Wrap-up: May and June 2021

After failing to post April on time, I doubly failed and didn’t post May either. And then went away on holiday, leaving only a few reviews scheduled. BUT. I’m back, and I have a two-for-one offer for you: May and June wrap-ups! I know, it’s exciting.

I had mixed months reading for these two. I read some really good books in May, then June hit and so did a sort of slump? Like, I was reading, but I wasn’t really loving anything I read (with the odd exception). And then I read Sistersong and Piranesi back to back and my reading slump was cured! In all seriousness, if you ever need a book or two to knock you out of a slump, those are now my go-to recs.

The key:
๐Ÿ = favourite
๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ = reread/rewatch/relisten
โ˜€๏ธ = 4 or 5 stars, highly recommend
โ˜๏ธ = 3 or 4 stars, enjoyed/had fun reading
๐ŸŒง๏ธ = 2 or 3 stars, was alright/not for me but someone else might enjoy
๐ŸŒฉ๏ธ = 1 or 2 stars, bored out of my mind/it was awful


Books read

Hard Reboot by Django Wexler โ˜€๏ธ [review]
๐Ÿ Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao โ˜€๏ธ [review to come]
The Wolf of Oren Yaro by K. S. Villoso ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
Traitors of the Black Crown by Cate Pearce ๐ŸŒง๏ธ [review to come]
Cast in Secret by Michelle Sagara โ˜€๏ธ

I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Justice League, Vol 1: Origins by Geoff Johns โ˜๏ธ
Justice League, Vol 2: The Villain’s Journey by Geoff Johns โ˜๏ธ
Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
Tiny Pretty Things by Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra ๐ŸŒง๏ธ

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono โ˜๏ธ
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi โ˜€๏ธ
๐Ÿ The Lost Arabs by Omar Sakr โ˜€๏ธ
Up All Night ed. by Laura Silverman ๐ŸŒง๏ธ [review to come]

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka โ˜๏ธ
Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges โ˜๏ธ
๐Ÿ Lady of Shadows by Breanna Teintze โ˜€๏ธ
๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston โ˜€๏ธ [review]
๐Ÿ Point of Sighs by Melissa Scott โ˜€๏ธ

Death by Silver by Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold โ˜€๏ธ
๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer โ˜๏ธ
The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories by Bruno Schulz โ˜๏ธ
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams ๐ŸŒง๏ธ [review]
Blood in the Thread by Cheri Kamei โ˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ A War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna โ˜€๏ธ [review to come]
๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
Monstress, Vol. 3 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
Monstress, Vol. 4 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda ๐ŸŒง๏ธ

Monstress, Vol. 5 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History by Nur Masalha โ˜€๏ธ
A Strange and Brilliant Light by Eli Lee โ˜๏ธ [review to come]
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta โ˜๏ธ
The Old Guard, Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka โ˜๏ธ

A Different Kind of Us by Kelly Quindlen ๐ŸŒฉ๏ธ
Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely โ˜๏ธ
Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi โ˜€๏ธ

Audiobooks listened to

Where Stars Rise ed. by Lucas K. Law ๐ŸŒง๏ธ

Films/TV watched

Threesome (1994) โ˜๏ธ
Cรขteva conversaศ›ii despre o fatฤƒ foarte รฎnaltฤƒ (2018) โ˜€๏ธ
Heaven Official’s Blessing (S1) โ˜€๏ธ

Music on repeat

Dotan Mercy
Dotan Satellites
Rag’n’Bone Man Crossfire
ILLENIUM ft. Valerie Broussard & Nurko Sideways
ILLENIUM ft. iann dior First Time

The Vamps Middle of the Night
Mahmood Klan
Jonas Brothers Strangers
SLANDER & Fairlane ft. Jonathan Mendelsohn Hurts Sometimes
Daria Zawiaล‚ow ลปรณล‚ta Taksรณwka
Sierra Goleador

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Books read

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
The Bone Way by Holly J. Underhill โ˜๏ธ [review to come]
All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue โ˜€๏ธ
๐Ÿ The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe โ˜€๏ธ
๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer โ˜๏ธ

Fandom by Eden Finley ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
Hit the Brakes by Beth Bolden ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
The Best Friend by Raleigh Ruebins ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer โ˜๏ธ [review]
๐Ÿ The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky โ˜€๏ธ

Role Model by Rachel Reid โ˜๏ธ [review to come]
After You Died by Dea Poirier ๐ŸŒง๏ธ [review to come]
๐Ÿ To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames โ˜€๏ธ [review to come]
How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
Water Horse by Melissa Scott โ˜€๏ธ

Heaven Official’s Blessing by Mo Xiang Tongxiu โ˜€๏ธ
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn ๐ŸŒง๏ธ [review to come]
A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
The Hellblazer, Vol. 1 by Simon Oliver ๐ŸŒง๏ธ

๐Ÿ Sistersong by Lucy Holland โ˜€๏ธ
๐Ÿ Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling โ˜€๏ธ
๐Ÿ Piranesi by Susanna Clarke โ˜€๏ธ
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske โ˜๏ธ [review to come]

Line Mates & Study Dates by Eden Finley & Saxon James ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
Love at First Fight by Mary Jayne Baker ๐ŸŒง๏ธ [review to come]
Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg โ˜€๏ธ
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett โ˜€๏ธ
Maurice by E. M. Forster โ˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ The Devourers by Indra Das โ˜€๏ธ
A Scot to the Heart by Caroline Linden โ˜€๏ธ

Audiobooks listened to

๐Ÿ Rummage by Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa โ˜€๏ธ
Thanks a Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas ๐ŸŒง๏ธ
How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby โ˜๏ธ

Films/TV watched

Nothing this month…

Music on repeat

Sabai ft. Hoang & Claire Ridgely Million Days
Madame MAREA
Mahmood ft. Elisa Rubini
Pierpaolo ft. Giorgina L’estate piรน calda

Reviews posted

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(And breathe.)

How were your months?

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