Monthly wrap-up: What I read in June 2021 | recapping my reading, blogging and writing month!

Maybe this isn’t the best way to introduce a post, but… I SURVIVED Y’ALL! I finished my schoolyear and I can officially start a new adventure, one I’m so ready for, even if new starts can be scary. From next year on, school will change drastically for me, but I might tell you more about that later. First things first: July is starting and so is my vacation! I’m looking forward to a month full of books and hopefully tons of fun, too. But before I start looking ahead, let’s look back a little!

Today I’m talking all about what I read, blogged and wrote during the month of June! It’s a sort of monthly recap I do, you could say. Be sure to read on for some mini reviews so you can quickly add some books to your TBR, and more! Let’s just take a walk together, shall we?

I read ten books this month and that is probably a bit too much for a month in which I had, ehm, EXAMS? Don’t know how I managed to do that, but here we are. Half of these were physical copies, the other half of them ebooks! We love to see the balance here, I guess. Either way, I only read one review copy this month, which means I officially grand you permission to scream at me…

As for genres, we got quite some variation again this month! I read YA, adult and even children’s fiction across fantasy (5), contemporary (4) and thriller (1). Funny thing, by the way, every book I read this month except for ONE had LGBTQIAP main representation so I think I can say it was a good pride month. I read two books by authors of colour, though, so that could’ve been better…

My average rating this month wasn’t…spectacular. If it weren’t for my two five-star rereads, the average would’ve been 3.1, but luckily it was upped to 3.5!

Now, stats are always fun, but let’s have a bit of a closer look at what I exactly read!

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Cinderella is dead by Kalynn Bayron
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: black/lesbian mc, lesbian li, sapphic
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Kalynn Bayron took the original tale of Cinderella and didn’t just twist it: no, she twisted the twists and twisted those again! I really loved the creativity here, the obvious feminism behind it all, the dark undertone, and, of course, the sapphics! It was a story that made me think, which is always appreciated. It also was quick and enjoyable, but I can’t say I loved it unfortunately. Either way, fierce sapphics seems to be a theme in this author’s books, so I can’t wait to pick up This poison heart (it came out yesterday y’all!)!

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Ace of spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Genre: YA mystery/thriller
Representation: black/gay mc, black/bi mc, gay and sapphic relationship
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

My review still says “I need to process this” and, well, to be honest: I do! This book is wild and shocking and quite literally thrilling, because I was still shaking minutes after reading it. The author definitely wrote an important story and has lots of talent, let’s face it, though I can’t rate this any higher. I’m glad I picked it up overall, but before the last quarter of the book arrived, I was really not that gripped and had some small issues with it, too. Luckily the impactful-ness and representation (10/10!!) of this story made up for that!

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Some girls do by Jennifer Dugan
Genre: YA contemporary/romance
Representation: lesbian mc, bisexual mc, sapphic relationship
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If I’m being really honest, I’m actually surprised by how much I loved this! I was expecting this to be a fun and quick read, but I ended up really, really being invested in this one! Can I explain why I loved this? Ehm, no…but I still did! Speaking of things I did, I cried while reading this. EITHER WAY, amazing read about being queer and how it’s different for everyone, with important talk about coming out and how everyone should do it at their own pace (remember that please!!). Some girls do was the biggest surprise of the month for me!

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Every heart a doorway by Seanan McGuire (reread)
Genre: YA fantasy/mystery
Representation: asexual mc, diverse ethnicities and sexualities for scs
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Well, this really did disappoint me. This was one of fourteen year old Birdie’s favourites and with those dark vibes, lots of diversity and just the overall intrigue it had to it, I expected it to become a favourite all over again. Unfortunately, the length of this really did kill it for me. It’s so short and some things just happen way too fast, even if it could’ve been really strong. I don’t get why this was a novella and not just a novel? But yeah, still enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

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She drives me crazy by Kelly Quindlen
Genre: YA contemporary/romance
Representation: lesbian mc, lesbian/Indian-American
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Don’t get me wrong here, I really enjoyed reading this! I really liked how this book discussed the aftermath of a break-up and the insecurities this brings with it, toxic relationships and more, but I didn’t fully connect with the story or characters for some reason. Some things also just felt a little TOO convenient for my liking. I liked Kelly Quindlen’s writing though and I can truly see her potential, so I guess this story just wasn’t for me…That being said, I ordered Late to the party and I’m STOKED for that one!

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The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Genre: MG fantasy/graphic novel
Representation: BIPOC mc, (kinda) sapphic, disabled scs (someone with memory loss, someone in a wheelchair)
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Technically I didn’t read The Tea Dragon Society…I read Le cercle du dragon-thé. I had to read a graphic novel in French for school, okay? Funny story, too: my friend jokingly said “was it sapphic” and I just…totally panicked, lol! Either way, this was the cutest thing ever? I feel like not much happened in the book but I enjoyed it and the art is literally the definition of stunning! It brought me so much serotonin! Really need to read more graphic novels, though, so drop some recs please!

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Looking for Alaska by John Green (reread x7)
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: Japanese-American sc
Click here for my review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Calm down, I can practically hear what some of you are thinking: why would you break your queer reading streak for a book you had read six times already? The answer to that question would be: 1) I am trash and 2) I gifted an annotated copy of this book to someone who’s very important to me and I’m a very sweet human being. Either way, not that much to say: seventh times crying my eyes out while holding this book in my hands! How can you blame me when it kinda saved my life, though?

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Red, white & royal blue by Casey McQuiston (reread)
Genre: NA contemporary/romance
Representation: Mexican-American/bisexual mc, gay li
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Why is it so good? That’s the mystery…I literally can’t explain what this book does for me. It just brings me…so much. Joy, pain, comfort; I don’t even know! I mean, gay disasters in politics is basically something I now want to read about every single day. You’ve probably heard a lot of people talk about this book though, so let me just say this: Alex (mc) is a dumbass because like…Jude and Nora are so obviously in love.)

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The Bone Way by Holly J. Underhill
Genre: adult fantasy
Representation: lesbian mcs, sapphic relationship
Click here for my Goodreads review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I would explain my opinions on this book, but there’s one little problem: I don’t have one. No opinion. I left this with no emotions at all, as if the book never happened. This story just…didn’t do anything for me and I can’t formulate exactly why because, well, I just didn’t care about anything? Whether that’s the characters, plot or even writing: just nothing going on in my head right now.

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In the ravenous dark by A. M. Strickland
Genre: YA/Adult fantasy
Representation: pansexual mc, lesbian li, polyamory relationship, BIPOC/nonbinary sc
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oh this was an absolute delight to read! If you know me a little, you are probably not surprised to hear me say this about a (queer) dark fantasy with found family, but hey! I never claimed I wasn’t predictable! Either way, I was living (HA! If you know you know!) for these characters and their dynamics and the dark vibes this story had overall. I saw a few plot-twists coming to be honest, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment! Instead I just really appreciated how different this book overall felt! I really, really loved it!

*sighs*
Exams, am I right?

Luckily, a new month with more freedom is waiting for me! I have finally decided to take on a blogging schedule by the way! You can now expect some content from me every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

If you’re interested in any of these, just click the image or the text below it and it’ll take you right to my amazing, show-stopping, masterpiece of a post!

This blog is not all about me of course, so why not highlight some other bloggers’ posts, too? Be sure to check out these posts I loved reading this month!

And to all bloggers: always remember that your work is appreciated!!

As I said at the end of May: due to my exams, there really will not be much to talk about this month! I’ve been working on little things as just brainstorming (someone get my THREE notion pages (for each wip…) away from me, they are way too much fun to make), but actually writing hasn’t been playing a big role in my month.

But…I’m gonna do camp Nanowrimo this July, and I’m aiming for a lot of progress! I can’t wait to finally ACTUALLY share some things with you next month!


And that was that! There’s not really that much to say, except: I wish each and every single one of you the loveliest July! I can’t wait to talk to all of you more often then! For my favourite of the month, I will have to say that was In the ravenous dark, if we’re excluding rereads! But what about you?

31 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up: What I read in June 2021 | recapping my reading, blogging and writing month!

  1. Congrats on finishing school!! That must be such a relief & I hope you have a great summer! 10 books as well is amazing (and even more so with exams!!). Quite a few of these are on my tbr and RWARB is one of my favourites that I really want to reread!

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  2. the tea dragon society truly is such a heartwarming book :’) if you’re looking for graphic novel recs, the magic fish is one of my favorites! and ooh sorry to hear about the bone way being disappointing, i was excited for that one but i’ve been hearing some more negative things about it lately so… 😦 congrats on finishing the school year and all the luck with camp nanowrimo!

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    1. IT REALLY IS! Instant serotonin ahhh, and thanks for the rec! I will be sure to check it out because I need to read more graphic novels! The bone way was really underwhelming for me but yeah, I don’t seem to be the only one who thinks that…thank you so much May!!!

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  3. yeah RWRB is so good and I can’t explain why either?? I’m really looking forward to reading In The Ravenous Dark and am so glad to hear you enjoyed it!
    All the best for Camp NaNo! I’m going to be taking part too!

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  4. Congrats on finishing the school year! Blogging and reading with exams is hard, so you shouldn’t feel bad about doing lesser than usual. Oh and all the best for camp nanowrimo!! Although 3 wips? 😂 good luck with that.

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  5. Congrats on surviving! 😂 I don’t even know how you managed to read this much during exam time – I’m seriously impressed! (And don’t worry – I reread my favorite books all the time when I should be reading new ones. You’re not alone! 😄)

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  6. congrats on finishing school!!! u must feel so relieved. omgg i also read cinderella is dead and ace of spades this month! i’ve already read this poison heart and it is just as good! ahh good luck with nano, i’ll be cheering for u <33 excited to chat abt our writing soon !!

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  7. yay congrats on finishing the school year and exams!! i’m glad you were able to read so many books. i can only hope to someday be able to read 10 books in a month but i’m too slow of a reader for that i think 😭 also it’s great to see you loved Red White & Royal Blue because that has been on my tbr for wayyyy too long. i haven’t read any of the other books you mentioned but a few are definitely on my radar 👀👀 hope you have a great july!

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