TBR & Goals

June 2020 TBR

For this month only, the TBR is back!

Given that June is exam month and given the overwhelming nature of 2020, I thought that I should try to add some structure to my day-to-day life, instead of running from it at every turn. I don’t know if it will work; maybe it really will be one of those months in which I end up not reading a word.

Several Degrees of Autobiographical

This is not a category I often reach for, and why not change that?

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata – I bought this while going through my “must buy all the gay graphic novels I found in my bookstore” phase, even though I had never read a memoir back then. Now I have, and this looks even more interesting to me, even though I’m afraid I will find it too intense (from skimming it before buying it, I know it dealt with an eating disorder among other things.)

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson – I’m not sure what “memoir-manifesto” entails exactly, but it’s about the author’s experiences with being Black and queer in America, and I think that June is an especially good time to read about real queer people who have experiences different from mine. Also, I’ve already heard many good things about this one from people I follow.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi – I own the Italian translation of this one, Acquadolce, and this just looks like the perfect moment to finally read it after it has been staring at me from my shelf for months. Akwaeke Emezi wrote Pet, one of my favorite books of last year, so I’m really looking forward to this, even though I haven’t yet understood which kind of book Freshwater is. (It’s a novel with autobiographical elements I think? It’s not a memoir. I also have no idea how these genres work.)

Short, Therefore Friendly

Short fiction has been one of the most queer places in publishing for a long while. Also, let’s be honest, there’s no way I’d get through nine novels in a month.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Finna by Nino Cipri – first, Tor.com novellas are easy to get through, second, I can’t believe I haven’t read the queer [f/non-binary] sci-fi IKEA book. All my friends on goodreads seem to have liked it to a degree, which is also encouraging.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ The Candlevine Gardener and Other Stories by Yoon Ha Lee – this will be my collection of the month, and this time I’m taking a break from short stories and reading a lot of flash fiction instead. After loving Lee’s other queer flash fiction collection The Fox’s Tower and Other Tales last July, I have high hopes for this one.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemberg – I don’t know much about this, but I have an old ARC and I know it has at least one trans main character (maybe a trans woman? I’m not sure and I haven’t read many reviews) and it’s a novella, so it’s perfect.

Miscellaneous Novels

I’ve found that the best way to induce a slump is having something stressful in real life, while the best way to fight it is variety in genres, so here we are.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender: I think this will be my choice for the audiobook of the monthβ„’, as contemporary is the genre I’m more comfortable with reading in this format. Anyway, I tried a chapter of this recently, really liked it, and would say the same of the audio narration (by Logan Rozos).
[Edit: started this morning]

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood – I don’t know how I managed to not read this one yet when it’s one of my most anticipated releases of the year… which I’ve had since 2019 because back then I requested every ARC that sounded interesting (I know, the answer to “why haven’t I read this yet” is probably something like “I’m intimidated by things I think I’m going to like”). I should fix that.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Belle RΓ©volte by Linsey Miller – I’ve had mixed experiences with Linsey Miller so far, and I’m kind of reluctant when it comes to YA fantasy in general, but this has an F/F romance with an asexual mc, and I liked the first chapter back when I tried it, so I’m hopeful.

Have you read or want to read any of these?

17 thoughts on “June 2020 TBR

  1. I read one for each category you mentioned! I hope you like The Unspoken Name, I had such a unique experience with it, reading like one chapter and being Afraid(TM) because it was intimidating, leaving it unread for almost a month and then…devouring the rest in a few days fdhskfhs also I just read your review of Finna on GR and I basically agree with everything you said!
    I also want to read Four Profound Weaves (I was two days ago old when I realized it’s weaves and not waves….) and was thinking of reading it this month, I only know it’s “elderly trans people” and that’s enough for me!

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    1. I think the Afraidβ„’ mood is part of the reason I’m procrastinating on TUN, I think I’m going to like it and I don’t mind “complicated” but I have to have the energy for it, which… just isn’t the case now.
      …I mean, at least out of context “profound waves” makes just as much sense as “profound weaves” so kfdjhfdj I honestly have no idea what that title means but I hope we both get to it soon!

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  2. Best of luck with your exams and your June reading! The Unspoken Name is one I’d really like to get to this year and I keep not picking it up, so I should change that. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it!

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  3. I just checked out Felix Ever After from the library last week! I have both Callender’s middle grade novels on my TBR but this will be the first book I’ve read by them. I think Freshwater is too intense of a read for me but I finished Pet a couple days ago and was reallly impressed. πŸ™‚

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