Books of the Month June 2021
The midpoint of 2021 arrived a lot sooner than anyone expected, especially those who turned to books for a temporary escape from reality. However, as said by Dr. Seuss, "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Here are the books of the month for June 2021 as recommended by our readers for those curious about what to read next.
by Debra Clopton
What New Beginnings Are Made of by Debra Clopton is the first novel in her Star Gazer Inn of Corpus Christi Bay series. True to its name, this novel is about the new beginnings of three women who find friendship and courage on the shores of Corpus Christi Bay. Alice McIntyre is a fifty-five-year-old widow who buys the Star Gazer Inn in search of a fresh start. She is joined by Lisa, her best friend, a recent divorcee with secrets of her own. Then there's their new neighbor, Nina, keeping a low profile for her own reasons. Together, these three are ready to find the fresh starts that they all deserve.
Best Action & Adventure
by Craig Martelle
Endure is the riveting first novel in the End Times Alaska series by Craig Martelle. The story is set in the wake of a nuclear bomb that destroys Fairbanks, Alaska. Retired Marine and survivalist Chuck must navigate this dystopian wasteland with his wife and children. Together the family must learn to protect themselves from the wolves, wildlife, and desperate humans they encounter. However, as they attempt to build a new community along with other survivors, the faceless enemy that ended their world returns.
Best Mystery & Thriller
by Andrew Updegrove
The Lafayette Campaign is a tale of deceptions and elections by Andrew Updegrove. This second novel in the Frank Adversego Thrillers series sees the cybersecurity super sleuth attempting to find and stop the Black hats who are trying to hack the presidential election. This is a far cry from Frank's initial plan, which was to travel West in his camper to write a book about his adventures in the first novel. The Lafayette Campaign is not just a great cybersecurity-themed thriller but also features plenty of subtle humor to keep readers hooked.
by Nick and Bob Finamore
Two Jersey Brothers by Nick and Bob Finamore is the touching biography of the authors and records their childhood in the small town of Haledon, New Jersey. The boys grew up there in the post-World War II era and worked in their family's vintage Belmont Diner. In their biography, they recall the colorful Haledon customers they served at the diner and the values of respect, discipline, and hard work they learned from their family.
Best Children's Book
by Daniel Gershkovitz
We Can Do Everything is a collection of five short stories written in rhyme by bestselling children's author Daniel Gershkovitz. The stories are not just entertaining but also illustrate essential values that all children should know about. From bullying and self-confidence to friendship, teamwork, and social acceptance, these stories hold a lot of value for children aged three to eight years old.
Best Young Adult
by Megan O'Russell
Heart of Smoke by Megan O'Russel is set in a paranormal dystopia described as The Selection meets Twilight. The protagonist, Lanni, is doing her best to keep her sister alive in a world where vampires are hiding in the shadows. However, as order in the city crumbles, Lanni runs out of options to protect her sister. In the end, she is faced with accepting the fate she was born to or joining the enemy she's sworn to destroy.
by Nicole Ciacchella
A House Divided is the first book in the Astoran Asunder series by Nicole Ciacchella. It is the story of Cianne Wylands and Kila and Movis, who couldn't be more different. Cianne is a gatherer of secrets, a role that suits her well as nobody in House Saerleigh would ever suspect it from the meek woman on whom they heap their disdain. Kila is an Enforcer who just got back from a nine-year banishment to the wilds after expressing his opinions a little too freely. Kila is called out to investigate the scene of a crime which is where his world collides with that of Cianne. Eventually, the two join together and begin to unravel the secrets of House Staerleigh, which, it turns out, is built upon a foundation of lies.
Best Historical Fiction
by Yael Krizzuk
Grandma's Demons is a historical fiction novel by Yael Krizzuk about her Jewish grandmother. It is filled with plenty of humor, and Yael effortlessly sweeps readers along on the colorful life journey of her grandmother. The novel mixes reality and imagination while also weaving in the history of Israel.
by Darren Wearmouth
The Finisher by Darren Wearmouth is the first novel in the series of the same name. The story takes place during a brutal apocalypse where terrorists release a fast-acting, engineered virus across the globe. The infected mercilessly hunt and kill anyone in their path, causing civilization to collapse. Jim Turner's wife is one of those who are killed during one of the initial attacks. With his life destroyed, he makes it his goal to find those responsible for the atrocity. Turner is determined to make them pay, and nothing will stop him.
Best Literary Fiction
by Angela Fish
The Fractured Globe by Angela Fish is the story of two single mums' experiences of motherhood. The two women, Tia and Kay, meet when their sons are born on the same day but come from very different backgrounds. Tia wants a better life for her son, but a manipulative and controlling boyfriend keeps her trapped in a world of drink, drugs, crime, and enforced prostitution. On the other hand, Kay comes from a stable home but is willing to sacrifice it all to live her own kind of life. The story begins with the birth of their sons and then follows the course of their lives over the next twenty-five years.
Best Science Fiction
by S. J. Madill
Burnt Worlds is the first novel in the HMCS Borealis series by S. J. Madill. Lieutenant Dillon is the highest-ranking officer still alive when disaster strikes during the testing of a new jump drive. Inheriting the role of commander, Dillon has to pull the survivors together and get the ship home. This is no easy feat as they are stranded at the far edge of the galaxy. To make matters worse, the arrival of a fugitive alien priestess is a diplomatic nightmare just waiting to happen. Then there is the small matter of a mysterious ship with murderous intent following the HMCS Borealis and supplies dwindling, which all adds up to a gripping science-fiction epic.
by T. Thorn Coyle
By Earth is the first novel in The Witches of Portland series by T. Thorn Coyle. The story follows Cassiel, a witch who moves to Portland to escape the literal ghosts of her past. Unfortunately, after meeting a handsome construction worker named Joe, she also gets an earful from his dead girlfriend. Cassiel is reluctant to believe ghostly conspiracy theories about evictions throughout town until she gets her own notice to pack her bags. In the end, to keep her apartment and protect her fellow residents, Cassiel has to embrace her magical powers and work with the local coven.
by T. C. Hale
Kick Your Fat in the Nuts is a natural guide to how your body works and how to work your body by T. C. Hale. Tony not only reveals the secrets behind weight loss and how the human body functions but does so in an engaging and very humorous manner. In addition, Hale wrote the book to help people understand what foods, supplements, or lifestyle changes could help them in their weight loss journey.