Anticipating June 2016 – New Releases in Books

Hellooo my darling bookish friends,

It is with great joy that I welcome June – yet another month of awesome new releases I look forward to (that, probably, I will still be catching up on in December, seeing how behind I’ve gotten already on all the books bought and received thus far this year). Anyone else with me on that? I know I’m not alone on endless tbr-piles 😉

Also a quick note on teaching and my blog: somehow, I was so much better at keeping up while my students were still at school… Is this the teacher version of senioritis, I wonder? Complete lethargy for the 2.5 weeks I still have to show up but do absolutely nothing but clean up and prep for next year because all my students are gone? (Ah, the joys of teaching seniors…). Anyways, it’s now June 1st, time to recommit, for real this time!

New June Goal: 4+ blog posts per week, and also keeping up with all of your wonderful blogs and updates!

Without further ado, here’s books I’ll have to read (aka ARCs), others I’ve pre-ordered, some I would love to read eventually, and one that I sadly cannot recommend.

ARCs Received

that I plan on reading/reviewing (someday, hopefully not too far into the future). I’m already on the first one, Engineering Eden, a story about a trial surrounding a bear-death at Yellowstone Park and all the ramifications of this event, and so far I LOVE IT.


Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, A Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature
by Jordan Fisher Smith
June 7, 2016
Crown Publishing
Non-Fiction, Environmental History

The true story of a deadly bear attack in Yellowstone Park, the related trial, all tied into an environmental history of the US.


I Almost Forgot About You
by Terry McMillan
June 7, 2016
Crown Publishing
General Fiction, Women, African American Literature

A woman quits her job, moves, and embarks on a journey seeking a fresh start, possibly also (well, ok, definitely also) in love.


Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley
June 7, 2016
Simon & Schuster
Literary Fiction, Magical Realism, Animals

A touching story about a man and his relationship to his dog… I’m assuming it’s also about a lot more than this (or at least I hope so).


The Girls
by Emma Cline
June 14, 2016
Random House
Literary Fiction, Women, Thriller/Mystery

We’ve all heard about this one probably – 1960s Cali, group of girls, mysterious happenings, seeking acceptance, coming of age…

by Thanassis Valtinos
June 28, 2016
Yale University Press
Contemporary Greek Literature, Historical Fiction, Greek Civil War

A novel and controversial modern interpretation of the Nazi occupation and of the Greek Civil War.

Books I’ve Pre-Ordered

that I’m super excited about!!!

by Yaa Gyasi
June 7, 2016
Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Ghana

Historical fiction set over a period of two centuries, across continents (Ghana and modern day US).

by Malka Ann Older
June 7, 2016
Tor Books
Science Fiction, Surveillance, Dystopia

I got this on a recommendation from Kirkus – I haven’t been reading too much sci-fi recently and I want more! The cover and premise (manipulation of data/elections) looks awesome and it got a Kirkus star, so here we are.

whocooked.jpgWho Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?: A Story About Women and Economics
by Katrine Marçal
June 7, 2016
Pegasus Books
Non-Fiction, Economics, Feminism

They totally got me – I kept applying to win this book through GR giveaways, but didn’t. So, as they hoped I would, I bought it. How could I not? A feminist economic interpretation (in translation) by a Swedish intellectual. YES.


Before the Feast
by Saša Stanišić
June 14, 2016
Tin House Books
Contemporary German Literature, Fairy-Tale Remake

 Old fairy tales have escaped the local village library and are wandering around amongst the people… WOHOO.

Other Books Coming Out this Month

that I’d like to read sometime before I die but that I probably won’t get around to anytime soon…

wildetimes.jpgWilde Times: Patricia Wilde, George Balanchine, and the Rise of New York City Ballet
by Joel Lobenthal
June 7, 2016
University Press of New England
Non-Fiction, Ballet History, Dance

Give me ANYTHING about ballet – and even better, about the BEST ballet company in the US (sorry ABT) – the NYCB. Also, Balanchine!!!!

By Annie Proulx
June 14, 2016
Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Epic Multi-Generational Stories

This is a sprawling historical multi-generational family saga-epic that I probably will not get to until retirement.


One Book I Wouldn’t Recommend:

Finally, sadly, a book I cannot recommend, that I received as an ARC but couldn’t, as much as I tried to, finish. For me, Vinegar Girl was just such a banal, pointless Shakespeare adaptation, too ‘girly’ and romantic… Also, I was not too fond of the premise, as a feminist, obviously: this is a remake of ‘the taming of the shrew’ (hint: she still gets ‘tamed’, in a ‘modern’ way). Finally, the guy in the story is a Russian, and Tyler makes fun of Russia/Russians in very demeaning, derogatory ways (he’s a ridiculous, misogynistic oaf) – SORRY NO, as an Eastern European I did not dig this at all.

Still – some people liked this book – don’t trust me at all if you like romantic comedies (I really, really don’t).

vinegargirl.jpgVinegar Girl
by Anne Tyler
June 21, 2016
Hogarth Shakespeare
Shakespeare Redo, Romance, Anti-Feminist fiction



What about YOU?! What are you looking forward to reading this month? Any new releases you are eagerly anticipating? What else should I add to my reading list this month? 🙂


    1. Hi Julia – so I don’t read romance, but if you do like romantic comedies, don’t listen to me, you may like Vinegar Girl, maybe look into other reviews. And agreed – can’t wait for Before the Feast!! Fairy tale remakes are some of my favorite books 🙂

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  1. I am on vacation in Wyoming and was in Yellowstone yesterday! We didn’t see any bears though. Lots of bison, elk, and a coyote. My brother and his family went on a hike on Tuesday in Grand Teton National Park and came across a black bear with her cubs. Luckily there was a group of 15+ people nearby and everyone kept their distance. I look forward in reading your review of this book!

    I need to read The Girls soon too. I am so behind on my NetGalley reviews that it’s pathetic really 😅

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    1. Ooo hope you are having so much fun on your vacation! Have you been to Yellowstone before? I’ve only been once, as a teen on a family road-trip, but I remember sooo much beauty. I’d love to go back soon as an adult. The bison especially touched me, I’d never seen them before, I remember them so majestic and beautiful in the landscape.

      Glad you haven’t gotten too close to any bears! And will definitely let you know how the book goes – it’s so interesting, I wouldn’t ever have read it if I didn’t win a copy, and I’m so pleasantly surprised thus far.

      And Amen to catching up on Netgalley… I’ve stopped requesting for now until I can get my ratio up…

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      1. This is actually my 4th time to Yellowstone, however the last time I went was about 15 years ago when I was about 14 years old. This trip was different because I got to take my children and see them experience it for their first time. My son participated in the junior ranger program and had a blast. I hope to someday take my grandchildren 😊

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    1. I’m definitely very curious about The Girls, it’s one of those books that’s gotten so much hype, and sometimes those don’t always work out. And definitely very excited about Before the Feast, I’ve read some amazing reviews. Will keep you posted 🙂

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  2. So many good books headed your way! I’m hoping to read Homegoing sometime this summer, too. And I want to read Barkskins, but I think I’ll wait and see what some others have to say about it first. Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner sounds interesting, and so does the ballet book. I hope you get lots of reading done this month!

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    1. Thank you so much Naomi! I do so much look forward to the next two months, when I will have so much more free time to read. Maybe I will even catch up on my TBR shelves… but that won’t stop me from adding books. I’ve read some laudatory reviews about Barkskins from critics and I’m very curious to see if our bookish community agrees – that won’t be on my list for a while. I hope you have a wonderful reading month as well 🙂

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  3. Scratching Vinegar Girl off my list! (scratch)
    So many good ones coming out in June! Looking forward to The Girls and I received a review copy of Before the Feast that I need to get to sooner than later. Have a good weekend!

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    1. Hi!! Yes, I am so excited about June – can’t wait to see if all the hype around The Girls was worth it… and Before the Feast! I didn’t apply for that on NG on time, that’s where I first saw it, but I did decide to buy it, so can’t wait to compare notes 🙂 Happy June Reading!

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  4. I can’t wait for your review of The Girls. I’ve been looking at that one and want to read 🙂 I was going to read Vinegar Girl but not sure now. Although I like romance, I have around 35 books to read right now and don’t want to waste my time! Anne Tyler either seems to nail it or just blow it.

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    1. I’ve never read Anne Tyler before, and Vinegar Girl may not be terrible, maybe it’s just that I don’t like romance… It’s written pretty well. Anyways I would hate to turn you off if you do like the genre, so maybe check out other reviews? Also – YES I cannot wait to get to the Girls already… Ah, Netgalley backlog 😉 Thank you for reading!

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