into a tissue for the last few.

wonder_woman_ver5I also watched Wonder Woman with my siblings, and it was incredible! Gal Godot was incredible as Wonder Woman and I left the cinema feeling like I could conquer the world. Finally DC delivers an awesome movie. In preparation, my brother and I watched Batman VS. Superman and it was the most boring movie in the history of cinema. I still don’t fully understand what it was about, but we had to watch it to understand Wonder Woman, although we found out later, that we didn’t really need to.
I highly, highly recommend Wonder Woman! Great storyline, great acting, great diverse representation!

 


July TBR

Also, I am one of the moderators of the YA Book Bloggers Goodreads group and July’s buddy read of the month is Cinder!

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Join the group and read along with us! ☺️

How was your June? Was it as productive as mine? What books did you read? Hope you have a great July!

-Laura ❤️

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25 thoughts on “June Wrap Up: The Month I Conquered My LGBT+ TBR

  1. Great post!

    I’m reading Gentleman’s Guide now (like literally in my hand right now) and it is SO PRECIOUS OMG! So good!

    Don’t even get me started on the WHY ARE THERE NOT MORE LESBIAN RELATIONSHIPS IN FANTASY rant because … I will. It’s something I have been really wanting more of. While I love seeing are the beautiful boys falling in love and this being a natural streamline thing … where my ladies at?

    but I digress …

    I LOVED Lord of Shadows – read it last month when it was released. And it broke my soul to beautifully – like I would expect from Cassie Clare 🙂

    I also have The Tiger’s Daughter from NetGalley and CANNOT WAIT OMG! I have been really crazy hyped for this one and I hope it pays off!

    WONDER WOMAN WAS SO GOOOOOOOD! Omg I loved it so much! WW has been close to my heart since I was a kid, no lie I dressed up like her for several months straight in Kindergarden and refused to answer to anything except Diana or Wonder Woman. I tended to take my fandoms to an extreme back then 😛

    I laughed, I cried … then I went and saw it again and cried even more! It was so beautiful and powerful … and I’m not even a movie person.

    Again, great post! Great month! I hope July is an awesome month for you, I look forward to seeing what you think about The Lunar Chronicles (I LOVE IT SO MUCH)!

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    1. Thanks Frankie!!! Omg yes, there are almost no lesbian fantasy novels and it is so disappointing. I’m actually working on one myself, but god only knows when that will be finished lol.
      Ughhhh @ Lord of Shadows. Still not over it.
      I really hope The Tiger’s Daughter lives up to expectations. Everyone keeps talking about it!!!
      Hahaha that’s so cute about Wonder Woman. I think all of us started on the fandom bandwagons from early on lol.
      Thank you!!! I’m really excited for Cinder, I hope I like it 😀
      Hope you had a great month too ☺️

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  2. I totally agree with you about season 5 of OITNB. I enjoyed it even though it was so different. I like how different characters performed this season like Danielle Brooks(Tastey). I can’t believe that we have another year to find out about the ten and the transfers. Good season thoug.

    Have a wonderful new month.

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    1. I loved how we got to see every little element of the riot and oh yes agree on how the actors portrayed their characters differently. Danielle Brooks was amazing as Taystee, and so was Kate Mulgrew as Red. Ughhh, I don’t think I can wait that long lol!
      Hope you have a great July as well 😀

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  3. 22 BOOKS??? TWENTY TWO??? Are you even real? 😂

    I’m so sad that I’m on a book buying ban because I REALLY want to buy The Gentleman’s Guide! It sounds so intriguing and everybody loves it! AND I’M ONLY SLIGHTLY JEALOUS THAT YOU GOT AN ARC OF THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END 😜

    I hope you enjoy all the books on your July TBR! 😊

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    1. Honestly Jackie, I have no idea how I did it. I still had a social life and worked and everything. Maybe I’m just turning into a super fast reader?? Lol, I hope!
      Ughhhh I know how hard it is being on a book buying ban. I went the semester buying no books, but now I’m holiday, and I’m like screw it, I deserve a book! Haha
      I’ll post my review of They Both Die at the End sometime in July so you can be even more jealous 😂
      Hope you have a great month too!!

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      1. Hahaha that’s so inspiring actually! I can barely juggle uni and blogging 😂 and I used to be a fast reader BUT NOW I’M SUPER SLOW FOR SOME REASON AND I HATE IT XD

        Ohhhh don’t you just love taunting me Laura 😜 I’m kidding haha but I can’t wait to read that review!! And thank you 😊

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  4. DUDE 22 BOOKS??? ARE YOU INSANE??? I could only read that amount of books in THREE MONTHS. But I’m a pretty slow reader, so there’s that. 😥 And WOWOWOW I’ve heard LOTS of things about the ARCs you got — lucky you! Feeling that ARC envy right now. XD I need to watch Wonder Woman! I’m not really into Marvel/DC but Leigh Bardugo’s next book is about WW and I need to know more about it… XD Congrats on reading 50/65 books! I’m at that halfway point for 100 books, which I’m satisfied with. 😛

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    1. I honestly have no idea how I did it, aside from not watching much tv haha!
      I really hope I love the arcs!! Everyone says they’re amazing, so I hope I like them too.
      Ooooohhhh, you will love Wonder Woman. You don’t need to watch any other DC movie to understand it. It’s so amazing, I was crying through it.
      Thank you!! Congrats to you too, you’ll smash your challenge in no time ☺️

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  5. I absolutely LOVED The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Percy and Monty are by far one of my favorite ships in YA. That book as well as My Lady Jane and Aristotle and Dante were my top 3 favorite books of this month! It seems you read some really fantastic ones in June. I’ve been dying to read Timekeeper. I think it’ll be my next buy! Awesome post! 😀

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    1. Yes, Percy and Monty are the sweetest characters, I love them together so much!!
      Omg My Lady Jane is incredible – I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, and Ari and Dante is an old favourite. Did you hear that the author is working on a sequel? I’m so excited !
      Timekeeper was so sweet, and the author is so nice on Twitter too
      Thank you Azia!! ☺️

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      1. I really didnt expect to love My Lady Jane that much either haha. I’m new to Ari and Dante but I’m so glad I took the time to finally read it. I loved it so much. And I JUST heard he was writing a sequel. I’m so excited!! I’ll definitely have to check put Timekeeper then 🙂
        NP! 😊

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  6. You read so many!! Your month looked epic XD The one rec I yell at everyone is Queens of Geek if you haven’t read it already, awesome bi main character as well as a main with ASD it’s also Ownvoices 😀 Wonder Woman is so incredible! I loved it too. I’m so pumped to read The gentleman guide and They Both Die at the End 😀 Hope your July is just as good as your June ❤

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    1. I know right!! I have no idea how I did it, because I still went out and had a social life too (although I didn’t watch much tv so that must be how I managed).
      Thank you !!
      Omg yesssss, how amazing was Wonder Woman – it was incredible, I still can’t get over it. Same here – although if Justice League is bad, I’ll cry.

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