Hello everyone, back with another TBR list on the blog! While I managed to continue my average of about 5 books per month, for June I’m feeling inspired to read even more and finally get through some recent releases that have been sitting on my to-read list for quite a bit.
With summer almost here, I thought it’d be a perfect time to list a variety of books I’m hoping to read. Now that this month definitely seems more manageable alongside the smaller batch of new releases and me being a perpetual mood reader, the goal is to finally catch up on some of my grand 2021 reads!
While being a mood reader has definitely messed with my reading schedule recently, I’m feeling pretty confident that most of these spectacular titles will get read soon and I’ll have lots of reviews to share on the blog this month (including those from past my past list). As expected, there’s a great number of YA here, however I’m also highlighting a couple adult fantasy titles that I’ve been eagerly awaiting too. Here’s my ambitious list of reads for the month:
June TBR (Current Reads)
Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi
Debut ┃ #Ownvoices Iranian-American rep. ┃ YA Contemporary ┃ Released: May 18, 2021
Originally I got this exciting debut as an ARC, but when my library re-opened and Parvin was finally available I decided to read the finished copy instead. Following 14-year-old Parvin Mohammadi, she’s a high school freshman who got her heart broken over the summer after her boyfriend told her she’s “too much.” Then when she meets a cute boy during orientation, she sets out to win the ultimate homecoming date and decides that following the romantic heroines in her favorite movies is the way to go. Or is it?
This book is in one word…FANTASTIC! Parvin’s voice is incredibly funny and the true spirit of this book! While Perfectly Parvin has such a great cast of characters, humor, hijinks, even interweaves themes like friendship, its a story ultimately about self-acceptance as Parvin learns to be true to herself. Though, one of my many favorite parts about this book is definitely the friendship between her, Ruth & Fabián. Seeing these friends support each other as they start their new adventure in high school is so great, they face a few ups & downs sure, but ultimately are by one another’s sides. I personally have not seen enough people talk about this book and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (Burning Kingdoms #1)
Trilogy ┃ #Ownvoices Indian-inspired fantasy and Sapphic rep. ┃ Adult Epic Fantasy ┃ Release Date: June 8, 2021
If you’ve followed my blog for a few years now, you’d know Tasha is one of my favorite epic fantasy writers, who wrote the wonderful Books Of Ambha duology. I fell in love with how she crafts her worlds, weaves in politics, alongside deeply complex character arcs, and the absolute joy I had when receiving an ARC was indescribable. I’ve recently started this one and from page one just immersed myself into another one of her phenomenal worlds.
The story follows Malini, a princess whose forced to be imprisoned in a temple by her dictator brother. Soon, the princess finds herself getting tangled up with Priya, a maidservant, who has some secrets of her own.
I can’t wait to learn more about Malini and Priya, seeing where their journeys are headed in this magical world. If you have yet to add this book to your to-read list, it can be best pitched as: Morally grey lesbians who want to set their empire ablaze!!
June TBR (Unread)
Dealing In Dreams by Lilliam Rivera
Standalone ┃ #Ownvoices Latina & Puerto Rican rep. ┃ YA Dystopia & Sci-Fi ┃ Released: March 5, 2019
After so long, I finally read Lilliam’s books starting with Margot Sanchez! She’s become one of my new favorite authors and I’m making it goal to catch up on all her previously published novels. From the summary alone, Dealing In Dreams has been on my radar for years and its a Latina-written dystopia? Sign me up! The story is set in a near-future US where girl gangs rule the streets as they fight for power, freedom and survival.
Following Nalah, she hopes to keep her crew safe and to do so she sets her sights on the Mega Towers. But in order to gain a spot there, she’ll have to prove herself with a vital mission in search of a mysterious gang.
The concept sounds so thrilling and I’ve heard it’ll cover such a variety of themes that I can’t wait to explore. Very much looking forward to diving into this one!
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Standalone ┃ #Ownvoices Vietnamese-American rep. ┃ YA Contemporary ┃ Released: February 9, 2021
Who knew the fictional trope of rival restaurant-romance would be my new favorite? Bao Nguyen and Linh Mai work at their families competing pho restaurants, but a chance encounter has sparks flying! Despite their families history of rivalry will their love prevail?
I’m back in a YA Contemporary mood too, so I’m hoping to read through as many as I can this month as well.
Not entirely sure what inspired this recent interest in rivalry romance, but I am here for it! This sounds like such a delightful read and have seen lovely reviews from fellow bloggers that have me even more pumped to read Le’s debut.
The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He
Standalone ┃ #Ownvoices Asian rep. ┃ YA Sci-fi / Dystopia ┃ Released: May 4, 2021
The book internet and especially book twitter, has been raving about this book for quite some time, so safe to assume I have pretty high hopes for this intriguing contemporary/sci-fi twist. Following two sisters, Cee lives on a deserted island while Kasey is living in a protected eco-city. When Cee disappears, Kasey decides to retrace her steps and figure out what happened.
I like how this book is mixing sci-fi, dystopia and a bit of mystery too. Books that mashup quite a number of different genres always intrigue me and I’m quite curious to see how its all tied together.
I’m most interested in not only learning more about the sister dynamic, but also the intriguing setting that He has built. I’d love to get to this one as soon as I can so I can finally be part of the conversation and hype surrounding this YA title!
Fifteen Hundred Miles From The Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
Standalone ┃ #Ownvoices Mexican-American/Chicano rep. + Gay rep. ┃ YA Contemporary ┃ Releasing: June 8, 2021
Julián Luna has everything planned to get out of his suffocating Texas town and finally live true to himself. But after a accidentally coming out on Twitter, plans are now derailed. But when a crush named Mat slides into his DM’s, Julián slowly realizes he doesn’t have to face it all alone. Firstly just want to say from that summary alone this looks like it’ll be such a character-driven journey, while also sounds equally heartwarming and intense, I can’t wait, plus more Latine YA? YAY!
Also wanted to add a special thank you to Jonny for sending along a copy, hoping to read this delightful debut asap!
The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker (The Golem & The Jinni #2)
Sequel ┃ Adult Historical Fantasy ┃ Releasing: June 8, 2021
The Golem And The Jinni is easily top of the list for my favorite historical fantasy novels of all time, it was also one of the first adult novels I’d ever read and has a special place in my heart. Without exaggeration, I can confidently say I’ve waited literal YEARS for this book (over 4 to be exact). I won’t spoil what happens in the first novel, but essentially the story follows a golem named Chava and a djinn named Ahmed who find their paths crossing in 1890’s New York. These unlikely friends learn what its like to live among humans and yearn to forge their own paths.
The amount of depth and detail you learn about the cast, the meaningful themes, and fantastic world building are just some of the many spectacular things I love about this novel. This book truly got me to admire and uncover more adult fantasy when I was a younger reader so, very thankful to Wecker’s tale! I’ve been waiting for this sequel for what feels like forever and I can’t believe it’s finally here.
✨ What titles are you hoping to read during June? Any new releases or backlist books you’re looking forward to? Any recommendations you’d like to share? ✨