TBR & Goals

Tentative July TBR

Despite June being exam month, the all-queer TBR turned out to be mostly a win (more on that below), and I hope I’ll be able to read just as much in July, which is also exam month.

How June Went

  • The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite – read, ★★★★½ (review)
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone read, ★★★★½ (RTC)
  • The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale – currently reading [might manage to finish it by the time the month ends]
  • Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells – DNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil DNF, no rating (I chose not to review this, but feel free to ask)
  • Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver DNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley – read, ★★★ (review)
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – read, ★★★★ (review)
  • Release by Patrick Ness – read, ★★★½ (RTC)

This is, of course, not all I’ve read this month. I wish I could have DNFed less books, but I can’t always guess what is going to work for me by the synopsis and reviews alone, especially when two of the books are ARCs.


It’s summer! I should be reading contemporaries during the only season in which I actually want to read them.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – she wrote one of my favorite books of last year and I still haven’t read this! I need to fix that. Also, I’m seriously in love with the cover.

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding – I’ve had this on my TBR for so long, I can’t believe I still haven’t read it. This should be a summer-y f/f romance with a fat main character that talks about fashion.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – this recently got in Italian bookstores (both in the English and translated editions, which is uncommon for a YA book) and of course I bought it; I will try to get to it this month. I hope I will love its characters just as much as I loved the cast of The Hate U Give.

July ARCs

Of course, focusing only on queer books for all of June meant that I didn’t get to some other ARCs, which – as far as I know – aren’t queer, but that are out in June and July.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: I’m finally going to do this. This year I’ve been struggling with fantasy, both in the sense that most of the ones I try don’t work for me as much as I hoped and in the sense that I rarely reach for it, but I hope this will change with this book.

Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe: this is me, requesting an ARC of something I had no idea even existed, and then forgetting about it until it’s overdue. Oh well, let’s not do what we did with the two ARCs I still haven’t read from October 2018?

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim: I’ve seen a few positive reviews lately and I’m hopeful? This year me and YA fantasy don’t get along, but I have an ARC of this since March and I want to give it a try. Also, that cover.

It Would Be Nice to Get To

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – I wasn’t that interested in this initially, because I thought it was a Swoon Reads book and I haven’t liked one of them, but: it’s not, it’s an ownvoices Cuban-American book that has been getting amazing reviews from people I trust, and the main character is also bi. It looks like such a summer read, it would be perfect for July.

The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos – a hard-hitting contemporary about a questioning Puerto Rican girl falling in love with a trans boy? I might not have heard about this before but it sounds great and I have an ARC. It’s not a priority because it’s not out until September, but I’d love to read most contemporaries on my TBR in summer.

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear – this one hasn’t been getting the best reviews, but it’s f/f in space and I have to try something with that premise. I’m not sure July is the best time for that, but we’ll see.

Have you read or are you anticipating any of these?

7 thoughts on “Tentative July TBR

  1. Good luck with your tbr 💕 I started and DNF’d the summer of Jordi Perez last year (not any particular reason, I just really wasn’t in the mood and never went back to it although I told myself I was only putting it on hold). I’m also really looking forward to reading On The Come Up whenever I’m in the right mood for it! I’ve heard about a few other ones you’ve mentioned here so I will look out for you reviews on them.
    Good luck with your exams 💕

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    1. Thank you!
      I don’t know what it is about Jordi Perez that makes me avoid it too, but it’s the f/f book I’ve had on my TBR the longest and I haven’t even tried a chapter of it. And I hope we both end up liking On the Come Up! I’m going into it with somewhat high expectations and so I’m a bit worried, but I trust Angie Thomas.

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