We are officially halfway through the year! Which should make a lot of us feel better, because I think we can all agree 2020 has been a pretty bad year for all of us. (I took an amazing international trip at the beginning of the year, and I can’t get my mind around the fact that it also happened in 2020). Anyway, it’s a new month, which means it is time for a new reading list!

Before I get into the rest of this post, just know that I do have another “secret TBR” planned for this month, so I have another four books that I won’t be talking about until that post goes up. If you missed the secret TBR/reading experiment I did last month, definitely go check it out: I Let Buzzfeed Decide Which Books I Read. I had a lot of fun putting it together!

Now, onto the reading list!

What I’m Reading This Month

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This has been on my wishlist all year – check out my most anticipated books by black authors – and I cannot wait to read it! I am making it a goal of mine to read more books by authors of color, and support black authors (especially on this blog). This books seems like a great way to do both. I already have my copy, and I can’t wait to jump in!

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Rosalie Lim

I honestly requested this arc just because it sounds fun. And I can really use some lighthearted books this year. I think it’s important that we celebrate authors of color in all genres. I haven’t had the best luck with romance novels by authors of color this year, and I definitely want to change that. But I have fairly high hopes for this one – there is actually a little bit of magic, and I am very excited!

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

I read Dunmore’s debut, Bringing Down the Duke earlier this year and LOVED it Obviously, I had to read the second one when it was released. Fortunately, I do occasionally get some book blogger perks. Like being able to read this one a few months early! My secret TBR this month consists of a few heavier books, so I think a nice, fun romance will be exactly what I need after I finish those. Also getting ahead on reading my ARCs, so that’s definitely a win!

And, because I already shared that I’m planning on reading it this year, here is one book I will be reading for my secret TBR this month:

The Overstory by Richard Powers

This has obviously been on my TBR for a while now. I even put it on my most recent Five-Star Predictions list. I love the idea of a novel so deeply rooted in nature. Since I am definitely not an outdoorsy person, I thought this might be a nice way to reacquaint myself with nature. I went on an awesome hike in Bohemian Switzerland earlier this year (which feels like a lifetime ago), and definitely gained a new appreciation. If I can’t travel physically, I am going with the next best thing: books.

That’s it for July! What’s on your reading list this month? Any guesses as to what the theme is for my secret TBR?

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it! I am loving these secret TBR posts, too! The Buzzfeed one was so much fun! I have a few more planned so I’m going to try and do one every month 😊

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        1. Thank you! 😂 Most of them are not quite as fun as the Buzzfeed one (like reading the highest/lowest rated books on my TBR). But I definitely have some fun ones thrown in!

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    1. Thank you! I think it’s something (as a society) can defintiely be better about doing. I recognize that I have a voice with this blog, so I’m trying to do my part in discussing more books by authors of color in all of the geners I like to read.

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