Month in Review: June 2020

It’s July! This INSANE year is halfway over! I’m a little late posting my June wrap-up, and that’s because I finally started a job after 4 months of unemployment. As a research technician, I work with lab equipment that can’t be taken home (for many reasons), which means that I am physically going into work. It is risky, but I feel pretty safe at work – everyone wears masks and the lab I work in is spacious enough to achieve 6 feet of distance between employees. Anyway, I’m mentioning the new job because, until I adjust to my new schedule, I will be posting less on here. Now, onto the monthly wrap-up!

Books read:

Books in progress/July TBR:

I’m not sure if reading 9 books this month is realistic, but I want to try! I bought two of these as audiobooks, which should help. I’m currently in the middle of Catherine House and The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell (seriously struggling to finish Catherine House, though). Other books that I want to read this month include:

  • Death in Her Hands by Otessa Moshfegh: I pre-ordered this AGES ago, and it finally arrived last week! I’m so excited for this (hopefully not too excited, though – sometimes I hype up books too much in my mind, and end up severely disappointed).
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo: I’m reading this for a book club this month. As much as the internet and tough conversations have been great resources for unlearning some of my subconscious racist biases, I’m also eager to read a full-on book about race and anti-racism.
  • Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid: this has been on my TBR forever, and doing the Midyear Book Freakout Tag reminded me that I really need to read this!
  • Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman: This was my BOTM pick for July (and yes, I’m still supporting BOTM – at least for now – since they appear to be using their platform to promote authors of color).
  • The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison. Really looking forward to this short non-fiction book about how literature contributes to the narrative on race/racism.
  • Hunger by Roxane Gay. I’ve wanted to read Roxane Gay’s works for a while, so I’m finally committing to it. I hope to read all of her books within the next year or so.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This one has been on my “TBR” since my TBR was just a mental list of books that I wanted to read. It’s about time that I actually read it!

Blog posts/anti-racism resources:

Instead of my favorite wordpress posts of the month, here are some anti-racism resources that helped me this month πŸ™‚

  1. This extensive list of anti-racism resources, including funds to donate to.
  2. This Google Doc full of resources for taking action against racism.
  3. Etiquette for white people at BLM protests.
  4. A list of anti-racist movies and TV shows.
  5. This article (from 2015) about why it is ignorant and harmful to say that you “do not see race.” If you know people who say this and aren’t sure how to talk to them, this article might help.
  6. This article about how to talk to people who always focus on “the riots and the looting!!!” in conversations about race.
  7. This article about how white women unintentionally center themselves in conversations about race, and ways to stop doing that. This one is controversial, and I have friends of color who don’t entirely agree with it, but I’m still including it because reading and discussing it with others really helped me.

June photos:

Author: Hannah Celeste

Hi! I'm Hannah, a book-blogger from the Northeastern United States. I enjoy reading many genres, cooking and baking, doing yoga, and spending time with my two cats.

27 thoughts on “Month in Review: June 2020”

  1. I thought Roxane Gay did a great job with Hunger. I had a hard time following One Hundred Years of Solitude because there were so many characters with the same names as other characters.

    I hope the new job goes well!

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  2. I’m glad you’re able to get back to work in a reasonably safe environment! I hope all goes well. πŸ™‚
    Also so excited about your July TBR! I really liked Hunger and have several of the others you listed on my TBR. I’ll probably be reading So You Want To Talk About Race this month as well. Looking forward to your thoughts on all of them, when you have time to read/review!

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  3. You curate a superlative list! Hearty congrats on the new job, which sounds like it offers the most protected of working environments outside one’s own home (and which sounds pretty cool: am I correct in imagining it involves things like test tubes and pipettes?). Wishing you all the best.

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    1. Thank you! I was really lucky to enjoy all the books I read in June. Hopefully July is good too (although I’ve already DNF’ed one book this month – so not off to best start). Hope you have a great month of reading as well πŸ™‚

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  4. Congrats on the new job! And great wrap up! There are some really great books on this list! I loved Freshwater, too. And also really loved Such a Fun Age and Hunger – hopefully you do, too!

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  5. Congrats on your new job! That’s FANTASTIC!!! Also glad to hear appropriate measures are being taken. We’re getting news here (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong because I hope I am lol) that some young people there are partying already there and spreading the virus. We have our problems here, but all of us are like, What is UP with these Americans?! πŸ˜‚ I would be so anxious to go out in a situation like that. I hope you stay safe!

    Your July reading list looks great! As usual, they are all books I’m interested in so I look forward to your thoughts on them! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Gil!! Ughhhh it’s true that young people in the US are partying and spreading the virus. I even heard one story about college kids in Alabama who had a coronavirus themed party, with prizes for the first person to catch it. ?!?!?!??!??!?!?!? Idk what people are thinking. I’m a little anxious to go out but the numbers in my state have been good (fingers crossed that they stay that way)! I feel comfortable going on walks and going to work. πŸ™‚

      And yay!!! Maybe I’ll inspire you to add EVEN MORE books to your TBR bahahah

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      1. WHAT?!?!??!?? How does an idea like that even enter someone’s brain… and not just someone, but many people πŸ˜… I’m glad your state is faring well though! And knowing you work in a lab is pretty great too, since you’re bound to be more careful working with … chemical-ly reagents stuff ?? Whatever it is lab people work with ahahaha. Good luck in your first week! πŸ™‚
        nOoOooO πŸ˜‚

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  6. I really enjoyed Such a Fun Age, and I’m looking forward to your thoughts on So We Can Glow! I don’t know many people who read flash fiction, so I’m curious about your reactions. I’ve read most of Roxane Gay’s books, and I’ve since sworn her off. I loved Hunger, but that is the only one. I kept reading her other books because 1) I knew her work when she was publishing with a tiny small press (when Ayiti first came out) and 2) she’s everywhere, so it seems like there must be something to her work. The truth is I just find her nonfiction essays unfocused and hypocritical, and I find her fiction poorly plotted and violent in a blunt way. Hunger didn’t do either of those, though.

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    1. That’s so good to know about Roxane Gay’s books – I’ll definitely keep that in mind as I read more of her works. And that makes me glad that I’m starting with Hunger!

      Also – I don’t read much flash fiction. Besides So We Can Glow, I had only read one other flash fiction collection (And I Do Not Forgive You by Amber Sparks) and I didn’t like it nearly as much!

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      1. I just realized that I started this comment at work the other day and never finished because I clocked out! Yeah, I don’t like Amber Sparks’s work either, as she tends to write something interesting and then finish it off with a weird magical element at the end that feels almost….cutesy? And lazy? I read her first collection, anyway.

        For flash fiction, I would recommend Raymond Carver, who is best known for the genre, though rumor has it his editor cut down his short stories so much that he ought to get credit as writer instead. Lydia Davis is fantastic. Amelia Gray’s Museum of the Weird is wonderful. Changing by Lily Hoang. Rough-House by Thaddeus Rutkowski.

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