Wondering what to read now? If you’re looking for book suggestions, look no further! Here are all the hot new June 2020 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.
Usually, I wait until closer to the end of the month to talk about new releases, but I just couldn’t wait anymore.
Because the June releases are on fire.
Thrillers, romances, comedians, werewolves. June seems to have a little of everything.
The highlights of the month:
- Three perfect summer thrillers
- A gothic story set in Mexico
- A funny look at mom life
- The US debut from my favorite comedian
Have I got you interested? Then keep scrolling to see our picks for the best of the June 2020 book releases.
June 2020 Book Releases – Advance Copies
The Girl From Widow Hills
As a child, Olivia disappeared one night while sleepwalking, only to be found safe days later. After years of enduring fame, Olivia moved away and changed her name. With the 20th Anniversary of her miracle rescue coming up, she starts sleepwalking again, only to wake up to the dead body of someone she used to know. An edge-of-your-seat thriller, I couldn’t get enough of this mystery. With well-rounded characters and surprises that just keep coming, it’s on my shortlist for one of the best books of the summer.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Simon & Schuster through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Home Before Dark
Maggie Holt has always lived in the shadow of her father’s bestselling horror book – a “true” story of their twenty days living in a haunted house when she was five. Having inherited the infamous house from her father, she is determined to fix it up. Ghosts aren’t real, so there’s nothing to worry about. Jumping between her father’s novel and Maggie’s return to the house, Sager keeps you on edge the whole time. With creepy happenings and crazy twists and turns, Home Before Dark will be a perfect thriller to curl up to this summer.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Dutton through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Guest List
On a remote island, the perfect wedding turns deadly in this thrilling mystery. The high profile wedding between a television star and a magazine publisher is supposed to be the perfect event. Set off the coast of Ireland, all the stops have been pulled out. Yet once the guests arrive, past conflicts come into play and someone turns up dead. Was it the bride? The best man? The wedding planner? Foley keeps you guessing until the end, giving each suspect a firm motive to want to commit murder. Looking for something gripping to distract you, The Guest List was the perfect page-turner to read during social isolation.
Rage Against the Minivan
Searching for personable mom life/ female entrepreneurship books, I stumbled upon Rage Against the Minivan and I’m so glad I did. While I quite like my minivan, I do occasionally want to rage against motherhood – because being a mom is HARD. Kristen Howerton masterfully narrates all her struggles with motherhood. She makes you laugh as she talks about hating to volunteer at school but also seriously discusses miscarriage, divorce, and interracial adoption. A quick and fun read for fans of Jen Hatmaker or #IMomSoHard.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Convergent Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Second Home
Years ago, a summer spent at their family home in Cape Cod causes a rift between siblings Ana, Poppy, and their adopted brother Michael. With the death of their parents, the siblings must decide what to do with the house and finally come to terms with the secrets of long ago. Although the writing was excellent, I stopped reading this book a quarter of the way through. I just had no interest in spending four more hours reading about how sexual tension, a creepy employer, and poor choices screwed them up for life.
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 2020 Selections
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, you can use my Book of the Month Club affiliate link to get a discount on your first book!
Here’s a look at the June Book of the Month selections.
The Most Anticipated June 2020 Book Releases
We’ve all gotten them – those scam emails from Nigerian princes full of get-rich-quick schemes. Comedian James Veitch decided to answer those pesky emails resulting in hilarious exchanges with email scammers. Now you can enjoy his humor with the US release of his book, Dot Con. He’s one of my favorite comedians to watch on YouTube, so I’m highly anticipating picking up a copy of his book.
A gothic thriller set in 1950s Mexico. Sign me up! Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her cousin accusing her new husband of trying to poison her. To help, Noemí travels to their estate in the Mexican countryside. She doesn’t fear her cousin’s husband or father-in-law, or the creepy house that is giving her nightmares.
Party of Two
Newly arrived in LA, lawyer Olivia seems to have found the perfect man, until she realizes he’s a junior senator. Although they have a wonderful time dating in secret, can they survive the media scrutiny after they take their relationship public? Although this is the fifth book in the Wedding Dates series, reviews say that you can read this romance as a standalone novel.
After tackling zombies, Max Brooks is back with an examination of the legendary Bigfoot. In the aftermath of Mount Rainer’s eruption, the diary of Kate Holland is discovered detailing the massacre at Greenloop caused by a beast of terrible strength. After the brilliant World War Z, I can’t wait to read this one.
The Lies that Bind
After a harsh breakup, Cecily Gardner unexpectedly meets a kind stranger at a bar in New York City who might just be her soulmate. In the chaos of 9/11, Grant disappears and Cecily is determined to find him. Only to realize she didn’t really know him. I’ve never read anything by Emily Giffin, so I’m intrigued to try her newest release.
Always the Last to Know
After fifty years, John and Barb’s marriage has become stale. When John has a stroke, the two must face the reality of their life together while their grown daughters struggle to face their own struggles with adulthood. The older I get, the more I seem to be drawn to more mature family dramas. Hopefully, the sincere nature of Kristan Higgin’s story will be just what I need.
The Boyfriend Project
After finding out her boyfriend is cheating on her with not one, but two other women, Samiah is done with dating. She quickly befriends the “other women,” London and Taylor, and the three band together to swear off men for six months. Of course, she then meets the perfect man. If you are missing hanging out with your girlfriends during the pandemic, this millennial tale might be the perfect choice for you.
My Calamity Jane
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Recently, my sister-in-law was raving about the audiobook version of My Lady Jane. So when I saw that book three of the series was coming out, I thought I’d throw it onto my June release list. Not at all my usual type of book, this young adult historical fiction is a retelling of the life of Calamity Janet. Except in this fictional 1876 America, gunslingers from Wild Bill’s Traveling Show are fighting gunslingers and werewolves.
What June 2020 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 2020 book releases that you are anticipating? As always, let me know in the comments!
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There are some great sounding books on here. I will definitely be adding some of these to my TBR list!
Rachel @ Never Enough Novels says
I was so close to adding The Boyfriend Project to my Book of the Month box! It’s definitely on my radar to grab at some point from the library.
When you do read it, be sure to let me know what you think. I’m a bit wary of the romance genre, so I love to hear other people’s reviews before committing to them.