I am never more than three feet from a good book. Literally, I have a book in my car and one stuffed in my purse for all occasions – grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, even going to the movie theatre. (What if the screen breaks down and we have to wait for like, 5 minutes? That’s valuable reading time, friends.) So, understandably, I love it when new books come out every month. There is a special kind of joy that comes from starting a novel that you just know is going to be good! Here are a few that I’m most excited about reading in June.
It’s an election year and celebrated national leader Stacey Abrams has released a brand-new book that offers “a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens and take back our country.” In other words, it’s extremely relevant reading. Abrams is an expert on fair voting and civic engagement, who talks about how the right to vote and the principle of democracy are under attack – she would know, as she experienced these things firsthand when she lost her chance at becoming the first African American woman governor in Georgia despite running one of the most innovative races in modern politics. After reading, you’ll want to immediately register to vote.
Has James Patterson every written anything that wasn’t good? Longtime thriller writer Patterson and Brendan DuBois team up for this newest beach read, “The Summer House.” The novel starts when seven murder victims are found in a lake house in the South, shaking the small-town sheriff to the core. When witnesses name four Army Rangers, recently returned from Afghanistan, as suspects, the Army sends Major Jeremiah Cook to investigate. While they try to discover the truth, others attempt to make sure secrets die alongside the victims. Patterson’s twisty writing is sure to keep you entertained.
Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club picked “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley as their June pick, and it’s easy to see why. This newly released book takes place on an island off the coast of Ireland, where guests gather to celebrate a wedding. The groom is a handsome rising TV star, and the bride is a smart magazine publisher. Although the wedding is beautiful and perfectly planned, things go downhill when resentments, jealousies, drinking games, uncomfortable toasts and a ruined dress threaten to ruin the special day. The icing on top of the cake: someone turns up dead. This exciting read is just in time for wedding season.