I’m pleased to report that June was a great month overall. I did a ton of reading and TV watching, but somehow it didn’t come at the expense of me getting outside and having fun. This is the first summer that I’ve had to work (not counting internships, which I suppose are working, but feel different) and it hasn’t been nearly as bad as I was expecting. Of course, I’m sure come July and August I will be needing some time off, but as of right now things are going smoothly.
Books I Read
This was a good month for reading, a fact which was likely propelled by the impending deadlines I had on many of my ARCs. I was lucky enough that I genuinely enjoyed everything I read this month, which is all I can ever really hope for. Plus, around half of my books were nonfiction, meaning that I had an incredibly ~educational~ month overall.
- In the Midst of Magic, by Christian Cura (3 stars)
- Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr. Julie Smith (5 stars)
- Becoming, by Michelle Obama (5 stars)
- Where The Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens (4 stars)
- Both Can Be True, by Jules Machias (4 stars)
- Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality (5 stars)
- Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid (5 stars)
- When We Were Birds, by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (4 stars)
TV and Movies I Watched
My roommate was out of town for the month, and that meant I had the whole house to myself. As someone who loves being alone but hates sitting in silence, this was the perfect recipe for me watching a lot of background noise TV. Seinfeld was the go-to choice this month, and I found myself pleasantly surprised by not only how funny it was, but at how it wasn’t afraid to get political at times. To mix it up, I also treated myself to a variety of pretty low quality movies, but there were a couple good ones in there too, which I reviewed for your reading pleasure.
- The Circle Season 4
- Seinfeld Seasons 1-6
- Hacks Seasons 1 & 2
- The Perfection
- Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
- Pray Away
- Fire Island
- Top Gun: Maverick
- Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration
- The Janes
- Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
Reviews You Can Use
Sometimes, we publish reviews long after we actually consume the material. Below is a list of all of the reviews I published this month, in case you want to read some reviews right now.
- In the Midst of Magic (3 stars)
- Thin Girls (5 stars)
- How to Be a Woman (2 stars)
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman (4 stars)
Posts We Wrote That You Loved
Here are the most popular posts of the month!
- A Complete List of All 41 Out Gay Players in the WNBA– The number of out players has gone up as some college kids got their chance to play in the league, and this post remains popular on the blog!
- The Cultural Shift of Gen-Z And Their Fixation On Astrology– Chinwe wrote this post about why Gen-Z has turned to astrology as one of their main forms of spirituality. As an astrology nerd I loved reading this piece and totally relate to a lot of what she said
- The Weight We Give To Women’s Stories, As Told by “The Wilds”– I am deeply proud of this review of season 2 of The Wilds, because it’s one of the first reviews I’ve written that manages to touch on the deeper issues while still making it clear that I enjoyed the show. I’d love to hear feedback from anyone who watched the series!
- Six of Crows, A Wonderful Universe Series– Vania released the rest of her Six of Crows series, and you guys continued to love what you read! She did such a great job of going into detail about each and every one of the characters and how their trauma shaped them. If you’re a fan of the duology, this series is a must read.
- A Complete List of All 43 Out Gay Players in the NWSL– Because the WNBA post did so well, I decided to create a similarly well researched post about the NWSL players. This was a little harder because I know less about the NWSL as a whole and there’s about 5 times as many players, but it was still fun to do.
- Along for the Ride: A Well-Meaning Adaption that Missed the Mark– Aakanksha wrote about an adaption of a book written by one of her favorite authors, Sarah Dessen. Unfortunately she didn’t love it and she explained why beautifully in this post!
Off the Internet
I think I said before that this summer was going to be a busy one, and the very first month did not disappoint. I was busy nearly every weekend of the month, celebrating pride month in Boston and in New York, as well as attending my younger sister’s high school graduation. I have been enjoying being busy, although I am looking forward to having some time just to enjoy sitting outside doing nothing in the. coming months.
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