Anticipated Book Releases: June 2020

And just like that, June is right around the corner! May actually didn’t vanish in the blink of an eye, the days just slipped by! I’m hopeful for many more sunny days in the yard. There are certainly many good books coming out for us to order!

These are just some of the books releasing in June. I did my best to label the genre each book is under. For more information, visit Goodreads!

June 2

The Dragons, The Giant, The Women: A Memoir by Wayetu Moore (Non-Fiction)

A woman’s moving account of the journey to reunite with her mother, during the time of the First Liberian Civil War.

The Book of Posy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border by Rosayra Pablo Cruz & Julie Schwietert Collazo (Non-Fiction)

A heartbreaking story of a family from Guatemala torn apart upon reaching America, and the harrowing conditions detained families experience at the border.

June 9

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (Contemporary Romance)

Farrah Rochon’s latest novel brings a strong female friendship and a steamy romance!

The Star Keeper by Faith Pray (Children’s Fiction)

A heartwarming tale about a little girl embarking on a personal journey!

June 11

Instructions for The British People During The Emergency by Jason Hazeley (Humor)

A very satiric account of how to behave during lockdown. We could all use some distractions!

June 16

All Welcome Here by James Peller (Children’s Fiction)

Poetry combined with beautiful illustrations by Mary GrandPre. Thoughts and feelings about the the first day of school, a powerful milestone for every child!

Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall (Thriller)

A murder mystery is the main focus for Araminta Hall’s latest novel!

Devolution by Max Brooks (Horror)

The legend of Bigfoot is the focal point for Max Brooks’s upcoming horror account.

June 23

Inconvenient Daughter by Lauren J. Sharkey (Fiction)

A very powerful story about a young woman’s search for identity!

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (Contemporary Romance)

It’s Dani’s turn for romantic surprises as Talia Hibbert returns with Book 2 in The Brown Sisters’ stories!

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (Contemporary Romance)

Jasmine Guillory shares a heartwarming tale of romance discovered in unsuspecting places!

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee (YA Fantasy)

An alluring fantasy tale featuring the power of sisterhood!

June 30

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Thriller)

A lovely socialite investigating dark secrets in Mexico is the focal point in Moreno-Garcia’s new novel!

This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope by Shayla Lawson (Non-Fiction)

A compilation of essays documenting the richness and power of Black Girl culture!

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (Thriller)

Riley Sager returns with his fourth thriller novel, the unsuspecting person being a young woman returning to the home made famous from her father’s chilling memoir.

What books are you looking forward to in June? Feel free to share!

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May 2020 Reading Wrap Up

Is another month really coming to an end?? I wouldn’t think that staying indoors would cause the days to fly by even faster, yet here we are at the end of May!

I’ve read 10 books this month! It’s been quite a mix:

–6 eBooks
–4 physical books

Age Groups:

–2 Children’s Stories (1 Fiction, 1 Non-Fiction)
–2 YA books (1 Fantasy, 1 Contemporary)
–6 Adult (3 Contemporary Romance, 1 Thriller, 1 Fiction)

Books Read & Rating (from highest to lowest)

Inconvenient Daughter by Lauren J. Sharkey
Fiction (5 Stars)

I received a digital ARC from NetGalley & Kaylie Jones Books, and I loved it! It’s such a powerful story about a transracial adoptee searching to belong in every aspect of her life. Definitely pick up this book when it comes out! (Release date is June 23!)

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
YA Contemporary (5 Stars)

Elizabeth Acevedo’s third novel is such a beautiful story of two sisters (living in different countries) learning about their father’s deepest secrets after his death. This is a wonderful novel written in verse!

A Woman’s Place: Inside the Fight for a Feminist Future by Kylie Cheung
Non-Fiction (5 Stars)

I received A Woman’s Place through Edelweiss and North Atlantic Books. Kylie Cheung discusses the state of feminism as it navigates the fourth wave. It was like a breath of fresh air!

Until I Find You by Rea Frey
Thriller (5 Stars)

I received a digital copy of Until I Find You from NetGalley and St. Martins Press. It’s such an amazing story of the steadfast testament of a mother’s love in the search for her son.

111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl by Rina Singh
Children’s Non-Fiction (5 Stars)

I received 111 Trees through Edelweiss and Kids Can Press. This is the true story of a small Indian village that went to great lengths to nurture young women and better the environment!

Maddy McGuire, CEO: Bring Back the Bees by Emma Bland Smith
Children’s Fiction (5 Stars)

I loved reading Maddy McGuire! This was part of a read aloud activity I read for students. Such an informational and diverse read!

Beach Read by Emily Henry
Contemporary Romance (4.5 Stars)

I purchased ‘Beach Read’ through Book of the Month. I really appreciated the playful banter between both characters! The personal journey January endured was also very intense!

Love, Art, and Other Obstacles by Sadira Stone
Contemporary Romance (4 Stars)

I received a copy of Love, Art, and Other Obstacles from the author. This was a fun story about two competing artists in a complicated relationship!

Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon
Contemporary Romance (3.5 Stars)

I received a copy of Starfish Pier from Revell Reads Blogger Program. I think this is the first book I received from them that I wasn’t too crazy about! Idid, however, love the ocean backdrop, and the close knit community!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
YA Fantasy (3.5 Stars)

I really wanted to love this book! While I loved Elisabeth’s character, I felt that a lot was lacking in her development.

What books did you read this month? Feel free to share!

Update: Turns out that I left out some titles!
I’m adding three books to this list, bringing my total to 13 books read this month!

Obit: Poems by Victoria Chang
Poetry (5 Stars)

A moving poetry collection centering around the loss of a parent.

Kiss and ‘Telle? by Nadine C. Keels
Contemporary Romance (4.5 Stars)

An upbeat novella with playful banter!

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
YA Contemporary Romance

I just finished reading this book, and I have so many thoughts about it! I will have my review & rating in a few days!

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Friday Reads: May 29

Currently Reading

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

So far I’m really liking this carefree story! The romance between Pablo and Lee is very endearing, and also complicated!

Planning to Read

Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann

I received ‘Never Turn Back’ through NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. I can’t wait to start reading this book!

What books are you currently reading? What are you planning to read this weekend?

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Top 5 Tuesday: Summer Reads

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm. You can find the topics for May here.

This Week’s Topic: Top 5 Summer Reads

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Two competing authors work together to trade tips (and other secrets!) in this fun romance!

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Not only does this book have romance, there’s also strong female friendship. A win-win!

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

A scandalous snapshot sparks the beginning of an unbreakable bond between two women in Wilsner’s debut novel!

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

An unexpected encounter turns into an adorable, secret romance!

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

It’s Dani’s turn for a surprising romance in Hibbert’s next installment in the ‘Brown Sisters’ stories!

What are your top 5 summer reads? Feel free to share in the comments!

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If I Could Say Goodbye by Emma Cooper/Cover Reveal

I’m so thrilled to take part in my first cover reveal! Thank you so much to Emma Cooper for allowing me to take part!

Come check out and pre-order Emma Cooper‘s upcoming release, If I Could Say Goodbye, coming out in September! If you love touching, heartwarming stories, then you will love this one!

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Synopsis

A heart-warming and uplifting story about love, loss and finding the strength to say goodbye, from the author of The First Time I Saw You.

Jennifer Jones’ life began when her little sister, Kerry, was born. So when her sister dies in a tragic accident, nothing seems to make sense any more.

Despite the support of her husband, Ed, and their wonderful children, Jen can’t comprehend why she is still here, while bright, spirited Kerry is not.

When Jen starts to lose herself in her memories of Kerry, she doesn’t realise that the closer she feels to Kerry, the further she gets from her family.

Jen was never able to say goodbye to her sister. But what if she could?

Would you risk everything if you had the chance to say goodbye?

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Top 5 Tuesday: Opening Lines

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This Week’s Theme: Opening Lines

‘The circus arrives without warning.’

‘Alice couldn’t run. She couldn’t hide. All she could do was sit there as her mother went. In.’

‘People lived because she killed.’

‘Once upon a time, Chloe Brown died. Nearly.’

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.’

What are your favorite opening lines in a book? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Goodreads Monday: May 18

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

This Week’s Post:

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

I’ve wanted to read this story for a while, like many other books on my TBR! I love stories centering around poeple tied to one culture while struggling to adapt to another. Hopefully I can make time in the summer to read this!


Synopsis

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works — and only a handful of collections — to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors it received were the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the highest critical praise for its grace, acuity, and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America.

In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail — the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase — that opens whole worlds of emotion.

The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.

What do you think about The Namesake? Have you read this book?

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Book Review: Love, Art & Other Obstacles by Sadira Stone

Love, Art & Other Obstacles by Sadira Stone
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: 354 pages
Book 3 in Book Nirvana series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2020

My Thoughts

**I received a copy of Love, Art & Other Obstacles, for exchange of an honest review**

When I began reading Love, Art, and Other Obstacles, I thought it was going to be another novel heavy on romantic content and not much else. I was pleasantly surprised at what I discovered! This story follows the tale of Margot and Elmer, two people competing for a top prize at an arts contest in Oregon. While they are in direct competition for this generous prize, they are also navigating the realm of relationships! Elmer is very flirtatious, yet his heart is thrown into a tailspin after his wild trysts with Margot. Meanwhile, attachment is the last thing on Margot’s mind as she is in a complicated long-distance relationship with her girlfriend Darcy (who’s equally interested in playing the field herself).

While this book is heavy on the romance, there is also the theme of a found family with both Margot and Elmer. Both people suffered difficult childhoods, and each found a respected community to thrive. Through the vibrant art community in Oregon, Margot is also introduced into an artistic community that allows her freedom that her upbringing wasn’t offering.

I also loved how it was the female character in this story that had a very difficult time making a decision on commitment! In many books the male character has a hard time getting tied down, yet it’s Elmer who tries his all to make Margot have eyes only for him. It was a journey seeing Margot’s struggle as she tries to resolve what she needs for her own happiness, while fighting the demons of her past.

I found Love, Art, and Other Obstacles to be a sexy, engaging read! I recommend this book for those who like having a twist thrown in to romantic stories!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

Shes a free spirit. Hes a one-woman man.

Rejected by her family for her bisexuality, graphic artist Margot DuPont yearns for a life with no fences, no limits, and no family ties. Between college, work at Book Nirvana, and an art competition, she barely has time for her part-time girlfriend much less a flirtation with her competitor.

Dumped into the foster system at a young age, ceramics artist Elmer Byrne craves a big, loving family of the heart. His artist family almost fills that need, but something is missing…until Margot. But when he offers his heart, her thorny defenses shatter him.

Thrown together in an art competition that could jump-start one artist’s career, but not both, their irresistible attraction forces them to reconsider the meaning of success.

What do you think of Love, Art, & Other Obstacles? Feel free to share in the comments!

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NetGalley Mini Review: International Day of the Girl

The International Day of the Girl by Jessica Dee Humphreys
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Acquired through NetGalley
Release Date: September 1, 2020

**I received The International Day of the Girl through NetGalley and Kids Can Press, in exchange for an honest review**

The International Day of the Girl is a thoughtful compilation of inspirational stories of girls situated around the world. There are amazing tales of girls learning in underground schools, as well as other young women achieving the skills of carpentry and astronomy thanks to progressive-thinking families. These stories were equal parts emotional and heartwarming, each girl’s personal portrait described in rich detail.

Towards the back, this book offers a thorough timeline of events leading up to the 2011 declaration of, International Day of the Girl (October 11). I loved this brief yet concise history lesson as to how this important day came to be. This education book is suitable for children of all elementary grade levels,, since it offers age-appropriate account of the importance of equal rights. This is valuable reading material for educators everywhere!

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Friday Reads: May 8

I’m currently reading two books:

A Woman’s Place: Inside the Fight for a Feminist Future by Kylie Cheung

A huge thank you to Edelweiss and North Atlantic Books for providing me this digital copy! Kylie Cheung shares her experiences as a feminist at the forefront of the Fourth Wave. She brings to light the strong presence social media possesses to promote women’s issues, as well as the hurtful effects of mysogyny and miscommunication.

Until I Find You by Rea Frey

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for this digital copy! Rea Frey’s third novel centers on a young widow searching for her son after he mysteriously vanishes. The fact that this person is also suffering from a degenerative eye condition makes things even more interesting!

What reads do you have today? Feel free to share below!

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