Midyear Favorites Roundup

Since we’re nearly halfway through the year, I thought I’d do a quick roundup of my favorite reads of the year so far. And since I’m terribly indecisive, I ended up with top 6 new-to-me and top 6 rereads.

New to Me:

  1. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
  2. The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison
  3. A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark
  4. The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
  5. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
  6. Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson

Hmmm. Now that I’m thinking about it, these are all very queer.

  • Chosen and the Beautiful – bisexual lead, queer and straight relationships, cast of queer characters (who are also terrible people)
  • Witness for the Dead – gay lead, some brief allusions to past relationship and hints of potential future relationship
  • Master of Djinn – lesbian lead and relationship
  • Queer Principles of Kit Webb – gay lead and relationship
  • One Last Stop – bisexual lead and lesbian relationship, cast of queer characters
  • Broken – OK, this one isn’t queer so much as about mental illness (depression and anxiety mostly)

Rereads

  1. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  2. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  3. The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
  4. Ashlords by Scott Reintgen
  5. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn-Jones
  6. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

ARC Review: Broken (In the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson aka the Bloggess

Broken (in the best possible way)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I won an arc of this on Goodreads and I’m SO glad I did because I might have put off buying it and that would have been a tragedy.

Jenny Lawson is so real and unfiltered and relatable, and I’ve loved her writing for years. As someone who also suffers from depression (but the bipolar kind) and anxiety there is so much here that makes me go yes, I understand that on a very deep level. But also Jenny has the funniest stories and the craziest interactions with people and I love it because this book was basically alternating between deeply resonating and making me laugh uncontrollably out loud.

I picked it up the instant it arrived in the mail and hardly put it down until I finished it the next day it was so good. It’s funny and heartbreaking and emotional and inspirational and I relate so hard.

Jenny Lawson says the things all of us with mental illness think but might not have the courage to say out loud. And sometimes they need to be said and shared.

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