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Book Club Picks for June 2021

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Here’s the book club picks for June 2021 list!

While 2020 moved at a snail’s pace, I feel like 2021 is flying by! This could be because I have a three-month-old and the days go by so quick. Still, it’s hard to believe it’s already time for the June list but here we are.

How’s your reading year going so far? It’s been hit or miss for me. While I absolutely loved The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, I’ve actually DNF quite a few books. I used to force myself to finish any book I’ve started but not anymore. There’s not enough time to waste on books I’m just not feeling.

That said, I believe we have some winners with the June list! These are all books from well-known authors and there should be something for everyone on this list. Also, be sure to add Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (out June 1) on your list (one of my must-read book club picks of 2021)! It’s SO good.

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams (June 1)

I love the cover for Seven Days in June by Tia Williams! And a love story about two very different writers with a past always sounds like a good idea! This one is about missed opportunities and second chances—all in the backdrop of one hot Brooklyn summer. Here’s the synopsis:

Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award‑winning novelist, who, to everyone’s surprise, shows up in New York.

When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their buried traumas, but the eyebrows of the Black literati. What no one knows is that fifteen years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. While they may be pretending not to know each other, they can’t deny their chemistry—or the fact that they’ve been secretly writing to each other in their books through the years.

Over the next seven days, amidst a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect—but Eva’s wary of the man who broke her heart, and wants him out of the city so her life can return to normal. Before Shane disappears though, she needs a few questions answered…

With its keen observations of creative life in America today, as well as the joys and complications of being a mother and a daughter, Seven Days in June is a hilarious, romantic, and sexy‑as‑hell story of two writers discovering their second chance at love.

You can order the book on Amazon here.


Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams

One of the best writers of historical fiction is back with another summer novel. Our Woman in Moscow takes place during the start of the Cold War. It follows twin sisters, a rescue plan and a whole lot of secrets. Here’s the full synopsis:

In the autumn of 1948, Iris Digby vanishes from her London home with her American diplomat husband and their two children. The world is shocked by the family’s sensational disappearance. Were they eliminated by the Soviet intelligence service? Or have the Digbys defected to Moscow with a trove of the West’s most vital secrets?

Four years later, Ruth Macallister receives a postcard from the twin sister she hasn’t seen since their catastrophic parting in Rome in the summer of 1940, as war engulfed the continent and Iris fell desperately in love with an enigmatic United States Embassy official named Sasha Digby. Within days, Ruth is on her way to Moscow, posing as the wife of counterintelligence agent Sumner Fox in a precarious plot to extract the Digbys from behind the Iron Curtain. 

But the complex truth behind Iris’s marriage defies Ruth’s understanding, and as the sisters race toward safety, a dogged Soviet KGB officer forces them to make a heartbreaking choice between two irreconcilable loyalties.

You can order the book on Amazon here.


Blush by Jamie Brenner (June 22)

I really enjoy Jamie Brenner’s novels and always look forward to see what she publishes each year. Blush takes place at a family winery and includes a book club and secrets from the past. Sign me up! Here’s the full synopsis:

For decades, the Hollander Estates winery has been the premier destination for lavish parties and romantic day trips on the North Fork of Long Island. But behind the lush vineyards and majestic estate house, the Hollander family fortunes have suffered and the threat of a sale brings old wounds to the surface. For matriarch Vivian, she fears that this summer season could be their last—and that selling their winery to strangers could expose a dark secret she’s harbored for decades. Meanwhile, her daughter, Leah, who was turned away from the business years ago, finds her marriage at a crossroads and returns home for a sorely needed escape. And granddaughter Sadie, grappling with a crisis of her own, runs to the vineyard looking for inspiration. 
 
But when Sadie uncovers journals from Vivian’s old book club dedicated to scandalous novels of decades past, she realizes that this might be the distraction they all need. Reviving the “trashy” book club, the Hollander women find that the stories hold the key to their fight not only for the vineyeard, but for the life and love they’ve wanted all along. 
 
Blush is a bighearted story of love, family, and second chances, and an ode to the blockbuster novels that have shaped generations of women. 

You can order the book on Amazon here.


Survive the Night by Riley Sager (June 29)

If you’re looking for a thriller, be sure to check out Survive the Night by Riley Sager. It’s set in 1991 and follows a car ride between a college student and a potential serial killer. Scary!! The author says the book is a love letter to movies disguised as a thriller. So he’ll be hosting a watch party featuring 6 movies on 6 consecutive Sunday nights, beginning May 23 and ending June 27. I joined a couple of these last year and it was so fun! Here’s the synopsis for Survive the Night:

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, it’s guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, it’s to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine she’s named after, Charlie has her doubts. There’s something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesn’t seem to want Charlie to see inside the car’s trunk. As they travel an empty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly worried Charlie begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlie’s suspicion merely a figment of her movie-fueled imagination?
 
What follows is a game of cat and mouse played out on night-shrouded roads and in neon-lit parking lots, during an age when the only call for help can be made on a pay phone and in a place where there’s nowhere to run. In order to win, Charlie must do one thing—survive the night.

You can order the book on Amazon here.


Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan (June 29)

Amy Mason Doan writes adult fiction focused on female friendships. Her books are so good and impactful. Lady Sunshine follows this trend and also sounds like a great fit for fans of Daisy Jones & the Six. Another fantastic summer read! Here’s the synopsis:

For Jackie Pierce, everything changed the summer of 1979, when she spent three months of infinite freedom at her bohemian uncle’s sprawling estate on the California coast. As musicians, artists, and free spirits gathered at The Sandcastle for the season in pursuit of inspiration and communal living, Jackie and her cousin Willa fell into a fast friendship, testing their limits along the rocky beach and in the wild woods… until the summer abruptly ended in tragedy, and Willa silently slipped away into the night.

Twenty years later, Jackie unexpectedly inherits The Sandcastle and returns to the iconic estate for a short visit to ready it for sale. But she reluctantly extends her stay when she learns that, before her death, her estranged aunt had promised an up-and-coming producer he could record a tribute album to her late uncle at the property’s studio. As her musical guests bring the place to life again with their sun-drenched beach days and late-night bonfires, Jackie begins to notice startling parallels to that summer long ago. And when a piece of the past resurfaces and sparks new questions about Willa’s disappearance, Jackie must discover if the dark secret she’s kept ever since is even the truth at all.

You can order the book on Amazon here.

Happy reading!

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Ann

Monday 31st of May 2021

Boy, do I agree with DNFs. There are just too many books I want to read these days, to waste my precious time. Sadly, Klara and The Sun was a DNF. I just could not get into it. People We Meet On Vacation was another. Too silly & I was not feeling the chemistry. Just getting around to Black Buck & it is okay, but I may need to move on. Hoping June will bring some better options. I really did not used to be someone who didn’t finish a book. I would sometimes torture myself (Mexican Gothic comes to mind), but I have since gotten tougher! I prefer well written books, but mix it up with a few “light” reads here and there. Thanks for the list!

Heather Caliendo

Monday 31st of May 2021

I'm totally the same way with DNFs - it used to be so rare with me as well! I have definitely been let down but a lot of books this year. However, one I highly recommend though is Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid! Be sure to let me know if you find a great pick soon. :)