June wrap-up!

Hi friends and fellow book lovers! I cannot believe June is over! Where is the time going!!!!!

Books Read

  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: 4.5 stars, rounded to four
  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle: 4 stars
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo: 5 stars
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: 2.5 stars, rounded to two
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: 4 stars
  • Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe: 5 stars

This was a not bad reading month! I was in a bit of a slump tbh and just didn’t want to read anything. Hopefully that gets better in July!

Currently reading

  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates: the writing of this one is rough ngl and it’s very slow, but I’m also intrigued.

Things watched

  • I actually don’t think I watched anything of note this month. My sister and I rewatched High School Musical: The Musical: The Series with my brother, and he loved it so I think that means that you should all watch it. Other than that, I watched an exorbitant amount of Tik Toks.

Reviews posted

Other bookish posts

100+ Black Authors to Read // Recommendations based on emojis (part one) // Books that incorporate religion // Indigenous authors to read for National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Other news and highlights

  • Almost nothing of note happened in June.
  • Oh, I started an argument on Christian bookstagram and had some really great responses. My favourite was a woman saying “you’re not Catholic” which is really funny to me because (1) I am not and (2) I never said I was.
  • I started a new job, so that’s exciting! I’m really enjoying it so far, my colleagues and bosses are great and I’m really enjoying the work.
  • My sister and I went to a BLM vigil, and I only mention this because I wanted to talk about how well-organized it was. It was almost completely organized by Black women, largely young women. They purposely did a vigil so that there was no marching and was therefore inclusive of those who cannot march. They had several ASL translators. They had an Afro-Indigenous woman give a land acknowledgement at the beginning. The only deaf Black woman in the city spoke about the importance of intersectionality. They explicitly made clear that this was peaceful and cops were not welcome. They handed out masks and hand sanitizer and had markings on the ground the help with social distancing. They talked about the need for race-based data. It was amazing, and a blueprint for how to host one of these events.

Don’t forget, Black Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter. Arrest the cops that killed Breonna Taylor. Arrest the cops that killed Elijah McClain. Arrest the cops that killed Ejaz Choudry. Defund the police. Sign a petition. Read a book by a Black author. Make a donation.

  • The NAACP Legal Defense Fund: a non-profit that “seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans”.
  • Black Legal Action Centre: an Ontario-based organization that that provides free legal services for low or no income Black residents (link will take you to their home page, where there is a link to donate).
  • The Black Solidarity Fund: donations provided until July 31st will be matched up to $1 million! The Black Solidarity fund pools donations and divides them to over 40 charities that support Black Canadians. There is a list on the donation page of the charities the donations go to.

Also, don’t forget to wear a mask! If you live in Alberta, you can get them for free at McDonald’s! You have no excuse! So wear a mask! Use hand sanitizer! Wash your hands! Don’t go to restaurants even if they’re open! Get takeout instead! Don’t be selfish!

How was your June? How has social distancing been? Have you read any good books lately? Let me know!!

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11 thoughts on “June wrap-up!

  1. I am so curious on your thoughts about The Water Dancer! I keep adding it to my TBR, removing, adding… I can never make up my mind.

    Say Nothing is amazing!!! I’m glad you loved it.

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    1. I just recently finished The Water Dancer, and I gave it three stars! I really enjoyed the story, but the writing wasn’t for me and there were some parts of the plot that didn’t totally jive with me.

      It’s so good! I’m completely obsessed with it!


  2. My June was weirdly slow and busy at the same time!! It’s been wild to see how people reacted to loosened restrictions, which of course spiked our cases :/ but all that staying inside meant I had a lot of time to work on my blog content!! I’m like two weeks ahead on posts and am ~thriving~

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    1. I totally get that! I feel like I did so much but also nothing in June. And yes, seeing reactions to looser restrictions has been interesting. It’s kind of crazy how people just decided the pandemic was over lol

      But that’s the best! I love when I’m ahead on blog posts, it makes me feel so accomplished

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  3. Ooh, I’m also reading The Water Dancer! I’m feeling similarly, intrigued by the story but not really liking the prose.

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      1. I’m about 2/3 through! I’ve been reading other things on the side because I’m struggling. It’s such a shame, because I like the story itself (so far), but the writing feels… overly fictional, I guess, in a way that makes it hard for me to get immersed. It feels like he’s approaching it as something made up instead of pretending with the reader that this story is real, and it just… creates a barrier, for me at least. I bet his nonfiction really shines though, when he can address his topic directly!

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