28 June 2018

8 June Novels I Still Want to Read

*Blink* ← That’s how long the month of June lasted. And that means I’m—as always—behind in reading this month’s new releases. Good thing there’s no use-by date on books, because there’s still plenty of time for me to get to the following June novels.

A Place for Us / The Fall of InnocenceTell Me a Modern Story

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (SJP for Hogarth, June 12): A contemporary Muslim American family is divided over balancing Western 21st-century culture with their ethnic and religious traditions. Why I want to read this novel: Only through understanding and empathy can we combat hate.

The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez (Philomel Books, June 12): Eight years after surviving a childhood assault, 16-year-old Emilia is having trouble moving forward. Why I want to read this novel: Although the subject is difficult, it’s important to recognize that past trauma can resonate in the present.

The Myth of Perpetual Summer / Visible EmpireTake Me Back to the Last Century

The Myth of Perpetual Summer by Susan Crandall (Gallery, June 19): A young women recalls her tumultuous childhood in a small Mississippi town and her dysfunctional family. Why I want to read this novel: I liked the author’s first novel and tend to like coming-of-age stories.

Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, June 5): The far-reaching ways Atlanta, Georgia, was changed by the 1962 Orly plane crash that killed many of the city’s white elite . Why I want to read this novel: Because it is based on a true event with a foundation in the civil rights movement.

Bring Me Back / The CaptivesGive Me a Thrill

Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris (St. Martin’s Press, June 19): While on holiday in France, a man’s girlfriend goes missing, never to be seen again. Ten years later, he’s engaged and thinks his past is behind him . . . or is it? Why I want to read this novel: I really liked the author’s previous novels.

The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut (Ecco, June 5): A prison psychologist is surprised when his next patient is his high school crush, who’s been convicted of a brutal crime. How far will he go to help her? Why I want to read this novel: I trust the Ecco imprint and thought the premise was good.

The Book of M / Bruja BornLet Me Escape This World

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd (William Morrow, June 5): What would happen if humans were hit with a pandemic event that caused them to slowly lose their memories, until they no longer even remembered to eat? Why I want to read this novel: Even in the present political climate, I can’t resist a good adult dystopian/postapocalyptic story.

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova (Sourcebooks Fire, June 5): This is the second entry in an urban fantasy with Latinx underpinnings. Plus there are witches and walking dead. Why I want to read this novel: I liked the first book in this series and want to know what happens next.


Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 6/28/18, 7:27 AM  

I really liked Visible Empire - it's a really interesting shapshot of a time when sparks were flying and things felt like they could explode at any minute...and I'm not talking about the plane!

I DNF'd A Place for Us...was just slow and long.

bermudaonion 6/28/18, 8:22 AM  

I know what you mean about June flying by. I keep reading great things about A Place for Us and am anxious to read it. I thought Bring me Back was the weakest of Paris's books. :/

rhapsodyinbooks 6/28/18, 9:15 AM  

You talked me into Bring Me Back. I was wavering.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 6/28/18, 9:38 AM  

Thanks for sharing these. This is the first I have heard about all of these.

Kay 6/28/18, 10:57 AM  

Funny, I really liked A Place for Us but didn’t connect at all with Visible Empire!! (This is Kalen, btw, BFR.)

(Diane) bookchickdi 7/1/18, 8:18 AM  

A Place For Us was the best book I read this year.

Martha Eskuchen 7/5/18, 9:51 PM  

I like how you presented these. I won Bring Me Back in the AudioBook win. Thank you again!!

Daryl 7/16/18, 3:22 PM  

i am still way behind ... life is just too too ....

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