Apparently the end of another month is upon us. Join me in a coffee whilst I reflect on June’s reading?
This week, we’re drinking an Ethiopian coffee from Steampunk. The Debeka Farm Microlot is a gorgeous brew with tasting notes of blueberry and parma violets and a lovely creamy texture.
June has been a bit of a strange month here. There have been some highs: seeing Steph at the seaside and being able to hug for the first time since the pandemic started, managing to run again without sore legs, trips to the beach for ice creams with the boys, and visiting Husband’s grandma for the first time since Christmas 2019. But there have also been some lows: this last week at work was a really difficult one and I have been exhausted, I had to self isolate for a week (running up and down the garden to get my miles in was a new low), and on Friday someone used by card details to swipe a substantial amount of money from my bank so I spent a chunk of the evening on the phone to the fraud team at the bank. From tomorrow, I will be working full time again (permanently this time) which will be quite the adjustment.
This was the first month I chose my own TBR using my TBR jar, and I made all the books LGBTQIA+ themed in celebration of Pride month. It was a mixed bag; I had two DNFs this month, both books I wanted to love but just couldn’t get into. I felt like I’d had a really slow reading month, but I got through a lot of pages. I did enjoy using a TBR jar to pick my books and I’m looking forward to making my selections for July.
Number of books read: 15 Pages Read: 5183
StoryGraph Stats: In June I mainly read LGBTQIA+ YA fantasy and contemporary books. This is no surprise since it’s exactly what I set out to achieve. I read mostly fiction (although a quarter of June’s reads were non fiction, which I think is the most non fiction I’ve read in a month). Most of my books were between 300 and 499 pages (fun fact: 4 of my reads this month were 352 pages long).
The moods of the books I read this month were:
Books I Read:
The Stranding by Kate Sawyer – Gorgeously written story of a woman who climbs into the mouth of a whale to survive the end of the world. Ruth’s story is clever, thought-provoking, and it broke my heart.
Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean – This was absolutely lush. I adored Archie and his pals, how they supported Archie, and their brilliant adventure.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – This was a reread of an old favourite and I really loved being back in Twylla’s world.
Sisters of the Snake by Sasha and Sarena Nanua – Royal twins separated at birth finding each other and switching places. Snake magic. Mystery and intrigue. Brilliant, twisty plot. Give me more please.
Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini – There’s a lot of information packed into this book. A detailed and brilliantly written history of “race science” and how it has contributed to and perpetuated racism and racist stereotypes.
Lost Cause by Rachel Lynch – Another brilliant book in the DI Kelly Porter series. Kept me on my toes until the end. Looking forward to the next book being released.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar – I loved this. A brilliant book about being transgender, questioning your identity, and learning to be loved.
How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones – A really powerful, hard-hitting memoir. I listened to the audio version narrated by the author and would definitely recommend.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – This was a reread of an old favourite. Absolutely love this series.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo – A gorgeously written exploration of black womanhood and gender through the stories of 12 very different and fascinating characters. Worth all the hype.
Antigua de Fortune of the High Sees by Anna Rainbow and Oli Hyatt – Female pirates. Magic. Mermaids. Adventures on the high seas. A villain who steals children. Brilliant families and friendships. Everything I want from a middle grade read and I’d love to see more from these characters.
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson – Loved this. A powerful memoir about growing up black and queer and finding where you belong.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake – This is such a gorgeous book and it deserves all the attention. Ivy is lush, I loved reading about her family, her friendships and following her as she discovers how to deal with all her feelings. One of those books I wish I’d had when I was younger.
Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman – I love these characters and their story so much. I loved the way mental health was explored in this volume. Another brilliant Hearstopper volume from Alice.
Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger Holt – Izzy’s dad is transitioning and it is an adjustment for the whole family, we see how they all react differently and I am sure their story will help many readers. Such a gorgeous story of family, friendship, acceptance and love.
Storygraph: 76/100. I’m now 27 books ahead of where I need to be to achieve my 100 books goal. I considered increasing it, but I am sure my reading will slow when I’m working more hours so I am going to see how it goes over the next few months.
Read Diversely Challenge: 11/20. I am doing okay on this one and on track to complete it by the end of the year.
Diverse Reading Challenge: 16/38. I’ve made good progress on this one in the last month. I am concentrating on reading a few more for this challenge in the next month so I can give it a little boost.
TBR: 95 and is now 97. I have no idea how – I suspect some miscalculations as I definitely have not added 17 books to my TBR in the last month. I have added 11: I had 2 proofs sent to me, was given 3 books to read by Steph, had a slip and bought 4 more books, and 2 pre-orders arrived. I am okay with this, as long as it stays under 100 I will be happy.
Unread Shelf: 10/24. Two of the books I planned to read for this challenge were my DNFs this month, but I have replaced them and managed to tick another off my list, so this is improving.
Beat the Backlist: 31/52. This one is going well, I’m over half way which I am happy with at this stage.
Next month releases I am looking forward to are:
Afterlove by Tanya Byrne
Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June
Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell
Crowfall by Vashti Hardy
What books are you looking forward to in July? Any that should be on my list?