June has come and gone, and we’re already in July… which I’m actually pretty excited about, because I’m so ready for the summer! ☀️
To be honest, June was a tough month for me, and I’m quite relieved to be done with it. Still, I’m trying to focus on the positive as much as possible; to quote This Is Us, “There’s no lemon so sour that you can’t make something resembling lemonade.”
In June, we had some sunshine, I was able to spend time with my loved ones again, I participated in the #queerblackathon with my best friend, I went to the seaside and spent a week with my boyfriend (which was amazing as I hadn’t seen him since the beginning of lockdown in March). Overall, I had a lot of good things to focus on despite the bad, and I hope July will go in the same direction. 💛
For me, June was a great reading month in terms of genre diversity! I’ve mainly read fantasy novels this year, but in June, while I read my fair share of fantasy, I also reached for non-fiction, sci-fi, horror, romance and classics! I’m really proud of myself for that, I tried more things when it comes to fiction, so yay me! Here are the books that I read:
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, 4/5 stars
- The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton, 3.5/5 stars
- This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, 3/5 stars
- The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant, 2/5 stars
- The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (reread), 5/5 stars
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, 3.5/5 stars
- You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson, 3.5/5 stars
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 4/5 stars
- The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (reread), 5/5 stars
- Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, 4/5 stars
My highlight of the month was Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, which really took me by surprise! As summer arrives, I sometimes get in the mood for contemporary and romance novels, and this one is so highly-praised, so I picked it up at the end of June.
It was such a delight to read and I adored that it had a dual perspective, as it made me love and relate to Chloe and Red so much. Their relationship was really well-written, the author managed to show how they ultimately wanted to be better for themselves first, then for each other and I really liked that. This book also has rep for chronic illness and while I can’t speak for that, I’ve seen many people say it was amazing rep! Last but not least, there wasn’t drama for the sake of drama, things were confronted pretty quickly by the characters, and I really loved that as well. I’m so excited to read Take a Hint, Dani Brown soon!
MUSIC // Chromatica by Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga released her newest album at the end of May and I have been obsessed with it, it’s pretty much all I’ve been listening to in June. I love the aesthetic of Chromatica, as well as the way the album was built, each part starting with an instrumental track. I adore so many songs in it, I fell in love with Rain on Me when it was released as a single, but I also adore Fun Tonight as well as all of the third part of the album, meaning Sine From Above (it’s my favourite of the album and it features Elton John), 1000 Doves and Babylon. Can you tell I’m listening to the album while writing this wrap-up? 😂
VIDEO GAME // Animal Crossing New Horizons
My 14 y.o. brother bought the game three weeks ago so… I’m finally playing it! 🎉 We realised that we could each have our own characters on the same island (my brother is super into the Arrowverse right now, he named the island Lian Yu), so my three brothers and I are sharing the same island, and we’re having a lot of fun! I love Animal Crossing so much, it was one of my first games on Nintendo DS and I’m so thrilled to play the newest version of it!
BOOKS // Rereading The Daevabad Trilogy
In preparation for the release of The Empire of Gold, the last book in the Daevabad trilogy, I reread both The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper in June and it made me so happy. This trilogy holds a special place in my heart and I often say that The City of Brass put me in a fantasy slump in 2018 because I loved it too much. I adore everything about this trilogy: it has complex world-building, characters who definitely don’t have it easy, but whom I love, as well as an amazing plot and endings that literally have me on the edge of my seat (the last 150 pages of The Kingdom of Copper are… a lot). I just started reading The Empire of Gold and I’m so excited about it. ❤️
I pretty much gave up on this category over the past few months, but I think that it might help me to use it again. So, in July, I really want to:
- finish the two big work projects I have on the go (so I can enjoy August as actual holidays!),
- get back into watching TV shows,
- start playing the guitar again,
- declutter my room,
- breathe ❤️
How was June for you? What’s one positive thing that happened during the month for you? Have you discovered any new favourite books?