Hey everyone! June is over & July is here, so it’s time for a wrap up! I’m really happy, not only with the number of books I read last month, but also the quality of them because I really enjoyed most of them. I read a total of 9 books in June and am making my way through another two, though because I didn’t finish them before July started, I won’t be including them in this wrap-up. Lets show you the books I read in June!
FINDING NEVO by Nevo Zisin
Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer. Nevo was not born in the wrong body. Nevo just wants everyone to catch up with all that Nevo is. Personal, political and passionate, Finding Nevo is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was the first non-fiction book I read and I’m really glad I did because I absolutely loved it. I think this is such an important read and think it should become a required reading in Australian high schools. Nevo discusses some important topics such as feminism, gender, privilege and sexuality. You can find my full review here.
NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
This was such a fun, short read! I’d been meaning to read NIMONA for a long time, and I read it pretty much as soon as I got it in the mail. It was such a cute and fun graphic novel with an awesome anti-hero MC. The art was the story were both great and I think that this is definitely a graphic novel you should check out whether you’re just getting into graphic novels or if you’ve been reading them your whole life!
GEORGE by Alex Gino
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.
George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her (4th grade) teacher announces their class play is going to be “Charlotte’s Web.” George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part …because she’s a boy.
With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte – but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
GEORGE is a really cute #ownvoices middle grade book about a transgender girl. I thought the story was really cute and I loved that this is an inclusive middle grade! I think it’s so important to have all types of rep across all genres and books for people of all ages. The writing & the plot were both very solid in this & it has such an important message, so I definitely recommend this to people of all ages.
QUEER, THERE AND EVERYWHERE by Sarah Prager
World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 22 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.
This was another non-fiction I read this month that I had a lot of fun reading. This was the book of the month for a book club I’m in and I’m glad we picked this book! There are little informational stories about 22 LGBTQIA+ people, so you can read it either all at once or perhaps one person at a time. It think it’s a good little introduction for some historic LGBTQIA+ figures!
27 HOURS by Tristina Wright
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.
OH MY GOD, Y’ALL. THIS BOOK. 27 HOURS is one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and I was so so so luck to get an eARC from Tristina (*cries*). This was a really well written, fast paced sci-fi with an amazing cast of characters. This book releases on October 3rd, so save the date & preorder this gorgeous book. You can find my full review here.
HOW TO MAKE A WISH by Ashley Herring Blake
All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.
Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.
This was a really sweet, emotional YA contemporary book about love, loss, grief, family and friendship. I loved the progression of the f/f relationship & I loved the discussions about sexuality & race. This book could make me laugh and smile on one page and then make me want to try tears of frustration the next. You can read my full review here.
MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera
hen it first gets announced, the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto—miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor, how his friends all seem to shrug him off, and how his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. He has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.
Then Thomas shows up. He doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession over the Scorpius Hawthorne books and has a sweet movie set-up on his roof. There are nicknames. Aaron’s not only able to be himself, but happiness feels easy with Thomas. The love Aaron discovers may cost him what’s left of his life, but since Aaron can’t suddenly stop being gay Leteo may be the only way out.
I’ve had this book on my TBR for so long & I decided that pride month was the perfect time to finally read this. Whilst I wholeheartedly appreciate the importance sexuality and race rep & really loved Silvera’s writing style I wasn’t a huge fan of the book overall. You can read my here.
KNIT ONE, GIRL TWO by Shira Glassman
Small-batch independent yarn dyer Clara Ziegler is eager to brainstorm new color combinations–if only she could come up with ideas she likes as much as last time! When she sees Danielle Solomon’s paintings of Florida wildlife by chance at a neighborhood gallery, she finds her source of inspiration. Outspoken, passionate, and complicated, Danielle herself soon proves even more captivating than her artwork…
Fluffy Jewish f/f contemporary set in the author’s childhood home of South Florida
I thought this was a really cute, fluffy f/f romance. I liked the writing, but at times I found myself really bored and found it too easy to put the book down. I wanted to know the characters more and I wished the relationship was more fleshed out. I thought the ending was a little rushed, but apart from that I did think it was an enjoyable read.
THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers
Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.
But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.
Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.
I really enjoyed this character driven sci-fi! I really enjoyed the worldbuilding and thought the different cultures of the galaxy were very fleshed out. I loved all of the characters and their relationships with each other. I loved the casual diversity & acceptance & that there was diversity even in the alien species- one of my sci-fi pet hates is when authors create this whole new species and they’re still cis + heteronormative. I’ll have a review up for this soon (hopefully) but overall I really enjoyed this one, definitely recommend & can’t wait to (again, hopefully) read the sequel in July!
There we have all of the books I read in June! Have you read any of these? If so, what were your thoughts? What were your favourite reads of June?
Thanks so much for reading!