Here we are, at the beginning of summer! (Well, supposedly we’re at the beginning of summer—it’s been cold enough here in Maine that we’re still making fires!)
Anyway! Here are a few of the books I’m looking forward to this month:
Saints and Misfits, by S.K. Ali
This book is easily—EASILY—at the top of my June Want List. I’ve been excited about it for months and months. It’s about sophomore Janna Yusuf, who discovers that her crush from school is reciprocated, but said crush is complicated by the fact that the boy isn’t Muslim. On top of that, she’s dealing with some fallout—emotional, social, and more—after being assaulted by a highly-respected young man at a party. Family, friendship, romance, and fighting the patriarchy—WHAT MORE COULD ANYONE WANT IN A BOOK? Starred review.
Want, by Cindy Pon
A street kid in future Taipei goes undercover as a rich American in order to investigate—and, if necessary, take down—a rich businessman who is suspected of murdering anti-pollution activists. With bonus kidnapping!
One Shadow On the Wall, by Leah Henderson
Middle grade about an 11-year-old Senegalese boy who works to keep his family together after the death of his parents. The review cautions that it’s a quiet story—and reading between the lines, I suspect extremely character-driven—that requires patient readers. So, while it doesn’t necessarily sound like it’ll be THE NEXT BIG THING, it very much sounds like THE NEXT BOOK I WANT TO READ.
The Hush, by Skye Melki-Wegner
On one hand, it sounds like there’s so much going on in this book that all of the synopses I’ve read sound like they were created by Random Fantasy Generators—on the other, the world has a music-centric magic system and it got a starred review from Kirkus. So I’m curious.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy, by Kathryn Ormsbee
A girl’s Tolstoy-themed webseries goes viral; shenanigans ensue. The Kirkus review especially loves this one for its “depth and diversity of sexualities not often featured in teen fiction,” including a protagonist who identifies as a romantic asexual. Starred review.
Words in Deep Blue, by Cath Crowley
I loved Crowley’s Graffiti Moon—way more than the Kirkus reviewer did, wowzer—so I’m very excited to see a new one from her. It’s a story about love and friendship and grief SET IN A USED BOOKSTORE. That’s all I need to know, I’m already swooning. Starred review.
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, by Melanie Crowder
After the perfection of Audacity, I will read anything and everything by this author. Starred review.
Little Wrecks, by Meredith Miller
Gender politics in the late 1970s. YES, PLEASE, I AM ALWAYS HERE FOR THIS.
The Bone Queen: Cadvan's Story, by Alison Croggon
PELLINOR PREQUEL, YESSSSSS! Starred review.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee
This is one of those rare instances where my affection for an author’s Twitter output—Lee is the creator and curator of the fantastic #BygoneBadassBroads threads—has me supremely excited about their book. And it doesn’t hurt that the Kirkus review describes it as a mashup of “Austen, Wilde, and Indiana Jones”—and judging by some of the plot elements, I suspect there might be some Heyer in there, too. Starred review.
This Is Just a Test, by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Madelyn Rosenberg
David Da-Wei Horowitz prepares for his bar mitzvah while dealing with a crush, his fear of nuclear war, and his squabbling grandmothers. I saw the two authors do a reading from this back in January at the Midwinter Meeting, and they were just as charming and funny as the excerpt that they presented.
Ten: A Soccer Story, by Shamini Flint
Middle grade about a Malaysian girl who dreams of being a soccer star… even though she’s never played. Family and race and gender and the interpersonal politics of an all-girls school = I AM IN.
Mango Delight, by Fracaswell Hyman
I could say some stuff about how I love stories that deal with friendships ending, but really, I’m picking this one up because I love the cover art so much.
Felix Yz, by Lisa Bunker
All it took was reading the first line of the Kirkus review: “A freak scientific accident leaves an ordinary Maine boy atomically bonded to a fourth-dimensional being in this debut middle-grade novel.” HERE FOR THAT WITH BELLS ON. Starred review.
What books are you waiting for this month?
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom and The Backlist, is currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.