13 June 2022

General Fiction on My June Reading List

June is one of the big publishing months of the year. What follows are general fiction titles that caught my attention. Some of these books are perfect for light reading on a hot day by the pool; some are heavier and will make you think.

The blurbs are taken from the publishers' summaries. I've also provided the names of the audiobook narrators.

The Angel of Rome by Jess Walter book coverThe Angel of Rome by Jess Walter (Harper): A stunning [short story] collection about those moments when everything changes—for the better, for the worse, for the outrageous—as a diverse cast of characters . . . [question] their roles in life and [find] inspiration in the unlikeliest places. First line:

Mother was a stunner.
Audiobook: Read by Edoardo Ballerini and Julia Whelan

The Beach Trap by Ali Brady book coverThe Beach Trap by Ali Brady (Berkley): Two best friends torn apart by a life-altering secret. One Summer to set the record straight. First line:
There’s something unique about friendships forged between girls at summer camp.
Audiobook: Read by Brittany Pressley and Imani Jade Powers

The Catch by Alison Fairbrother book coverThe Catch by Alison Fairbrother (Random House): A story of the gifts we’re given over the course of a lifetime—the ones we want and the ones we don’t yet understand that we need. First line:
My father, a minor poet, celebrated holidays out of season.
Audiobook: Read by Julia Knippen

Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro book coverDele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro (Knopf): The story of three once-inseparable college friends in Nigeria who reunite in Lagos for the first time in thirty years . . . about mothers and daughters, culture and class, sex and love, and the extraordinary resilience of female friendship. First line:
In the photo they are eating something out of frame, pounded yam, perhaps, or maybe eba.
Audiobook: Read by Tarlye Peterside

Gilt by Jamie Brenner book coverGilt by Jamie Brenner (Putnam): A luxurious and richly compelling . . . novel . . . about a famous family jewelry dynasty and the hidden past that could topple it all. First line:
She reached for her mother's hand, excited and just a little bit afraid.
Audiobook: Read by January LaVoy

Girls They Write Songs About by Carlene Bauer book coverGirls They Write Songs About by Carlene Bauer (Farrar, Straus & Giroux): A thrumming, searching novel about the friendships that shape us more than any love affair. First line:
Rose and I moved to New York to be motherless.
Audiobook: Read by Cady Zuckerman

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand book coverThe Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown): An immensely satisfying page-turner . . . about a summer of scandal at a storied Nantucket hotel. First line:
Nantucket Island is known for its cobblestone streets and redbrick sidewalks, cedar-shingled cottages and rose-covered arches, long stretches of golden beach and refreshing Atlantic breezes—and it's also known for residents who adore a juicy piece of gossip (which hot landscaper has been romancing which local real estate mogul's wife—that kind of thing.
Audiobook: Read by Erin Bennett

The Measure by Nikki Erlick book coverThe Measure by Nikki Erlick (William Morrow): Both heartbreaking and profoundly uplifting, [this] is a sweeping, ambitious meditation on life, family, and society that challenges us to consider the best way to live life to the fullest. First line:
It was difficult to imagine a time before them, a world in which they hadn't come.
Audiobook: Read by Julia Whelan

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan book coverNora Goes off Script by Annabel Monaghan (Putnam): Filled with warmth, wit, and wisdom, [this] is the best kind of love story—the real kind where love is complicated by work, kids, and the emotional baggage that comes with life. First line:
Hollywood is coming today.
Audiobook: Read by Hillary Huber

Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins book coverOut of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins (Berkley): A funny and surprising new novel about losing it all—and getting back more than you ever expected. First line:
Six months ago, if you had asked me what I thought I’d be doing today, the answer would not have been transporting a drugged skunk to the house where my soon-to-be ex-husband lived with his much-younger fiancĂ©e.
Audiobook: Read by Xe Sands and CJ Bloom

These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany book coverThese Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany (Grand Central): A paean to youth and female friendship—and to all the joy and messiness love holds. First line:
"Do you think Eid sex is a thing? Like birthday sex, but just the Muslim equivalent?"
Audiobook: Read by Shazia Nicholls

Tracy Flick Can't Win by Tom Perrota book coverTracy Flick Can't Win by Tom Perrotta (Scribner): A pitch-perfect new satirical novel about ambition, coming-of-age in adulthood, and never really leaving high school politics behind. First line:
There was another front-page story in the paper.
Audiobook: Read by a full cast

The Truth About Ben and June by Alex Kiester book coverTruth about Ben and June by Alex Kiester (Park Row): This . . . novel explores the complexity of a modern-day marriage and motherhood, when a new mother vanishes one morning, and her husband must retrace events of their recent past to bring her home. First line:
On the day everything fell apart, Ben awoke to the sound of the baby crying.
Audiobook: Read by Brittany Pressley and Pete Cross

Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore book coverVacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore (William Morrow): A delicious summer read set in midcoast Maine, tackling family secrets, marriage, motherhood, and privilege. First line:
The Greyhound from Altoona, Pennsylvania, to Rockland, Maine, takes twelve hours and thirty-three minutes with three stops, all of them in the places where you don't necessarily want to use the bathroom but may find you have no choice.
Audiobook: Read by Stacey Glemboski

Who You Might Be by Leigh N. Gallagher book coverWho You Might Be by Leigh N. Gallagher (Henry Holt): A fiercely original debut that takes readers from 1990s Southern California to a UFOlogist holdout in Nevada, the graffiti playground of Detroit, and a self-important New York art scene in an unflinching examination of how life’s most unexpected turns—and the people we meet along the way—shape who we become. First line:
Two fourteen-year-old girls, one beautiful and one just okay, are running away from home on a northbound Amtrak.
Audiobook: Read by Aven Shore

16 comments:

Kay 6/13/22, 9:16 AM  

Nice to see you here! I've been on a break and am winding my way back around and actually commenting. Ha! Several of these books sound good and very summery. Enjoy!

Mary (Bookfan) 6/13/22, 9:58 AM  

Haven't had much luck with short story collections but the audiobook narrators of The Angel of Rome will put it on my wish list!

kay - Infinite Shelf 6/13/22, 10:07 AM  

What a great list! The Beach Trap sounds good to me, and I also have Out of the Clear Blue Sky to read this summer. Happy reading!

Laurel-Rain Snow 6/13/22, 10:49 AM  

I have the Tom Perrotta book...and I am eyeing the Nantucket one.

Enjoy your week and your books!

Aj @ Read All The Things! 6/13/22, 11:03 AM  

Great list! There are so many books I want to read this summer.

Yvonne 6/13/22, 11:06 AM  

June looks like a great month for reading. I see a couple on your list that I want to read - The Beach Trap and the Elin Hilderbrand book.

Hope you have a great week!

Les in Oregon 6/13/22, 11:57 AM  

The Hotel Nantucket and Vacationland sound like perfect summer reads. I've not heard of The Measure, but I'm intrigued. Thanks for this great list! Hope you are enjoying your afternoons/evenings on your beautiful deck. We're still waiting for the rain to end...

JoAnn 6/13/22, 12:04 PM  

This list could keep me busy all summer long! Elin Hilderbrand is always a good summer read and I've been wanting to try a Meg Mitchell Moore novel, too.

Greg 6/13/22, 3:11 PM  

Those last three sound really good. I like that quote from Vacationland.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 6/13/22, 6:19 PM  

I shall be looking for Dele Weds Destiny and The Catch. Thank you for the update.

shelleyrae @ book'd out 6/14/22, 5:21 AM  

Thanks for sharing your recs, I’ve added several of these to my WTR

Wishing you a great reading week

Vicki 6/14/22, 2:41 PM  

I have the audio of The Beach Trap. I see a few more I want to check out.

Martha Eskuchen 6/14/22, 11:26 PM  

Glad you linked at MM.
So many good-looking titles. I have seen some at other sites too.
Happy Reading!

vvb32 reads 6/15/22, 1:34 AM  

Nice variety of books. Enjoy :-)

Jen at Introverted Reader 6/16/22, 6:34 PM  

The cover of Dele Weds Destiny really catches my eye. And I see several narrators I like on this list!

Sherry's Pickings 6/27/22, 9:42 PM  

i read a lot of non-fiction but occasionally add some fiction to my list. ah so so many books to read and i need another lifetime to do it in ....

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