July TBR | Transathon and The Reading Rush

Hello again honeybees! This is probably the latest monthly TBR update but I procrastinated so badly with this one. For some reason, my brain is refusing plans lately? So I’ve been a bit sporadic.

To be honest, I have no idea how this TBR is going to go. Let’s find out together, shall we?

To Be Read

Currently Reading

Lobizona by Romina Garber

If you’ve seen my recent posts on here or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know I’ve been screaming about this book! It’s so so so sooo good! I don’t know how many times I’ve recommended it and I’m not even halfway done (I’m taking it nice and slow because this book is bringing me so much joy).

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This book is so good! I read half of it in one sitting and then…stopped reading it? I think I had to prioritize an ARC or something and then fell into a slump, but I’m really excited to see where Justyce’s story goes!

Reading Rush

Birth Stone (November- Topaz/Citrine): Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Not super excited about reading a Jay Kristoff book but I read and reread Illuminae and loved it. I’ve had this one sitting on my desk for two years and I need to read it and get this series behind me.

The Only Good Indians - Kindle edition by Jones, Stephen Graham ...

Starts with “The”: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

I recently received an ARC of this one from a kind soul on Twitter looking to pass it down to an Own Voices reviewer and I’m so pumped to get to it. Also a bit frightened because people have said it’s given them nightmares. But excited nonetheless.

Amazon.com: The Day Before: A Prequel Novel (Riverdale, Novel 1 ...

Book with a movie I’ve already seen: Riverdale: The Day Before by Micol Ostow

I bought this a year or so ago and I thought it would be good for a quick, fun read. I was especially hopefully that the novel format of this story would be better than the TV show, which had a good plot but too many wild subplots that drowned any nuance it could have had. Hopefully I’m right about this one and it doesn’t leave something to be desired like the show it’s based on.

Hey, what was the question, mark? : antimeme

First book I touch: I’m going to write down the titles of a bunch of books with trans rep onto pieces of paper and then put it into a hat, whichever one I pick out will be the one I read.

Completely outside my house: Honeybee by Trista Mateer

I’ve had this poetry collection for a year and I need to read my physical books. I think a poetry collection will be a good fit for this prompt because I’m a very distracted reader with allergies, so reading for long periods of time (especially outside with the trees, flowers, and all of my dogs omg) is a no go. I’m confident I’ll be able to tick this challenge off pretty easily though, and maybe get a tan? Stay tuned lol.

Beautifully Cruel (Beautifully Cruel #1) by J.T. Geissinger

Genre I would like to read more of (romance): Beautifully Cruel by J.T. Geissinger

This was such an interesting choice but I thought maybe if I chose something steamy and charged with tension would go by very quick. In hindsight, I probably should have chose a rom com but I also get secondhand embarrassment pretty badly and am known to close the book and not pick it up for days until I feel mentally prepared to continue.

Set in a different continent than where I live: The Photographer of Mauthausen by Salva Rubio, illustrated by Pedro J. Colombo and Aintzane Landa

This was in the “Read Now” section on Netgalley (might still be, I just downloaded it the first week of July) and I’m a sucker for historical media. This looks like it’s going to be very emotional, as it’s centered around a man being put in a concentration camp, and the graphics seem to look amazing.

Transathon

Amazon.com: Once & Future (9780316449274): McCarthy, Cori, Capetta ...

Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

Now let me tell you, before I fell in love with Harry Potter and reading not long after, I was entranced by King Arthur and the nights of the round table. I must have asked the school librarian every week if there were any books on the topic. I’ve grown and my interests are vastly different than they were when I was ten but I’m still going to be up on anything that says “King Arthur”, “Merlin”, “Nights of the Round Table”, etc. And it has trans rep? Honey, consider it read.

Amazon.com: Felix Ever After eBook: Callender, Kacen: Kindle Store

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

I picked this one up during queer blackathon but I knew as soon as I got a few pages into it that I wanted to take my time with this one, and rushing it to fit it into a 48 hour readathon would effect my rating severely. In order to give this book the love that it deserves, I’m hoping to jump back into it this month when I might actually have less time for it but Destiny logic is still logic.

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

I’ve heard great things about this one, particularly the audiobook which is on Scribd but I found it on Libby and placed a hold on it (it should be ready in two weeks. This is a dystopian I believe and it has great themes about identity, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the hype is about. I’ve seen a few criticisms that this book is a bit on the juvenile side of YA (writing-wise), making me just a bit hesitant. We’ll see.

Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Imagine, just for a second, that I make a TBR without adding this book to it. Wild thoughts. Anyway, this has been on so many TBRs and I really hope I can get to it this year, because AMM is such a great writer and their stories just blow me away. I highly recommend looking into their work, especially if you enjoy magical realism and Latinx characters.

General – Unaffiliated

Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu

Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu

I legit almost forgot about this one which is very not good because it comes out this month and must be read. Backstory behind this one: I was going to be on the FFBC tour for this one but well, you know what happened to them (and if you don’t, feel free to ask. I have receipts of them harassing my friends). The e-arc was sent to my Netgalley account anyway so I’m hoping to still review this book since the author isn’t going to get their tour.

I read very slowly and I’m just coming out of a reading slump so I’m not sure how successful this month will be in terms of reading. I’m also participating in Camp NanoWriMo this month. Yeah, this is wildly ambitious but I am anticipating all these reads so hopefully I can get to them!

What are you reading this month? Are you also participating in any of the readathons I’ve mentioned? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

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Love, Destiny

19 thoughts on “July TBR | Transathon and The Reading Rush

  1. jyvurentropy says:

    Once and Future has such a pretty cover! And I also love King Arthur, so I think I have to add this one to my TBR!
    Felix Ever After is one I keep hearing is really good. That’s another one I’ll probably read.

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  2. Luxe says:

    Oooh Lobizona sounds like a great read and I’m looking forward to that one. Also, your TBR looks really good with all the promising titles up there! Good luck with the readathon and happy reading! ✨

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  3. Bianca P says:

    I am happy that you’re getting out of your reading slump and I think you should definitely get into more romance! In the winter I tend to be drawn to more intense books that are heavy reads but in the summer I want fun and steamy and light! I recently finished the perfect rockstar romance book for the summer called “Endless” by Kaylene Winter (https://rockerromance.com/). I am happy to say this is BOOK 1 in a romance series and I cannot wait for the next one. It follows “star-crossed lovers” (lol) Ty and Zoey who had a quick and passionate romance before Ty goes on the road with his band and Zoey goes to school for law. Zoey is advised by a trusted father figure to end things with Ty because it will be very difficult and distracting to continue a relationship with a rockstar and she ends up ghosting him… They unexpectedly meet up again later on and that’s when the book gets juicy. I honestly couldn’t put it down. There is so much drama and sex and it’s also a really great love story too. I really hope you will check it out and perhaps add it to the August TBR list. Happy Summer Reading 

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