I promised you a huge June book haul, and I’m here to deliver! This is not the biggest haul I’ve ever posted, but it did bump my TBR pile to terrifying heights. I think it’s actually taller than me now. Help me.
Also, this month, I tried something new and took the extra time to link each of these books to Amazon in case you are interested in purchasing a copy for yourself. Let me know if this is something that’s helpful, and I’ll continue to do it.
A Million Junes by Emily Henry. This was my Book of the Month Club pick for June. I’m honestly a bit on the fence about this one, but it did caught my eye so I went with it. Even though Romeo & Juliet is my least favorite of Shakespeare’s plays (love the writing, hate the story), I am a sucker for Shakespeare retellings. buy here
Russians: The People Behind the Power by Gregory Feifer. I’ve been slowly accumulating nonfiction about Russia. I’ve always been interested in Russia – I even took a Russian history course in college – but I’ve been venturing into more modern Russian history recently. By which I mean I’ve been buying a ton of books and not reading them. buy here
The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization by Jonathan Lyons. Lately I’ve been making more of an effort to read books about the Middle East or that feature Middle Eastern characters, because it’s something I don’t see a lot, and it is half of my heritage. I want to learn more about it. buy here
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I read this book at the beginning of the year and loved it. So, when I saw it on Book Outlet, it was an easy decision. I absolutely love Fisher’s writing, and can’t wait to read more. buy here
Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson. I’ve been on a bit of a celebrity memoir kick this past year or so, and I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while. It was on Book Outlet, and I’m sure you can figure out the rest. buy here
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. I’ve also been reading quite a few Queen Victoria biographies lately, and everyone keeps suggesting this one. Again, Book Outlet came through. (It was a very heavy box.) buy here
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. I am excited about this one because it’s a retelling of one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, The Taming of the Shrew. I’m starting to work on a post all about Shakespeare retellings, and couldn’t not include a Shrew retelling. (Don’t hold your breath for that post, it will be a few months.) buy here
Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra. I’m not going to lie: I have no idea what this one is about. It was a total cover/title buy. But I’ve heard good things. buy here
What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan. There are so many subtleties to Jane Austen’s novels. I loved studying them in grad school, because I feel like I got more out of them. I’m hoping this book gives me the same amount of insight. buy here
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée. Again with the Russian nonfiction. But I’m also really intrigued by how a single book could make such a huge impact. (And no, I have not yet read Dr. Zhivago, but it’s been sitting on my shelf for years. I’ll get to it someday.) buy here
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I’ve already read this, and I didn’t love it. I liked it, and thought it was really original, but it wasn’t a favorite. And yet, I need this cover on my shelf. I just do. Don’t judge me. It’s beautiful. buy here
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. I’ve been hearing a lot about this one lately. It’s one of those books I’ve almost bought several times, and kept taking out of my cart. So I finally did it. buy here
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I feel like this is just one of those books all voracious readers come across eventually. I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, but I love the idea of having on my shelf so I can pick it up when I’m really in the mood for it. buy here
Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I’ve heard so many people taking about this one, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. Book Outlet had the paperback, so I picked it up and am planning on hopefully getting to it in October (I get really into Halloween reading). buy here
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. I loved This Savage Song last year, and I adore Victoria Schwab, so I definitely had to get this. Sadly, I have not read it yet (I decided I probably need to reread TSS). But I will. Soon. buy here
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. I’ve heard mixed reviews of this one, and tried to convince myself I didn’t need it. But I can’t help it. I’m super curious about a stone age Pride and Prejudice retelling. buy here
Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith. Look, more Russian history! I actually did a presentation on Rasputin for my Russian history course, and find him intensely fascinating. buy here
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. So, funny story. I’ve on the fence about this book since it came out. And then I decided to order it, because it was there, it was on sale, and I might as well have it in my library because I am interested in it. And then the day before it arrived at my house, it was announced that it was Oprah’s Book Club pick. So, I’m extra glad I have it now. buy here
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I am really enjoying the Illuminae Files series, so I thought I would try out Jay Kristoff’s solo series. I’ve actually been wanting to read this one for a while, and will definitely pick it up the next time I’m the mood for YA fantasy. (We just won’t talk about the fact that I own Kristoff’s entire Lotus War trilogy, and haven’t read any of them yet.) buy here
And Again by Jessica Chiarella. I read a digital ARC of this one when it came out last year, and loved it. I like owning copies of books I love, and I saw this one on sale, so I ended up finally adding it to my library. buy here
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman. I’ve become a huge fan of Fredrik Backman this year, so when I saw this book on Book Outlet, I thought I would add it to my library. (Ironically, I don’t own the two of his books that I have read.) buy here
Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen. This book was sent to me by Random House, and I am actually very excited about it because the main characters are Middle Eastern, which isn’t something I see a lot in contemporary fiction. I’m currently reading and enjoying it (though I may be finished by the time this post goes up), and will have a review up on Monday! buy here
That’s it for all of the books I acquired during the month of June! I hope you enjoyed this post.
What June book release did you enjoy most? Did you haul any books this month?