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How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom, S.J. Goslee

Last Pride read for June of 2020! I will continue to read diverse books including LGBTQ+ characters (and I gotta step up on all the other groups for sure) throughout the year but for Pride month, this is our last one. And it was a cute one to end on! Not like, rock my world, but as long as you know what you’re getting into, How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom is a perfect, quick, poolside read!

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The Snowman, Jo Nesbo

Ladies and gentlemen and everyone who doesn’t fall into either of those categories. What we have here is a classic Scandinavian serial killer story with murder, love, betrayal, twists and turns. It must be all the time in the gloomy snow that makes this bunch of authors so dark. And Nesbo was no exception with The Snowman.

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Only Mostly Devastated, Sophie Gonzales

Ok, even as I was getting ready to wish everyone a happy pride (Happy Pride Month! May it never be limited to 30 days!) I was like oh my gosh. I’m about to post a review of a gay romance written by a woman. I AM PART OF THE PROBLEM. Which I’ve been feeling a lot lately. Am I buying books to support black bookshop owners? Or POC authors? Authors who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community? Sometimes, yes. I am. But not as much as I could be. So you better believe I’ll be doing more moving forward. If my book habits don’t align with my real world habits, what am I doing?

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Imaginary Friend, Stephen Chbosky

I believe that horror can be an incredible tool for social commentary. I’ve read horror novels that have made me question what humans are capable of, or made me ask myself what I thought about other-ness, or how perception can totally change your life. But I have absolutely no idea what I was supposed to get from Chbosky after Imaginary Friend.

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The End of Eddy, Édouard Louis

I had never heard of Edouard Louis until March when I read his featured article in the New York Times Magazine. And I was incredibly intrigued. Who was this French writer who had been upending French literature for years? Why hadn’t I ever heard of him? I keep up with popular books and there are translations of his work in English. How had I literally never heard of The End of Eddy?

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Beach Read, Emily Henry

Wow. Beach Read was so good. Like, first 5 star rating on Goodreads good. It was supposed to be a light read, a romance author helps a modern fiction author believe that love is real. But it was also so much more. Hope and discovery and vulnerability and loss and family and truth. And I was so in love with the characters, Henry did an amazing job.

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