Up until last week, I would’ve been certain that I’d only have the time to read the three books that I had read in the beginning of the month, but in the last three days I’ve read a book a day and I won’t lie, it feels nice to be back into books this heavy again. I mean, it’s not great for my home life (I forget about chores, eating, my room is a mess, etc) and it means I have a sudden influx of reviews to write, but I’m glad I got to read these book.
In June I read six books which is just one more than last month, but I’m happy with this number. I know I probably won’t make it to 20 again this year like I did in January (that must have been a freak anomaly tbh) but I’m happy with six books in a month. Also, 5/6 of the books I read were LGBT+, for #PrideMonth! Let’s get into it.
#1. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid– 3.5/5 (Review soon!)
The only not LGBT+ book I read this month, but it was still an excellent book. I read it while I was at the doctors office for a check up/first visit (which took wayyyy longer than it should have) and I read practically the whole book while I was there. This isn’t a small book. As soon as I got home, I read the last chapter I had left. I probably would have finished it in the car, if I could read in the car.
This was a very good book. It was told in such a unique format and I really admire Taylor Jenkins Reid for being such a phenomenal story teller. I cannot wait to see what she has in store next.
#2. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman– 5/5 (Review)
I reread The Devouring Gray again for the Beach Blanket Book Club from Girls Life Magazine series I participated in, and I still loved it. This book is one of my all time favorite books, I think. I love it so much. I also finally got my sister to read it, and she loved it as well. This book has 4 Bisexual characters in it, not to mention some disability rep!
#3. Wilder Girls by Rory Power– 3.5/5 (Review)
I read this as an arc, since it doesn’t actually come out until this month, but I really enjoyed this book! I don’t normally read books in this genre, but I think I might have to start because I liked this book. I’ve also rarely seen such a gorgeous cover and I’m in love. Also, this book was very gay and I love that for it.
#4. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno– 4.5/5 (Review soon!)
I checked this out from my library last week, and one day I just picked it up and started reading it. It was in the pride section of newer books, and this is also a very gay book! IT ALSO HAS TWINS! Sometimes, I find that if I can’t decide what to read, just picking up the nearest book and turning to the first page will generally solve that. I jump into books pretty quickly so this works most times. THat’s what happened with this one.
This was a fantastic book. I remember it being talked about for a hot minute last year, but since then it’s fallen off of everyone’s radar which sucks because it’s a great book, a gay book, a magical book, and a unique book. It was on the shorter side, but it was done nicely. I would like to own this someday, I think. Also, that cover!
#5. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston– 5/5 (Review soon!)
As I’ve mentioned a few times across my social media, I have Savvy to thank for convincing me to buy this book. In the months leading up to RWRB’s release, I had seen nothing but praise for this book and funny quotes kept popping up everywhere. I’ve been looking for a good funny book to read, and this was definitely that. I have a mini review up o my Instagram highlights under ‘Books Read’!
#6. The Disasters by M.K. England– 5/5 (Review soon!)
As I mentioned in my mini Insta review, this book is basically Aurora Rising but gay and diverse! It was A M A Z I N G. I loved it so much. Bi, Gay, Trans, PoC, and epic quest to save the universe? YES, PLEASE! If Aurora Rising and The Illuminae Files had a very gay baby, this book would be it. I love Nax so much.
That’s what I read in June! How many LGBT+ books did you read last month? I’m glad I finally got around to some of my back-list books I’d been wanting to read, and I’m also glad I got to read some newer books everyone’s been raving about! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts and talk about them!