22 June 2017

5 Books to Read Right Now

No matter how many hours I devote to reading each week, I just can't seem to keep up with my book list. I really must get working on that idea of reading in my sleep. In the meantime, here are five novels, all published in June, that I'm determined to finish by month's end (or maybe in July).

  • 5 Novels to Read in JuneThe Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon (Putnam): I loved Fallon's short stories and thus have high expectations for her debut novel, set in Jordon. The lives of two American military families crisscross and intertwine through love, fear, secrets, and politics.
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Custom House): Okay, I admit it: I'd read this book for the cover alone, but I'm happy to report that the novel has earned much buzz and glowing reviews. A widow and a vicar are determined to discover the truth behind the fabled creature that locals believe has killed one of their own.
  • The Lake and the Lost Girl by Jacquelyn Vincenta (Sourcebooks Landmark): It's the Michigan setting that initially called me to this debut contemporary novel. In an ill-advised effort to strengthen her marriage, a woman joins her English professor husband in the search for a late-poet's lost work.
  • The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor (Riverhead): Cantor is one of my must-read authors for historical fiction with strong Jewish elements. Her latest novel is set in German-occupied Austria and 1980s California. The themes of Nazi resistance, survival, love, and heartbreak center around the life of an Austrian stamp engraver.
  • Necessary Monsters by Richard A. Kirk (Arche): Who can resist a book about a book lover? A stolen rare book, honor among thieves, sociopolitical issues, revenge, and at least one monster round out this techno-fantasy debut from a well-known visual artist and illustrator.


Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 6/22/17, 7:39 AM  

I still haven't read Jillian Cantor, but have been hearing lots of good things! If you like her, I think you'll also like Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones...same themes and Georgia has been doing some appearances with Jillian Cantor.

rhapsodyinbooks 6/22/17, 8:25 AM  

I love the cover for The Essex Serpent also!

Susie | Novel Visits 6/22/17, 9:02 AM  

I just started A Confusion of Languages last night. So far, so good!

bermudaonion 6/22/17, 9:14 AM  

I really want to read A Confusion of Languages soon too. I'm hearing great things about The Essex Serpent.

rhonda 6/22/17, 9:45 AM  

I also loved Fallon's short stories have her novel on my tbr pile.Hunger by Roxane Gay blew me away very difficult but honest read.I'm reading The Secret Diary of Hendrik Gruen.Hysterical sweet sad,really enjoying,

sherry fundin 6/22/17, 9:54 AM  

I love reading and have faced the fact I will always have another book on my reading list...waiting...

sherry @ fundinmental

Nan 6/22/17, 10:19 AM  

I have The Essex Serpent waiting my shelf!

Lisa 6/22/17, 3:38 PM  

I just finished The Lake and the Lost Girl! It hooked me right away!

Iliana 6/22/17, 5:00 PM  

I know it's so hard to keep up right? Let us know if you find a way to read in your sleep :)
All of these look good but I'm particularly interested in The Essex Serpent.

(Diane) bookchickdi 6/22/17, 8:09 PM  

I love Siobhan Fallon's short stories too and am looking forward to this novel. I haven't read any of Jillian Cantor, but I heard her speak last night in Rhode Island and bought The Lost Letter. It sounds very good.

JoAnn 6/22/17, 9:28 PM  

Can't wait to read Siobhan Fallon 's novel!

Daryl 6/26/17, 9:00 AM  

several of these are looking very interesting .. thanks!

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