Cast Your Eyes over the Powerful, Profound and Captivating Books That Grace Our Bookshelves in June.

June is coming to a close. This week has seen the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and this month has seen powerful, profound and captivating books grace our bookshelves. scroll to take a look at some of our June highlights that would make perfect additions to any summer reading list.

Fiction Books of the Month

In June we shered, thrilling crime novels, perfect for National Crime Reading Month as well as explosive literary love stories and inspiring female-penned poetry. Click to browse our Fiction Book of the Month selection.

Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter - Smart, shocking, and thought-provokingly powerful, this LoveReading Star Book successfully merges several storylines into one compelling whole.

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh - This hugely impressive and exciting yet thought-provoking read thrills as it sends thoughts soaring into the unknown.

The Murder Book by Mark Billingham - The past is not just haunting Thorne, it’s hunting him in this read-in-one-sitting thrilling crime novel.

The Botanist by M. W. CravenAn addictively perfect example of a locked room mystery (or two) awaits in this latest addition to one of the best crime series around.

The Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker - Set in 1950s America, this exceptional, subversive gothic ghost story about escaping despair and entrapment is shot-through with searing feminism, tragic sisterhood, and the luscious language of flowers, poetry, love and death.

You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi - Loss, lust, love, guilt and grief - this explosive, addictive literary love story cuts to the core of human experience.

The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam - A brilliant, brave, cool and clever book about the highs and lows of juggling a startup and married life which I know will be one of my favourite reads of the year.

Such a Sweet Singing by Kirsty GunnThis beautifully-presented anthology of female-penned poems is set to inspire, support and uplift women from all walks of life.

Non-Fiction Books of the Month

From poetic and profound memoirs to fun and flavour-filled family mealtimme guides and truly special books about accepting your authentic self, our Non-Ficiton Book of the Month selection has been packed full of brilliance. Click to explore the category.

The Island House by Mary Considine - Rugged beauty and resilience abound in this inspiring, poetic “new lives in the wild” memoir.

Lost & Found by Kathryn Schulz - A profound memoir that explores the balance of our strongest emotions.

How to Grow Your Family by Adam ShawLeith's trained chef and founder of Instagram's At Dad's Table our favourite foodie father Adam Shaw shares his delicious, budget-friendly recipes to take you from pregnancy through new parenting to meals for the whole family, bringing fun and flavour back to the table.

This Monk Wears Heels by Kodo Nishimura - This is a special book for anyone struggling to make their true self known and wanting to live authentically; it will inspire people to believe that anything is possible, and remember that everyone deserves to live their best life.

Otherlands by Thomas HallidayAn extraordinary and vivid interpretation of our planet’s history.

Foraging with Kids by Adele NozedarNature, history, folklore and cookery come together seamlessly in this gorgeous guide to the edible and medicinal delights that grow wild around us.

Debuts of the Month

Enthralling and satisfying, epic, swoonsome and delicious - just some of the ways we descibe this June's Debuts of the Month. Eplore this collection to find a brand new author to fall in love with. It may be the first we've heard of these authors, but we know it definitiely won't be the last. Click here to explore more amazing Debuts.

The Siege by John Sutherland - A full-on, dynamic debut thriller featuring a hostage situation, it quite simply smacks of authenticity.

The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi - An epic, all-inclusive humdinger of a start to a new fantasy series set on a world where the colour blood you are born with depends on your standing in society.

Double Booked by Lily LindonA book with a great hook; this debut's set-up is comedy gold

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley - Told in searingly beautiful style, this exceptional debut blazes with truths about social, sexual and racial injustices through the agonising experiences of a Black American teenager.

Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle - Three swoonsome dates. Two joyous Black American teenagers. One uplifting story of love in all its forms.

Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor - Delicious magic and decadence dance through this tale of two sisters and a most mysterious hotel

eBooks of the Month

With the weather hotting up and Summer Holidays approaching, why not make sure your didgital bookshelf is up to date. These books are brilliant whatever the format, but packing a couple of extra book friends in your digital library will help while the time away - especially if caught in unexpected travel delays!  Click here to explore all our eBook recommendations. 

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila HarrisA powerful page-turning exposé of white privilege and prejudice in the modern workplace centred around an unforgettable young Black female editorial assistant in a New York publishing house.

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney - Beautiful? Yes. Serious? Definitely. I loved it. Barriers and all. Magnum opus. Without a doubt.

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin - Powerful, beautiful, and quirky, this unique novel about anxiety-ridden and death-obsessed Gilda is a dream of a read.

Keep Her Sweet by Helen FitzGerald - A savagely humorous and painfully eloquent family drama, it’s almost read through your fingers time.

The Earthspinner by Anuradha Roy - A captivating, lyrical literary work exploring love, and the pull between East and West, and between the modern and the mythic.

Little Drummer by Kjell Ola Dahl - Gripping Nordic Noir takes a trip to Africa as Oslo detectives investigate a murder.

The House of Marvellous Books by Fiona Vigo MarshallThis wryly funny, affectionate account of a near-to-collapse publishing house sparkles with a cast of quirky characters and knowing ennui.

Get Your Head in the Game by Dominic Stevenson - Packed with the punch of personal testimonies, this must-read game-changer for football fans honestly analyses the game’s relationship with mental health.

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month

Liz Robinson has been an Editorial Expert and writing reviews for LoveReading since 2014, so we trust her recommendations implicitly. Of the mountains of books she reads each month, these are but a few that come with her seal of approval, and they are immediately added to the team's reading lists. Click to find out more about this month's recommendations and see Liz's picks from months passed. 

The Siege by John Sutherland - An enthralling, rewarding, and ever so satisfying debut crime thriller.

The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi - so very clever, bold and provocative has set aflame a new world that promises much, highly recommended.

The Shadows of Men by Abir Mukherjee - One of the best historical crime series to be found continues with this electrifying and powerful novel.

Madwoman by Louisa Treger - A journalist investigates the horrific conditions of an asylum after faking insanity in this vividly fascinating historical novel.

Moth by Melody Razak - A stunningly beautiful yet heart-wrenching story that focuses on one family during Partition in 1940’s India. We declare it a must-read.

Storm Rising by Chris Hauty - Action packed and yet fiercely intimate, special operative Hayley Chill battles to stop a white supremacy conspiracy in this rewarding read.

Reasons To Go Outside by Esme King - Three isolated people begin to experience the possibilities life can offer in this beautifully warm and satisfying novel.

Star Books

We're almost half way through the year now and our Star Books Selection is bursting with brilliant books that we've loved so far. If you only read a few books a year and aren't sure where to start, we strongly recommend heading here. Click to find out more about the books which recieve our highest recommendations. 

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