wrap ups

June 2020 Wrap Up

Hi, friends!! Happy July!! June was….a month. Quite the month, tbh. It was pride month! But I am going to be completely honest and say that pride month, at least for me, sucked this year. There was way too much discourse on twitter over what it means to be a lesbian and for this lesbian who was already in a depressive episode, it was way too much for me to handle. But we’ll get to that later, let’s talk about all of the things from June!!

Non-Bookish Things from June: 

IRL Things: 

  • This month was like, a lot for me. I don’t know that I have processed much of it, but that is nothing new for me. This month was the one year anniversary of my grandmother’s death and on top of that, we had to have her auction the week before the anniversary because it got pushed back three times due to COVID. So, uh, yeah. This month was hard with family stuff.
  • It was also just hard for me? I thought that about midway through June I was entering into a depressive episode, but looking back at my May wrap up, I’m pretty sure it actually started in May. Thats, um, good and bad? Good because it should hopefully mean maybe this fog will lift sooner than I thought, but bad because it means that I still don’t know how to recognize these episodes until I am in the middle of them and majorly struggling. I may talk about this later in the post, but depressive episodes are pretty weird for me but it does mean that physically reading is basically impossible, so all put one book and the graphic novels were audiobooks.
  • I started working again in June! I am babysitting for a family five days a week from 6:45 to 5:15 and it shouldn’t be as tiring, but it really is. At least I have money again, though? That at least is good.

Music: 

  • Girl in Red
    • Towards the end of the month I got like, really into girl in red again. I am planning to do a recommending sapphic books based off of girl in red songs soon, so keep an eye out for that.
  • Beetlejuice
    • I have no idea how or why I got so into this musical, but I literally only listened to this for like the first two weeks of June. It was a ride.

Movies and TV: 

  • The Half of It (2020)
    • There is a really good chance this will be on my wrap ups from now on, but this month I watched this movie with my friends and I loved it a lot. Also, I am gay and the girls in this movie are very pretty soo.
  • Derry Girls
    • I know I was really sad this month because all I did was watch my favorite episodes of Derry Girls over and over again (though I am avoiding the last episode of season two because I am crying enough right now without its help).
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • I watched the first season this month and oh my god it is so good. Last night I watched half a season so I am sure I will finish soon, but like, this show is so good.

And of course, the books from July:

  • The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
    • ☆☆
    • Read from 6/3-6/3
    • This was just…not what I thought it was going to be and I really didn’t enjoy it.
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
    • ☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/7-6/11
    • I really enjoyed this book and I loved all of the discussion on mental health and medication, it was just really really good.
  • The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy
    • ☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/4-6/6
    • This was such a good middle grade! There was some very unexpected (from me at least) obsessive compulsive disorder representation and it was actually really well done!! I was worry because I couldn’t figure out if the author has OCD or not, but they consulted a psychologist closely and it showed, so I really enjoyed that aspect and would highly recommend this if you want a heartwarming middle grade.
  • This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
    • ☆☆
    • Read from 6/1-6/3
    • I am really sad that this was my first read for pride month. This book was just…not it. It seemed to be very condescending and seemed to be talking down to the reader the whole time and I did not have a good time.
  • March: Book One by John Lewis
    • ☆☆☆☆☆
    • Reread from 6/3-6/4
    • I first read these graphic novels right after I graduated high school and rereading them now with everything going on way very eerie because it was basically seeing the same events play out while reading about them in the 60s. These are really good and the illustrations are amazing, I highly recommend them.
  • March: Book Two by John Lewis
    • ☆☆☆☆☆
    • Reread from 6/4-6/21
    • My brain made it to where it took a very long time to get through this, but please don’t think that means it is a long or hard read, it is just that my brain doesn’t like to brain.
  • March: Book Three by John Lewis
    • ☆☆☆☆☆
    • Reread from 6/21-6/26
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
    • Read from 6/22-6/22
    • I did want to note here that I didn’t rate any of the antiracism books I read this month just because the idea of that made me feel very uncomfortable. Also, I wasn’t like reading any of these to review, I was reading them to educate myself and examine my privilege.
  •  We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Cheryl Willis Hudson
    • ☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/25-6/25
    • I listened to this mainly because I needed an audiobook and it was in the available section on my library, but this was really short and really good, the audiobook was very well produced with multiple narrators as well.
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
    • ☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/18-6/21
    • I cannot stop thinking about this book. It was so good and the plot twists were so unexpected and I cannot wait to find out what happens next, unfortunately I have to wait eight weeks to get the next book from my library though.
  • Internment by Samira Ahmed 
    • ☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/15-6/16
    • This was a really hard and gut retching read, especially given the political climate of the US. I listened to this as an audiobook and it was even harder because it is like you could hear the pain in the narrators voice, that being said, I highly recommend this book.
  • The Summer of Impossibilities by Rachael Allen
    • ☆☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/1-6/12
    • This was such a good sapphic romance, I highly recommend.
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
    •  Read from 6/22-6/25
    • I know that this is a longer book and that may be intimidating, but the deep dive into history was very well done and I absolutely love Ibram X. Kendi’s writing.
  • Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
    • ☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/27-6/27
    • I read this for June’s sapphic Saturday and it was really good! I am considering checking out the other books in this series now even though I don’t normally like adult romances just because this one was that good.
  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
    • ☆☆☆☆.5
    • Read from 6/25-6/26
    • I have seen this book talked about so much this month and I am so happy about that, this book deserves all the praise. It was so fun and happy and light, I loved it. I do want to note that there is a public outing in this book which was a lot for me personally to handle, which is why I didn’t give this book the full five stars.
  • The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
    • ☆☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/12-6/26
    • Once again, the amount of time it took me to get through this is just because of my shitty brain. This book was so so good, the sapphic romcom of my dreams. That being said, it was much heavier than I thought and I cried a lot while reading it.
  • Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
    • ☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/27-6/27
    • This was. A book. I have many mixed feelings about it that I am still trying to sort out, I’ll get back to you whenever that decides to happen.
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
    • ☆☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/27-6/28
    • This was my first Elizabeth Acevedo book but I cannot wait to read more of her work, this was so good.
  • Blackout by Kit Mallory
    • ☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 6/29-6/30
    • Full review soon!
  • Solitaire by Alice Oseman
    • ☆☆
    • Read from 6/28-6/29
    • I do not recommend this book. All of Alice Oseman’s other works are amazing, but I really do not recommend this one.

 

Okay, so this is more than enough from me for today. But how about you, how was your June? What did you read? Let’s chat in the comments!!

2 thoughts on “June 2020 Wrap Up

  1. Hi Arin! Fellow (E)rin here(: Looks like you had an awesome reading month! Sorry to hear about the fog you’re feeling, these times are so weird and I have my fingers crossed that things start to look up a bit in the coming month. I still need to order Heartstopper Volume 3, I’ve read the first two but am procrastinating reading the third. The series is so adorable though, I need to get my hands on the next one asap!! 🥰

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  2. I’m so sorry to know June was a hard month on you, Arin! I’m sending you lots of love!! ❤ If you ever need to talk, I'm always here! 🙂 Is it the first time you're watching atla? I watched it for the first time in May and LOVED it, so I hope you do too!! And I'm currently reading You Should See Me In A Crown, so it's great to know you've liked it ^^ I hope you're having a wonderful July!! 😀

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