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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Anticipated May 2020 Releases

I hope everyone is trying to make the best out of this sunny Saturday! While New Jersey still has some lockdown restrictions in place, I still take comfort in books and communicating with loves ones!

There are some exciting books coming out this month! Here are a few that I’m excited about this month:

May 5

May 12

May 19

May 21

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November 2019 Book Releases

With the start of a new month comes another wave of new stories waiting for us to read! Here are some of the books coming out in November:

November 5:


Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Egan
This is the sequel to the wildly popular Girls of Paper and Fire. Lei returns to play her role in the battle against the Demon King and his minions. I enjoyed reading Book 1 so much, so I can’t wait to have this story in my hands!

The Toll by Neal Shusterman
This is Book 3 of the Arc of a Scythe series by Shusterman. People are immortal in this world, disease and death of natural causes obsolete. Death only arrives through the touch of a Scythe, beings trained to become harbingers of Death.
Admittedly, I never read the first two books of the series, but I hope to someday! The series sounds so captivating!

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Steifvater
This is the first book in a new trilogy, set in the world of the Raven Cycle. It follows Ronan Lynch and the adventure he (and his companions) gets caught up in!

Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets #2) by Natalie Waters
This story involves a detective discovering the mystery of her boss’s death, finding shocking truths along the way.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
This is the long-anticipated second book by Morgenstern, after releasing The Night Circus back in 2011. I can’t wait to see what happens in this story!

November 12

Coral by Sara Ella
This is a fairy tale retelling of The Little Mermaid, centering around three people learning to discover meaning outside the cruel confines of isolation.

November 19

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
This is the highly anticipated third and final book of the Folk of the Air trilogy. Jude ventures back into the Fairie realm to aid her twin sister Taryn, to regain the control she once had while getting ensnared in an oncoming war.

These are just a few of the new releases coming out this month! I can’t to see what else comes this way!

October 2019 New Releases

I adore the magic of October! Autumn is in full swing, and it’s the time for everything frightful! There are certainly some books released during this time that fit the bill!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genre: Fiction
Release Date: October 8

Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s highly anticipated release. This will be Bardugo’s first venture into writing Adult Fiction, taking us into the world of Alex Stern, a high school dropout who is given the opportunity to attend Yale, while monitoring the clandestine (and at times dark) activities of the elite.

Full Throttle: Stories by Joe HIll
Publisher: Gollancz Books
Genre: Horror
Release Date: Oct 1, 2019

Full Throttle is a short story compilation that contains 13 tales of human struggle and terror. Two of these stories are co-written with Stephen King. I’m sure that these stories will be charged with enough psychological tension to keep anyone awake at night!

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: P.G. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA/Paranormal
Release Date: October 8, 2019

Renee Ahdieh’s The Beautiful tells a tale of Celine, a dressmaker fleeing from Paris who becomes captivated with the glamour of New Orleans within the 19th century. As the story unfolds, beauty of this new world also reveals a haven of mystery and supernatural intrigue.

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA/Fantasy

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Rin Chupeco writes an intense story about a betrayal that is the cause of twin sisters ruling opposite ends of a world that ceases to rotate. It is up to their daughters to stop sinister forces that threaten their very livlihood, while discovering the secret behind their stories family conflict.

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu
Story by Suzanne Walker
Genre: Graphic Novel/YA
Publisher: Lion Forge
Release Date: October 15, 2019

Mooncakes is a graphic novel that tells the story of a Nova, teen witch working at her grandmother’s bookshop, who helps out her childhood friend Tam, a werewolf. Nova and Tam’s story is heartfelt, set in a backdrop of magic and family lineage.

July 2019 Book Releases

Although it’s now the beginning of July, here are some of the book releases that are happening this month. I’m very excited to see these selections!

The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Dutton Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: July 30, 2019

I’m so excited for this story, since it’s set in one of my favorite areas in New York City. When I lived in New York for seven years, I used to hang around the Chelsea neighborhood often. Although it’s set between the 40s and 60s, I feel like I’m going to enjoy learning about the rich history that New York City contains during this period.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):

From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City’s creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine’s Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom.

Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh
Part of the Westcott Series
Length: 336 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Berkeley Books
Release Date: July 2, 2019

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Abigail Westcott’s dreams for her future were lost when her father died and she discovered her parents were not legally married. But now, six years later, she enjoys the independence a life without expectation provides a wealthy single woman. Indeed, she’s grown confident enough to scold the careless servant chopping wood outside without his shirt on in the proximity of ladies.

But the man is not a servant. He is Gilbert Bennington, the lieutenant colonel and superior officer who has escorted her wounded brother, Harry, home from the wars with Napoleon. Gil has come to help his friend and junior officer recover, and he doesn’t take lightly to being condescended to–secretly because of his own humble beginnings.

If at first Gil and Abigail seem to embody what the other most despises, each will soon discover how wrong first impressions can be. For behind the appearances of the once-grand lady and the once-humble man are two people who share an understanding of what true honor means, and how only with it can one find love.

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
Length: 352 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkeley Books
Release Date: July 16, 2019

This book is written by the same author who published The Proposal, a Reese Witherspoon book club pick. It was also on Book of the Month a while back. While I wasn’t immediately gravitated toward The Proposal, I appreciate books that feature women living life on her own terms. I’m very curious in seeing how The Wedding Party fares, especially since I’m currently planning my own wedding!

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

     Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

1. Alexa is their best friend
2. They hate each other
After an “oops, we made a mistake” night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it’s suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvouses, they find themselves regretting that the end is near. Two people this different can’t possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right?

But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abby Waxman
Length: 351 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: July 9, 2019

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?
 
Nina considers her options.
1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)
 
It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader
Length: 368 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Graydon House
Release Date: July 16, 2019

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

It’s been seventeen years since the tragic summer the McAvoy sisters fell apart. Lindy, the wild one, left home, carved out a new life in the city and never looked back. Delia, the sister who stayed, became a mother herself, raising her daughters and running the family shop in their small Ohio hometown on the shores of Lake Erie.

But now, with their mother’s ailing health and a rebellious teenager to rein in, Delia has no choice but to welcome Lindy home. As the two sisters try to put their family back in order, they finally have the chance to reclaim what’s been lost over the years: for Delia, professional dreams and a happy marriage, and for Lindy, a sense of home and an old flame—and best of all, each other. But when one turbulent night leads to a shocking revelation, the women must face the past they’ve avoided for a decade. And there’s nothing like an old secret to bring the McAvoy women back together and stronger than ever.

With warm affection and wry wit, Molly Fader’s The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is about the ties that bind family and the power of secrets to hold us back or set us free.

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Release Date: July 30, 2019

Synopsis (from Amazon):

Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did . . .
“This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much. . . My son broke into your home recently while you were out.”

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well–learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets?

In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide . . .

You never really know what people are capable of.

Some June 2019 Book Releases

Summer is right around the corner!

What better way to enjoy the care-free beach days and long, relaxing nights than curling up with a favorite book! Here are some new titles coming your way for the month of June.

The following descriptions are from Simonandschuster.com:

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Atria Books
Length: 480 pgs
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Release Date: June 11, 2019

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

Man of the Year by Caroline Louise Walker
Gallery Books
Genre: Suspense
Length: 304 pgs
Release Date: June 11, 2019

Dr. Robert Hart, Sag Harbor’s just-named Man of the Year, is the envy of his friends and neighbors. His medical practice is thriving. He has a beautiful old house and a beautiful new wife and a beautiful boat docked in the village marina. Even his wayward son, Jonah, is back on track, doing well at school, finally worthy of his father’s attentions. So when Jonah’s troubled college roommate, Nick, needs a place to stay for the summer, Hart and his wife generously offer him their guest house. A win-win: Jonah will have someone to hang with, and his father can bask in the warm glow of his own generosity.

But when he begins to notice his new houseguest getting a little too close to his wife, the good doctor’s veneer begins to crack. All the little lies Robert tells—harmless falsehoods meant to protect everything he holds dear—begin to mount. Before long, he’s embroiled in a desperate downward spiral, destroying the lives that stand in his way. It’s only the women in his life—his devoted office manager, his friends, his wife—who can clearly see the truth.

Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani Larocca
Simon & Schuster Books
Length: 352 pgs
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: June 11, 2019

Can Mimi undo the mayhem caused by her baking in this contemporary-fantasy retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

Eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson comes from a big Indian American family: Dad’s a renowned food writer, Mom’s a successful businesswoman, and her three older siblings all have their own respective accomplishments. It’s easy to feel invisible in such an impressive family, but Mimi’s dream of proving she’s not the least-talented member of her family seems possible when she discovers a contest at the new bakery in town. Plus, it’ll start her on the path to becoming a celebrity chef like her culinary idol, Puffy Fay.

But when Mimi’s dad returns from a business trip, he’s mysteriously lost his highly honed sense of taste. Without his help, Mimi will never be able to bake something impressive enough to propel her to gastronomic fame.

Drawn into the woods behind her house by a strangely familiar song, Mimi meets Vik, a boy who brings her to parts of the forest she’s never seen. Who knew there were banyan trees and wild boars in Massachusetts? Together they discover exotic ingredients and bake them into delectable and enchanting treats.

But as her dad acts stranger every day, and her siblings’ romantic entanglements cause trouble in their town, Mimi begins to wonder whether the ingredients she and Vik found are somehow the cause of it all. She needs to use her skills, deductive and epicurean, to uncover what’s happened. In the process, she learns that in life, as in baking, not everything is sweet. . . .

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City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Length: 480 pgs
Riverhead Books

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves – and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life – and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. “At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time,” she muses. “After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.” Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh
Book #3 of the Psy Changeling Trinity series
Berkeley Publishing
Length: 400 pgs
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Release Date: June 4, 2019

The end of Silence was supposed to create a better world for future generations. But trust is broken, and the alliance between Psy, Changeling, and human is thin. The problems that led to Silence are back in full force. Because Silence fixed nothing, just hid the problems.

This time, the Psy have to find a real answer to their problems–if one exists. Or their race will soon go extinct in a cascade of violence. The answer begins with an empath who is attuned to monsters–and who is going to charm a wolf into loving her despite his own demons.

Love Double Dutch! by Doreen Spicer-Dannelly
Yearling Books
Genre: Children’s (Middle Grade)
Length: 256 pgs
Release Date: June 4, 2019

Brooklyn middle-schooler MaKayla can only think about one thing–taking her double Dutch team all the way to the National Jump-off at Madison Square Garden. That is, until her mother breaks the news. Kayla has to spend the summer at her aunt’s house in North Carolina while her parents work out their problems . . . or decide to call it quits.

Kayla does not feel at home in the South, and she certainly doesn’t get along with her snooty cousin Sally. It looks like her Jump-off dreams are over.

Hold the phone! Turns out, double Dutch is huge in the South. She and Sally just need to find two more kids for a team. And a routine. And the confidence to stand up to the double Dutch divas who used to be Sally’s BFFs. Time to show those Southern belles some Brooklyn attitude!

New Book Releases in February 2019

I always found February to be a very special month: my birthday and my anniversary both fall around this time. New book releases make February extra special for me!

Here are some titles coming out next month:

The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons #1) by Jenn Lyons
Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised. Far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family’s power plays and ambitions. He also discovers that the storybooks have lied about a lot of other things too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins. Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin is not destined to save the empire. He’s destined to destroy it.
(February 5, Tor Books)

  Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. During the summer of 1950, Forugh’s passion for poetry takes flight—and tradition seeks to clip her wings.
(February 5, Penguin Random House)

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

  American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club. Her career has stalled out, she’s overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she’s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.

(February 12, Random House)