May Wrap Up & Pride Month TBR

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🌈 = LGBTQ+ rep | 🌱 = Mental Health rep |🌻 = POC rep
✨ = Disability, LD, Chronic Condition rep

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Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen
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THIS WAS BRILLIANT. Omigosh, I adored this. It was adorable, fun – dare I say campy – but still brought all the feels and really important conversations. This is the book to pick up in pride month (also, like, a million more), and it’s such a celebration of all the spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ flag. Majorly recommend this one.


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A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano
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This was a pretty good follow-up to A Dash of Trouble. It was still super cute and magical and fun. I definitely still prefer the first one, but it was a great sequel. Definitely a favorite MG series.


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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
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There was never any question that Acevedo’s newest read would get here. Acevedo can literally do no wrong with writing. This book was beautiful – the prose, the story, the characters. It was a story of hope and trauma and more. I love forever.

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Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
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This certainly wasn’t a bad book – but it just didn’t bring the oomph that I needed from it.Β I thought the world-building was incredibly interesting, and it was such a fast paced fantasy world. I just wanted a bit more from the characters.


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Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
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I think this was a case of my high expectations got the best of me. There were parts that I really loved, but I think I just put too much on this book. I found myself dragging in the latter half – but the highlight was the characters and the unique world, for sure!


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The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds
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This was the messiest book for me of the month. It was a lot that went wrong for me with this book – I was concerned with the writing, the content, and more with this. There was a wit to the writing, but the other issues overloaded everything else.

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LIFEUPDATES

fairy godmother’s blessing: Sha and I have some exciting plans for June, and I think it finally might be my reading month???
evil stepmother’s curse: This month was rough. I have zero desire for reading.

πŸ“Œ Sha and I have some super exciting coming up: next month will begin the start of our series of princess guest posts. Yes, some fantastic bloggers will be taking over our roles as book princesses and these new princesses and princes will be sharing their experiences with Disney. We’ll be starting off with a fantastic Mulan breakdown on how it relates to the original material. Sha and I loved it, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone else!

πŸ“Œ We are officially at the end of Give-A-May! We enjoyed celebrating chances for giveaways that weren’t just limited to the US. Thank you to everyone that entered on Twitter!!

πŸ“Œ As you can see, this girl failed at reading this month. Even though I have officially acclimated to the quarantine life, I think I got the blues this month, and I ended up not reading at all. I gave up on my audiobooks almost entirely, and reading books were given up for watching random things and staring at Disney pins on Instagram. I hit a slump with blogging as well – I definitely went silent on here for a good deal of the month as well. Since I have to do all of my work on a computer now, I’ve definitely had my fill of screen time, which had me struggling to pick the laptop back up after hours to do my blogging business. I’m hoping to be back in the zone in June!!

πŸ“Œ Again, TV was my friend this month. I’ve currently in a binge of The Golden Girls, and I’m getting pretty close to being done. It’s fun, and it’s mindless while I’m working. There is a few problems with it (there is so much fat-shaming in it and some other things), but overall, I see why people consider it a classic. I also got my Disney on again with rewatches of some of my beloveds: Tangled, Princess and the Frog, and Hercules. All of them were amazing, and brought the happy feels. I also watched Ralph Breaks the Internet, which I was really just watching for the princess scene, AND I SHOCKED MYSELF BY ACTUALLY LIKING IT. I did not enjoy the first one, but this one was fantastic – the characterization improvements, the setting, the writing, the incredible Disney moments. I really really enjoyed.

πŸ“Œ I casually mentioned my newfound love of Disney pins, and it got intense this month. My quarantine brain craves the mindlessness of looking at pretty Disney Princess pins, and it lives for it. I definitely succeeded in that this month – and bought way too many, haha. I had to buy a corkboard for it (in the shape of Walk Disney World castle, ofc), and if you follow us on Insta, you’ll be seeing a lot of #pinmail coming in the Stories.

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  • More Happy Than Not β€” Adam Silvera
  • History is All You Left MeΒ  β€” Adam Silvera
  • The Winter Duke β€” Claire Eliza Bartlett
  • Girl, Serpent, Thorn β€” Melissa Bashardoust
  • Earth to CharlieΒ  β€” Justin Olson

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  • Ziggy, Stardust and Me β€” James Brandon
  • The Stars and the Blackness Between ThemΒ  β€” Junauda Petrus
  • Cinderella is Dead β€” Kalynn Bayron
  • The Best at It β€” Maulik Pancholy
  • MooncakesΒ  β€” Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

June is pride month, so I will be trying to read as many LGBTQIA+ books that I can from my TBR. I might have to sneak in a few ARCs for July that I haven’t gotten to yet, but I will be trying to read almost exclusively books that fall in the LGBTQIA+ spectrum to celebrate the month. I’m so excited for a lot of these – but Girl, Serpent, Thorn and The Winter Duke are definitely my most anticipated reads for the month.

I will probably be adding more as the month goes on, but these are the ones I know I will be taking on this month – I definitely want to try to see if I can get some of the sexualities’ rep that I might be missing in these reads.

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What do you think? What books did you read last month? Did we share any of the same?Β 

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11 thoughts on “May Wrap Up & Pride Month TBR

  1. Ahh now I’m super excited to read Camp, it’s one of my most anticipated reads for the year πŸ˜€ Also I felt the same with Ralph Breaks the Internet, I originally only watched it for the princess scene but actually loved the entire thing!!

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  2. *heart eyes* at anything you do because you just do it so well. Love all your posts.

    I was so sad my request for Forest of Souls was refused, but I guess I’m not too much now (characters are everything).

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  3. Yay! Glad to see Sha had an amazing reading month and Mandy is almost done with the Golden Girls. GG is a major feat to kudos to you both! ❀

    I also plan on reading Mooncakes in June. I've been in a big graphic novel mood lately so I'm hoping it ends up being a good one.

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  4. Firstly I’m so excited to see these princess guest posts that you mentioned! And secondly I have such high hopes for Goddess In The Machine and Forest Of Souls so it’s kind of scary to see them on the lows. I’m definitely with you when it comes to Girl, Serpent, Thorn I can’t wait to read that book! Although I don’t think it’s out until July (I don’t know, it changed and I think it moved to July, whenever it is I have it on my phone’s calendar). It’ll be interesting to see what you think of the rest of your TBR too though (:I’ve heard fantastic things about Adam Silvera’s books (and I did love a short story of theirs in an anthology).

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  5. Ah, I really wanna read Camp now! I feel like I’ve been slacking on reading LGBT fiction, and Camp seems like the perfect read to remedy that fact. I’m sorry Forest of Souls wasn’t really for you. The synopsis was a little intriguing, but I told myself to wait for the reviews before I officially decided to pick it up. Based on what you thought about it, I don’t think it’ll be for me ://
    I hope June is better than May for you, Mandy ❀

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  6. Clap When You Land was so good!! And I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed Camp, it looks super cute! I hope your June has been going well and I wish you the best of luck with your reading!!

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