My June TBR for Pride Month!

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.)

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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)THE FIFTH SEASON

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!!

Picture Us in the LightPICTURE US IN THE LIGHT

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.

Rise to the Sun by Leah JohnsonRISE TO THE SUN

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!

The Chosen and the BeautifulTHE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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.

Sister Outsider: Essays and SpeechesSISTER OUTSIDER

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.


shall we chat

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!

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51 thoughts on “My June TBR for Pride Month!

  1. I don’t have many plans for what I will read this Pride month, sadly. The book I knew I especially intended to read was Loveless by Alice Oseman, and turns out my lib doesn’t have it. :/ Same with literally all my other planned reads. Otherwise, I’m focusing on reading books about Palestine. One book I haven’t read yet is ‘Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique by Sa’ed Atshan’, but it’s nonfiction and fits in with both supporting Palestinian voices and celebrating pride!
    From the books you listed, Pet sounds especially interesting! I’ll be looking into it.

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    1. i’m sorry to hear that all the books you wanted to read in june aren’t available! i hope you get to pick up some other great books though. and oh thank you so much for the rec! definitely planning to read up more on palestine after june so i’ll keep that book in mind 💕 and i hope you enjoy pet if you get around to reading it!

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  2. this is a great tbr! i hope you enjoy your reread of picture us in the light, be ready to feel a lot of pain >:)) and miss meteor and honey girl really are such warm and comforting reads, i hope you love them (and all these other books) too! 💖

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  3. Yesssss! Honey Girl! That’s definitely making my Favorites of 2021 list, so I hope you love it too! One Last Stop is also on my June TBR, but since I know it’s not pure romance, I’m hoping that the time travel aspect doesn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book. Some other books I want to get to this month are Meet Cute Diary, Zara Hossain is Here, and The Girl From the Sea. But since I can never quite stick to a TBR, we’ll see how that goes!

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    1. honey girl seems so well-loved, i can’t wait to feel the same way as everyone else about it! and ahh i’ve heard mixed things about the time travel aspect in one last stop but hopefully we don’t get too bothered by it. hope you manage to read (and enjoy) all the books on your tbr for june, malka!!

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  4. I loved Miss Meteor!! I’ve recently been reading more adult fantasy, and because of you, I’ve added The Fifth Season to my TBR. I’m also hoping to read The Chosen and the Beautiful in June because it’s the first adult book I’ve seen with an adopted Asian American mc, which I am, so it’ll be cool to see a part of myself represented. I’m hoping to also read Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating because a lot of people who I look up to have loved it!

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    1. glad to hear you loved miss meteor! i’ve been reading a lot of adult fantasy lately too but i guess this month is a return to my YA roots for me lmao. hope you enjoy the chosen and the beautiful and find a bit of yourself in its pages <3 and i loved hani and ishu's guide to fake dating, such a fun book!

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  5. ahhh congrats on finishing school and finals May, so proud and happy for you!! 💓 there are so many amazing queer books on your pride month TBR and i hope you end up enjoying at least most of them :)) Honey Girl is an emotional read for sure, and made me feel very seen and less alone :’) excited to hear your thoughts on it!! i’m also planning on reading One Last Stop in June, which i’m incredibly excited for. also, i didn’t realize that The Fifth Season was queer – i’ve been meaning to read that since FOREVER now lol, can’t wait to get to it soon (hopefully)! lovely post as always and can’t wait for all your blog posts in June <33


    1. thank you dezzy!! 💕💕 i have a good feeling about most of the books so crossing my fingers that i love them! and ahh i’m so happy you loved honey girl, that makes me more excited to read it :’) oh! do you want to read one last stop with ju, tiffany, and me? 👁 and yes! i believe the fifth season has bi, gay, and trans rep (and polyam rep) :] thank you, love u always!!

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  6. omg I’ve been wanting to read honey girl and miss meteor since such a long time 😭; i hope you enjoy all of these!! One last stop is one of my highly anticipated releases so I hope we both get to read and love it 😊 I’m also adding picture us in the light and darius the great to my tbr because they both have such great reviews and rep!! Happy pride, may, I hope June goes well for you 🌸💖

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    1. i’ve heard amazing things about both honey girl and miss meteor, i hope you get to read (and enjoy) them soon!! everyone seems to be loving one last stop so i can’t wait to get it to it too :] and aahh!! i absolutely adore both picture us in the light and darius the great is not okay, i hope you love them as much as i did <3 happy reading in june!

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  7. I don’t necessarily have any plans for June, but I am looking forward to The Chosen and the Beautiful and She Who Became the Sun this summer. As for a nonfiction pick, Samantha Irby is someone you can check out. I read her second collection, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, and it made me laugh. James Baldwin is another one if you haven’t checked out his nonfiction yet. Finally, Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel–I haven’t read it myself, but I’ve been wanting to give this a read for a while.

    I’m a fiend for nonfiction 😋 but I hope these are to your liking. I’m really interested in Gearbreakers, so I’m gonna look up that one. Happy pride!

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    1. i got the chance to read she who became the sun already and i absolutely loved it, i hope you also enjoy it! and oh, thank you so much for sharing all these nonfiction recs with me! i’ve been meaning to read some of james baldwin’s fiction, so i’ll definitely take a look at his nonfic too. happy pride to you as well, and happy reading! 💓

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  8. I haven’t read any of these books except for Pet, which was really good! It took me a while to get into, because it was so different to anything I’d ever read before, but I eventually ended up enjoying it a lot. I’m looking for some ace rep this month, so hopefully I’ll be able to get through a few of the recs I’ve been given!

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  9. I take this as a sign to read Anna-Marie McLemore’s books (seriously tho…how do they make every one of their books sound so good???). I loved You should see me in a crown so I can’t wait to read Rise to the sun as well this month!! Hope you love these books, happy pride month May!!!

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