Wondering what to read now? Here are all the hot new June 2022 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 I’ve also included some of the most popular June 2022 book releases from your favorite authors.
Enough from me. Let’s get on to the June 2022 book releases so you can fill up your to-read list.
Top June 2022 Book Releases
How to Raise an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi, author of the bestseller How to Be an Antiracist, wants to help parents raise the next generation of antiracist thinkers. At first, Kendi didn’t want to talk to his child about racism, fearing it would stain her innocence and steal her joy. However, research shows the opposite. By teaching children the reality of racism and the myth of race, we can build an antiracist society in a diverse world.
The House Across the Lake
After a very public breakdown, a recently widowed actress retreats to her family’s Vermont lake house. Casey passes the time spying on her neighbors across the lake: Tom the rich tech innovator and his gorgeous wife Katherine, a former model. When Casey and Katherine become friends, she realizes their marriage isn’t as idyllic as she assumed and becomes even more suspicious when Katherine disappears.
Although I have loved Riley Sager’s previous thrillers, I was severely disappointed with The House Across the Lake. Sager mistimed the suspense in this one, boring you with an over-explanation of the Rear Window concept. Casey’s excessive drinking makes her a very unlikable character, and then, out of nowhere, the “big twist” veers you into the supernatural that you are left perplexed at the bizarre turn of events.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Dutton through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Hotel Nantucket
After a breakup, Lizbet Keaton is excited for a fresh start at a newly remodeled Gilded Age hotel. Lizbet is desperate to please the billionaire owner and the popular Instagram influencer staying there this summer. With a charismatic staff with hidden pasts and the ghost of a former chambermaid haunting the halls, Lizbet has her work cut out for her as she tries to maintain the hotel’s reputation and sort out her own love life.
Bestselling author James Patterson is among the most-anticipated June 2022 book releases, not for one of his thrillers but for a new memoir detailing his life. Patterson describes how a kid whose dad grew up in a poorhouse became one of the most famous modern storytellers.
After her canceled wedding, Laurie Sassalyn returns to her Maine hometown to settle her great-aunt’s estate. Digging through her aunt’s house, Laurie is surprised to find an old love letter with a strange signoff and a gorgeous carved wooden duck. When the duck disappears under suspicious circumstances, Laurie dives into her great-aunt’s secrets and discovers what it means to make a life for yourself.
Flying Solo is a cute summer romance about discovering yourself in your midlife full of silly hijinx as Laurie fights to get back her aunt’s duck with the help of old friends and a handsome ex-boyfriend. Holmes’s story heavily relies on the concept of an alternate happily ever after, showcasing that marriage is not for everyone.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Ballantine Books through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
MSNBC news anchor Katy Dur recounts a lifetime of chasing news. Her parents Marika Gerard and Bob (now Zoey) Tur gained fame and wealth as helicopter journalists covering such events as O.J. Simpson’s car chase. By high school, they had lost it all, leaving Tur with a complicated relationship with her parents. Telling of her own rise from local reporter to foreign correspondent and eventually news anchor, Tur ponders on the roles and responsibilities of journalists.
It All Comes Down to This
Therese Anne Fowler
Marti Geller has always stated that, after she dies, the family summer cottage will be sold and divided between her three daughters. Beck, a freelance journalist in a loveless marriage, is counting on the inheritance to give her time to write a novel and change her marriage. Recently divorced cardiologist Clare is struggling to fix her complicated love life and Sophie is an Instagram influencer whose empire is sitting on a house of cards. With the death of their mother and the debate over the cottage, the three sisters must come to terms with their own lives.
I love a good family drama, but It All Comes Down to This just didn’t connect with me. I wasn’t interested in any of the sisters’ storylines and the drama felt stale. Even worse, the romantic relationships were a mess, yet then everything tied into too neat of a bow. The whole book felt pointless, and I would suggest passing on this one.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Book of the Month – June 2022
Receiving my blue box from Book of the Month Club is a highlight of every month.
Here’s how it works – each month, they pick 5 books and you get to choose one book or skip until the next month. If you want to add any extra books, then you get them at a discounted price.
Each month is usually a mix of new releases and advance copies of unreleased books. If you are interested in joining, right now you can use my Book of the Month Club affiliate link to get your first book for $5!
The June Book of the Month selections are:
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Jenna Bush Hager’s June 2022 Pick
These Impossible Things
Growing up, Malak, Kees, and Jenna have always struggled to reconcile their own wants with their expectations as Muslim women. Yet, as they age, the balancing act between religion and rebellion becomes harder to manage. Malak wants the dream – the perfect blend of faith and love. Kees has fallen for a white Catholic man whom her family would never accept. Jenna’s years of partying hide a desperate loneliness. As their college years close, one night will change everything and force all three of them in different directions.
Reese’s Book Club June 2022
Just as strait-laced Ava Wong’s perfect life begins to crumble, her former roommate from mainland China appears with a scheme to make them both rich. Winnie has an audacious scheme to import near replica fakes of expensive luxury goods from China, but she just needs someone with an American passport to pull it off. Yet when the scheme goes south, Winnie disappears, leaving Ava to face the consequences.
Good Morning America’s June 2022 Pick
More Than You’ll Ever Know
In 1985, Lore Rivera is an international banker, frequently traveling between Texas and Mexico City. Although married to Fabian with twin sons, after Lore has an affair with Andres in Mexico, she secretly marries him as well. When her double life is finally exposed, one husband is arrested for murdering the other. Uncovering this sensational story in the modern-day, a true-crime writer uncovers long-hidden secrets when she tracks down Lore to hear Lore’s side of the story.
Oprah’s Book Club June 2022
Kiara and her brother Marcus are barely scraping by in Oakland. While Marcus unsuccessfully tries to launch a career as a rap artist, Kiara must support them and an abandoned boy next door with no degree and no resume. When their rent is doubled, Kiara takes up nightcrawling. Working the streets as a prostitute, Kiara becomes ensnared in a massive scandal with the Oakland Police Department.
The Most Anticipated June 2022 Book Releases
Patrick Radden Keefe
Bestselling author and journalist Patrick Radden Keefe brings together twelve acclaimed articles from The New Yorker that showcase fascinating stories of underhanded intrigue. From a forger of vintage wines to a whistleblower at a Swiss Bank who is either a hero or a liar, Keefe collects deeply human stories of criminals and rascals and those who stand up to them.
The Lies I Tell
Meg. Maggie. Melody. Whatever name she’s using at the moment, she’s a con artist who slides into your life and takes everything when she leaves. Kat Roberts has been waiting ten years to expose the con artist who upended her life. Yet, when the con artist returns, Kat finds matters much more complicated than she realized.
Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting
Every day with her dog, Iona travels the ten train stops from her home to her job as a magazine advice columnist with the same seasoned commuters who never speak to each other. When a man chokes on a grape and is saved by another passenger, the strangers on the train start to get to know each other and find that talking to strangers can change how you see the world.
Ghanaian-American Angela Appiah has achieved the pinnacle of success as an immigrant child: medical school, a professional boyfriend, and a loyal group of successful friends. When her boyfriend dumps her, she fails her medical exam, and her best friend stops talking to her, Angela begins to question if this life is what she wants or what her parents have chosen for her.
In 1850, an enslaved groom leads a thoroughbred horse to a series of stunning victories. When the Civil War breaks out, a young artist fighting for the Union encounters the groom and his horse under dangerous circumstances. In 1954, a gallery owner becomes obsessed with a mysterious 19th century equestrian painting and, in 2019, a scientist and an art historian are brought together to uncover the secrets of the horse and its groom.
The Woman in the Library
In the ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library, a woman’s scream shatters the usual quiet. Immediately, security guards descend, instructing everyone to stay put until the all-clear is given. Four strangers sitting a the same table are trapped together, each with their own reasons for being in the library, one of whom is a murderer.
How Are You, Really?
Forget hustle harder and work smarter. What women really want are lives of fulfillment. Jenna Kutcher, the host of the popular Goal Digger podcast, teaches that instead of trying to have it all, you should be striving for a work/life balance that lets you actually enjoy your life. Kutcher wants you to understand who you are, help you build a support system that will enable you to build a life full of success, joy, and time to enjoy it.
Get What You Want
Julie Solomon, a business coach and creator of The Influencer Podcast, wants to empower women to make the impossible happen in their lives. Learn how to overcome your origin stories and throw away self-doubt to find the confidence you need to find your true purpose and push your goals further.
Although I love to read business books for women, I was not impressed with Get What You Want. Solomon worked so hard to only include original material that she missed out on showcasing her strengths to the reader. The first half of the book heavily focuses on mindset, yet Solomon doesn’t give specific examples or interesting anecdotes, so the advice goes in one ear and out the other. Near the end, she finally hints at concrete business advice about pitching that make me think her courses are worth purchasing, but sadly I don’t think the book is.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Popular June Upcoming Releases
What June 2022 Book Releases are You Most Excited to Read?
What books can you not wait to get your hands on this month? Did I miss any June 2022 book releases that you are anticipating? As always, let me know in the comments!
More New Book Releases:
Vacationland, Woman of Light & Horse!
My May reading was pretty slow, despite all my best intentions.
So hopefully I can pick up the pace.
Update: I was able to jump on library wait lists for the books I previously listed.
I think the first book started in May, but finished in June for me was Lessons In Chemistry. Not sure why, but that was a stop & start & almost DNF for me, but in the end I liked it well enough.
I am currently reading Jennifer Weiner’s The Summer Place. Liking it so far. This will be my second Weiner book. The first was Big Summer. Easy & enjoyable reads.
I picked up some great titles at the library today; 3 of which I was on wait lists for:
Truly Madly: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and the romance of the century.
The Netanyahus: An account of a minor and untimely even negligible episode in the history of a very famous family
Bomb Shelter Love, Time And Other Explosives
How about those titles!!!! I need to get to Bomb Shelter fast, bc I know I will not be allowed to recheck it.
Also got Tides by Sara Freeman, a debut I was unfamiliar with, but looks good.
Side note: The above book & also Heaven (International Booker prize nominee) by Mieko Kawakami would make great travel books or books to take to someone you are traveling to visit. Both are nice and compact!!
Happy June everyone!! I have a dreaded but necessary surgery coming up, so I have my reading material all lined up.