June is two things: pride month and exam month, which means that this time my TBR will be both all-queer and mostly short books. I don’t want to give myself any goal apart from “don’t read allocishet books for a month”, because I might even end up not reading anything at all because of real life.
(Or so I say, but I did read almost 20 books last June, and at the time I had even more exams and was recovering from surgery. So who knows)
How May Went
Wanted to Read
- Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee – reread, ★★★★★ (new RTC)
- Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee – reread, ★★★★★ (new RTC)
- Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee – read, ★★★★½ (RTC)
- The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta – read, ★★★★¾ (review)
- All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – still to read
- The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – currently reading (10%)
Wanted to Read If I Had Time (I did not, in fact, have time)
- Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – still to reread
- Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear – still to read
- Furyborn by Claire Legrand – still to read
I kind of failed at this, but I still really appreciate how I did? These books are not all I’ve read this month, and I still mostly followed the TBR – and I might be really slow at rereading, but I reread two books and a half this month anyway. Also, I still have no recent overdue ARCs (the recent is there because I have two… from October. I know.)
I’m going to try to read all the f/f ARCs I have this month, because what’s the best month to do something like that?
(I don’t know why, but they all have weirdly long names.)
🏳️🌈 The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite – there isn’t a genre I systematically avoid as much as historical romance, but I will make an exception for this one. Look at that cover. I. (Also, astronomy! I really hope it’s good.)
🏳️🌈 This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone – I’m hesitant with this one, because I’ve only heard it’s f/f, and the last time I had heard something by Amal El-Mohtar was f/f, I was queerbaited. Also, this is about time travel, and I don’t know how I feel about that. However, the cover is gorgeous and it should be enemies-to-lovers, I have to try it.
🏳️🌈 The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale – I’m not even really sure what this is about but I want to give a chance to adult romance novels as a genre, and why not try that with the pairing I’m most likely to care about instead of always trying popular m/f ones.
Other Books I Want To Get To
🏳️🌈 Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells – biracial bisexual main character! I’m not sure if this will be m/f, f/f or have no romance, but I know that it involves dragons, and so I want to read it.
🏳️🌈 All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – I didn’t make it last month but it’s fine anyway because it’s about a bisexual latinx teen in post-punk San Francisco and I’m sure it’s going to be great
🏳️🌈 Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver – After reading the short Date the Lizard last month, I want to know more about this world, and it’s time I overcome my dislike for this cover and get into this series, recommended everywhere for its asexual, trans and polyamorous representation
If I Really Have Time
These are all books I own physical copies of, and I’d like to do something about my owned TBR too.
🏳️🌈 The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley – I said I was going to read this… a year ago? I still haven’t, and I don’t know why, since it’s m/m historical fiction that got translated in my language
🏳️🌈 Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – this should be a quick read, so I’m probably going to get to it easily? I hope so. Becky Albertalli has been very hit-or-miss for me before, so I don’t know how this will end.
🏳️🌈 Release by Patrick Ness – another m/m novel I’ve owned a copy of for a while, but I haven’t managed to get to it yet.
Have you read/want to read any of these?