Hello Beautifuls! What a long month!
Breakdown on my personal life:
- completed my second to last semester at university
- passed all of my classes including the ones I was terrified of failing
- got into a shitty car accident and had multiple breakdowns
- went through Ramadan and alhamdullelah surpassed it
- gained so much support on twitter
Breakdown on my bookworm life:
- read 16 books: 2 short stories and 14 full novels
- got followed back by Megan Erickson whoop whoop
- got rejected for some arcs that still hurt me
- fell in love with intensely good books
- read mostly lgbtqiap+ books
- published 13 posts totaling 10 reviews!
- completed a readathon of one of my new favorite authors: hannah moskowitz
- started offering my service of being beta for reviews
This month has been great, so let’s do a quick overview of the books I’ve read. Links of the reviews will be attached, of course, so don’t hesitate to check. Also, I want to open the door for requests of books I’ve read and didn’t review. If you see any book on this list and you’re curious to know how I thought of it beyond the rating, hit me up in the comment section below. Thank you.
Pride June List
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN by Annie Prolux (★★★★★/5 stars) – A re-read that basically was my friend and I reading it aloud to one another while waiting for the athan to start. It was strangely more poetic than the first time since my friend found some really good lines. This is a very known story about two gay cowboys who fall in love while working during the summer on the same mountain. Has a lot of homophobic slurs and explicit violence.
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE (eARC) by Celeste Ng (★★★★★/5 stars) – One of the eARCs I was very excited to read. Incredible family oriented book that had me super engaged. My review will be up closer to the publication date since I want to get people excited about getting the book. Although this book did not have any queer characters, I wanted to read it as soon as I could because hello? It’s Celeste Ng.
TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim (★★★★★/5 stars) – Fantasy, fast-paced, gay as hell, strong female characters, a lovable mess that is the main character Danny Hart and his blond boy. Made me super happy. I can’t wait for its sequel, out this november!
NOT YOUR SIDEKICK by C.B. Lee (★★★★★/5 stars) – Incredibly poignant story about a girl coming to terms of not having superpowers especially since her exceptional family is composed of superhumans who takes on an internship for a supervillain. It has cute f/f romance, super satisfying ass-kicking scenes and a fresh outtake on what it is to be biracial (half-chinese and half-vietnamese). Also, it’s #ownvoices for bisexuality!
INVINCIBLE SUMMER by Hannah Moskowitz (★★★★/4 stars) – First book in my HM readathon. Focused a lot on family and contained a great deal of both love and confusion.
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY (WAYWARD CHILDREN #1) by Seanan McGuire (★★★★/4 stars) – Fantasy based YA about a school for kids who travel through worlds. Focused on an asexual girl named Nancy and the group of unlikely friends she gains when attending the school. Unsatisfactory ending but beautiful writing. Its sequel is out!
THE PATHS WE CHOOSE (LILLAC TOWN #2) by M. Hollis (★★★★★/5 stars) – Another incredibly fluffy NA book from Maria Hollis which will give you the story of Lily and Matye, casual turned to very much real lovers with a focus on Lily. Incredible female friendship and quite healthy sex scenes that made me extremely happy.
THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL by Felix Brooks (★★★/3 stars) – Fake Marriage trope drew me in but I unfortunately was not satisfied by the plot as it moved at weird paces and I couldn’t get any kind of attachment to the characters as they fell through for me but it was still enjoyable overall.
TEETH by HANNAH MOSKOWITZ (★★★★/4 stars) – Painful, painful, painful, sad, I cried, Rudy is my son, Teeth is my child, I need to rescue them all. If Moskowitz should be known for one thing it’s her teenage characters. They come off the page practically ALIVE and so unique that you’d sit there agreeing with so much of how they thought. This book deals with a significant amount of allegorical abuse so you might need to check my trigger warnings before getting into it. Also it’s fantasy and it has a mermaid…merboy…fishboy…*starts sobbing*
GONE, GONE, GONE by HANNAH MOSKOWITZ (★★★★★/5 stars) – How do I begin with this? I loved GGG with every bit of my heart. Biracial m/m relationship that unfurled so BEAUTIFULLY I felt like crying. Lio and Craig have such a unique perspective on their lives that I can’t even compare them to other YA boys I’ve read. They’re the softest. Also: deals with events a year after 9/11. My review is more eloquent… I promise.
STRONG SIGNAL (CYBERLOVE #1) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell (★★★★★/5 stars) – REVIEW TO COME. *waxes poetry about how they’ll never get off this book* This book started me on the beautiful life that is post-cyberlove. You’ll get: gruff army dude falling for a recluse streamer gaymer who enjoys filming himself jerking off ;^) and a buttload of emotions. I warned you.
IDA (eARC) by Alison Evans (★★★★/4 stars) – Time travel? or jumping through worlds? You won’t know until you get this incredibly diverse book with my very first genderqueer teen named Daisy. The main is a biracial plus-size girl named Ida and her life is no way in hell normal. Read it.
FAST CONNECTION (CYBERLOVE #2) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell (★★★★★/5 stars) – Dominic and Luke don’t have any idea how their casual one night stand will thrust them into a life full of drama but overall intense love. You’ll get: healthy age-gap, bisexual MAIN CHARACTERS, dysfunctional family dynamics that works out in the end, a divorced silver-fox whose main is his family and our favorite blonde bisexual Chris Evans: Dominic Costigan.
THE VISIT (CYBERLOVE #2.5)* by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell (★★★★★/5 stars) – Short story that crosses over Strong Signal and Fast Connection and overall well of cuteness and ways in which these four men are so perfect and should have a double wedding. :^) *not pictured since it has the same cover as FC.
HARD WIRED (CYBERLOVE #3) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell (★★★★★/5 stars) – Ian and Jesse sure have online presences but Ian’s Cherry is nothing like Cerise and it’s more than just a name he takes on online: it’s a shield that he’s built himself after years of agony. You’ll get: beautiful boys crushing on cute boys, a lot of EMOTION, like, whoa this book has a lot of that, internet lingo that made me super satisfied, the reappearance of Kai, our favorite Streamer (eat it, Lyrix) and A CAMEO BY ZANE! MY! BOY! Also, Jesse is the softest surfer boy.
MATURE CONTENT (CYBERLOVE #4) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell (★★★★★/5 stars) – REVIEW TO COME! M/M Erotica that had: Hate-to-love relationship done RIGHT, addresses slut shaming with soft-core BDSM, Jewish gay MC, healthy relationship 101. My fucking shit. I love my children. You’ll get a lot of feelings for this, I promise you. Also, the sex scenes are so hot I barely got through this book without crying over how perfect it is… Just kidding, I totally cried.
*The cyberlove series is 100% explicit m/m and deals with so much concerning online celebrities and conventions. It isn’t as diverse as I’d like it to be but it deals with really important issues such as social anxiety, anxiety in general, with mentions of past self-harm in book 3, being in an emotionally abusive relationship in book 4, so please watch out if you decide to pick them up. I believe you can read them as standalones, but come on, where’s the fun in that? They’re all so good. Also, I’m planning reviews for everyone except The Visit and it’ll be up on my blog during the next week!
BETTER AT WEDDINGS THAN YOU (CHIC MANILA #9) by Mina V. Esguerra (★★★★★/5 stars) – REVIEW TO COME! I literally finished this the last two minutes of June and I thought I’d get a head start on my Romance July. I’ve been seeing this book on my twitter and finally decided to dig in and whoa did I enjoy this. An incredibly rom-com plot concerning wedding planners in their thirties.
MORE THAN THIS by Patrick Ness – Sci-fi is seriously not my genre, like what am I doing? I picked this up because… gay… but now I’m agonized over putting it on hold and reading something more suitable to my “I WANT EXPLICIT GAY AND EXPLICIT HAPPINESS” mood.
WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon – Most anticipated 2017 read second Upside, to be honest, so it’s only natural I’d dig into this cuteness.