What a great month! There might have been a few bumps in the road, but overall, I read some great books and made some wonderful memories.
May was chalk full of great reading – it’s almost impossible for me to list a favorite, but if I had to choose, it would be The Madwoman Upstairs by Cathereine Lowell. Everything, from the characters to their literary arguments to all the Bronte references, it was smart and sassy in all the right ways.
My least favorite read from the month was At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. While her writing is enchanting, her story lacked any spark, the plot was so thin it had no room to grow.
While I’m still working my way through all of the May releases I gushed about last month, here are some great reads set to release in June:
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand: June 7th
Being compared to The Princess Bride, this novel is set to fill some pretty big shoes. A fantastical and romantic retelling of Lady Jane Grey, a reluctant young lady forced by family and conspiracy to rob King Edward to the throne of England. (512 Pages)
With Malice by Eileen Cook: June 7th
A teenage girl wakes to find herself in the hospital and no memory of the last six weeks or the tragic accident that killed her best friend. The perfect thriller for the summer! (320 Pages)
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: June 7th
Delving more into fantasy lately, I’m totally psyched for this thrilling new tale of bloodsucking monsters. Set in a magical land, two families have sworn a truce, but it won’t last long enough as peace is crumbling and monsters are summoned. (400 Pages)
The Girls by Emma Cline: June 14th
Summer at the end of the 1960s, full of change and violence, a group of girls is caught up by their new freedom meet a mysterious stranger at the park. Little do they know, he’s soon to be the leader of one of America’s most infamous cults. (368 Pages)
Barkskins by Annie Prouix: June 14th
An epic set in the late 17th century, two men arrive in New France, bound to a new feudal lord, exchanging land for labor. The novel follows their new start in life and the families they forge, traveling across oceans from North America to Europe to New Zealand. This is the historical epic we’ve all been waiting for! (736 Pages)
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler: June 21st
A modern retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, Kate’s prospects are seemingly slim, so when her father’s young lab partner is about to be deported he, of course, assumes she’ll be perfectly eager to marry him. (240 Pages)
Never Ever by Sara Saedi: June 21st
Reminiscent of Peter Pan, this is the perfect fairy tale for the summer! Wylie and her brothers are magically whisked away to a tropical island and embrace the beauties of perpetual childhood, but there’s more to the mysterious island than meets the eye. (352 Pages)
Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk: June 28th
You guys, there’s a new Fight Club!! And it’s a graphic novel!! The story picks up 10 years after the start of Project Mayhem. He now lives a boring, mundane life, but we all know that won’t last for long. (34 Pages)
Conrad & Eleanor by Jane Rogers: June 28th
Conrad and Eleanor is a new take on marriage, exploring the bond between two scientists and the effect their work has had on the relationship. They’ll discover new strengths and old secrets, forcing them both to re-examine their marriage and family. (336 Pages)
What will you be reading in June?
2 thoughts on “May Recap and June Releases!”
Great list!!! I also have Barkskins on mine though I probably won’t get to it till retirement (hopefully sooner but at that length, I don’t know). I am also looking forward to reading The Girls, and THERE IS A NEW FIGHT CLUB??? WHA..? Awesome – thanks for letting me know 🙂
I was planning on listening to the audiobook, but I’m not the biggest fan of the narrator they chose. He’s kind of a bore for a book of it’s length, so it’ll be while before I get to it too. And that was my reaction too. I only found out about Fight Club when browsing upcoming releases on Barnes & Noble – where’s the love!?
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