What’s up, June?

Initially I had planned to keep my blog quite minimal and stick to only posting book reviews (I’m sorry if I’ve ignored your blog event!), however I’ve realised that there is enough happening next month to warrant an update post. So please, read on!

@JDRoberts_SFF from The Worlds of Sci-Fi & Fantasy has organised the #ReadersWithoutBorders June Readathon in order to raise money for Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), a humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical aid in over 70 countries.

Check out The Worlds of SFF website to find out how you can participate, and please consider donating via the Just Giving page – you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a book!

I will be participating by completing a readathon challenge and writing a guest review on Worlds of SFF.

With the first ever virtual Hugo Awards taking place on the 1st August, I decided that for my #ReadersWithoutBorders reading challenge I will read the 12 book that have been nominated for best novel and novella this year.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, the Hugo Award is administered annually and recognises outstanding science fiction and fantasy writing.

While I’ve already made a start with reading these, I’m glad to have the extra motivation!

Best Novel

The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)

Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)

The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)

A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)

Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)

The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)

Best Novella

“Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom”, by Ted Chiang (Exhalation (Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf; Picador))

The Deep, by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes (Saga Press/Gallery)

The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)

In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)

This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (Saga Press; Jo Fletcher Books)

To Be Taught, If Fortunate, by Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager; Hodder & Stoughton)

June is also Pride month, an annual event that commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969, seeks to raise awareness, and improve relationships with LGBT+ people. It seemed fitting in a month that celebrates diversity to read the Hugo award finalists, as the majority of this year’s nominated books are written by women and include LGBT+ representation. In celebration of Pride month my guest review at Worlds of SFF will be one of these books.


And finally, if I somehow get through all of THOSE books, I’m excited to have ARCs of the following waiting to be read:

Thank god my Netgalley feedback ratio has dropped to 55%, I can’t be trusted with that website. I’m looking forward to reading at a more relaxed place once I’ve caught up!

Professional Reader

Published by Jake is Reading

I review science fiction and fantasy books, and in my spare time stalk rescue cat profiles online.

7 thoughts on “What’s up, June?

  1. Hahah, the NetGalley ratio thing is very relatable 😀 you wanna join the State of the ARC meme to help you keep the numbers in check? I used to host it, but now my friend Sarah does for me. We just sort of count our ARCs and try to motivate each other 🙂

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