Readers, look no further for your summer book club picks. We’ve rounded up a list of eight books hitting shelves this June that are sure to get your club talking. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling mystery or a hilarious suburban adventure, we’ve got the perfect book for you and your book club. Plus, the weather is lovely this time of year: Why not plan an outdoor meeting and discuss these enthralling books under the stars?
For even more books for your beach bag, check out our summer must-read roundup.
Does your book club love art, feminism, and a riveting mystery? If so, Still Lives is the ideal novel to discuss over a glass of wine and some snacks. In Still Lives, readers will meet Kim Lord, an artist whose work depicts Lord herself as the victim of famous murder cases. Then, she goes missing right before a gala in honor of her new show at a museum in L.A. Immediately, Maggie Richter, who works for the museum, begins to look into Lord’s disappearance. What complicates matters is that Maggie’s boyfriend left her not long ago… for Kim Lord. Book clubs will love dissecting the gender commentary and the interpersonal relationships in Maria Hummel’s novel.
Gird your loins, readers: Lauren Weisberger is back with a new installment in the Devil Wears Prada series. The book follows Emily, an image consultant and Miranda Priestly’s first assistant; Karolina, a world famous supermodel; and Miriam, a former partner at a Manhattan law firm. All three women are recently down on their luck and not exactly thrilled about their current suburban living arrangements in Greenwich, CT. There’s glamour, scandal, friendship, and drama in store for readers who dive into this summer read.
For book clubs that love poetic language and pages brimming with prose and verse, there’s no better book to pick up this month than Yrsa Daley-Ward’s The Terrible. In her memoir, Daley-Ward writes about her upbringing and family. The daughter of a Nigerian father and Jamaican mother, Yrsa was brought up in the U.K. and spent a lot of time with her religious grandparents. Over the course of the book, she grapples with mental illness, her sexuality, and substance abuse. We’re so excited about The Terrible that we named it one of summer’s must-read nonfiction books.
Claudia’s best friend is missing, and yet no one seems to care. After spending her summer in Georgia, Claudia returns to Washington D.C. and is ecstatic to reunite with her BFF Monday. But Monday doesn’t show up for the first day of eighth grade, or the second, or the third. Monday’s mother and sister give conflicting accounts of where she is, and Claudia fears that something terrible has happened. As months go by, Claudia’s determination to uncover the truth about what happened to Monday grows. Tiffany D. Jackson’s sophomore novel is loosely inspired by the real disappearances of black teen girls in D.C. Your book club is sure to talk late into the night about this heartbreaking novel and the real life consequences that racial bias has on communities.
Fans love David Sedaris for his biting wit, and in Calypso, that sense of humor is on full display. There are 21 essays in this collection, and they are tinged with darkness and death even as they elicit chuckles. There is pain in these pages: Sedaris has lost a sister to suicide, and lost his mother to cancer, and writes about those losses as well as his growing awareness of his own aging. Changing family dynamics are writ large in this volume, and we suspect many readers will recognize shades of their own families and struggles in Sedaris’ words. Book clubs will find a lot to discuss in this book, so we recommend you email your friends now so you can all get reading!
The SFF world has been buzzing about this book for months, and if your book club is magically inclined, you won’t want to miss it. This is the first novel in Rebecca Roanhorse’s Sixth World series—it transports readers to a world ravaged by flooding after an environmental apocalypse. The former Navajo nation, now known as Dinétah, is one of the few lands safe from the rising waters, but the people live in terror of the vicious monsters that now roam free. Maggie Hoskie is a Diné gifted with magical abilities, and she uses her powers to protect her people. When Diné begin to go missing, Maggie must venture our on her most dangerous mission yet to uncover the truth of who or what is hunting them. This is one of our must-reads of the summer, and we know you’ll love it too.
Fatima Farheen Mirza’s debut begins with nuptials, but the family of the bride is focused on something else: the return of their estranged son and brother, Amar. Amar has been away from home for years, and has reappeared at the wedding, sending his family into turmoil. Readers will be enthralled by the narrative threads that explore multiple generations in this Indian-American Muslim family. Kirkus raved: “The author’s passion for her subject shines like the moon in the night sky, a recurrent image in this ardent and powerful novel.”
Book clubs that love genre-bending novels won’t want to miss out on Marisha Pessl’s young adult debut, Neverworld Wake. This tale weaves together fantasy and reality with a twisty mystery. Bee and her friends grew apart after the death of Bee’s boyfriend, Jim. The group reconnects on one fateful night that ends in a deadly car crash. The friends wake up in a world where they’re forced to relive the same day until they can decide which of them gets to return to the land of the living and who must stay behind. Along the way, Bee begins to uncover the truth behind Jim’s death.