Against all that I expected, this month flew by faster than any so far in 2019. You may have noticed a slight absence, as I was stuck on work trips for a little over two weeks this month. I decided against a mid-month update detailing current reads and the books hauled since mid-May, so this wrap-up is more of a combined post! Other notable news: I do the twitter thing now.
Books Read in June
- Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey – ★★★★★
- This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – ★★★★★
- Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen – ★★★★☆
- The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks by Rob Sheffield – ★★★★☆
- Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ★★★★☆
- The Only Great Harmless Thing by Brooke Bolander – ★★★★★
All June Posts
- 30 Days of Pride Recs | My Pride TBR
- 30 Days of Pride Recs | LGBTQ+ Books I’ve Loved (Pt. 1)
- 30 Days of Pride Recs | LGBTQ+ Books I’ve Loved (Pt. 2)
- 30 Days of Pride Recs | Upcoming LGBTQ+ Releases
- 30 Days of Pride Recs | LGBTQ+ Nonfiction
- Review: Magic for Liars
- Review: Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered
- Sunshine Blogger Award
- 30 Days of Pride Tag
Best of June
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
If you’ve seen the review or witnessed me chattering endlessly about how much I love this book in other posts, my favorite book of June should come as no surprise. Magic for Liars made my month and has solidified Sarah Gailey as one of my new favorite authors.
This book has been likened to plenty of other works. I’ve seen it described as ‘queer Harry Potter’ or ‘Mean Girls with magic’ but all of these analogies miss the mark. Magic for Liars is an exploration of identity and morality wrapped up in a murder-mystery at a school for magical teens. You can read the full review here.
Even without any new requests since mid-May, I still had ARCs appearing left and right as if that wasn’t enough to ensure I have enough reading material for the next year, I was kindly gifted even more books for my birthday. This TBR stack will one day collapse and kill me, and not a soul will be surprised. Pro tip: if you’re just here to skim, check out the titles in blue.
- This is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone – A poetic sci-fi tale about a romance that blooms between spies on opposite sides of a war that permeates space and time. Absolutely exquisite.
- The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis – A group of girls escape their lives as sex slaves after one of their own murders a man. The five flee their former home seeking freedom and revenge. In short: a feminist magical western.
- The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang – Sequel to Kuang’s hit debut The Poppy War.
- Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik – Sequel to Polaris Rising.
- The Nobody People by Bob Proehl – “After decades in hiding, a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities clashes with a world that is threatened by their power.”
- The Bear by Andrew Krivak – “A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature’s dominion.”
- The Grace Year by Kim Liggett – During a girl’s sixteenth year, her “grace year,” she is banished to the wild to release her magic before returning back to society to be married. During this year girls are hunted by men lurking in the wilderness, and not all make it home.
- Wildflowers, Part I: Allah of the Mountain by Aurora Lee Thornton – When a young knight accidentally triggers a vision that kills an oracle, she is set on a quest to protect those named in the prophecy that has been unleashed.
- Crier’s War by Nina Varela – A “richly imagined epic fantasy about an impossible love between two girls—one human, one Made—whose romance could be the beginning of a revolution.”
- Conscious Bias by Alexi Venice – Legal thriller with f/f romance. I’m in the middle of reading this and I’m feeling pretty lukewarm towards it right now.
- Dahlia Black by Keith Thomas – An oral history of an alien event known as the Pulse, five years after the events that drastically altered humanity’s future.
- Fate of The Fallen by Kel Kade – The first book in a new series that follows Mathias, a young man destined to save the world. Just on catch- it’s going to be harder than he thinks.
- Automatic Eve by Rokuro Inui – A steampunk story set in medieval Japan? Of course I jumped right on this.
- Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – I keep trying to sum this book up in a single sentence but I keep getting all jittery and excited because I cannot wait to read this ahh!!
- Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson – A tale of two magical sisters, orphaned, trapped, and isolated from the outside world for 15 years. Then one day, a man breaches the hedge that cut off their citadel.
- Gamechanger by L. X. Beckett – A century away from our time, humanity has undergone great struggles and loss. Now, in a thriving new age, public defender Rubi Whiting is assigned to help troubled individuals. Things change when she meets Luce, a man wanted by governments across the world.
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – An epic historical fantasy that follows an orphaned girl as she trains at the most elite military academy in the empire.
- American Hippo by Sarah Gailey – The combined editions of Gailey’s debut novellas: River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow with other stories taking place in her alternate history world. Two words: hippo cowboys. Two more words: READ IT.
- Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker – One of the most incredible collections of short fiction I have ever been so lucky to read.
- Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – The big-hearted queer romance that will make your year.
- Sky in the Deep by Adreinne Young – YA historical fantasy about a young viking girl, betrayed by those closest to her.
- The Book of The Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison – A thoughtful dystopian tale about the aftermath of a disease that decimated Earth’s population.
- A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine – Martine’s debut is a bold, complex space opera about an ambassador to different worlds.
- The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley – A grand sci-fi set in a post-democratic world at war with Mars.
- Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark – The minds behind the true-crime/comdey podcast My Favorite Murder
- Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen – The true story of how a true-crime journalist started catching criminals. Billy Jensen narrated his own story and it is nothing short of fascinating.
- The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks by Rob Sheffield – An intimate, if brief, look at the incredible life and career or Stevie Nicks, written and narrated by a lifelong fan. Pairs well with Daisy Jones & The Six.
- Black Crow, White Snow by Michael Livingston – Lesbian pirates, a matriarchal society. A little disappointed to find out that this is not own voices, but it was free so I’m not terribly upset.
- The Stonewall Reader: Edited by The New York Public Library – An anthology that reflects on the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, 50 years after Stonewall.
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
Have I mentioned that I’m a sucker for big books? I very seldom read series but give me a 700+ page book and I’m halfway sold. Wanderers is a sizable 800 pages even and promises to be an atmospheric end-of-the-world tale with a mysterious disease at play. Bring it on, Chuck.
A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival.
Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead. For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.
How did you fare this month? What are you looking forward to in July? Let me know in the comments!