June Recommendations

All the books listed here are available at the library. Stop in, give us a call, or use the online catalog to place a hold and check one out. 

Celebrate pride month with these fiction and nonfiction titles that explore LGBTQ+ stories and experiences!

Bookshops and Bonedust by Travis Baldree
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
Yours for the Taking by Gabrielle Korn
Liebestrasse by Greg Lockard
Pageboy by Elliot Page
The 2000s Made Me Gay by Grace Perry

Bookshops and Bonedust by Travis Baldree: This cozy fantasy prequel to Legends and Lattes follows Viv, a young, battle-hungry orc, in the sleepy town of Murk. While she may be  away from the action, she still manages to find a suspicious traveler, a sapphic summer fling, and more skeletons than she expected. Available on Boundless (e-book) and Libby (audio/e-book).

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi: Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts.  As she begins to form a close bond with Osita, a crisis comes to light and leads into an exhilarating act of violence. A dramatic story of family, friendship, and loss. Available on Boundless (e-book).

Yours for the Taking by Gabrielle Korn: In the year 2050, Ava and her girlfriend live in the remnants of Brooklyn. To survive in the rapidly evolving world applicants must be accepted into The Inside Project, a series of weather-safe structures around the world, one of which is located in Manhattan. Unhinged leader’s decisions begin to come to light and everything might not be what it seems. Available on Libby (e-book).

Liebestrasse by Greg Lockard: During the final years of the Weimar Republic, Sam meets Philip in Berlin and they begin to fall in love. Their romance is hit with reality when they become a target of the Nazis and fascism is on the rise.

Pageboy by Elliot Page: The groundbreaking coming of age memoir from Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page. Elliot shares his experience as an actor and trans advocate as he navigates through gender, love, mental health, relationships, and Hollywood. Available on Boundless (audio/e-book) and Libby (audio/e-book).

The 2000s Made Me Gay by Grace Perry: Take a nostalgic trip through 2000s media and pop culture moments. Unlike today where there are dozens of queer people to look up to, fictional and real, Grace Perry didn’t grow up with the same experience. Regardless, the media and her personal experiences shaped who she is as a queer woman. Available on Hoopla (audio).

Get in the mood for summer with these titles that just give off a summer vibe. Settings include beaches, Italy, summer camp, or on an island.

Camino Island by John Grisham
Brain Camp by Susan Kim
Until August by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Summer Reading by Jenn McKinlay
Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani

Camino Island by John Grisham: A gang of thieves working to steal from a secure vault below Princeton’s library, a bookstore owner who dabbles in the black market of stolen books, and a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block working undercover. John Grisham delivers a light hearted, fast paced, mystery with Camino Island. Available on Boundless (audio/e-book) and Libby (audio/e-book).

Brain Camp by Susan Kim (Graphic Novel): Camp Fielding, an invitation only summer camp that turns problem children into prodigies is not what it seems. Jenna and Lucas are shipped off for the summer where they encounter strange disappearances, spooky lights in the woods, and a chilling alterations to children’s personalities.

Until August by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Every August, happily married Ana travels to the island where her mother is buried and has a one night stand. Surprising and sensual, this novella from Nobel Prize winning author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, touches on freedom, regret, self-transformation, and the mysteries of love.  Available on Boundless (audio/e-book) and Libby (e-book).

Summer Reading by Jenn McKinlay: After escaping to Martha’s Vineyard for the summer, Samantha is looking forward to working on her career as a chef but ends up stuck with her half-brother who spends his time at the library. A romance begins to bloom between Samantha and the interim library director Bennett as they help each other with their projects.

Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: A historical drama reimagining of The ISland of Doctor Moreau set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico. Follow Carlota Moreau as her life on the Yucatan peninsula is abruptly disrupted by the arrival of a charming patron of her father who sets off a chain reaction. Available on Boundless (audio/e-book) and Libby (audio/e-book).

Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani: Explore the lives of three generations of Tuscan artisans as they grapple with a life changing secret. Spanning from the 1930s to present day and exploring the losses, grief, and heart of war, family, and womanhood. Available on Boundless (e-book).

Start a trilogy now and you can finish by the end of August! Read one book from a trilogy each month this summer and check it off your list. Here are some series with just three books:

Beartown by Fredrik Backman
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
A Darker Shade of Magic VE Schwab
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Beartown by Fredrik Backman: In the tiny community of Beartown, hockey is the center of everyone’s lives. With the junior hockey team about to compete in the national semi-finals, the burden of winning is heavy on the whole town. When accusations are made and travel through town, all residents will be affected. Beartown is the first book in the Beartown trilogy. Available on Boundless (audio/e-book) and Libby (audio/e-book).

All Souls by Deborah Harkness: After finding a bewitched alchemical manuscript during her research at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, Diana stirs up a magical underworld. Daemons, witches, and vampires descend upon the library and Diana is the only person who can break the spell. A Discovery of Witches is the first book in the All Souls trilogy. Available on Boundless (e-book) and Libby (audio/e-book).

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand: Irene’s idyllic life is shattered when she is awakened by a late-night phone call saying her beloved husband has been found dead on the tropical St. John Island. After leaving winter behind, Irene comes to the shocking realization that her husband has a secret second family in the Caribbean. She is thrown into a web of intrigue and deceit while investigating mysterious circumstances of her husband’s death. Winter in Paradise is the first book in the Paradise trilogy. Available on Boundless (audio/e-book), Libby (audio/e-book), and Hoopla (audio).

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer: With brothers Harristan and Corrick taking over after the assassination of their parents, the kingdom of Kandala is on the edge of disaster. Meanwhile in the Wilds, Tessa Cade is sick of the suffering ignored by the royals so she is risking her life to help those who need it most. Witness the sparks of a rebellion as Tessa becomes desperate enough to try the impossible. Defy the Night is the first book in the Defy the Night trilogy. Available on Boundless (e-book) and Libby (audio/e-book).

Shades of Magic by VE Schwab: Kell is one of the last Antari, magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel versions of London. He works officially as an ambassador and unofficially as a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for a glimpse of the world they’ll never see. After an exchange goes awry, he meets Delilah who robs him but then saves him from a deadly enemy, propelling them into a treacherous adventure. A Darker Shade of Magic is the first book in the Shades of Magic trilogy. Available on Boundless (audio) and Hoopla (audio).

The Southern Reach by Jeff VanderMeer: Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for decades and nature has taken over. The members of the twelfth expedition into Area X need to avoid what has happened to the previous eleven groups: mass suicide, gunfire and betrayal, and cancer. The newest group is made up of four women, all from different backgrounds, and their mission is to map the terrain, record observations, and avoid being contaminated. Surprises across the border and secrets amongst the group begin to change everything. Annihilation is the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy. Available on Boundless (audio/e-book) and Libby (audio).