I feel like June has crept up on me very quickly. I blinked and suddenly May was gone. I’m not complaining though because now that it’s June, it means I’m going home this month!! I get to see my dogs and cat again :))
June also means it’s pride month and so of course I have to read accordingly so not only will I hopefully be reading a bunch of LGBTQ+ books this month, but I’m going to be reading books that fit the rainbow.
I’ve done a Reading My Rainbow before, back in the cursed year of 2020, and had a lot of fun so I’m excited to do it again!!
We’re kicking off the rainbow, of course, with RED, and I’ve got two books that I’ve been dying to read since they came out last year. I think the reason I haven’t read them yet is because I’m so excited for them. I’m scared to be let down.
I’m sure I won’t be though which is why I’m pretty adamant to read The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe and Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide. Considering we’re going into summer you’d think I’d want to pick up sweet contemporaries but instead here I am with two mystery thrillers.
I know that The Girls I’ve Been is going to be turned into a movie starring and being produced by Millie-Bobby Brown so I’m excited to read this before any news of the movie comes out and I can pull the whole “I read the book first” card. And then with Ace of Spades I’m excited because I’ve heard it pegged as Gossip Girl Dark Academia. I’m here for that.
There’s a bit of a lack in ORANGE book covers which is sad. Orange is a cute colour.
I did manage to come up with two books I want to read though: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorran and Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales.
I’ve been wanting to read more from Sophie Gonzales since picking up If This Get’s Out the book she co-authored last year, and Perfect on Paper is the first of her other books I want to read. Like Ace of Spades this is a mystery set at a school, clearly got a theme other then just the rainbow going on in this TBR.
And then Darius the Great is Not Okay is a book I feel like I’m going to really love, and yet it’s one that always flies under my radar. Like I always forget that I have the e-book copy of it and I’m always happy to see it when I stumble across it. Fingers crossed I finally read, and love it this month.
A very good argument can be made that In Deep Waters by F.T Lukens isn’t exactly YELLOW but I counter that by saying: It was the only other yellow-ish LGBTQ+ book I own and I wanted to give myself options so deal with it. Also, I really am desperate to read it, and the fact that I haven’t yet means I need to give myself more reasons to do so.
The other yellow book I have is Running With Lions by Julian Winters which deserves to be read simply because it was sat on my Wishlist for donkeys-age, and then it’s been sat on my Kindle for just as long.
So yeah. For yellow the vibes are either going to be sports gays or pirates gays. We’ll see what I’m feeling.
I’m going to be totally honest and say that, of these two GREEN books, I’m definitely going to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I was meant to read this in April and in May but never got around to it. I did read Daisy Jones in May though so it’s only right that I continue on with my Taylor Jenkins Reid books.
In the miracle that I don’t fancy picking up Evelyn Hugo, or somehow manage to pick up both options, then I’ll read The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglas. I finally started watching Strangers Things … I watched 2 seasons in 2 days along with finishing uni work and seeing my friends for the last time, and even though I can’t remember much about this books plot, just from the cover I’m getting the same kind of vibes so I think I’m in for a treat when I get around to it.
For BLUE I’m going to make Radio Silence by Alice Oseman a priority. It’s been like a month since the release of Heartstopper but I’m still riding the high which is why Aled’s book is top of the TBR.
I also have The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune on this TBR though because I’m mad at myself for still not having read this. This summer has go to be the moment! Surely.
It looks like it’s going to be an Alice Oseman month because for PURPLE I’m adamant on reading Loveless. The main character in this book is going into her first year of uni, I’ve just finished my first year of uni. I also just gifted this to my friend so maybe we can read it together. Won’t be able to get to this one til middle of the month when I’m back home but still, wanting to read this ASAP.
I also want to knock off as many ARCS this summer as I can so another option is The Drowning Deep by Christine Lynn Herman. I don’t know much about this book besides the fact it’s from the author of The Devouring Grey which was fun enough, so I’m intrigued by this.
Finally we have PINK and I’m aiming to read both of these books this month because I don’t think Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid has main LGBTQ+ representation but I’m dying to read it after Evelyn Hugo.
Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan definitely does have LGBTQ+ representation though and it’s one I’ve been wanting to read forever. I really enjoyed Dugan’s previous book so I’m excited to read more from her,
So there we have my rainbow TBR, we’ll see how well I actually do. I am currently reading two books: Belladonna by Adalyn Grace and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, so I need to hurry up and finish them before I can start this but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a good month!
I’d love to know what you’re reading this month, as well as your thoughts on any of these books mentioned 🙂 Thanks for reading!