Hi, it’s me back from the dead again…
I realize I have been absent from the blog the whole month, which was on accident mainly because of demanding schoolwork/finals. But I swear that I’ll be more active again now that I finally am finished with my school year AND I finally have content ideas for June! Which is Pride Month, aka the time of year I dedicate my reading to only queer books—I’ll be sharing my Pride TBR today and I am very excited to read all the books on it.
I tried to pick a lot of QPOC books and authors because that’s important to me (though to be honest, I really don’t care that much for white gay books anymore so it wasn’t necessarily difficult to pick QPOC books). I also don’t like emphasizing ownvoices books or author identity when it comes to queer books, but almost all of these authors are out as queer, and many are trans. So I’m happy with how this TBR turned out!
(Another shoutout to Ju for buddy reading literally half of these books with me.)
I’ve been meaning to finish this ever since I picked it up a year ago, and I swear this month will finally be the time I read it! I enjoyed what I read of it, and I’ve heard absolutely incredible things about this book/the series. I feel like I’m missing out because I haven’t read anything by Jemisin, but that’s going to change when I finally finish this, okay!!
This will be a reread for me, and I’m so excited to finally get to read it again!! I love this book with all of my heart, and I can’t wait to experience the pain of it and bask in its beauty for a second time. I honestly can’t remember a lot of it, so it’ll be like I’m reading it for the first time all over again (except with friends this time, which makes it more special!).
You’re probably sick of me saying it all the time, but Anna-Marie McLemore is one of my all-time favorite authors, so I can’t wait to read one of their latest releases (cowritten with Tehlor Kay Mejia) and fall in love with yet another of their books! I’ve had so many friends whose opinions I trust absolutely adore this one, and I feel like I’m truly going to love it.
My friends and I have been wanting to read this book for months now, and I’m so glad we finally get to read it now!! I read a bit of it already and the writing was so poetic and lovely. And I’ve heard many things from others about how this book seems to carry a piece of them with it—I can’t wait to feel that way! I think this really has the potential to be a new favorite.
This author’s debut, You Should See Me in a Crown, ended up being one of my most memorable books of 2020, so I am super excited to get to read her next book (along with a friend who also loved Crown)! Leah Johnson’s writing has so much heart and just makes you so happy, and this truly looks like it will be a joy to read and experience.
I might have some beef with Red, White & Royal Blue and Casey McQuiston’s fans in general for multiple reasons, but I will admit that McQuiston’s humor definitely appeals to me, so I’m excited to see what they do in this book! I’ve heard some really excellent things about it (and Jane Su), and at least it won’t include any weird politics like in RW&RB.
I’ve truly been meaning to read this book for FOREVER but I’m finally going to do it this month, I swear. Like I’ve said before, it seems like such a unique premise, and haunting too, and I think it’s going to really appeal to my tastes . It truly feels like a crime that I haven’t read anything from Akwaeke Emezi yet so I’m hoping to remedy that with this book!
This was originally on my TBR for Asian Heritage Month, but I didn’t have the time to get to it. Which worked out perfectly for a buddy read with friends this month! I read part of this book earlier in January and didn’t quite love it, so I’m hoping that restarting it with fresh eyes (and the company of friends) will change my opinions of it.
To be honest, based on some excerpts I’ve seen of this… I do not have very high hopes for this one (based solely on its writing). But I’m reading it with a friend, and it will either be a pleasant surprise or a very fun experience of complaining to each other! It sounds like it should be everything, with sapphic Asian enemies to lovers and giant mechas, but… we will see.
And finally, my nonfiction pick! I’m really trying to read more nonfiction this year, and I’ve been wanting to read Audre Lorde’s essays and speeches for a while now, so it’s the perfect month to pick this book up. In this collection, Lorde tackles issues of racism, homophobia, sexism, and class, as a Black lesbian, and it definitely will be an important read.
what are some books you’re planning to read in June? spot any favorites or anticipated releases from the books I’m reading? and as always drop some (queer) nonfiction recs if you have any!