Who’s ready for summer?! Do you have any exciting summer travel coming up or cozy staycations planned? Readers like us never travel lightly when it comes to books- it’s just so hard to decide on which books to bring!
Today I’m highlighting some books hitting shelves in June for your summer reading pleasure. And, since sometimes it’s too hot to read in the summer I have some summer TV suggestions as well.
American Girls by Alison Umminger – June 7. Anna runs away to Los Angeles to live with her actress half-sister. She researches the Manson girls for a project and finds parallels with her own life.
Cure for the Common Universe by Christina McKay Heidicker – June 14. Jaxon gets sent to video game rehab to learn real-life skills. He’s eager to get cured so he can go on his first date.
Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch – June 28. Scarlett was abducted as a child and escaped her captor as a teen. Old memories come to the surface when she sees someone from her past.
Summer in the Invisible City by Juliana Romano – June 21. Set in NYC, Sadie has big summer plans but plans change when she meets Sam.
How it Ends by Catherine Lo – June 7. This book focuses on a very twisty teenage friendship.
Tumbling by Caela Carter – June 7. Five gymnasts put their heart and soul into their Olympic Gymnastic Trials.
With Malice by Eileen Cook – June 7. Jill wakes up in a hospital bed with amnesia and finds out her best friend is dead and she is the prime suspect.
Run by Kody Keplinger – June 28. Bo and Agnes are two small-town girls on the run from trouble and the authorities in this road-trip novel.
738 Days by Stacey Kade – June 7. A fifteen-year-old was abducted and held captive for 738 days. A poster of a TV star gave her the strength to keep fighting and now that she’s free she gets the chance to meet him.
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – June 28. This story is told backwards from day 15 to day 1 to put together a missing woman’s disappearance, and tie it to another disappearance a decade earlier.
The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe – June 7. This historical novel is based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, the first African-American student to attend Vassar. She passed as white and kept her distance from her classmates until senior year when a new friend’s attention threatens her secret.
The Girls by Emma Cline – June 14. This buzz book is on all the summer must-read lists and it’s about a woman reflecting on her time in a Manson Family-like cult.
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid – June 7. Emma’s husband Jesse goes missing on their first wedding anniversary. Years later, Emma finds love again with Sam- only to find that Jesse is found alive. Isn’t that title perfect for this situation?
Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn – June 7. This angsty romance is the first book in a new emotional series about love, loss, and second chances.
Invincible Summer by Alice Adams – June 28. This debut follows four college friends over the course of twenty years.
Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam – June 7. This debut is about two women who have been friends since they were kids. Now in their thirties, their friendship has evolved.
X-Men: Apocalypse – Now Playing. We saw this on opening day and thought it was a lot of fun. It’s not getting great reviews but we weren’t disappointed.
Me Before You – June 3. I enjoyed the book but I’m still a little nervous to see this one on the big screen. You know? Reviews are mixed so far.
Finding Dory – June 17. Hope it’s as good as Nemo!
I wish there were more movies I was excited about this summer! Let me know what movies are on your radar.
TV / Streaming
UnREAL (Season 2) – June 6. You can catch up with season 1 on Hulu. This series is a fictitious behind-the-scenes look at the making of a Bachelor-type reality show.
Casual (Season 2) – June 7. This Hulu original series is about a bachelor guy and his newly-divorced sister and her daughter living together and their dating adventures.
O.J. Made in America – June 11. I’m kind of OJ’d out from The People vs. O.J. Simpson but I hear this five-part documentary is fantastic. From ABC:
The documentary traces Simpson’s stardom in the NFL and crossover success as an actor and TV pitchman to his recent imprisonment for a robbery and kidnapping conviction years after he was acquitted of his ex-wife’s murder in a trial that captivated the nation. The story will also examine the racial tensions that prevailed in Los Angeles at the time of the trial.
Orange is the New Black (Season 4) – June 17. What’s going to happen next? The picture’s I’ve seen look intense.
BrainDead (Series Premiere) – June 13. This 13-episode comic-thriller series is from the creators of The Good Wife. From CBS:
“BrainDead” follows a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) getting her first job in Washington, D.C. and discovering two things: The government has stopped working, and something mysterious is happening to a growing number of Congressmen and Hill staffers.
Thirteen (Series Premiere) – June 23. From BBC America:
The BBC America co-production follows Ivy Moxam (Jodie Comer, Doctor Foster) on the day she escapes from the cellar that has been her prison for the last 13 years. It’s the day she’ll return to her home, to her family, to her life – but that reunion is only the beginning. The Moxam family had given up all hope before their loved one was suddenly thrust back into their lives, and now they struggle to put the pieces back together.
What will you be reading and watching in June?