June’s Most-Anticipated Books

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Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming but we’ve rounded up ten of the buzziest books coming out this June—no matter what genre you’re interested in. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Leila Mottley’s debut was highlighted on We Are Bookish earlier this year as a buzzy upcoming release and the praise has only gotten louder. Kiara is working hard to keep a roof over her and her brother’s heads, as well as care for the abandoned nine-year-old boy next door. But her entire world is turned upside down when she’s named as a key witness in an Oakland police department scandal.

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Readers looking for some chills and thrills this summer can’t go wrong with Riley Sager. Actress Casey Fletcher retreats to her family’s home in Vermont to get some distance from the limelight. It’s there she begins spying on the couple who live across the lake, Tom and Katherine. But when Katherine vanishes, Casey wonders if the perfect couple she’d been observing has been hiding secrets all along.

Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald

Ed McDonald kicks off a new fantasy series this month with Daughter of Redwinter. Raine possesses the ability to see and speak to spirits, a secret she guards fiercely in a society where such a gift is a crime. But when she makes the mistake of showing kindness to an injured woman, it sets off a series of events that lead Raine to being taken in by a group of warrior magicians.

A Proposal They Can’t Refuse by Natalie Caña

Puerto Rican chef Kamilah Vega is willing to do whatever it takes to save her family’s Chicago restaurant. Her grandfather is willing to let her take charge under one condition: She has to marry his best friend’s grandson, Liam Kane. Whiskey distiller Liam is similarly blackmailed and soon the two hatch a plan to fool their families with a fake relationship so they can each pursue their dreams.

The Dream Runners by Shveta Thakrar

Shveta Thakrar draws on Hindu mythology as inspiration for this standalone YA fantasy. Tanvi was kidnapped seven years ago to serve the naga by gathering dreams for them. She has no memory of her life in the mortal world, until an accident brings flashes of her past back and leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the subterranean realm she inhabits and the life she may have had before.

Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin

Alexis Schaitkin explores the nuances of motherhood in this novel set in a remote mountain town where mothers go missing. No one understands the phenomenon, though they swap theories about each woman’s devotion, or lack thereof, to her children and other maternal sins that might cause the disappearances. Vera’s mother vanished when she was young, and now that she has a child of her own, she begins to wonder when she may be taken and if, as a mysterious stranger once suggested, she could leave the town altogether.

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Psychological thrills meet metafiction in the latest from Sulari Gentill. The book weaves together two plotlines: The first features excerpts from Australian mystery writer Hannah Tigone’s novel about a woman who overhears a chilling scream on a visit to the Boston Public Library and finds herself seated at a table with a killer, and the second is letters from Leo Johnson to Hannah Tigone, whose investment in the story she’s writing becomes obsessive and dangerous.

The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings

Alex Jennings transports readers to an enchanted New Orleans in his urban fantasy debut. In a world where magic and music are intertwined, a piano keeps the city alive through powerful songs. But when songs go missing, the city begins to crumble and the magic starts to fade. In order to save New Orleans, failed magician Perilous Graves and his sister Brendy must go on a mission to recover the lost music.

Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score

Opposites attract in Lucy Score’s newest romance. Maggie Nichols spends all of her time flipping houses for her growing YouTube channel. As she begins work on a Victorian mansion, the last thing she’s looking for is a distraction in the form of landscaper Silas Wright. Long-term is out of the question, but as Silas’ charm starts to wear her down, Maggie decides that a summer fling might be the bit of fun her life has been missing lately. It’s only as the end of the project approaches, that she starts to fear how hard it’ll be to say goodbye.

Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler

Readers looking to fill their June TBR with queer books won’t want to miss Dahlia Adler’s latest! Amber McCloud’s high school is in mourning after the tragic death of beloved quarterback Robbie, and when Jacyln “Jack” Walsh comes in to replace him, it seems as though everyone is determined to scare Jack off. But Amber doesn’t want Jack to leave, if anything she wants to get to know her better. Openly supporting Jack would put Amber’s dreams of being cheer captain at risk, and as she starts to fall hard and fast, she realizes she needs to make a choice.

Which June release are you most excited for?

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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