Favorite Posts of the Month: June 2020 // My Thoughts on J.K. Rowling, Black Voices You Need to Listen to, LGBT Recommendations, & More

It’s Favorite Posts of the Month part two!!

In case you missed it, FPOTM is a monthly feature where I highlight my favorite posts I read that were published in the previous month. And to make the posts less boring to read, I intersperse them with gifs. (This month’s theme is rainbow for Pride Month!!) I’m actually a little sad because I didn’t really find any favorite favorite posts in June, whereas I had so much in May, but oh well. At least I didn’t have to worry about this post being too long.

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Black bloggers Saoudia @ With Love, Saoudia and Faith @ Pages Left Unread shared their thoughts on being Black in the bookish community, the changes they want to see, etc. It’s so, so important to listen to what they have to say, and I hope that even though BLM isn’t trending anymore, we’ll still continue to support Black authors and creators, and actively call out racism and microaggressions within the community.

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Kay @ Hammock of Books discusses her thoughts on separating J.K. Rowling from Harry Potter. I think that Kay addressed this topic really well, and I want to make it clear that even though I’ve talked about the Harry Potter books on this blog before, I don’t support JKR’s transphobic, homophobic, etc. views whatsoever. (This might be off-tangent, but my opinion is that we shouldn’t just stop at not giving JKR money, but we should also stop talking about HP on all our platforms. Whether you like it or not, talking about her work could encourage people to support her. If you must love HP, love it quietly in consideration for trans people who probably get hurt every time they’re reminded of JKR or HP.)

Xandra @ Starry Sky Books shares more things that she wishes she had known before joining the book community. Xandra gives some of the best blogging advice ever, and this time is no different! I highly recommend the previous parts of this series too!

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May recommends 50+ books by and about queer people of color, ranging from backlist titles, new releases, and anticipated releases. This post is so comprehensive, and I’m forever in awe of how much work May puts into her posts and boosting diverse books!! I also have Opinions on books about QPOC written by white people, but I’ll keep them to myself for now, and just beg you to read ownvoices QPOC books.

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books questions if book bloggers’ work is really valued. The #PublishingPaidMe hashtag that made the rounds on book twitter to show the disparity between what publishers pay white authors vs. Black authors sparked discussion about how much Bookstagrammers, BookTubers, and book bloggers are paid. And, well, you and I both know that it’s extremely rare to earn money from book blogging. I admire Marie so much for writing a post about the underappreciation of book bloggers within the book community, and I’m so frustrated that even though we put just as much work into our content as BookTubers and Bookstagrammers do, we rarely get the same compensation for our work. Marie expressed my thoughts on the topic way better than I could.

Chana @ Paper Procrastinators discusses whether you can separate art from the artist. I think this is such an important discussion to have as more and more authors get exposed/show their asses lmao. I really don’t think that separating the art from the artist is truly possible, and I loved discussing all the nuances of this topic with her!!

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Fadwa @ Word Wonders shares books from all genres and age ranges that have pansexual main characters. Reading this post made me sad about the lack of pan rep out there, but I was also in awe of how comprehensive it was! Fadwa does such a good job of promoting diverse books, and I highly recommend checking out all the Word Wonders TBR Expansion posts.

Em/Zainab @ Em’s Bookish Musings discusses asexuality in literature with two other asexual bloggers. This post is part of It’s Queer Here, a Pride Month feature hosted my Em. I highly encourage you to check out all the posts in it, but this one is my personal fave. I loved reading about these bloggers’ thoughts on their sexuality being represented in literature!

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CW @ The Quiet Pond hosts Pride Month at the Pond. CW is really doing the most when it comes to boosting diverse books and voices, I’m forever in awe of her!! In this month-long feature, CW hosts guest posts and interviews with queer people in the community and recommends numerous LGBT books. I highly recommend that you check out at least some of the posts in this feature, especially her book recs!!

Lastly, May @ Forever and Everly and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books are hosting the Fourth Annual Book Blogger Awards!! I can’t express how excited I am to see how things pan out this year! I’ll definitely be writing my own nominations post, even though I don’t even know how to begin choosing the bloggers I want to mention and the categories I want to put them in. :”) But please, please write your own nominations post and support the Book Blogger Awards!! May and Marie are putting so much effort into this event, and it’s such a great way to uplift book bloggers!!

As always, please don’t get hurt if one of your posts isn’t here. As long as I left a like on your post, I enjoyed reading it!

What are your thoughts on J.K. Rowling and separating the art from the artist? Feel free to link to your favorite posts of the month in the comments!

37 thoughts on “Favorite Posts of the Month: June 2020 // My Thoughts on J.K. Rowling, Black Voices You Need to Listen to, LGBT Recommendations, & More

  1. I’m excited to read many of these posts and am definitely going to follow a few of the bloggers you linked to.

    I also wanted to distinctively call out the paragraph on HP. I never thought of it the way you presented and was on the “the writer is not the book” side of the issue. You’ve won me over with logic and empathy, so thank you for being brave enough to share a potentially “unpopular opinion”. I will continue to love the books, in privacy.

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    1. ahh, hope you enjoy reading them! im glad that you understood where i’m coming from. i totally understand that the HP books mean a lot to people, but i also think that the harm that the author has caused toward numerous people has to be acknowledged :((


  2. As always, I loved reading this feature, Caitlin!!💛 Your insights on each post are great, too. I really enjoyed both Kay and Chana’s posts regarding separating art from the artist this month as well! It’s difficult for me to erase the memories Harry Potter has given me, being such a critical part of my childhood, but I definitely agree that continuing to promote it on my platforms would be inconsiderate of people more directly affected by her words than I am. You put it so eloquently! xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Olivia! You’re always so kind 🥺🥺💗 I’m glad you understand where I’m coming from! I really understand that HP is a huge part of some people’s lives, and the series did bring some good to the world. But I can’t help but think about the trans lives that JKR’s hateful words are affecting, & the fact that some trans people are triggered by her (especially that transphobic essay). So I believe that it’s okay to love HP, but we should do it privately & not give JKR money ever again :((

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  3. I can’t wait to check out all these wonderful posts!! And thank you so much for sharing my post 🥰🥰 it makes me so happy to hear (see?) that you liked it! (I also am eagerly awaiting for a discussion of your own on the topic, no pressure 😄).

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  4. I agree with your opinion on Rowling – as long as we keep talking about her work in any shape or form, there are going to be people who will become interested in them and purchase them. I don’t believe in separating the art from the artist, because by purchasing the art and talking about it, I’m giving the author (and publisher) money and encouraging others to do the same. That’s not okay. On top of that, people have pointed to many problematic things in Harry Potter, which are a reflection of Rowling herself – so I do believe that the art will forever be influenced by the artist’s own opinions and biases and hatred, in which case there’s no separating the art from the artist. (I hope that makes sense, haha?) Great post, Caitlin! 🙂

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! You put it perfectly! Not only are we potentially encouraging people to buy Harry Potter-related things, but HP is also problematic and so lacking in diversity. Imo, it’s time to let that series go & read a better book by an aoc that isn’t problematic, is better written, and not riddled with plot holes 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️
      Thank you!

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  5. If you must love HP, love it quietly in consideration for trans people who probably get hurt every time they’re reminded of JKR or HP.

    Way too many people aren’t ready to hear this but that’s none of my business.

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    1. people also need to learn to redirect the energy they spend on defending their right to promote problematic content/separate the art from the artist to reading books by aoc that aren’t problematic & are better written, but that’s also none of my business 😌


  6. Aaaah thank you so much for linking my post 🤍 I also totally agree with what you said on Harry Potter and JKR (🤢🤮). The Harry Potter series has been my life for the past decade and really shaped me into the person and reader I am today, but as a cisperson i can NOT ignore the atrocities that women is saying and I can’t in good conscience support hp on any of my platforms. It makes me so sad that people are too selfish to realize that…. anyways!! fuck jkr!!!! loved this post. i love when you share posts from other people, it makes me discover so many new blogs!

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    1. Of course!! And I’m so glad that you find new blogs to follow 🥺🥺 Ahh, exactly!! I understand that HP is/was a very big part of a lot of people’s lives, but supporting HP is also supporting JKR. Plus, the HP series isn’t devoid of problematic content too lmao


  7. Oh, another wonderful collection of great posts, I’m looking forward to checking them out ❤ I love all the great discussion posts that I have seen this month! I especially enjoyed Marie’s post about the value of book blogger’s work, it made me feel really seen as the big spotlight seems to be on Bookstagram and Booktube over blogging, though I wish all parts of the community would get the same attention 🥺

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    1. Same!! I kind of understand why they’re more popular, but book blogs are fun to read and interact with too. And book bloggers put in as much work into their content as Bookstagrammers and Booktubers! Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy(ed) reading them ❤

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  8. I love this feature! It always leads me to so many amazing posts and people 😊 Harry Potter has always been an important part of my life, it’s the first series that got me into reading and I don’t think I can just stop loving the story. However, Rowling definitely doesn’t deserve any support, which is why I’ve chosen to stop talking and posting about it. The books will always hold a special place in my heart, but as you said, I’ll be loving it quietly and trying to shine the spotlight into other, more inclusive reads.

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad that you understand 🥺🥺 It’s definitely a big part of a lot of people’s lives, and I completely get why some people can’t just cut ties with it. But I think the least we can do is stop talking about HP, and instead promote diverse books by marginalized authors!

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  9. Great post. I love some of the links you have included and they make insightful reading. I agree with you completely with HP. I personally am not promoting any HP or JK work on my social media. It’s sad because it was a big part of her childhood but looking back at the books now there is a serious lack of diversity in her book as well.

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    1. Thank you, I’m so glad you think that! Ah, I’m glad you agree! And exactly. Even if the HP books didn’t have problematic aspects (which they do), there’s no ignoring the fact that it’s very lacking in diversity, & it’d be great if we used our platforms to promote more diverse reads!


  10. aahh thank you so much for sharing my qpoc book recs post!!! i still get so emotional thinking about all the support it got, it truly makes me think that maybe we’re going somewhere in publishing (and then my visions and dreams get crushed but shh) 🥺 i also ADORED marie’s discussion on blogger appreciation and value! she writes these kinds of things so well and definitely a lot better than i ever could lmao ❤ and aahh thank you so much for sharing the awards and encouraging nominations!!!

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    1. same lmao. but i think progress is being made, no matter how small 🥺 i couldn’t not share your post, it was so cohesive & important! YES, marie is the queen of blogging discussions.

      of course ❤ the book blogger awards deserve all the support (lmao i really need to finish writing my nominations post already…)


  11. I love seeing all the support for these wonderful posts! ❤

    I definitely agree with what you said about JKR. It’s such a tricky thing because there are so many people who grew up on the series and still love it, so many companies still supporting her, and so many people who don’t even know what the author is like, but we can’t continue to show love for HP the way we used to, or at all. I was one of the people who loved HP so much, but when I saw all of the things JKR said, I was sick to my stomach for days. I hate that she’s so ignorant and hateful. I’ve never felt so disconnected from something that was special to me – I would be such a different person if I hadn’t read that series, and I definitely wouldn’t be here, reading and writing. But the right thing to do is to be considerate of the trans community and stop promoting HP, and to start promoting diverse books and authors who deserve so much more attention.

    Thank you so much for sharing my post! I’m so happy you like my blogging advice! You’re so sweet 🥺💗

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    1. Thank you so much!!

      Ahh, Xandra I love you :((( I’m really so appalled that JKR turned out to be like this. if you’re super rich and influential and you know lots of people, including trans people, found home and love in your works…. why would you do that. I 100% understand that HP has had a lasting & positive impact on so many people, & their love for HP probably does not extend toward JKR. But I really think that the right thing to do is to love it quietly and support marginalized, unproblematic authors instead. Especially because the HP books aren’t devoid of problematic content themselves.

      of course i had to! you give the best blogging advice 😭💖


  12. Caitlin thank you so, so much for always writing these posts and uplifting other book bloggers’ work, this is so kind of you 🥺🥺💗 I’m so happy you enjoyed my post on book bloggers’ value and that you could relate to it, too. It deeply saddens me to see how much we can bring to the bookish and publishing world, yet are most of the time overlooked.
    Thank you so much!!! 🥺🥺💗

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    1. ah, exactly!! book blogs offer such a unique form of book promotion, and i hate that publishers and other members of the community overlook them :((
      it’s the least i can do, i love supporting book bloggers so much! and your posts are always amazing ❤ ❤


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