June is Pride month, one of the most relevant moments to spotlight books that centre their narratives on the queer experience, and in particular, the experiences of black and minority LGBTQ+ voices. After all, it was predominantly trans people of colour protesting at the Stonewall Inn in New York, who began what we now know as ‘Pride’ in the first place.
Since the lockdown began (how many weeks has it been now?), I have found it extraordinarily difficult to concentrate on a book. In an effort to reignite the habit of reading, I decided to ‘shop my shelves’ and re-read books I already own.
“It’s when times are hardest that we need the transformative magic of books and creativity the most.” – Cressida Cowell
Published last year, The Starless Sea is the long awaited follow-up to Erin Morgenstern’s best selling The Night Circus, though the two are completely separate and unrelated stories. It’s almost 500 pages long, a twisting tale of magic, mystery and adventure, but is it worth a read?
When I planned what I was going to read this month, I initially only chose three books. One of those was a novel I had already began and was nearly half way through, another was a lighthearted romcom that I knew I’d fly through and the other was a book I’d been meaning to read for a while and I had it on good authority that I’d be gripped and finish it in a matter of days.