June 2021 Reading Recap

June was my birth month! I also finished writing an entire project! It’s an exciting time of reconnecting with myself and art, and it’s been lovely. I also spent a lot of time at the gym getting into the rowing machine and preparing for my big move in August.

I am so excited to have hosted Fran Wilde to cheer on The Ship of Stolen Words and Jen Karner to celebrate the release of their debut, Cinders of Yesterday.

ARCs

  • Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee (2021, young adult, contemporary romance queer)
    • Noah spends the summer with his brother in Colorado and runs a blog called Meet Cute Diary
    • Unexpected romance, heartbreak, and friendship happen
    • Adorable and refreshingly young
  • Saint Cecilia & Pastor Lawrence Vol. 1 by Hazano Kazutake (2021, shonen, slice-of-life)
    • People in a town go to Saint Cecilia to have their prayers heard
    • Not a lot happens, and it’s not really for me (and that’s okay)
  • The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass (2021, young adult, horror, queer)
    • Jake Livingston is haunted by the ghost of a mass shooter
    • Utterly terrifying
    • The happy-for-now ending is super worth it
    • Author Ryan Douglass will be featured on the blog on July 13th, 2021
  • Undead Girl Murder Farce Vol 1. by Yugo Aosaki & Haruka Tomoyama (2021, seinen, fantasy mystery)
    • A pair of Japanese travelers go solve a murder with a detective who is a literal headless demon
    • There are vampires and it’s the 1800s in France
    • So excited to see where this one goes

Audiobooks

  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (2021, Young Adult, contemporary thriller)
    • Local boy too used to saying “sorry” to avoid consequences
    • Really interesting exploration of the power of words
    • Ursula K. LeGuin elementary!
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (2019, Adult, fantasy)
    • My expectations for this book about a reluctant, half-Elf, half-Goblin Emperor were so high
    • Disappointing in its execution
  • The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (2019, Adult, thriller)
    • I really enjoy how this author does ensemble casts
    • Riveting mystery
    • Representation of mental in the ending made this a dude
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (2021, Adult, horror)
    • One of the only Black employees at a publishing company has another Black girl join her division
    • Starts off great, gets immediately paranoia-inducing later
    • Written by someone who really knows publishing inside and out
  • The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (2021, Adult, thriller)
    • Woman on a vacation with her boyfriend get trapped on a mountain and a body is found
    • Interesting enough
    • Ending left much to be desired
  • The Ship of Stolen Words by Fran Wilde (2021, Middle Grade contemporary fantasy)
    • Local boy too used to saying “sorry” to avoid consequences
    • Really interesting exploration of the power of words
    • Ursula K. LeGuin elementary!

Light Novel

  • Boogiepop and Others. by Kouhei Kadono & Kouji Ogata (2006, Adult, horror)
    • A ghoul named Boogiepop finds high school kids as allies to protect the world from the Manticore
    • Genuinely unsettling at times

Manga

  • To Your Eternity Vol. 2-3 by Kiyohiko Azuma (2003-2004, shoujo slice-of-life)
    • Not a brain cell to be found among any of the characters
    • Still wonderfully charming and make me nostalgic for certain types of adventures
  • No. 6 Vol. 1-5 by Atsuko Asano & Hinoki Kino (2013-2014, seinen, science fiction)
    • Shion helps an escaped Nezumi as a child, the two cross paths again when weird things happen in Shion’s lab job
    • Really scratches that dystopia fiction itch
    • Yes, the boys kiss

Until next month,
Jo

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