10 June 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

June 2018 Book Releases On Novels And Nonfiction

As in prior months, I’ve selected 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction titles coming out in June 2018 that I’m potentially interested in reading. There were quite a few heavy hitters publishing new books this month, including Fredrik Backman with his sequel to BeartownUs Against You – and Lauren Groff with a new collection of short stories. I think I’m even more interested in some of the debut novels and memoirs included in this list though.

I’m working on getting myself back up to a regular posting schedule on the blog, but real life keeps getting in the way. This weekend, I’ll be enjoying myself at a wedding out of town, so I’m not sure what activity on the blog will look like through next week. I’ve been reading so much that I’m WAY behind on reviews. Send some good blogging vibes my way!

Fiction Releases On Novels And NonfictionUs Against You Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionUs Against You by Fredrik Backman

Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Publisher: Atria Books
Length In Hardcover: 448
Goodreads Rating: 4.35

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Plot TeaserAfter everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead.

Why I'm InterestedI have yet to read Beartown but I finally requested it from the library. I guess the release month of its sequel is as good a time as any to finally see what all the fuss is about. I actually have never read one of Frederik Backman’s novels before. Would you say Beartown is the right one to start with or would A Man Called Ove be better?

LineFlorida Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionFlorida by Lauren Groff

Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Publisher: Riverhead
Length In Hardcover: 288
Goodreads Rating: 4.02

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Plot TeaserThe New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies returns, bringing the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild—a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. 

Why I'm InterestedFlorida seems like a pretty crazy place. If you read some bizarre news story – like the time that one guy ate another man’s face off because he was high on bath salts – it’s likely that it happened in Florida. Lauren Groff is also another author (like Fredrik Backman) that I always hear about but whose work I’ve never read. I may start with Florida or select one of her earlier novels instead.

LineThe Book Of M Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionThe Book Of M by Peng Shepherd

Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
Length In Hardcover: 496
Goodreads Rating: 4.4

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Plot TeaserOne afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories. Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too. Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together.

Why I'm InterestedI’m drawn by the unusual and apocalyptic premise of this novel, as well as by the fact that it’s a debut that is getting a flurry of four and five star reviews on Goodreads for its originality and apparently excellent execution. Based on the blurb, it kind of sounds like it would be an ideal story to adapt for TV or film.  I’ll be looking out for a Kindle deal on this one.

LineThe Book Of Essie Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionThe Book Of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

Publication Date: June 12th 2018
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Length In Hardcover: 336
Goodreads Rating: 3.97
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Plot TeaserA debut novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the emotionally stirring, wildly captivating story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family’s hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart. Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?

Why I'm InterestedWorking in entertainment, I was immediately drawn to the premise of this novel. The TV and movie world has been rife with scandal recently and I want to see the way in which the author conveys the media scrutiny that follows these kinds of revelations about a celebrity. I think this is another one that would likely make for an dramatic and provocative TV series adaptation. I’ve requested it as my June book from Book Of The Month.

LineA Place For Us Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionA Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Publication Date: June 12th 2018
Publisher: SJP for Hogarth
Length In Hardcover: 448
Goodreads Rating: 4.16

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Plot TeaserA Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia’s, wedding–a match of love rather than tradition. In a narrative that spans decades and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place for Us charts the crucial moments in the family’s past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. And as siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent’s faith.

Why I'm InterestedThis novel sounds really topical and I’m captivated by the idea of the generational shift in which its characters are caught – between the traditional outlook of the parents and the the new culture in which their children are now immersed. I’m also always a sucker for a family epic kind of narrative, and considering that it’s the author’s debut, the Goodreads reviews are pretty spectacular.

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Never Stop Walking Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionNever Stop Walking by Christina Rickardsson

Publication Date: June 1st 2018
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
Length In Hardcover: 237
Goodreads Rating: 4.02

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Plot TeaserChristiana Mara Coelho was born into extreme poverty in Brazil. After spending the first seven years of her life with her loving mother in the forest caves outside São Paulo and then on the city streets, she and her younger brother were suddenly put up for adoption. As Christina Rickardsson, she’s raised by caring adoptive parents in Sweden. When her world falls apart again as an adult, Christina returns to Brazil to finally confront her past and unlock the truth of what really happened to Christiana Mara Coelho.

Why I'm InterestedThough obviously not to the same degree experienced by the author of this memoir, I can still relate to the idea of being stuck between two countries and cultures since I’m an Italian expat in the U.S. I’m interested to learn more about Christina’s early life growing up in poverty in Brazil, as well as the culture clash she experienced after moving to live with her adoptive family in Sweden.

LineAlone Time Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionAlone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom

Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Publisher: Viking
Length In Hardcover: 288
Goodreads Rating: 3.26

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Plot TeaserThrough on-the-ground reporting and recounting the experiences of artists, writers, and innovators who cherished solitude, Stephanie Rosenbloom considers how being alone as a traveler is conducive to becoming acutely aware of the sensual details of the world. Alone Time is divided into four parts, each set in a different city – Paris, Istanbul, Florence, New York –  in a different season, in a single year. Rosenbloom explores such topics as dining alone, learning to savor, discovering interests and passions, and finding or creating silent spaces.

Why I'm InterestedI’ve actually been thinking quite a bit, recently, about taking some trips by myself to visit cities in the U.S. that I haven’t been to yet – like Nashville, Austin, Seattle and Atlanta to name just a few. I think Rosenbloom’s book sounds like an engaging exploration of what it means to explore an entirely new place solo – and the seasonal component really resonates with me as well. I like to feel immersed in a season (with winter being my favorite).

LineSick Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionSick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour

Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Length In Paperback: 272
Goodreads Rating: 4.0

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Plot TeaserIn the tradition of Brain on Fire and The Empathy Examsan honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery that details author Porochista Khakpour’s struggles with late-stage Lyme disease. Sick is Khakpour’s arduous, emotional journey—as a woman, a writer, and a lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems—through the chronic illness that perpetually left her a victim of anxiety, living a life stymied by an unknown condition.

Why I'm InterestedI have to be honest that I can be skeptical about people claiming to suffer from crippling symptoms of Lyme disease. It may sound judgmental, but sometimes it feels like Lyme disease is the new catchall or hypochondriacs. I know, obviously, that the illness does exist and I feel that learning more about it and about Porochista’s experience would help me keep an open mind when hearing stories of others claiming to suffer from the condition.

LineLight Of The Stars Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionLight Of The Stars by Adam Frank

Publication Date: June 12th 2018
Publisher: W. W. Norton Company
Length In Hardcover: 272
Goodreads Rating: 3.90

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Plot TeaserLight of the Stars tells the story of humanity’s coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds. Astrophysicist Adam Frank traces the question of alien life and intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the leading thinkers of our own time, and shows how we as a civilization can only hope to survive climate change if we recognize what science has recently discovered: that we are just one of ten billion trillion planets in the Universe, and it’s highly likely that many of those planets hosted technologically advanced alien civilizations.

Why I'm InterestedI’m always interested in books about astronomy, including ones like this one that focus on the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The spin about the potential implications for coping with climate change that could derive from the discovery of alien civilizations is an original and interesting one. I would like to see whether the author makes a successful argument for connecting the two.

LineSpying On Whales Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionSpying On Whales by Nick Pyenson

Publication Date: June 26th 2018
Publisher: Viking
Length In Hardcover: 336
Goodreads Rating: 3.50

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Plot TeaserWhales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-like creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live 200 years and roam entire ocean basins. Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection–yet we know hardly anything about them, and they only enter our awareness when they die, struck by a ship or stranded in the surf. Nick Pyenson’s research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales. 

Why I'm InterestedWhales are fascinating – I think we can all agree on that. I’m torn between reading this book (since the author is a paleontologist from the Smithsonian) or going with another overview of the biology and evolution of whales called The Whale by Philip Hoare. I’m trying to obtain both through the library, so we’ll let the gods decide.

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Which of these June 2018 Book Releases are you most interested to read? Let me know in the comments!

You can also take a look at my lists of book releases from May 2018April 2018March 2018,  February 2018December 2017/January 2018, and November 2017.

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  13 comments for “10 June 2018 Book Releases I’m Excited About

  1. June 7, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    I recently read both ove and beartown for the first time myself. Both were brilliant books. They have a very different feel, ove made me choke up with ‘feelings’ whereas beartown was very real and slightly traumatic. I would say it depends on your mood!

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  2. June 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    The Book of Essie and Never Stop Walking both appeal to me. Luckily I have the Book of Essie coming in the mail as I write this.

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  3. Rachel
    June 8, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Im so excited for you to read Backman for the first time! He truly deserves all the hope. I agree with Anjana, you can’t go wrong with either of those two. Definitely wait to read Us Against You after you’ve read Beartown though!

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  4. Sarah's Book Shelves
    June 8, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I just finished Us Against You and loved it, but not quite as much as Beartown. Personally, I didn’t like A Man Called Ove. I think if you like feel-good stories, start with Ove. If you’re more into dark stuff, start with Beartown.

    Am excited to read Book of Essie – it was my June BOTM pick.

    And DNF’d A Place for Us. Didn’t really have a plot.

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  5. June 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

    These all look amazing! Thank you so much for the heads up, I had no idea about some of these. Really need to get and read Beartown as well. 🤥

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  6. June 8, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    I’m really interested in The Book of Essie – it just sounds so good. I’m on the fence on the Beartown sequel – I didn’t know it was supposed to be a series and I liked the first book on its own. Maybe I’ll pick it up one day.

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  7. June 8, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Wonderful list!
    I am beyond excited for Sick – it should arrive on my doorstep any day now. I am currently reading and enjoying The Book of M which is in fact super original and absolutely worth reading. I also loved the new Groff. Enough to have finally bought all her books and hopefully getting to them soon.

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  8. June 9, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Re Backman……Ove would be a quicker read …Beartown is heavier in themes and the structure is more complex…… I just finished Us Against You and I enjoyed Beartown more.

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  9. June 16, 2018 at 9:47 am

    I’m really excited about The Book of Essie. I put in a suggestion for my library to buy a copy yesterday 🙂

    The whale book also sounds really interesting, but I read Moby Dick last year and I’m avoiding whale books until the memory of that horrendous book has faded.

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  10. June 17, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    ooh, so much good nonfiction coming out! I’m especially interested in Alone Time and Spying on Whales. I’m also interested in Sick, but it feels a bit more like a story I’ve read before.

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  11. June 23, 2018 at 10:37 am

    The Book of M sounds so good!

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  12. July 28, 2018 at 1:36 am

    Darn it, Ottavia! Again you have completely crushed my TBR with some amazing recommendations I haven’t heard of. In fact Sick: A Memoir is the only one I knew of. Well, and the sequel to Beartown, but like you, having not read book one yet, this one didn’t really matter to my radar.

    I am looking forward to reading The Book of M and Spying on Whales in particular!

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