Queer books all around!
Total Number of Books: 20
Total Number of Pages: 6,855
Favorite (New) Read of the Month: Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon AND Birthday by Meredith Russo
Other than the arcs I read earlier in the month, I tried to read strictly queer books, with a lot of them coming from, or about, Black voices.
Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough – ♥♥♥.5
Birthday by Meredith Russo – ♥♥♥♥♥
This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow – ♥♥♥♥♥
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk – ♥♥♥♥.5
Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro – ♥♥♥♥♥
Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen – ♥♥♥.5
Odd One Out by Nic Stone – ♥♥♥♥♥
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (re-read) – ♥♥♥♥♥
I cried SO HARD during Mark Oshiro’s debut, Anger is a Gift. As if it was ripped from the current headlines, this story focuses on a community fighting against racial prejudice in Oakland, California. Two books where music was a huge plot line, I ended up reading This is What it Feels Like and The Beauty That Remains back-to-back, completely by coincidence. I was pretty disappointed by Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen because there were aspects to it I really liked, and other parts that were glaringly annoying. Meredith Russo’s sophomore release, Birthday, was even more compelling than her debut, which I also gave five stars.
Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) by Lev A.C. Rosen – ♥♥♥♥
Keep My Heart in San Francisco by Amelia Diane Coombs – ♥♥♥♥
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon – ♥♥♥♥♥
Last Chance Summer by Shannon Klare – ♥♥♥
The Summer I Drowned by Taylor Hale – ♥♥.5
The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee – ♥♥♥♥
Reviews to come!
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake – ♥♥♥♥♥
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson – ♥♥♥♥♥
Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario – ♥♥♥
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson – ♥♥♥♥♥
None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio – ♥♥♥.5
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram – ♥♥♥♥
No shock here, but Ashley Herring Blake can do no wrong. I have read very few Middle Grade, but The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James was such a beautiful and touching story. Believe all the hype and get your hands on Leah Johnson’s debut, You Should See Me in a Crown. A great mix of humor and thoughtful moments of depth.