Hi everyone! June has finally come to its end, even though I certainly feel like summer has just begun. I’m lucky enough that my one of my summer jobs has opened back up, so I’ve been busier the past week than I have been in months, but it’s also so nice to have something to do and a way to make some money. Anyway, June wasn’t a great reading month for me, but again, now that I’m at work more regularly, I actually have more incentive to read because it’s one of the only things that I can do easily in my downtime. But let’s get to this wrap-up!
Like I said before, June wasn’t a great reading month. I was still feeling pretty drained from my semester, and then when they put Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix, that became the only thing I really wanted to do (I regret nothing.) Still, here’s what I got around to:
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (audiobook)
- Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison (technically I started this back in May for class, but we ultimately were told we didn’t have to finish it for the semester, but I got back to it this month!)
- Ninth House by Leigh Bardguo (mini review here)
I also intermitently listened to Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, but if I’m being perfectly honest, I don’t think it’s the kind of thing that I can listen to. I’ll definitely pick up a text copy at some point, but I gave up listening to it about halfway through (my Overdrive loan was also up). I just started listening to The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, and we’ll see how that ends up. I also started The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh. I’m not very far into it, but I like it so far. I have no idea where it’s going, which is really fun and exciting.
I haven’t bought that many books this month (or this year really), but I did participate in the Blackout the Bestseller List campaign last week, so I have ordered a few books. I don’t have any of them yet, since a couple were backordered (I have no idea if that means they won’t contribute to the initiative but I hope no one is complaining.) I ordered from my local Black-owned bookstore and will be picking up my order, so maybe I’ll be tempted to get even more when I go. Anyway, here’s what I’m waiting on:
- The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
- Ok, yes, I know, this isn’t a Black author, but I’ve wanted this since it first came out and was just waiting for a time when I ordered other things to get it.
- Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
- This is also one I’ve been sitting on for a while and was going to just get it through my library or Overdrive, but I decided I wanted it enough to justify ordering it.
- A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
- I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what this book is about (I really skimmed the summary), but SO many people I trust have said they loved it so I went for it.
So that’s it! I probably won’t buy many more books this year since I’ve realized just how many books I have on my shelf already that I haven’t touched and because I do really need to be saving money.
What’s this? A new feature on my monthly wrap-ups? Yes! Basically, I’ve been watching a lot more tv and movies than I used to, and I want to be able to talk about it a little. (I did say that I might branch out beyond books.) The main thing I watched this month was, like a lot of people, a nostalgic rewatch of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it, since, like rereading, I don’t really enjoy rewatching things. Once I was done with that, I wasn’t ready to leave the Avatar universe, so I watched The Legend of Korra. This wasn’t really a rewatch, because I only watched the first season when it first came out, so I had no idea what happened beyond that. LoK gets a lot of hate, but I really think it’s undeserved. I sat for a long time on my thoughts on it and responses to criticisms, and ultimately ended up writing a VERY long Tumblr post (that’s really an essay) in defense of it (I can post it here too if people are interested. Let me know!) I’m still pretty stuck in that world, but I have been watching new episodes of both World of Dance and The Bold Type as they come out every week. Oh, and my roommate and I just started watching the second season of The Politician together! We’re only a couple episodes in, but it’s really good so far (we’re also just such big Ben Platt fans that it could be awful and we’d probably still love it.)
I didn’t do quite as good of a job reading people’s posts as I wanted to this month, so hopefully I can fulfill my promise to do more of that in July. Still, here are just a few that I did get to!
- Both Margot at margereads and Aoife at Pretty Purple Polka Dots had posts about books that impacted their lives, and I really loved reading them. I think this is a great idea, and I may just have to use it later, maybe around my birthday in two months.
- Lori from The Reading Book Fairy made a list of books with ace/aro characters, which we all know is close to my heart, and I hadn’t heard of some of these!
- May from Forever and Everly compiled a list of 50+ YA books about QPOC by QPOC that added so many books to my tbr.
I don’t really have a lot planned out for July. I do have Infinity Son by Adam Silvera on audiobook from the library, so I guess I have to listen to that before I lose it in three weeks. Other than that, I think I’m going to go back to randomly picking my reads from a tbr jar (which I put together a month and a half ago but have totally neglected). I feel like a couple weeks ago I told myself there was something I needed to get or pick up in July, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it is, so I guess that’s out until it comes back to me. I don’t want to set a number for how many books I read, especially because I have a few hefty books on my tbr shelf, but mostly because, at some point, it started to stress me out to do that, so I’m not going to!
And my bullet journal is back! It’s so nice to actually have things to put in it at this point (I know there’s not a whole lot right now, but I don’t have my schedules for most of the month so it’ll get added later.) Having pages for May and June felt pretty pointless, so I’m glad July isn’t going to go to waste.
Well, that’s all I have for you! What does July have in store for you?