A Rare June TBR

I’m not a huge TBR person.

It’s the mood reader in me. When I make a TBR, I’m probably less likely to read any of the books on there, you know, in the spirit of rebelling against the system.

However, this month will be an exception for two reasons:

  1. I’m doing a little readathon with Mia @ Pen and Parchment with specific prompts from Monday, June 3, to Sunday, June 9, so that will help keep me on a TBR!
  2. Since it’s Pride month, I want to work on reading some of the LGBTQ+ books on my shelf.

So without further ado, let’s get right into it! I’ll start with Mia and I’s readathon TBR.

Read a backlist book

Mia and I both couldn’t decide which of the many (MANY) backlist books on our shelves to read, so we picked for each other! I’ll be picking up Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry for this one. Mia’s been trying to get me to read it since it came out, I swear.

Pride! read a book with an lgbtq+

There are lots of books on my shelves right now that would qualify, but I went with I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver. The book community has been blowing up over this book, and it’s about time I read something with a non-binary main character

recently acquired (borrowed, purchased, gifted, etc.)

Since it came in from the library 24 hours ago, I’ve already started listening to Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins, because I don’t have another audiobook on this list. I will say, I’m really enjoying it so far. The narrator does an awesome job with the Southern and Scottish accents.

buddy read

Mia and I pretty much always promise that we’ll buddy read something, but it’s been a while since we have. We picked Again, But Better by Christine Riccio, because it’s B&N’s new YA Book Club pick for this month. I’ve heard some mixed reviews, but I’ve also heard that if you loved Anna and the French Kiss, you’ll like this one, too!

Beyond the week-long readathon, here are some other books I’m hoping to get to:

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by nina moreno

This came in from the library last week and just seems like a fun, seaside Florida read that I’m feeling really giddy about. I actually didn’t find out Rosa is bi until recently, so I’m happy to be picking it up this month.

We Contain Multitudes by sarah henstra

I’m putting this book on here with some reservation. The blurb gave me major Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda vibes, but I read the first few pages and it looks like the romance is between a sophomore and a senior in high school. While this isn’t too big of an age gap, I’m still feeling a little skeptical.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by mackenzi lee

I fell in love with The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue when I read it, so it’s about time I got to the companion novel. I’m not positive how she identifies, but I know that Felicity, the protagonist in this book, is on the aro-ace spectrum.

Girls on the Verge by sharon biggs waller

This doesn’t star an LGBTQ+ main character, but will be due at the library before the end of the month, so I definitely need to read it. Plus, it’s super timely: the book follows a girl who recently got pregnant and, because she lives in the South, must go on a road trip to find a clinic that will perform an abortion. I’m only seventy pages in but is definitely a heartbreaking book with such amazing commentary on a woman’s right to choose.

I Wanna Be Where You Are by kristina forest

Again, this one isn’t a Pride book, but I’ve been looking forward to it for half a year, so I doubt I’ll be able to resist it for long when it finally comes out on June 4th.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by casey mcquiston

Everyone and their mother is talking about this freaking book so they better be right about it! I don’t read a ton of NA, but for a book that’s this popular, and sounds this good, I’ll definitely make the exception.

girls of paper and fire by natasha ngan

I feel so guilty for not picking this up sooner. I’ve had it on my shelf for way longer than the acceptable time, especially for a book this popular, especially when its sequel has so much buzz. I’ve decided that if I don’t read this in June, I’m going to pass this on to a reader that truly deserves it more than I.

Will I read this many books in June? Only time will tell. But hopefully, I can get through a decent chunk of them!

What’s on your TBR for this month? Any books you’re prioritizing in the spirit of Pride? Have you read any of the books on here that you absolutely loved/hated? Tell me in the comments! 🙂

Stay bookish,


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8 thoughts on “A Rare June TBR

  1. I’m not a big TBR person either, but I’m making an exception for Pride Month! I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying Her Royal Highness. It sounds like such a cute and fun read and I’m so excited to read it 😊

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  2. *sends prayer to the universe that I’ll even make it through a portion of the readathon books we picked* lol

    What an awesome line-up of books, I also really want to read Red, White, and Royal Blue this month! ❤️

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