It is a new month and that means it’s time to share the best books I read in June, including the two I picked for our book clubs.
I’m not necessarily a fan of westerns or romances (or western romances) but then I glimpsed the summary…“A genre-bending queer feminist Western pitched as True Grit meets Sarah Waters, following a young woman’s transformation from forlorn orphan to successful prostitute to revenge-seeking gunfighter, exploring desire, loyalty, power, and chosen family.” YES, PLEASE, GIVE IT TO ME.
So good. (And we have spots available if you want to join the Fantastic Strangelings and want this as your first book.)
I was sucked in by the premise and couldn’t put it down. “On a creepy island where everyone has a strange obsession with the year 1994, a newcomer arrives, hoping to learn the truth about her son’s death–but finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into the bizarrely insular community and their complicated rules.”
I don’t know why but I totally had flashbacks to all the teen horror I read in the 90s…R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Lois Duncan, Richard Peck. And now I want to go find all of those books again. (Edited to add: I just noticed that the cover blurb is by R. L. Stine but it totally wasn’t when I got my early copy and now I’m feeling slightly psychic.)
Need more books to get you through the month? Same. Here are a few amazing new June books I loved:
The Art Thief by Michael Finkel – The captivating and true story of Stephane Brietwieser, the notorious serial art thief who accumulated a collection worth over $1.4 billion and hid it all in his bedr
Maeve Fly by CJ Leede – By day, Maeve Fly works at the happiest place in the world as every child’s favorite ice princess. By night…something much darker. Gory af, unsettling and bizarre, but one that people will be talking about.
Girls and Their Monsters: The Genain Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America by Audrey Clare Farley – For readers of Hidden Valley Road and Patient H.M., a harrowing non-fiction exploration of violence against children and its psychological and political consequences.
Faint of Heart by Kerilynn Wilson – What would you do if you were the only person left with a heart? Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and part Severance, this debut teen graphic novel is a vivid and haunting read.
Adult Drama: And Other Essays by Natalie Beach – Look. If you didn’t read all the Caroline Calloway/Natalie Beach online drama when it was happening then you are a better person than I am. If you are not a better person than I am then you will probably want to read this book.
Happy reading and thank you for supporting your local indie bookshop!