June was the month I officially returned to active blogging after my two-month long hiatus! I’m so so so happy to be back and I’ve missed you all so much!!
This June, I finished my second last semester of uni and got to relax and just read and watch tv. I FINALLY finished the editing job I had … so I have no work commitments and the moment! It’s such a relief and I’m so proud of myself 🙌🏼
= 9 books, 2 novellas, 1 short story, 1 comic
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli was so gorgeous and sweet! I’m so happy I read this, especially when I was really nervous about not liking it. I was worried because Becky is not bisexual herself, and she wrote a bi character, and I really didn’t like The Upside of Unrequited. But I had no reason to worry!
My Plain Jane is a great sequel to My Lady Jane – a series about England’s famous Janes. I loved all the characters – Jane, Charlotte and Alexander – and the retelling was just awesome. I highly recommend this if you want to read a fun historical book, especially if you’re not really a fan of historical novels.
My Lavender Boyfriend was a very cute novel, and one I wasn’t really expecting to like. I thought it would just be another plain romance, but it was much more nuanced than I thought, especially with the discussions the book brings up. The romance was also gorgeous.
Out, Proud and Prejudiced was a great novel at the beginning, but the more I read, the more upset and disappointed I became. When writing a retelling, authors can 100% take the book in whatever direction they see fit, but, good God, why did she have to take it there??? I’m so confused and annoyed.
Book of the Month
It’s a tie!!
Luck in the Shadows was an incredible series to starter to what I think will be my newest obsession: Nightrunner. I loved everything in this book: the plot, the magic system, and especially the characters. Alec is the sweetest character ever – I love him so freaking much. And Seregil is super awesome, and definitely my newest fictional crush. READ THIS BOOK! Also this is me right now:
Oh gosh, the final book in the Abroad duology was a little piece of treasure. I sobbed so much while reading this book, but I smiled just as much. Watching Nick’s development and him eventually coming to accept himself was incredible and so powering. I will love this series forever.
I liked We Will Make Mischief Together, but I was also disappointed by it because it had so much potential. And it was wasted. The whole novella was spent waiting for Frances to travel to meet her girlfriend, and when she finally gets there – 80% of the novella later – it ends very quickly, with promises of future adventures. That’s it? SHOW MY THE ADVENTURES! I don’t care about Frances leaving her family – I care about her travelling with her lesbian pirate girlfriend, wtf. Ughhhhhh.
If you like that, try these … My new weekly post series!
This month, I created a new blog series where I feature a favourite book of mine and there I share recommendations of similar books. Have you ever read an awesome book and then wanted to read something like it again? Well, this series is for you!!
Click on the book titles below to see each post and check out some awesome book recommendations!
I participated in quite a few tags this month! Click on the images below to check out my answers to tags and who I tagged in return.
Book memes: T5W
I was really impressed by one of the topics for this month’s Top 5 Wednesday! When given the chance, people have a tendency to celebrate cis m/m pairings, while ignoring the many non cis relationships out there, as well as f/f pairings.
I understand that a lot of people many only just be beginning to read LGBTQ+ books and it’s easier to start with m/m (that’s where I started too!), but if you’re only reading cis m/m books, it might be worth looking into that and deconstructing the reasons why.
Click on the image below to see my answers to this great meme!
This month, I reread an old favourite book of mine from high school called On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, and it inspired me to write up a post about all my favourite books from high school! Check it out:
I also wrote up a masterpost of all anticipated releases from July to December this year! Please check it out, I worked super hard on it!
ARCs I received
Now that I’m on my uni break, I’ve spent a lot of time reading, relaxing, going out and watching TV and movies!
I binged all of Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. on Netflix. It was amazing! I’ve watched a few other shows and movies on these men, but this one was the best by far! Please watch this show – you’ll learn so much about their deaths and how the police just honestly didn’t care about them. And the acting is super incredible too!
I also watched Ocean’s Eight with my friends the other day! I simply adored it! What a great heist film. My friend said he didn’t enjoy it as much because nothing went wrong and I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s because when women are in charge, everything runs smoothly.” Bitches 👏🏼 get 👏🏼 stuff 👏🏼 done 👏🏼
How was your June? Can you believe we’re already half way through the year? Did you read any great books? Watch any awesome shows or movies? Write any great posts? Let me know!