With hundreds of books hitting bookstore shelves every month, it can be difficult to sift through new releases for the best finds. That’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you! Here are ten of the most popular novels that were published in June.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Embark on an intense journey across India, through war and pain, mountains and valleys. Roy tells the stories of multiple different characters, and each one is packed with hope. This author has already received high praise for her other novel, The God of Small Things, and now she’s back to impress more readers with her latest work.
“Roy’s novel will be the unmissable literary read of the summer. With its insights into human nature, its memorable characters and its luscious prose, Ministry is well worth the wait.” – Sarah Begley, TIME
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxanne Gay
After she wrote Bad Feminist, people knew to expect great things from Roxanne Gay. In this honest memoir, she details her struggle with self-image in an intimate and insightful manner. She covers several different areas of her life, from her battle with eating as a teenager to her adult attempts at self-care. Vulnerable and candid, this memoir is one you won’t want to miss.
“Wrenching, deeply moving. . . a memoir that’s so brave, so raw, it feels as if [Gay]’s entrusting you with her soul.” - Seattle Times
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Dessen is considered by many to be the queen of contemporary YA fiction, and she stakes her claim on the title once again with her newest novel. Luna, the daughter of a wedding planner, has suffered an incredible loss and is struggling to believe in love, which makes for an interesting combination. Dessen follows her as she attempts to heal and accept love into her life once again.
"Dessen’s expertise at creating a character faced with change is once again on display in this book that reminds readers that love is measured ‘not in minutes but in moments.’” - VOYA
The Reminders by Val Emmich
Told in two contrasting points of view, this irresistible novel will have you laughing and crying at the same time. Gavin is struggling to cope with the death of his partner, and Joan (a ten-year-old girl) has the rare ability to recall every moment of her life in perfect detail. Joan agrees to share her memories of Gavin’s partner if he’ll help her write an award-winning song. Together, the two learn to deal with their pasts and futures.
"This is a book that leaves you feeling better about life and the role we play, either on purpose or inadvertently.” - Kirkus Review
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
This memoir wants to teach you how to live (and love) your life, even when death looms on the horizon. Nina Riggs was 37 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and within a year, she found out that it was terminal. Through this book, she explores how she was able to live life knowing that her death was fast-approaching. She tackles countless topics, from motherhood to marriage. Her account will leave you breathless and deeply moved.
"Profound and poignant… superb… I put down The Bright Hour a slightly different, and better, person - unbearably sad and also feeling, as Riggs did, 'the hug of the world.'" - Kelly Corrigan, O Magazine
Roar by Cora Carmack
Carmack has become known for her hilarious stories about twenty-somethings, but now, she is entering the world of literary fantasy. Her heroine, Aurora Pavan, was born into an ancient family and has been groomed to be the perfect queen of her realm. However, unlike the rest of her family, she has no magical abilities. Therefore, she must figure out how to protect her people from looming dangers.
“I am typically not a fantasy reader, but Roar convinced me to read more. Cora Carmack created a beautiful world and I felt like I was transported to Pavan with her vivid descriptions of the city. I was left wanting more and I can't wait to find out what happens with the rest of her characters.” - Chelsea Riela, New York Public Library
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
This historical novel from bestseller Quinn details the lives of two women: one who was recruited as a spy in France during World War I, another who is an American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947. You’ll learn about the real life Alice Network as you follow the two women through dark days, betrayals, and a mission to find out the truth.
“Lovingly crafted and brimming with details, readers are sure to be held in Quinn’s grip watching as the characters evolve. Powerful reading you can’t put down!” - RT Book Reviews
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
A mystery set in the London of the 1660s, this Kadish novel tells the story of an immigrant woman who worked as a scribe and a sickly Jewish historian. Helen, the historian, is summoned to evaluate a newly discovered cache of Jewish documents, and with the help of a charming American grad student, she races to discover the secrets before other historians can. Who was the scribe behind these seventeenth-century pieces?
"This astonishing third novel from Kadish introduces readers to the 17th-century Anglo-Jewish world with not only excellent scholarship but also fine storytelling. The riveting narrative and well-honed characters will earn a place in readers' hearts." - Library Journal
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
This who-done-it novel tells the story of Susan Ryeland, an editor who receives a manuscript of the latest novel by Alan Conway, a famous crime writer. It seems like nothing more than a well-written mystery, until Susan begins to think there might be a hidden story between the lines. If you’re in the mood for a suspense novel, then look no further: Magpie Murders will cleverly have you sitting on the edge of your seat.
"Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times