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Monthly Roundup Blog: June 2021

Summer has arrived in true British fashion: slightly sporadically. But while the weather isn't as dependable as we like and Freedon Day has been delayed for another month, LoveReading is being as reliable as ever with delivering brand new and brilliant books for you to enjoy. 

Books of the Month

It's been another busy month in our Book of the Month section this June. Browse the selection and make sure you haven't missed one! These books are some of the reading highlights of June with brand new feel-good fiction, paperback releases and thrilling series finale. Click here to find out more and browse our Books of the Month archives.

This is How we are Human by Louise Beech - Making emotions sing, this is an eloquent, thoughtful yet provocative novel about what people do for love and family.

Sunrise by the Sea by Jenny Colgan - A truly lovely, heart-warming, compassionate, and joyful romance set in Cornwall, it’s an absolute delight.

Dark Tides by Philippa Gregory - From Restoration London to cut-throat Venice via a mistress of manipulation, and across to the New World, this sizzles with secrets, ambition, desire and duplicity.

A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville - A LoveReading Star Book, this clever, thoughtful and eloquently written novel is based on the life of Elizabeth Macarthur who left England for Australia in 1788.

The Cookbook of Common Prayer by Francesca Haig - Exceptional soul-stirring story of devastating loss, distracting obsessions, and a family’s agonising struggles to rebuild broken lives through love and honesty.

Hana Khan Carries on by Uzma Jalaluddin - Fun and feisty 'You’ve Got Mail' romance with added family drama, female drive, community comradeship and standing up to racists.

Two Women in Rome by Elizabeth Buchan - A gently told mystery sits at the heart of this evocative novel set in two time frames within a vivid and vibrant Rome.

Three Days In June by James O'Connell, Lieutenant General Sir Hew Pike - This is, by far, the best book I have read about the Falklands war.

Sunny Days and Sea Breezes by Carole Matthews - A gorgeous relationship tale that encourages a lovely bond to form with the leading character and allows a proper escape to the Isle of Wight.

The Final Twist by Jeffery Deaver - An addictive, hard-hitting, wow of an action-packed thriller and LoveReading Star Book.

Self-Contained by Emma John - A witty, bitingly honest memoir that examines the meaning of being single in a world that really doesn’t want you to remain single.

Book Club Journal by Sanne Vliegenthart - Want a beautiful place to collate your thoughts on books? Then take a look at this gorgeous and helpful journal.

Motherland and Other Stories by Wandeka Gayle - Long-lingering, enthralling short stories set in London, the Caribbean and the USA exploring courageous lives lived away from home, and being black in white worlds.

Stick No Bills by Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw - This exceptional collection of twenty-two richly-observed, richly-atmospheric Caribbean-set short stories stirs the spirit as it provokes thought.

Debuts of the Month

New, provocative, witty, and atmospheric books from brand new authors. Our Debut of the Month section is filled with upcoming authors that you need to keep your eye on. Click here to find out more about all our Debut of the Month picks.

THE SILENT LISTENER by Lyn Yeowart - Rich in the atmosphere of rural Australia, this gothic thriller sizzles with suspense and psychological intrigue as horrific family secrets come to light.

Pelagia by Steve Holloway - In the not too distant future, a recognisable yet different world awaits in this absorbing speculative thriller.

Erringby by Katie Allen - A provocative, amusing, and emotional read focusing on the isolation of grief, it’s surprising in the best possible way.

Everything Happens for a Reason by Katie Allen - A provocative, amusing, and emotional read focusing on the isolation of grief, it’s surprising in the best possible way.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide - An ingeniously twisty thriller exposing white supremacy in an elite high school.

Everything's Perfect by Nicole Kennedy - This novel is a witty and provocative look at the world of social media while celebrating friendship and motherhood.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris - A 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.

Threadneedle by Cari Thomas - Magic realism shines in this spellbinding debut novel featuring a 16 year old whose magic is due to be bound.

eBooks of the Month

We almost have a library full of selections in our eBook recommendations this June. Plenty of books means variety and something for everyone so click to explore our eBook section, books perfect to read on your devices and keep with you always. 

One Last Time by Helga Flatland - An expressive, poignant and beautifully powerful novel set in Norway as a family learn about a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Should We Stay or Should We Go by Lionel Shriver - This witty of-the-moment, parallel universe novel explores its overarching theme of ageing alongside current issues, including COVID, Brexit and social care.

Foregone by Russell Banks - Betrayal, desertion, and the confessional memories of a film-maker during an end-of-life confession - this smart and seductively structured novel is a thought-provoking page-turner.

Sunshine Warm Sober by Catherine Gray - Sunshine Warm Sober is filled with honesty, wit and warmth. This fascinating read may help you to reassess your relationship with alcohol and change your life for the better.

How to Make Good Things Happen by Marian Rojas Estape, M. D. - How to Make Good Things Happen is a well-researched book on managing your stress and anxiety levels – and how to see the positivity in every situation. An interesting read.

Grown Ups by Marie Aubert - Voiced by a forty-year-old architect, this vignette of modern life presents a witty window into dysfunctional family dynamics and the pressure on women to have children.

The Enchanted Life by Sharon Blackie - A practical, thoughtful, and wise book to help us connect with the world around us and learn how to live an enchanted life.

Black and Blue by Parm Sandhu - This powerful, prescient memoir by a former female Met chief superintendent is shot-through with the author’s courage as it exposes racist and sexist prejudice in the police force.

Mummin' It by Harriet Shearsmith, Toby & Roo Ltd - I loved Mummin’ It – it’s bright and cheerful, informative and fun. A book that you’re likely to return to again and again.

KNIFE EDGE by Kerry Buchanan - This gripping, graphic debut crime thriller set in Northern Ireland reels with real-life grit, twists and tangled tension. 

COFFIN COVE by Jackie Elliott - Living up to its arresting title, this female-fronted thriller boasts a richness of tension, twists and murderous mystery.

The Girl Who Escaped From Auschwitz by Ellie Midwood - Courage and the unbreakable bonds of love bloom through the most horrifying circumstances in this atmospheric escape-from-Auschwitz true story page-turner.

The Sadness of The King George by Shaun Hand - This pub-set coming-of-age comedy reels with poignant honesty as a 20-year-old’s idealism clashes with grim realities.

Date Night by Samantha Hayes - This fast-paced psychological thriller about a woman accused of murder tingles with dark domestic secrets and twists readers are unlikely to see coming.

Liz's Picks of the Month

June flaming murder. It's also National Crime Reading Month hosted by The Crime Writer's Association. Liz Robinson's picks this month are all crime fiction titles to celebrate National Crime Reading Month, click here to find out more about this month's picks and past selections.

Fragile by Sarah Hilary - A wonderfully dark, atmospheric, and beautifully written contemporary thriller about a former foster child and runaway.

The Dead Line by Holly Watt - An intelligent and convincing action-packed thriller where an investigative journalist races to expose the horrors behind the clothes trade.

The House of Lamentations by S. G. MacLean - A riveting, atmospheric, and intriguing historical crime novel set in Bruges as Cromwell continues his reign as Lord Protector of England.

I Know What I Saw by Imran Mahmood - A clever and stimulating psychological thriller that also holds a mystery just begging to be solved.

House of Correction by Nicci French - An exceptionally well written and plotted crime thriller offering a compelling protagonist as she fights to clear her name.

Star Books

Our Star Books are the cream of the crop. If you only have the opportunity to read the most special of books each month, we do recomend you check out our Star Books section as a starting point. Click here to find out more about our latest additions.

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