Remember that dessert-themed readathon I joined at the last minute?
I joined the Cozy Cookies team and it was a whole thing?
I finished exactly one of the books on my Dessertathon TBR.
June was a rough month politically and emotionally.
I did pick up more than one of the books on my list. Finishing them proved tougher than expected.
Let’s go over them, shall we?
I started this one and so far really like it.
It’s very navel-gazey and literary, not what I usually go for.
It’s also kind of stressing me out.
I’ve only been able to read a chapter at a time.
I read about three chapters and then put it down for a spell that has lasted weeks.
One Last Stop
Completed my third reread and felt much better for it.
This book made a fairly shitty Pride month more bearable.
I love it so much.
From Lukov With Love
I read about 80 pages before DNFing.
My body image was absolute garbage last month, so I was not onboard with surprise fat-shaming played for laughs.
Also, protagonist Jasmine made it pretty clear that Ivan Lukov’s comments hit her where she felt most vulnerable.
For this, her family laughed at her and said she deserved it.
It reminded me of the worst parts of college and I didn’t want to stay there.
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels
I made it more than halfway through this trainwreck before DNFing.
Every second I spent reading this took years off my life.
I didn’t realize when I started that the book had fantasy elements, including flying (?) houses (??). As in…houses that fly. Like airships.
This was hard to swallow.
I felt like this book wanted to be a feminist fantasy while also making fun of upperclass women.
It didn’t feel like an attempt at class consciousness, though.
It was like, “Wow, look at these badasses who are also frivolous and incapable! Good thing they have a sensible MAN around.”
Like, you can’t make your villain a men’s rights activists and then have your only sane character be…a man.
There were more than a few jokes I didn’t care for and a romance that was more frustrating than titillating.
I lost the will to go on when I got to a lesbian joke.
I’m just…so tired.
Don’t position yourself as a feminist and then play queerness for laughs.
I owned the second book in this series. After this trainwreck, I threw it on my Books to Sell pile. Goodbye and good riddance.
I’m 1/3 of the way into my reread.
The politics are very dense.
Like, I love this book. I love the plot. I love the worldbuilding.
I’m also…tired and my brain is made of Swiss cheese.
This book is on my floor. I had every intention of reading it.
I will eventually.
It’s on my summer Book Bingo board, so I have to at some point.
Black Moon Rising
I got this book back from my friend at the beginning of June.
I have NOT PICKED IT UP YET.
Out of all the ingredients I was trying to acquire, I got one: sugar.
I did my best.
Incidentally, you can’t bake chocolate chip cookies with just sugar. I’ve tried.
I don’t think I’ll join another readathon any time soon.
I’m just trying to keep it together.
Fun idea, though. 10/10.
If you participated in the Dessertathon, let me know how you did!