It's very hot up here in Canada right now. Not that I'm complaining. I love the warm weather and everything about summer. However I also understand that this weather is not for everyone, so I hope you all stay cool if you're in a hot climate right now as well! This is what my June looked like:
What I Read:
Love After The End edited by Joshua Whitehead: 4/5 stars
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah: 4/5 stars
Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga: 5/5 stars
Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli: 5/5 stars
People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry: 4/5 stars
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston: 4.5/5 stars
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee: 4/5 stars
Jay's Gay Agenda by Jason June: 4/5 stars
Favourite Book: Seven Fallen Feathers was an emotional but important non-fiction novel about the epidemic of Indigenous children and teens going missing in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The book has elements of a crime book while still being extremely sensitive to the victims and their families. The author is also Indigenous, so this book truly comes from a place of respect. While it's a very hard read, it's also extremely necessary especially considering the things coming up in Canadian news as of recent.
What I Blogged:
I really enjoyed my post about The Fetishization Of M/M Romance And Representation That I Need To Read More Of. I am really passionate about that subject matter so it was good to get some frustrations off my chest, and receive some great tips from fellow readers!
Favourite Blog Posts Of The Month:
Simone says: "Please Don't Assume That I Need Healing"
Nicole talks about The Joys Of Verse Novels
Cee discusses the film Jojo Rabbit: The Bittersweet Tale of Captain K
This month was very busy! I continued to freelance write, which got me through the beginning and middle of the month, but by the end of the month, my manager called me back to work at my in-person job. Ontario has been in lockdown since December, but vaccine rollout has gotten better, so the government decided it was okay for retail stores to open up again. Now I'm doing freelance stuff on the side, while also working a couple times a week in-person. While seeing strangers again is always worrying, I'm glad to get back into a normal routine.
In other great news, I am now fully vaccinated! I am so happy that me and my entire family have put the vaccination stress behind us. It's a huge weight off of our shoulders. If you can, please go get the shot!
I watched Loki this month, and I am absolutely loving it. It's such a complex, unique show and I never knew how much I loved Loki until watching it. Now I look forward to every Wednesday when it comes out. I can't believe season one will be over soon :(
This July, I will continue to work, and also try to do my part to raise more awareness on issues that Indigenous populations face. As July 1st marks Canada Day, I am thinking a lot more critically on the problems with this country and why it's crucial that the world doesn't write Canada off as being "better than the US." I also hope that people will think about how capitalism exploits issues like this, so that we can decide how to ethically support marginalized communities. For more information on the capitalization of Indigenous issues, visit this link
So, that was my June. Very busy, but also very hopeful for a better future. How was your June?
Emily @ Paperback Princess