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11 New Fiction Books to Watch for in June

by  | June 4

Summer brings two things that are essential to life—time away from work to soak up the sun and summer reads that will have you turning page after page! We love a good summer read…a book that will transport you to another place (and sometimes to another time!). Luckily, these June reads will not disappoint.

Man of the Year

Man of the Year

by Caroline Louise Walker

Jess’s Pick#1:

Man of the Year

If you’re a fan of unreliable male narrators (so, basically any fan of the show/book You), this thriller is perfect for you. Dr. Robert Hart goes through a psychological tailspin after being named “Man of the Year” in Caroline Louise Walker’s debut novel. Readers have to figure out if what Dr. Hart is experiencing is fact, fiction, or maybe a mixture of both. You won’t be able to put it down.

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The Last House Guest

The Last House Guest

by Megan Miranda

Sienna’s Pick #1:

The Last House Guest

I always love summer reads that take place in small beachy towns, and if it’s a mystery too, well that’s the perfect combo. In Littleport, Maine, friendships between “townies” and summer residents are borderline taboo, but visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer have been inseparable for almost ten years. They are thick as thieves every summer until Sadie is found dead under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Sadie’s death is ruled a suicide, but Avery thinks that the community assumes that she was somehow involved. She truly starts to feel uneasy when a local detective keeps poking around, trying to find out what really happened that night—as does Sadie’s brother, Parker, who isn’t subtle about his disdain for Avery. Can Avery clear her name, or is this a case of where there’s smoke there’s fire? Read The Last House Guest to find out!

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Mrs. Everything

Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

Sienna’s Pick #2:

Mrs. Everything

There’s nothing like reading a story about sisters—the love, the drama, and the intense bond that comes from growing up together. Jennifer Weiner’s new novel tells the story of two such sisters growing up in 1950s Detroit: Jo is a tomboy who has a complex relationship with her mother, who doesn’t understand (or approve of) Jo’s rebellious, activist nature and her rejection of traditional femininity. Bethie, the pretty “good girl” conforms to the gender norms of the time and dreams of becoming a housewife with a family. Both sisters have traumatic experiences that set events in motion that diverge from what appeared to be their chosen paths. Bethie becomes a free spirit who thrives in the counterculture of the 60s and can’t seem to settle down. Jo finds herself married and a young mother living in Connecticut, her activist past behind her. Neither sister is living the life she dreamed of, which has left them feeling unfulfilled and questioning when is it too late for them to live their authentic version of happily ever after.

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The Stationery Shop

The Stationery Shop

by Marjan Kamali

Carrie’s Pick:

I’m so excited for everyone to read The Stationery Shop. In 1953 Tehran, Roya meets her perfect match, Bahman, at the stationery shop and bookstore where the two bookworms have made their sanctuaries. Just before they’re married, the two plan to meet, but as violence breaks out in the town square, Bahman doesn’t show, and Roya loses all faith in her love story. This bittersweet romance is also a fascinating coming-of-age story about a young woman who seeks to make her place in the world, despite her broken heart. I loved seeing Roya’s personal story woven seamlessly into historical events, and the symbolism made this story fit together perfectly. You’ll embrace this beautiful book.

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Something Like Gravity

Something Like Gravity

by Amber Smith

Annika’s Pick:

Something Like Gravity is the perfect June read to celebrate Pride Month. This book is beautifully written, filled with both touching and heartbreaking moments. Chris has recently come out as transgender and love is the last thing on his mind as he’s still processing the terrifying assault he survived a year ago. Maia is still trying to find where she fits in as she grieves the death of her older sister. But when a near-fatal car accident brings the two of them together, they might just find a way to move forward.

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Thunderhead

Thunderhead

by Neal Shusterman

Nicole’s Pick:

Thunderhead

When we left the world of Scythe (Book #1 in the Arc of the Scythe series), Citra became a Scythe over Rowan, and Rowan had completely gone rogue. It’s been a year since the Winter Conclave that shook the Scythedom to its core. Rowan has taken it upon himself to rid the world of scythes he deems unworthy, while Citra (the now-named Scythe Anastasia) fights against the new order from within it. I’m fascinated by stories that take the world we know and flip it on its head as a way for us to examine our society from the outside. Thunderhead continues to do this in the same way Scythe did, but with some added meta commentary about what happens when a seemingly fringe leader rises up and gains support among those previously afraid to express their radical beliefs. If you like your sci-fi/fantasy mixed with some political shenanigans, Thunderhead is the read for you!

 

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The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen

by Signe Pike

Heather’s Pick:

The Lost Queen

Arthurian legend captured my heart as a child, so you can bet I’m prepared to devour The Lost Queen, which has been compared to both The Mists of Avalon and Outlander. The first in a planned trilogy, Signe Pike’s debut novel neatly sidesteps stories about Arthur, Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table that we know by heart in favor of a fresh perspective. She opens our eyes to the historical figures behind the legends, especially Languoreth, a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland whose twin brother, Lailoken (a.k.a. Myrddin), may have been the real-life inspiration for Merlin…. Summer reading, here I come!

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City of Girls

City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Hannah’s Pick:

City of Girls

I am SO ready for this book. Besides that it’s written by Elizabeth Gilbert, which would make it enticing on its own, it promises everything I could want out of a summer read: New York City, 1940s, the world of theater, love, and daring women. Told from the perspective of the main character as an older woman looking back on her younger life, it’s sure to be nostalgic, as well as packed with glitz, glam, and promiscuity. Not only does it sound utterly atmospheric—hello, escapism—but I expect it to be full of women living life on their own terms, challenging society’s imperfect ideals about how and what they should be. SOLD.

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Recursion

Recursion

by Blake Crouch

Sara RM’s Pick #1:

Recursion

Can you trust your own memories? It seems like a simple question, but the eerie feeling that everything you know is all a fiction has delighted and thrilled readers for years. Now Blake Crouch, author of the excellent Wayward Pines trilogy, is putting his own twist on it. Rather than just one victim constantly questioning their memories, False Memory Syndrome affects tons of people, driving them mad with experiences that never occurred. Or so it seems, until cop Barry Sutton and neuroscientist Helena Smith discover that it might not be the memories but rather time itself that has changed. Crouch has the kind of writing style that instantly draws you into his world, so if you're dying to get drawn into a book and not let go until the very last page, be sure to pick this novel up. That is, if your memories don't get swept away first.

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Magic for Liars

Magic for Liars

by Sarah Gailey

Sara RM’s Pick #2:

Magic for Liars

If you're anything like me, you've been waiting for your letter to Hogwarts or entrance exam for Brakebills for quite some time. So Ivy Gamble's low-key envy about her twin sister Tabitha's powers is very relatable (even if she won't admit it). But Ivy, a private investigator, gets to show off some powers of her own—her powers of deduction—when a murder happens at the magical school where Tabitha is teaching. While Ivy tries to figure out whodunit, both sisters will come to terms with the past and their damaged relationship. Romance, mystery, prophecies and good old fashion sleuthing await the reader in this charming book that reminds us that, magic or not, high school is a messy nightmare, no matter how old you are.

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The Friend Zone

The Friend Zone

by Abby Jimenez

Jess’s Pick #2:

The Friend Zone

Who doesn’t love a good rom-com read for the beach? Readers can enjoy Kristen and Josh’s love story unfold in The Friend Zone. When Kristen finds out she’s unable to have kids, she decides to put her love life on hold, which means putting her crush Josh in the friend zone.

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