So. June happened. It really………happened, didn’t it. I’m not going to pretend that it was a good month for me: it wasn’t. One good thing is that I worked all month (I did a paid internship) and that led me to take some important and drastic decisions that I hope are the right ones for me. I also met nice people and got close with my flatmates. Everything else was shit and I feel awful and angry and disrespected. I have to deal with an incompetent person who can’t do his job (landlord) and thinks he can get away with it because I’m always so sweet and I’m in a country where I don’t speak my first language. And what infuriates me the most is that he’s right, because without my flatmates helping me I wouldn’t know how to do shit. Anyway, we’ll see where this goes, sorry for the off topic I guess?
• Autoboyography by Christina Lauren: this was so, so, so good. It deals heavily with religious themes and homophobia but I think everything is handled really, really well. The writing was also really good and the best thing is, well I can’t say what the best thing is because it’s kind of a spoiler! But I want to protect Tanner and Sebastian. ★★★★★/5
• We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson: I’ve said it before but SDH is a genius. That’s it, thanks for coming to my TED talk. ★★★★★/5
• The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan: this book didn’t happen. ★★★★★/5
• The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert: I! love! tropes! This was really tropey and it normally wouldn’t be my exact cup of tea, BUT I knew while going into this that it was very diverse and the tropes just appealed to me. What I didn’t expect was how GOOD the writing was. Also, I love bisexual princes, they’re my favorite trope ever. ★★★★★/5
• Far From the Tree by Robin Benway: sometimes you don’t write reviews because you’re lazy or because too much times has passed and you kind of forgot about the book entirely. Sometimes you don’t write reviews because you know your words won’t do the book justice, so you just slap the book in the faces of everyone until they (hopefully) read it. This is one of those. ★★★★★/5
• Unwritten by Tara Gilboy: this is a middle grade novel that’ll come out later this year. I don’t usually request middle grade ARCs but this sounded too interesting to pass on and I’m glad I did request it. I would say that I’m a little surprised at how dark it is, given the target audience, but I’m not a kids expert and I’m sure 12yo me would have loved this.
• Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson: I’ve started listening to this months ago and now I’m actually continuing it. I love it but it’s certainly not something you can listen to while doing chores or something. Anyway, it’s really not that long and it’s not too difficult either, it only requires a little extra focus, but I would 100% recommend it if you’re into science and the universe!
Because of everything I wrote at the beginning, I didn’t manage to blog as much as I wanted to, especially since it was pride month and I wanted to do something nice, but I didn’t organize anything on time and then June was really Not Good. During the little free time I had I just wanted to read or watch some shows, and I decided to actually do that instead of stressing myself out. I even *gasps* gave up twitter for a couple of weeks. YES, it was that bad.
Usually I manage to write a few goodreads reviews even if I’m not blogging much, but this month I really only reviewed my ARCs and that’s it. In any case, there’s still two posts I wrote that I liked and I think you should check them out!
🏳️🌈 Favorite LGBTQIAP+ Books that Don’t Feature AlloCis M/M Relationships: this was inspired by a recent T5W theme, but I didn’t manage to make it on an actual Wednesday and I also didn’t like how the original title was exclusive of ace and/or aro people. Anyway, there’s some great diverse queer reps there, if I do say so myself, so you should definitely read it and add them all to your TBR. And maybe write me a nice comment!
🌈 Pride Flag Book Tag: I love doing tags and this was basically the only proper pride month post I managed to write. I mentioned 6 queer books that mean a lot to me and that you probably should read too.
Queer Eyes season 2:
I’m actually still watching this but I love it even if I think it’s not perfect. Like it could be WAY more inclusive and it just goes to show that being queer doesn’t make you an expert on all queer matters. Like how Tan says he’s never met a trans person and he just states it as a fact. No, he’s met trans people, he just doesn’t know it. But I do appreciate that he wanted to do better and learn. I know there’s also an issue of cis people asking for emotional labor of trans folks, but I think in a show like this that’s still probably necessary to kind of educate the audience in any way.
Voltron: Legendary Defender season 6:
No the picture on the side here is NOT fanart lmao it was just the best and funniest episode ever. BUT this season left me with a lot of heartbreak and I wasn’t ready for it at all. That said, I’m happy to keep ignoring the VLD fandom! I learned after season 5 to not go look for fanart or anything and I gotta say the show without its fandom is amazing, 10/10 would recommend watching it.
Yuri On Ice:
YES I’m rewatching YOI. No I haven’t watched it again since my 12 complete rewatches back in late 2016/early 2017 so I deserve a break, DON’T CALL ME OUT OK.
I also had a perfectly good reason to start rewatching it because two days ago (July 1st) they streamed Yuri on Concert worldwide (IT WAS AMAZING!!!!) AND they announced the title and release year of the movie, something I’ve been anticipating since they first confirmed there would be a movie. And it looks like it will feature Victor’s past (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) so I’M HYPED. I can’t wait for Ice Adolescence (2019)!!!!!!