Wondering what to read now? Here are all the hot new June 2021 book releases for you. I’ll let you know what I’ve read, what I can’t wait to read, and what’s getting all the attention this month.
In case you’re new to Booklist Queen, every month I cover all the hottest new book releases. I try to read as many new book releases as I can to give you an honest perspective on what to read and what to skip.
However, I realize that my to-read list might not exactly match yours. That’s why, this year, I’ve decided to also include some of the most popular June 2021 book releases from your favorite authors.
Enough from me. Let’s get on to the June 2021 book releases so you can fill up your to-read list.
The highlights of the month:
- A Spectacular 1980s Family Drama
- Five Intense Summer Thrillers
- A Coming-of-Age Black Memoir
- Two Gorgeous Historical Fiction Novels
Have I got you interested? Then keep scrolling to see our picks for the best of the June 2021 book releases.
Top June 2021 Book Releases
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid has done it again with the must-read book of the summer. In 1983, four famous siblings throw an epic summer party at their Malibu mansion. Secrets come out, the party gets out of control, and a fire will burn it all down by dawn. Malibu Rising is a gorgeous family drama that surpasses a simple beach read. The story of the Riva children abandoned by their famous rockstar father is heartbreakingly sad and yet still hopeful. The characters come alive as each sibling ponders if they can escape their parents’ fates. An all-around brilliant read that belongs on your summer reading list.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ballantine Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
After her roommate is murdered on campus, Charlie is desperate to get away. She posts a notice on her college rideshare board and snags a ride back to Ohio from a handsome stranger. However, Charlie quickly realizes that Josh is not whom he seems. Charlie’s fragile state of mind kept me gripped to this cat-and-mouse game. With plenty of twists and turns and a little over-the-top theatricality, Sager’s latest psychological thriller will keep his fans content and rightly make its way onto many summer reading lists.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Dutton Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When her niece’s roommate is gruesomely murdered, Mariana, a therapist still grieving her husband’s tragic death, returns to Cambridge University, her alma mater, to investigate. Quickly, she suspects Edward Fosca, the charismatic professor of Greek tragedy and leader of a secret society of female students called The Maidens. With a convoluted plot that has gaping holes and contrived characters, The Maidens strained to keep even a semblance of realisticness. If you loved The Silent Patient, you can try this one, just don’t get your hopes up too high.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celadon Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Cynical August doesn’t believe life will ever change until she develops a crush on a girl from her subway commute. Jane is perfect and the highlight of August’s every day. But when August and Jane finally meet, August realizes that somehow Jane actually lives in the 1970s. A time-defying romance just in time for summer from the author of Red, White, & Royal Blue.
Even though her husband Hayden helps out, successful lawyer Nora Spangler feels likes she carries an unfair share of the domestic burden. When they consider moving into an exclusive suburban neighborhood, Nora finds a group of high-powered women with extremely supportive husbands. While helping with a resident’s wrongful death case, she learns how far these women are willing to go to get some help at home.
Chandler Baker’s summer thriller just missed the mark for me. Although the premise is spectacular, the execution is lacking. The slow burn mystery developed too slowly, without much action and too much predictability. Moreover, Nora’s husband Hayden was underdeveloped, which fails to give you a strong counterpoint to Nora’s side of the story. Despite the poor delivery, Baker’s message of gender inequality comes through strongly, making you stop and think about the dynamics of modern marriages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Flatiron Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Ashley C. Ford
A coming-of-age memoir about growing up a poor Black girl with an incarcerated father and the path to truly understand and overcome our origins. Growing up, Ashley idolized her father even though she barely knew him since he was imprisoned her entire childhood. As she ages, she eventually learns why her father is in prison and must reconcile her own identity with her family’s past.
Exciting New June 2021 Book Releases
Zakiya Dalila Harris
Tired of being the only Black woman at Wagner Books, Nella Rogers is thrilled when Harlem-born Hazel moves into the cubicle next to her. When Hazel becomes the office darling, Nella starts receiving threatening notes. Could Hazel be trying to force out Nella, or is there much more going on in their workplace?
Just in time for summer comes a touching novel perfect for fans of Five Feet Apart or A Man Called Ove. When Lenni, a dying 17-year-old girl, meets Margot, an 83-year-old woman awaiting heart surgery, at the art room of a Glasgow hospital, an unlikely friendship blooms. Together, they decide to make 100 paintings to celebrate the 100 years they have lived between them. Cronin’s debut novel is heartwarming and sweet, playing on your emotions as it weaves between grief and joy, loss and love, and all the things that make up a life.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
In the sequel to The Henna Artist, the May 2020 Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick, Lakshmi arranges for Malik to intern at the Jaipur Royal Palace. When the balcony of a state-of-the-art cinema collapses, Malik refuses to accept the official explanation, suspecting a far darker secret that the wealthy upper class wants to remain hidden.
While auditioning for Hollywood roles, British actress Mia Eliot finds a kindred spirit in Emily, another actress from out of town. After a simple favor, Emily disappears. The next time they meet, Mia swears that Emily is a completely different woman, and no one believes her.
In the months after the US declares war on Iraq, an American Muslim teenage girl and her family must navigate identity, friendship, love, and heartache. Shadi has enough going on to have to deal with bigotry, too. Her brother is dead, her father is dying, her mother is falling apart, and her best friend has disappeared. She tries to keep it all inside, but when her heart is also broken, she finally explodes.
In 1948, the US is shocked when an American diplomat, his wife Iris, and their two children vanish from London. Four years later, Ruth Macallister receives a note that her estranged twin sister Iris is in Moscow. Now Ruth must pose as the wife of a counterintelligence agent to retrieve Iris’s family from behind the Iron Curtain, while evading a dogged Soviet KGB officer.
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