June was a busy month in my personal life, and a strange month in terms of reading! I had a lot of free time at the beginning of June, and blazed through like 3 books in 10 days (this is very fast for me). Then I started a new job and life got busy, and I only finished one more book after that. A strange and inconsistent month, but a good one nonetheless. Here are the details:
- Milkman by Anna Burns – 4 stars
- Normal People by Sally Rooney – 5 stars
- My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – 4 stars
- Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – 4.5 stars
Milkman, Normal People, and My Sister The Serial Killer were all longlisted for the Women’s Prize in Fiction, and they all featured female characters. They were all also fairly heavy, in terms of the topics tackled (a repressed, government-controlled society; two individuals who are struggling with sense of self and unable to let each other go; and tense, complicated family relationships). Red, White & Royal Blue, on the other hand, featured young men, and was a much lighter read. All these books were great, and I would honestly recommend all of them, but Normal People was my absolute favorite. I love Sally Rooney’s writing style, and after finishing Normal People I added all her other books to my TBR list.
I baked a blackberry jam cake at the very beginning of the month; that was inspired by An American Marriage (which I actually finished at the end of May). Then I went through a milkshake phase: I made tahini milkshakes for Milkman, and hazelnut latte milkshakes for Normal People. I also baked lavender macarons (inspired by My Sister The Serial Killer), and a colorful cherry-almond cake with cream cheese frosting (inspired by Red, White & Royal Blue). My favorite of these bakes was hands-down the lavender macarons, because it took macarons – basically the most perfect, light treat to exist – and then somehow made them even more perfect by adding floral flavor!
Books in progress/plans for July:
I’m currently reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’m not even halfway through yet, but I already love this book SO much. I also plan to read Queenie and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine this month. I’d also like to read one or two non-fiction books (not sure which ones yet), since I have been so consumed by fiction for the past six weeks.
(a handful of) the blog posts I loved this month:
I have a hard time writing this section of my “month in review” posts, because there is so much good content on wordpress. I am being sincere when I say that the following are just some of the blog posts I loved this month.
- Troy Headrick wrote a post on how “critical thinking” should really be called “creative thinking,” and why it’s important.
- Millenial Life Crisis compiled an awesome index of mental health terms, and questions related to each term to help people better understand themselves.
- Ashley Leia wrote a powerful and inspiring response to the Vatican’s recent decision to basically deny the validity of transgender as an identity.
- And Kaley taught me that you can make cold brew coffee at home using a french press!