Another summer month is over. This is almost my last month of freedom before I go back to uni + work and most likely will have much less time to read, so I’m trying to make the best of July and August to reduce my TBR while I can.
I did several reading challenges this month, including a graphic novel readathon. Since graphic novels are usually shorter and have more pictures than text, they are much quicker reads – and that’s how I ended up with over 30 books read in the first half of the month only.
🏳️🌈 = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character (30)
📚 = books that qualify for the backlist challenge we’re doing with Avery (11 – goal: 3, completed)
🌍 = Around the World in 52 Books on Goodreads (4)
👭 = Sapphic Book Club monthly read (0 – DNF, so technically failed)
🍬 = Candybook Land by Elaine Howlin (5)
☄️ = Sci-Fi July by Kathy (13 – personal goal: 10, completed)
💥 = Graphic Novel Readathon for Books and Tea Club (38 – personal goal: completed)
🦉 = OWL Exams Readathon by Book Roast (12 – personal goal: 12, completed)
As always, I’m linking up with Avalinah’s State of the ARC meme:
State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).
State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous. Join it here.
And this time, due to the timing I am also linking up with The Candid Cover’s Summer TBR Wipeout instead of making a separate update post.
- 💥 Skin & Earth by Lights: 200 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈 Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Three by multiple authors. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈 Cold Like Snow by Sita Bethel: 235 pages. 3🌟 (review to come)
- DNF: Magic or Die by J.P. Jackson (at around 45%)
- A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole: 384 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈📚🍬☄️ Courage is the Price by Lynn E. O’Connacht: 144 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈☄️ Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth: 364 pages. 4🌟
Wait, what’s that?! I actually read some author ARCs?? And one for Edelweiss?! That basically never happens! But now I’m comfortably caught up on NetGalley, so I’ll try my best to read the author ones I still have left.
I put two new titles on my bingo chart, and I also listed a few upcoming ARCs I haven’t read that might fit the remaining squares. I hardly ever read nonfiction, but this bingo is for the rest of the year, so I’m sure I’ll find something on NetGalley before December.
And now for the books that weren’t review copies:
- 🏳️🌈💥 Lumberjanes Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson: 112 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈💥 Lumberjanes Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson: 112 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈💥 Lumberjanes Vol. 4 by Shannon Watters: 115 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈💥 Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 by Chrynna Clugston Flores: 30 pages.
- 🏳️🌈💥 Lumberjanes: Beyond Bay Leaf Special #1 by Faith Erin Hicks: 43 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈💥 Lumberjanes 2016 Special: Makin’ The Ghost of It by Jen Wang: 42 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈 📚🦉 Three Times As Deadly by Erin Wade: 310 pages. 2🌟
- 💥🦉 Moving Pictures by Kathryn Immonen: 144 pages. 3🌟
- ☄️💥🦉 Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka: 136 pages. 5🌟
- 🌍🦉 The Dry Season by Cassidy Taylor: 25 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈☄️ Gale by Lyssa Chiavari: 55 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈💥🦉 The Backstagers Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV: 112 pages. 5🌟
- ☄️neon/echo by Seth Ross: 44 pages. 4🌟
- ☄️💥Joyride Vol. 1 by Jackson Lanzing: 112 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈 Beyond Your Boundaries by Georgia Claire: 46 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈📚🍬🦉 For Whom the Roses Grow by Rebekah Blackmore: 156 pages. 4🌟
- ☄️💥Strong Female Protagonist: Book One by Brennan Lee Mulligan: 220 pages. 5🌟
- ☄️💥Strong Female Protagonist: Book Two by Brennan Lee Mulligan: 336 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈📚 The Better to Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood: 155 pages. 4🌟
- ☄️💥Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan: 144 pages. 2🌟
- 🏳️🌈💥Giant Days Vol. 1 by John Allison: 128 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈💥 Giant Days Vol. 2 by John Allison: 128 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈💥 Giant Days Vol. 3 by John Allison: 112 pages. 3🌟
- 🏳️🌈📚🌍🦉 Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson: 230 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈📚🌍🍬🦉The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember: 214 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈📚🦉 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: 491 pages. 4🌟
- 💥 Abigail & The Snowman by Roger Langridge: 128 pages. 4🌟
- 💥 Another Castle Vol. 1: Grimoire by Andrew Wheeler: 152 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈📚🌍🍬🦉 The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: 513 pages. 5🌟
- 💥Bitch Planet, Vol.1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick: 152 pages. 3🌟
- 💥The Cloud by K.I. Zachopoulos: 144 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈Sweet Dreams by Brooke Edwards. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈Just Some Things by Chace Verity: 23 pages. 4🌟
- 💥Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan Youth by Rick Remender: 160 pages. 1🌟
- 🏳️🌈📚Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember: 180 pages. 4🌟
- 💥Feathers by Jorge Corona: 160 pages. 5🌟
- Make: Geek Girl’s Guide to Geek Women by Lynn Beighley: 56 pages. 5🌟
- 💥Help Us, Great Warrior! by Madeleine Flores: 160 pages. 3🌟
- 💥Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1: Orientation by Thomas Siddell: 304 pages. 5🌟
- 💥Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 2: Research by Thomas Siddell: 296 pages. 5🌟
- 💥Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 3: Reason by Thomas Siddell: 280 pages. 5🌟
- 💥Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 4: Materia by Thomas Siddell: 336 pages. 4🌟
- 💥Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine by Thomas Siddell: 296 pages. 5🌟
- 💥Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 6: Dissolve by Thomas Siddell: 304 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈📚☄️🦉 Not Your Villain by C.B.Lee: 286 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈📚🍬🦉 The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan: 432 pages. 4🌟
- 💥Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave and Other Tales by David Petersen: 96 pages. 4🌟
- 🏳️🌈💥☄️Jem and the Holograms, Vol. 1: Showtime by Kelly Thompson: 152 pages. 4🌟
- 💥Ladycastle by Delilah S. Dawson: 112 pages. 4🌟
- 💥☄️Plutona by Jeff Lemire: 152 pages. 3🌟
- 💥Slam! Vol. 1 by Pamela Ribon: 112 pages. 4🌟
- 💥Red Sonja, Vol. 1: Queen of Plagues by Gail Simone: 160 pages. 4🌟
- 💥☄️ Diesel: Ignition by Tyson Hesse: 208 pages. 5🌟
- 🏳️🌈💥 Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta: 136 pages. 4🌟
Favourite books this month (more details in the list above):
- Gale: a queer sci-fi retelling of The Tempest by Shakespeare
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: historical fiction with a bisexual male lead, biracial male LI, and a sister who wants to be a doctor
- Shattered Empire: all my favourite Star Wars characters in one graphic novel!
- Gunnerkrigg Court series: fantasy graphic novel series in a very interesting school
- A Duke by Default: a romance novel with a black protagonist and a grumpy older LI
Reviews on the blog this month:
- Akata Witch: A Nigerian-American Girl’s Magical Adventure
- Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Three: A Collection of LGBTQAI+ Fairytales
- The Unbinding of Mary Reade: I’m Pretty Sure That Title Is A Pun
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Was This Book Written For Me?
- In Which I Read Julia Ember and Spread Love For F/F Fantasy (Unicorn Tracks & The Seafarer’s Kiss)
- A Duke By Default: My Favourite Dynamic in a Romance Novel
- Secondhand Origin Stories: The Queer Superhero Team We Deserve
- The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag (That You’re Probably Sick of By Now)
- Life In Books Tag
- The Hamlet Book Tag
Next month: NEWT exams! This is a reading challenge that has 12 x 3 prompts, which is 36 total, sooo… it’s not likely that I’ll complete every one of them? It would technically be possible with a lot of graphic novel as the above shows, but I kind of read most graphic novels I own this month and several of the NEWT challenges have length requirements.
I’m aiming for 5 x 3 as a minimum, and we’ll see if I can complete any more of that.