Okay, so I didn't manage to do a wrap-up post in July, nor did I think it was really worth it since I only posted twice in July. But today I bring you the double edition of my monthly wrap-up, where I am wrapping up July and August in one go! Whoo! ?
Books I reviewed in July & August
- Tangled Webs by Lee Bross (★)
- The Dark Light by Julia Bell (★★)
- What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi (★★★★★)
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (★★★)
- Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian (★★)
- Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa (★★★★)
- About a Girl by Sarah McCarry (★★★★½)
- Another Day by David Levithan (★★★★)
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June's wrap-up post is a little late, but it's finally here!
Books I reviewed in June
Again, I only managed to review two books
. However, they were both really beautiful and moving and I loved them both. I'm actually pretty proud of my reviews for these books, so please do check them out if you haven't already! AND READ THESE BOOKS. SERIOUSLY, READ THEM.
- The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (★★★★★)
- The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (★★★★)
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Books I reviewed in May
I reviewed two books
. I know, only two. 😭 I'm so sorry. There's an explanation below for this!
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (★★★½)
- Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (★★)
(Clicking on the links will take you to my reviews!)
May was really not the best reading month ever. I also read Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian which was really disappointing as well, even though I'd been so excited for it because omg a bisexual male protag! 😢 Review for that to come in August!
Also on the blog in May
I finally posted a new installation of Keep It Queer, about haircuts!
Things that happened in May
"Where have you been, Cynthia?" I hear you cry. "I thought you said you were going to start posting more regularly again in May!"
I decided to get really involved in stuff! LOTS OF STUFF. I'm coming up to the end of my third year at Oxford, and I'm doing a four-year course, so I still have a year left. I haven't been very active in any uni societies or anything until now. But this term, I decided to stop being a hermit and GO AND DO STUFF. So, I'm now on the committee for the OUSU (Oxford University Student Union) Women's Campaign (WomCam for short), which is basically the Oxford feminist society, and also for the OUSU LGBTQ Campaign.
I'm also going to run for the position of bi/pan rep on the Oxford LGBTQ Society (fingers crossed I get it!). And I'm now the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) and Anti-Racism Officer at my Oxford college! Yes, I decided to do ALL THE THINGS ALL AT ONCE. That's on top of me writing three 2000-word essays every two weeks. So yeah, I'm busy.
But I absolutely thrive on being busy and getting involved, and I've met so many more lovely people at my university. I love love love talking about diverse books on this blog, but I also thought that it was time I became more of an activist IRL. So yes, this blog is going to be a little neglected while I try and find a balance to my life now that I'm doing a million more things, but I really still think that promoting diverse books online as I do is still a really important thing for me to do and I still absolutely want to do it. But it just can't take up as much of my time anymore.
I know so many more feminists IRL now and it's a beautiful feeling! I've had a really amazing month in May just doing all the things and meeting all the people, and I hope you all had a fab May too and an even better June! 💖