June

June Monthly TBR

May was super sucky because of this DAMN SPRAINED KNEE (it’s been 4.5 weeks but who’s counting) but I did manage to read 8 books and 17 comics, so at least there’s that. It feels weird because I definitely went through like 2 slumps, but then I guess I’d just sit and read a bunch of books in a row so it kind of made up for it, I don’t know.

My TBR for June isn’t too ambitious, and part of me even hopes that I fail hard at it because that would mean my knee would be back to normal and I can do normal shit again like laundry (can’t carry it down the stairs, too unsteady), going for walks, and even maybe even running someday ever.

Le sigh.

On the Kindle:

  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton – So Alice Clayton somehow came on my radar because she has a new romance novel out called Buns and that just cracks me up. However, neither of my libraries have that available yet so instead I’m trying this one out. I actually checked out the sample first and it seems humorous and fluffy with some sexy times thrown in.
  • Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen (e-galley) – Comes out June 20th, and I’ve already started it! Good job, me. This is about the women in the public eye that the public loves to hate on (Kim Kardashian, for example) and the sexism that goes into some of these ridiculous critiques. The first chapter is on Serena Williams, and it’s really interesting so far.
  • The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente (e-galley) – This is a collection of stories about the women in comics who were kidnapped, tortured, murdered, and otherwise given the “women in refrigerators” treatment in the name of advancing the male superhero’s storyline. Comes out June 6th!

In the stack:

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson – I ALSO have this on audio and Neil himself is the one reading, so I’m psyched about that. (I tried another one of his books on audio and I just couldn’t do it because it wasn’t his voice!) This will be my next audiobook but I like having a hard copy to make notes in too.
  • Borne by Jeff VanderMeer – I only ever read the first book in that other trilogy this author has out, but this sounds really weird and interesting. Liberty described it on All the Books and got me interested.
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – I’ve been looking forward to this for AGES and a big Amazon splurge I went ahead and pre-ordered it. It sounds like a YA rom-com between two Indian-American teens who’s parents are in cahoots to get them together.
  • Touch by Courtney Maum – Also part of my Amazon splurge (it was a costly splurge, you guys), I threw this in. The cover was pretty and it’s something about how a woman who has made a job out of catching trends as they’re about to happen realizes that people are going to start turning away from technology and embracing “in real life” experiences again.
  • Fables: Volume 20 but also if I can manage it, 21 and 22 and then I’ll be done with the whole series!
  • First Crush by Yinka Rose Reed-Nolan – This hasn’t actually arrived yet, but it’s from Hyacinth Girl Press and I’m going to read it for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge, for the micropress category.

What are you looking forward to this month?

June Recap

Go June, you rock! I read 8 books and 52 issues of comics. Woot! So I have some bite-sized blurbs about what I read:

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The Fireman by Joe Hill – Probably my least favorite Joe Hill so far. It had some good elements but I was glad to finish it.

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn – SO fun and feisty and superhero-y and I’m already looking forward to a re-read. (Released today!)

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Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean – Fun and fluffy romance, likable main character, but I will forever remember this as the “he ate her face” book.

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – This was actually a quite fantastic read about growing old, quality of life, and dying. I didn’t review because it hit a little close to home on some stuff and I couldn’t separate that when I tried writing about it.

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In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero – Awesome on audio, memoir about how when she was 14 this actress’s parents were deported and how that shook up her life.

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – SO SO GREAT. Sad and infuriating and hopeful and will probably end up on my top ten of the year list.

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy – A little juvenile, which makes sense it’s a YA title. If you like the manic pixie dream girl thing, this is for you. (Also out today!)

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward – A wonderful collection of essays about race in America by a wide range of authors including Daniel Jose Older, Claudia Rankine, Kiese Laymon, Garnette Cadogan, and many more.

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 8

#Readmyowndamnbooks: 1 (13%)

Female authors: 6 (75%)

Non-white authors: 5 (63%)

Format breakdown: 1 audiobook, 5 e-book, 2 print.

STATS – COMICS

Issues read: 57

Female authors/illustrators: 5

Non-white author/illustrators: 3

Format breakdown: All print.

So June was a pretty great month! I need to catch up on some review-writing – apparently my ability to stay on top of reviews gets a little worse the more books I read in a month? I’ll try to get better at that, but I’m a busy lady.

How was your June?

~Sarah

June Monthly TBR

My reading in May took a big hit – 4 novels, 2 novellas, and about 46 comics. Partly because I’ve been hitting the gym more, and watching my nephew every weekend, and have dived back into Borderlands 2 BIG TIME.

I’m not thinking that June is going to be a big reading month either, because THE HONEYMAN COMES HOME THIS MONTH YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! So I want to read all these, but between Borderlands distraction, getting the apt all prepped for the honeyman’s returned, and then actually getting to spend time with him when he gets home – my reading expectations are not that high.

Anyways, here’s some books I want to read, if by some miracle I get the chance to sit down and focus.

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  • Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision NOT to Have Kids edited by Meghan Daum – This book basically lives in my wheelhouse.
  • Manhood by Terry Crews – Big buff-ass Terry Crews wrote a book about growing up as a man and how to be okay with your feminine side and he’s a feminist and this just sounds amazing.
  • Missoula:Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer – Investigative journalism about the horribleness that is rape, specifically focusing on this college town, sound fascinating and terrible but like something I HAVE to read.
  • Crux by Ramez Naam – I’m going to try to FINALLY read the sequel to Nexus, which I really liked. Downloaded this to my Kindle so I can start it at literally any time – in the gym, in bed, waiting in the airport, etc.
  • Ginga by Daniel José Older – The author’s newest novella is already waiting for me on my Kindle. Something to hold me over until his newest novel, Shadowshaper, comes out at the end of the month.
  • Daredevil comics – I’m not being specific about which ones, because there are a ton on Scribd that I’m going to try. SO excited.

And I could add more, but I’m going to stop myself here. There will probably be a bunch of comics read too, of course.

What are you hoping to read this month? Anything you’re excited about?

~Sarah

June Mini-Review Recap!

Good morning peoples!

It’s that time again, to look back at what I read in June and do a teeny tiny review for each! I read 10 books in June, so this won’t be TOO long.

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I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman – Short, HILARIOUS memoir by funny-lady Jen Kirkman that focuses on how no matter what she’s doing, people seem unable to accept the fact that she doesn’t want kids.

Recorded Attacks (The Zombie Survival Guide) by Max Brooks – This is a graphic novel I read that goes along with Brooks’ other books, The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. I haven’t read those yet, but I read the graphic novel real quick one day cause the honeyman wanted me to, and it was good. Fantastic illustrations, good creep factor.

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The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke – Surprisingly wonderful story about a girl and her android. Totally sucked me in and I ignored household chores to sit down and finish it in one day.

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – Read this off of my Classics Club list and fell in love with the gloom and eerie mystery surround the estate of Manderley and the first Mrs. de Winter. Flew through it, and I highly recommend it.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – We finished the 6-month long Harry Potter readalong! And it was magical.

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Ex-Patriots by Peter Clines – The exciting and plot-twist-packed sequels to Ex-Heroes, in which the superheroes protecting civilians at the Mount from zombies now have a new problem to deal with – a surviving base of the U.S. Army. I’m SO looking forward to the next book, Ex-Communication, that comes out in July.

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The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu – This was probably my favorite book to talk about in June. There’s a cool race of ancient aliens, a lovable underdog character by the name of Roen to cheer for, lots of spy thriller fights and action scenes, history, humor… seriously, there’s something for everybody to love about this book. It was awesome. Absolutely CANNOT WAIT for the sequel in October, The Deaths of Tao.

The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper (DNF) – I was really excited to try this steampunk novel, but by halfway through the book I still didn’t really care about the characters and the plot seemed to be getting a bit ridiculous, so I quit it. Too bad.

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First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde – The fifth Thursday Next book, and it was a wonky, weird, wonderful ride. I love escaping into these books and pretending that I can jump into BookWorld. I will always love how perfect these books are for book lovers and people passionate about reading. Waiting for the sixth to be available on my Paperbackswap wishlist.

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Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics by Jim Al-Khalili – A fun little romp through some of the most interesting mysteries in physics – they seem like paradoxes but they’re really not, once you know and understand the science involved. Really enjoyable.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck – I started this for the Classics Club sync read, which technically doesn’t end until the end of August. Thought I’d have to struggle with it, but I actually enjoyed it a lot! SO much better than The Grapes of Wrath. I’m going to be thinking about this one for a while.

 

 

Lots of good books in June! Have you read any of these? Any of them on your TBR pile? Tell me what you’re thinkin!

~Sarah