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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.)