In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.
Y’all, Bookworms Unite! is returning for its third year in July 16th! Woohoo! One of our lovely hosts, Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions, shared the deets, with a handy Beginner’s Guide infographic for those of you who are going for the first time. (Because, clearly, I have to say the most virginy thing.)
June had been both slow and fleeting. I turned one month in my new job—working with adorable, brilliant kids is so rewarding! I feel more settled in the blog. I’ve reconnected with the publishing, no longer unaware of new releases and forthcoming titles. I saw Wonder Woman. And I spent a ridiculous amount of time on Froy’s Instagram one lazy morning.
Books I Read
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – Boy, was I not ready for this. Raw, honest, and heartachingly beautiful . . . a fine debut of a novel.
- Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty – Beatty blends together eerie imagery, an intriguing premise, and a spunky heroine.
- Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty – This was my last read and I’m still drafting a full review but I thought there is a distinct growth in characters, themes and storytelling as the author continues to explore friendship, family, self-discovery, bravery and what these all mean to twelve-year-old Serafina.
- Duplicity by N. K. Traver – Yaaay scheduling skills! I finished this in May but reviewed it this month. It’s easy to dismiss Duplicity as a ridiculous YA thriller with certain elements too improbable for its own good. But it bears pointing out that where the narrative shines is on the characterization of Brandon Eriks.
Other Stuff I Posted
- Unmissable Weekly: June 2, 2017 – Time to dip you toes in comics, kids! Rainbow Rowell will be penning Marvel’s upcoming ongoing series Runaways.
- Unmissable Weekly: June 9, 2017 – In what feels like a headline from 2012, Pottermore launched the Wizarding World Book Club.
- To All the Boys Who’ve Had to Learn to Play By Different Rules – For Ari Met Dante Day, I got personal and honored my forever love Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by writing a letter to all the boys who’ve had to learn to play by different rules.
- Unmissable Weekly: June 18, 2017 – Where we received all the casting news. Spoiler alert! The actor playing Blue (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda) was announced/confirmed, which, surprising not a single soul, led me to:
- Scenes I Need to See in the Simon Vs Film – Fan consensus: we need to see a Nick Robinson as Simon Spier in the big screen, b all the Simon and Blue moments, and c the EYES (which, good news, Becky affirmed #imgonnadie).
- Unmissable Weekly: June 25, 2017 – WE ARE GETTING A NEW JOHN GREEN BOOK IN OCTOBER!
Happy book birthday to Here Lies Daniel Tate (Simon & Schuster), Bad Romance (Henry Colt & Co. BFYR), Our Dark Duet (Greenwillow Books), You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir (Little, Brown and Company), and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Katherine Tegen Books), which all found a place in the shelves this month!
New month. New books. Serafina and the Splintered Heart (4th, Disney Hyperion), The Art of Starving (11th, HarperTeen) (!!!), and Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (11th, Bloomsbury USA Childrens) will all be out in the wild in July!
Rainbow everything! This month’s Gold Star goes to all things Pride.
Epic Reads’ 72 must-read YA books featuring gay protagonists • 15 creatives on the meaning of pride (“for me ‘Pride’ embodies our defiance of those who seek to shame us”) • 25 recent works that have shaped the L.G.B.T.Q. literary genre over the last two decades • Caleb Roehrig on writing yourself • 10 swoonworthy YA quotes • On maybe deleting Grindr and joining a book club • Finding queer POC books
Around the Interwebs
- All month long, Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader celebrated literary female role models in Her Story: Ladies in Literature, a series created FOR and BY women.
- ‘Wonder Woman’ smashes domestic box office record for female directors and I am not the slightest bit shocked. It is A-MA-ZING.
- Millennials killed the lib—wait, what? No. It appears millennials aren’t killing everything. At least not the libraries.
- On another library news: a 52-year overdue book found its way back to a Connecticut library. “Returning this book to you after too many years. Sorry it has taken so long.”
- Cait @ Paper Fury shared 17 Bookworm Life Hacks and I am only SLIGHTLY upset that I didn’t write this list. I legit laughed out loud at #15!
- Stay Bookish Zine released its second issue. Congratulations to the team! *Shoots cookie canon.*
- Lorde’s Melodrama is out and I AM OBSESSED. Listen to a two-part conversation she had with Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson here and here.
What books did you acquire this month? Are there specific titles you’re most looking forward to in July? What was your last read? Any recent discovered gem(s) in the music or film department? Also, WILL I SEE YOU IN JULY 16TH? Grab your favorite cup and let’s talk!