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Book Recommendations for June 2018

What I love about these summer months is how people take books on their vacations and make time during lazy weekends to read. Another great thing about summer? There’s so many new book releases. And I’ve read some great stories recently. Here are my book recommendations for June 2018.

Beach read

You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac is a beautiful, emotional and romantic story. I tend to read books very quickly and I was so sad when I finished this one, I didn’t want to leave the characters behind. The story takes place in the French countryside during summer. It can be defined as ‘beach’ or ‘summer’ reading, but it is more serious than you might expect. Be sure to have tissues nearby as this book will hit you in all the feels. Check out my spoiler-free review here.

Historical fiction

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain might feature a love story with Ernest Hemingway but this story is all about the woman: the fabulous Martha Gellhorn. She went on to become one of the greatest war correspondents in the twentieth century. This story follows her right before she gets her big break and chronicles both her writing journey and also love story with Hemingway. I should use the term love story lightly because it’s unconventional, again we’re talking about Hemingway here, but also McLain makes certain we know how important work was to Gellhorn. Here’s my spoiler-free review.

Thriller

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll is a wild ride that will keep you guessing until the end. Sometimes with murder mysteries you can catch on fairly quickly but not this one. Fans of reality TV will read with interest the behind the scenes look at making those kind of shows. But beyond reality TV, the book addresses feminism and a world that pits women against women. For more, head over to my spoiler-free review.

Saga

Circe by Madeline Miller is an epic read that you cannot miss especially if you’re a fan of Greek mythology. The book centers around Circe who is best known as turning Odysseus’ men into pigs in Homer’s The Odyssey. Miller reimagines her story and gives her a full arc. Essentially it’s about a woman trying to find her place in a man’s world but it’s so much more than that. This one will leave a lasting impression. Spoiler-free review here.

Happy reading!