June has been my busiest month so far. It started with me getting the responses back from my applications for my master’s degree in International Relations. I have had a lot of positive results and I got into France’s best Law School in Paris! I will begin in September! It was the best news I have received this year. Also I had my last semester’s exams from the 22nd to the 29th of June. Each day, the exams lasted six hours on end for six days and it was very demanding psychologically and physically and I’m still trying to get some rest from that. I had been preparing for the exam for two years and it was supposed to be the final step for my bachelor’s degree but due to covid-19 in was postponed from April to June, at the same time as I had my master’s applications’ results. It was very hectic. That is all thankfully over.
Then there has been the Black Lives Matter movement which has taken a lot of my time and mental health. I used to get lost in the ” bookverse” (Bookstagram, book bloggers, Booktube) has an escape and now everyone was talking about racism everywhere. It was so painful seeing everyone coming forth and sharing their stories of racism and it revived some of my own trauma so I have tried to disconnect with the Internet and everything that was going around but I was also soaking up all the resources (podcasts, books, interviews, essays…) because they were precious. It was both painful and soothing. And I’m very grateful that the world is slowly changing and moving.
I was supposed to take part in the Olympic Games Readathon hosted by Ishi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ETUce-ypo4), Ally (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ-u…), Nicole (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfat…), Sasha (https://www.youtube.com/c/thewildSasha) and I was even team Aphrodite but I read none of the books on my list. During containment (which has been over for more than a month in France now), I purchased
too many books and I’m trying to make my way through them slowly. June was Pride month and i wanted to read more queer books but i was too busy! I’m going to try and catch up in July, especially since i discovered so many Black queer stories.
I’m finally going to be more available so hopefully that means more posts on here and more books actually read and not sitting on my TBR.
Here’s what I read in June:
Hyacinthe (Tout en nuances) #1)
Last year Alexa (Tout en nuances #2) was my LGBTQ+ book of the month so I decided to read the first book of the series last month. This series is inspired by Greek Gods and Goddesses and is kind of a retelling of those gods while tackling important and even taboo subjects. I loved Alexa and I really enjoyed Hyacinthe even if it was not as good. If you are able to read in French, I highly recommend it!!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I LOVED that universe! It was so refreshing to read about different landscapes and to have African folklore in YA. I loved the representation this book had and how well and fleshed out the characters were. I had really high hopes but I did not connect as much as I thought I would. It was 4stars read for me; I think this has a lot to do with the fact that i identified a lot with Amari rather than Zélie.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
This book was really disappointing because the characters really changed. It was more believable but they each lost what I loved about them. I can’t wait to read the last one and see how it all turns out.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
How amazing it was to be thrown back into that universe. I missed The Hunger Games. It was wonderful! (full review to come). Please let us have a prequel on Haymitch.
That’s it! Thank you for staying even though I kind of disappeared this month.
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