What I Read in June

June Books

Another good reading month and lots of good books! In June, I read three books: Detransition, Baby, Skye Falling, and One Last Stop. They were all amazing, with One Last Stop definitely being my favorite. Nothing better than a queer romance! Detransition, Baby was a little heavier, exploring transgender relationships and parenthood, but it was one of those books I feel like EVERYONE needs to read. Torrey Peters wrote a freakin’ amazing book!


Goodreads Synopsis:

Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn’t hate. She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of: a life of mundane, bourgeois comforts. The only thing missing was a child. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. Now Reese is caught in a self-destructive pattern: avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men.

Ames isn’t happy either. He thought detransitioning to live as a man would make life easier, but that decision cost him his relationship with Reese—and losing her meant losing his only family. Even though their romance is over, he longs to find a way back to her. When Ames’s boss and lover, Katrina, reveals that she’s pregnant with his baby—and that she’s not sure whether she wants to keep it—Ames wonders if this is the chance he’s been waiting for. Could the three of them form some kind of unconventional family—and raise the baby together?

This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach. Torrey Peters brilliantly and fearlessly navigates the most dangerous taboos around gender, sex, and relationships, gifting us a thrillingly original, witty, and deeply moving novel. 

My Review: This timely, provocative book is a must read! Diving into womanhood, motherhood, fatherhood, queer parenting, and relationships, Torrey Peters has written a book that covers the tough subjects in a way that you can easily connect with. Normally I have a hard time reading novels that aren’t plot-driven but the characters are built out so beautifully and you really get a sense for who everyone is, which I loved. It was a very indulgent read that I’ll be recommending to everyone!

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Goodreads Synopsis:

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.

Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.

Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

My Review: I couldn’t put this one down! After reading Casey McQuiston’s first book, Red, White & Royal Blue (one of my favorites of 2020!), I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her latest book. This time-loop romance will suck you in from the first pages and I promise, you’ll never want to put it down either. It’s such a refreshing read and as always, the author did a spectacular job building out the characters so much so you felt like you knew them and they were your friends, too!

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Gooreads Synopsis:

Twenty-six and broke, Skye didn’t think twice before selling her eggs and happily pocketing the cash. Now approaching forty, Skye moves through life entirely–and unrepentantly–on her own terms, living out of a suitcase and avoiding all manner of serious relationships. Her personal life might be a mess, and no one would be surprised if she died alone in a hotel room, but at least she’s free to do as she pleases. But then a twelve-year-old girl shows up during one of Skye’s brief visits to her hometown of Philadelphia, and tells Skye that she’s “her egg.” Skye’s life is thrown into sharp relief and she decides that it might be time to actually try to have a meaningful relationship with another human being. Spoiler alert: It’s not easy.

Things gets even more complicated when Skye realizes that the woman she tried and failed to pick up the other day is the girl’s aunt and now it’s awkward. All the while, her brother is trying to get in touch, her problematic mother is being bewilderingly kind, and the West Philly pool halls and hoagie shops of her youth have been replaced by hipster cafes.

Told in a fresh, lively voice, this novel is a relentlessly clever, deeply moving portrait of a woman and the relationships she thought she could live without.

My Review: As Skye, a queer black women in her 30s, pushes away everyone in her life and builds a career traveling, she finds herself back in her hometown of Philadelphia trying to bring some stability to her life. As she works on her relationships with friends and family members, she quickly falls for a woman named Faye who also happens to be the aunt of the little girl that she is the biological mother of. It’s juicy, it’s funny, and it’s relatable. You’ll be laughing out loud and getting emotionally connected to the characters for sure! 

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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