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June 2021 TBR


Hello friends! It's now truly feeling like summertime. My reading pace has been pretty slow the past few months, but I anticipate that this will change over the next few months as the days lengthen. 

As far as June reading goes, I think it will be...interesting. I have the best of intentions, but frankly - as I'm already struggling through one of my reads, and another is over 1,000 pages long - I'm probably not going to meet my goal of five books. But that's okay! We can still lay them out there. Maybe I'll surprise myself! Here's the plan...

The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed. They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won. Or so the legends say...  

Okay, to be fully transparent, I don't expect to enjoy this one very much. I'm very VERY picky about my fantasy and find that most don't fulfill my desires. This book is also crazy long - 1,005 pages. Like, really? Does it absolutely need to be that long? Can you not be more succinct in what you need to say??? However, it gets an almost perfect rating from readers, and I feel like I need to at least give it a whirl! I was also drawn in by many mentions of a unique and fascinating magic system, and incredible world-building. So let's see how it goes!

The Space Between Worlds - Micaiah Johnson

Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there's just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying--from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn't outrun. Cara's life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.

But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined--and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world but the entire multiverse.

It was my turn to select this month's book for bookclub and this was my choice. I've already started it, and I have to say...I'm less than thrilled. I hope that things will pick up!

Before the Devil Breaks You - Libba Bray

After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward's Island, far from the city's bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten--ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows.

This is the third book in the Diviners series, which I've really really enjoyed. I've been listening to it on audiobook, and though book two of the series left me a tiiiiiiny bit disappointed, I feel like this book is a return to greatness. It's spooky and funny and fascinating in all the ways that made me fall in love with the series from the start.

The Body is Not an Apology - Sonya Renee Taylor

The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world--for us all.

I've heard nothing but great things about this book and as someone who has always felt very conflicted about my body, I think this will be a great read!