TBR & Goals

June 2019 [PRIDE] TBR

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?

19 thoughts on “June 2019 [PRIDE] TBR

  1. I’m so excited to read All of Us With Wings, I hope I can get my hands on a copy in time to read it for Pride month. I hope you’ll enjoy Release! It’s a strange one, for sure. So I’m curious to hear your thoughts on it. Happy Pride reading!

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    1. I hope we both like it! And I’ve heard about Release’s strangeness, which is why I was intrigued by it. I mean, it’s weird and gay, I have to give it a chance. Happy Pride reading to you too!


    1. I’ve heard a lot of people talking about it (because that cover is wonderful) but not a review yet, I’m hoping the buzz is right.
      Thank you, and I hope you have a lovely June too!


  2. Ha, I also have Shatter the Sky and This is How You Lose the Time War on the TBR for this month. Pride gives me an incentive to get to all the F/F books early. 😀 Though your last experience with El-Mohtar does worry me a little. Hoping that’s not the case this time!

    Happy pride and good luck with your exams! ❤

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    1. It was a short story that had a lot of gay subtext but according to the author note was actually about the power of female friendship, which is good of course, but not what I had been told it was (by others). I don’t think that’s the case with TIHYLTTW, as I’m hearing more about it.
      Thank you, and happy pride to you too!

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  3. I started Shatter the Sky a while ago (I never finished cause I got distracted), but it’s definitely f/f at the beginning because she has a girlfriend (fully-established relationship already) in the first few chapters! I can’t wait to see your opinion of the ARCs because they’re all on my TBR! I hate the cover of Chameleon Moon too lmao

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      1. I think the part I ended at was just after they were separated and I didn’t want to say it was confirmed f/f in case she had a romance subplot with someone else, but I doubt that’s a possibility

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  4. I enjoyed Watchmaker. It is a slow paced novel though so you have to be (or I guess at least I have to be) in the right mood for it. I think if i tried to read it now I would not make it all the way through.

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  5. I’m reading This is How you Lose the Time War at the moment and I’m loving it. The writing is so lyrical and abstract which is not what I was expecting from a novel about war and time travel!

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