June TBR | pride month + playing catch-up

Happy almost-summer and pride month, everyone! Congrats to all the May graduates, as well!

I usually don’t do TBR (as I have a tendency to completely abandon my lists), but with my reading slump almost entirely gone now, I think I can finally stick to a TBR this month! I’m super pumped to start chopping away at my very full and unread bookshelves, and there’s a few books I really want to get to in the month of June.

As always, without further adieu, let’s get into the books!

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What I’m Currently Reading

I started a couple of books at the end of May that I’m not quite finished with yet, so I thought it would be fun to include them in June’s TBR.

The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux

I mainly picked up Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera because of Emma’s reading vlog where she praises it so much! I mean, it is one of her all time favorite novels, and I trust her recommendations with my whole entire heart – she has an exquisite reading taste.

Let me tell you… I’m so fucking happy that I decided to pick up The Phantom of the Opera. Is it a new all time favorite? Not really, but it has still been a joy to read. I only have roughly 50 pages left to read, and I just can’t put it down! I’m ecstatic to share my thoughts about it with you all in my wrap-up!

Devotions – Mary Oliver

You guys, I’ve never read Mary Oliver’s poetry before picking up this collection of her poetry, and HOLY COW has it knocked my socks off! I’m only 30% of the way through it, but almost every poem has been incredible. I can already tell from the little bit that I’ve read that Devotions is going to be a 5-star read.

I’ve been tabbing the absolute shit out of this collection, and I’ll probably due an entire post dedicated to the wonderful Mary Oliver sharing my favorite poems of hers. Be on the lookout for that in the near future! Very excited to finish this collection, to say the least!

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The TBR Pile

Now onto the books I haven’t started and would like to get read by the end of the month!

Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

James Baldwin has been an author I’ve wanted to get to for a very long time, but, ya know, reading slumps are bitches. Now that I’m feeling motivated to read again, and it’s pride month, what better time to start Giovanni’s Room?

So many of my grad school friends (well, many as in one lmao) have hyped this book up so much that I HAVE to read it, you know? It’s also a short read set in Paris – I love a good French setting in books – and I think I’ll finish it in no time. I’ve not read a lot of LGBTQIA+ books either, and I really want to dive into as many as I can in the future. As a fellow member, I feel like I’m not doing the community justice, so please recommend as many LGBTQIA+ books as you can in the comments. I would really appreciate it! Bonus points if they’re classics!

Wilder Girls – Rory Power

Another LGBTQIA+ book I’d love to get to this month is Wilder Girls by Rory Powers. I heard so many great things about this YA horror book when it first debuted, but I could never power through it with my reading slump. The little bit I do remember is the disturbing body horror descriptions, which turned me off at first, but I really want to get through it this time.

I’ve watched my fair share of gory horror movies, but I’ve not read any books featuring descriptive images of bodies, so we’ll see how it goes this time around. Even with the imagery, I think I’ll really enjoy Wilder Girls! Hopefully it’ll be another quick read to add to the list!

Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

I remember watching a video of Lucy from lucythereader on YouTube talking about how Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd was a perfect read for spring/summertime. Ever since then, I’ve been dying to give it a go! Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite writers of all time, and I’m hoping to use my summer break as a way to get more novels of his read.

As much as I want to reread Tess of the D’Urbervilles, I’m making it a goal of mine to finish all of his novels before returning to Tess. Far From the Madding Crowd seems like the perfect place to start!

Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

I’ve been wanting to dive into more French classics recently. After starting The Phantom of the Opera, I decided to make reading French literature another goal of mine this summer (and possibly forever). Also, that cover!

During undergrad, I was adamant about becoming fluent in French, and that passion seems to have died down overtime. Now that I’m looking into PhD programs where you have to be fluent/proficient in reading and speaking a foreign language, I’m attempting to bring the excitement of learning another language back into my life. Maybe reading French literature will implement a spark deep within me to start studying French regularly again so I can read the literature in its original form. Fingers crossed!

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Lastly, but certainly not least, we have yet another French classic!

My YouTube and Instagram algorithm has been showing me so many readers reading/speaking about The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and I’ve seen nothing but the utmost praise for this novel. It’s also one of my friend’s favorite books of all time, so I hope I do him justice by reading it lmao.

It’s quite a chunky boy, but I’ve heard it’s very easy to read. Surprisingly enough, I’ve also noticed that some people wish the book was longer and didn’t want the story to end! Those comments definitely lessened my fear of the big boi. I’m not sure if I’ll finish The Count of Monte Cristo by the end of June given its size, but I hope to at least get it started!

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The Conclusion

And there you have it, folks! My June TBR!

I have high hopes for my reading this month, and I hope you all find some great books in the month of June! Let me know what you plan on reading for June, and, plz o’ plz, leave me some LGBTQIA+ recommendations.

Happy reading, and happy pride month!

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