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June Wrap Up

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Hi guys! How are you? I hope you all had an amazing pride month and read some fantastic books in June! For me June’s been the month of sapphic love and anti-heroines, which was obviously amazing. I read 15 books, which is also amazing, especially since I was feeling pretty slumpy the second half of the month.

THE WONDERFUL

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Heaven or This by Topaz Winters: I love, love, loved these sapphic love poems. They’re, beautiful, magical and sharp as knives: Teenage girls in love— we’re curses. Black cats. Darkness too alive to call burning. We’re poison ivy, willing hostages when the grip is soft enough. 

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee: This was such a special reading experience for me, because it’s the first time I’ve seen myself in a book, when it comes to sexuality. Reading about an ace protagonist was so weird and wonderful and it filled my heart with joy. But this book is so much more than it’s ace rep. It’s also a beautiful exploration of creativity, fandom, friendship and family dynamics.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff: Nevernight was my favorite read in June and the sequel definitley didn’t disappoint (unless you count the whole ending on an epic cliffhanger when the next book is more than a year away thing, but I’m not salty). This is quickly becoming my new favorite series. Godsgrave is as brutal and stabby as the first book and Mia’s still a viscous little anti-heroine out for revenge.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill: My love for middle grade just keeps growing. This book’s about a village which believes a baby must be sacrificed each year to pacify the witch in the woods and a witch who doesn’t understand why these babies keep getting left in the woods – but who’s happy to save them anyway. It has all the humor, magic, charm, adventure and danger you could want.

Favorite quote: “This life we live… there is room in it for love, Mia. But a love like autumn leaves. Beautiful one turn. A bonfire the next. Only ashes the remainder.”

THE GREAT

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand: This is one of the best YA fantasy books I’ve read this year. It takes a trope we’ve seen a thousand times before, the chosen one, and makes it new and exciting again. The world-building is rich and imaginative, with it’s own complex history, magic system and mythology. It also has not one, but two willful and interesting anti-heroines, as well as the most compelling villain I’ve seen since the Darkling.

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley: This biopunk space-opera is set in a system of organic worlds, which are dying, and follows two women who are trying to save their world against impossible odds. It’s definitley the weirdest book I read this month (which I was expecting), but also the funniest (which I wasn’t.). But what impressed me most is that it actually made me invest in a love triangle. Villain ships and f/f/f love triangles is where it’s at, guys.

Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers: This book is about two best friends: Rory, a gay boy who lives with his alcoholic mom and Lula, a girl who lives with her grandparents and is…questioning (a lot of things, her sexuality is one of them.) What I loved so much about this book is that it feels so real. The author gives the characters room to be selfish, to mess up and handle stuff badly, to be sorry, but not learn their lesson, to realize you can’t take it back, but try anyway, and that’s all so human.

Moonstruck, Volume One: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle: The art style in this graphic novel is so beautiful and pastel-dreamy it makes me swoony. But that’s not even the best thing about it, the best thing is the wonderful cast of diverse character. Our main trio consists of two sapphic werewolves and a centaur who uses they/them pronouns. There’s also a super cute f/f romance and a fun plot with magic, schemes and stolen butt.

Favorite character: Rielle from Furyborn. She’s torn between being the dutiful, obedient girl the world wants her to be, and her own desire for love, freedom and power. I love seeing female characters who want hings and who embrace their powers.

THE GOOD

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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody: Daughter of the Burning City is basically murder-mystery set at a traveling circus-city. Predictably I loved the circus, but didn’t care much for the mystery. But that’s ok, cause when I pick up circus themed books, I do it for the atmosphere and this book has plenty.

Huntress by Malinda Lo: This is your classic fantasy quest-novel, but set in an Asian inspired world and with two sapphic main characters. I really enjoyed the plot, but had a hard time connecting with the characters – mostly due to the beautiful, but detached writing style and random jumps between POV’s.

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill : I love Katie O’Neill, all her comics are so cute and gay, and this one’s no exception. It’s about a princess who runs away from home on a unicorn, rescues another princess from a tower and falls in love with her.

Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen: I knew nothing about this book before picking it up, and it turned out to be a really pleasant surprise. Which might be a strange thing to say about a book with so much angst, homophobia and darkness. But the writing was so beautiful, lush and lyrical, and the chemistry between Hannah and Baker was palpable.

Favorite ship: Tash hearts Paul. I didn’t know I loved friends to lover until them Also soft boys have my heart forever.

THE MEH

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The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding: This is a really light and fun contemporary about a plus-size fashion blogger who falls in love with the other intern at her summer job. The f/f romance in this was so cute and fluffy, I’d love to see this book adapted into a Netflix rom-com or something, cause lord knows we need more fluffy f/f movies. The other characters and plotlines needed to be more fleshed out though.

Release by Patrick Ness: So this was a weird one. It’s part contemporary, about one especially tumultuous day in the life of a gay teen from a religious family, and part fantasy, about a faun, a queen and dead girl. It all makes very little sense, but I really liked the faun.

The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries by Jessa Crispin: First of all, I don’t know why this book’s called The Dead Ladies Project, cause a lot of the dead artists Crispin write about in this book are definitley dudes. Second of all, Jessa Crispin is not like other girls and wants you to know it. I did learn about some really cool queer couple who were resistance workers and propagandists during World War II though, so it got an extra star for that. (Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, you should totally google them.)

Let’s talk! Have you read any of these book? What did you think of them? How was your reading in June? What’s the best book you read? What’s the worst?

36 thoughts on “June Wrap Up

  1. I hear only negative things about Furyborn lately so it’s great to know that someone liked it – I own it and I was going to read it regardless of reviews, but I was starting to regret my decision. But I love villains, so.
    I felt the same way about Daughter of the Burning City – great atmosphere, predictable mystery and weak plot, but the atmosphere was why I was reading it in the first place.
    Also I’m glad you liked the weird biopunk space opera!

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    1. I’ve heard very mixed things about it, but I was really pleasantly surprised. I loved the characters and the world – and the villain’s great! Sometimes I just crave a really atmospheric read, I get so immersed in books like DotBC. And I’m so glad you recommended the weird biopunk space opera, cause I probably would’ve never picked it up based on the synopsis alone and it was awesome!

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  2. This reading month was #goals! It seems as if you enjoyed a lot of the things that you read and your excitement for them made me add even more books to my TBR. 🙂

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  3. Such a great reading month! So glad you could connect with Tash Hearts Tolstoy. It’s on my TBR! I’ve read Nevernight but I haven’t yet read Godsgrave, so I’ll probably wait for the series to be finished before I start. Furyborn was such a great read and I loved the world in Daughter of the Burning City. I share you thoughts on Release too.

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  4. Ooo the girl who drank the moon and Godsgrave look so interesting. I haven’t really read much this first quarter of the year. Fingers crossed that I read more this remaining months. How are you

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  5. Haha I love this wrap up format!! And I’ve read Te Girl who Drank the Moon and it was truly fantastic!! I love the writing style so much.

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  6. aahhh so many sapphic stories!! im loving this, big moog, big mood…….
    i loved release for exactly the reason u found it kinda meh, i loved the supernatural plot and how it interwined with the main plot! but then i’ve always liked weird shit lmao
    i hope ur july will be just as good or maybe even better!

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  7. I love what you have to say about Tash Hearts Tolstoy. I think it’s great when books include more diverse representation but there has to be more than just representation to make a good book. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves when people automatically give a book five stars because a character is gay or trans or Asian or any minority. A single aspect of a character doesn’t make the entire book, it’s so frustrating to me. Anyway, enough of a rant. I loved reading this and you read so many books, I’m super impressed. I hope July treats you well ❤

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    1. I love your rant! And I honestly couldn’t agree more. I love seeing more diversity in books, but if the extent of someone’s characterization is their sexuality or race, that’s not enough for me to connect with them or want to invest in their story. Tash is definitley a lot more than her sexuality! Thank you so much, I hope July’s an amazing reading month for you 💕

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      1. Yeah, definitely! I think that representing a minority character and having their race or sexuality or whatever else be the defining characteristic is more damaging than anything else. Gay people aren’t just gay, they’re a whole bunch of other things as well. It’s infuriating to me when the only aspect of identity a character is given is the fact that they’re gay. Not only is it unrealistic, it’s not a great thing to be presenting to an audience. And thank you!

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  8. Oof, looks like you had a pretty awesome month! 15 books is fantastic! And so glad Tash Hearts worked out for you. It’s the most amazing feeling in the world when you get to see yourself represented in the books you read. ❤ And I clearly need to drop everything and pick Furyborn up immediately because it sounds AMAZING.
    Here's to another great July. ❤

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