June 2020 Book Releases: Hey Mom! These Are the Books I Want For My Birthday

It’s that time of year again! It’s June book releases, otherwise known as it’s my birthday month and these are the books I want lol. This is by no means a comprehensive list. That would be VERY long and I’m lazy. So if an anticipated book you’re look forward to isn’t on this list, please mention it in the comments and I will definitely look it up.

Alright. let’s do this!


My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (June 2)

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Synopsis:

Welcome ​to 1876 and a rootin’-tootin’ America bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou.

JANE (a genuine hero-eene)

Calamity’s her name, and garou hunting’s her game—when she’s not starring in Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, that is. She reckons that if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.

FRANK (*wolf whistle*)
Frank “the Pistol Prince” Butler is the Wild West’s #1 bachelor. He’s also the best sharpshooter on
both sides of the Mississippi, but he’s about to meet his match. . . .

ANNIE (get your gun!)
Annie Oakley (yep, that Annie) is lookin’ for a job, not a romance, but she can’t deny there’s something about Frank she likes. Really likes. Still, she’s pretty sure that anything he can do,
she can do better.

A HAIRY SITUATION
After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there’s been talk of a garou cure. But things ain’t always what they seem—meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they’re a day late and a Jane short. 

Thoughts: I’m very excited for this book. I loved My Plain Jane and liked (but didn’t love) My Lady Jane so I cannot wait for this next book in the series. I mean…Calamity Jane?? Yes, please!


Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (June 23)

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Synopsis:

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

Thoughts: Ok, I’ve already read this so I’m can honestly say THIS IS SO GOOD! This is the second book in Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sisters series and omg it’s just as good as Get a Life, Chloe Brown. It’s smart and witty and so sexy and romantic.


Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein (June 23)

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Synopsis:

The past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams: After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended her athletic career for good. Her best friend and teammate, Jasmine, went on to become an Olympic champion, then committed the ultimate betrayal by marrying their emotionally abusive coach, Dimitri.

Now, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, Avery returns to her Massachusetts hometown, where new coach Ryan asks her to help him train a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Despite her misgivings and worries about the memories it will evoke, Avery agrees. Back in the gym, she’s surprised to find sparks flying with Ryan. But when a shocking scandal in the gymnastics world breaks, it has shattering effects not only for the sport but also for Avery and her old friend Jasmine.

Thoughts: I’m reading this right now but I’m only 30 pages in so I can’t say whether it’s good or not, but I’m loving these gymnastic-themed books that are coming out. I also like that this is more of a romance than a more serious/traumatic one. It seems to definitely have elements of what we might expect from a gymnastic book (sexual assault), but not as much as some other books out there. I like that it looks like we can have both types of books.


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (June 30)

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Synopsis:

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

Thoughts: This is just based on the hype I’ve seen on Twitter but this looks AMAZING. I mean look at the cover! I also love a spooky house and people not being what they seem. Just from reading the synopsis alone, I would LOVE for this to be a movie/TV series.


I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman (June 16)

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Synopsis:

Jessica and Emily Burnstein have very different ideas of how this college tour should go.

For Emily, it’s a preview of freedom, exploring the possibility of her new and more exciting future. Not that she’s sure she even wants to go to college, but let’s ignore that for now. And maybe the other kids on the tour will like her more than the ones at school. . . . They have to, right?

For Jessica, it’s a chance to bond with the daughter she seems to have lost. They used to be so close, but then Goldfish crackers and Play-Doh were no longer enough of a draw. She isn’t even sure if Emily likes her anymore. To be honest, Jessica isn’t sure she likes herself.

Together with a dozen strangers–and two familiar enemies–Jessica and Emily travel the East Coast, meeting up with family and old friends along the way. Surprises and secrets threaten their relationship and, in the end, change it forever. 

Thoughts: This just sounds like a great mother-daughter bonding book and I could use one of those. I’ve read so many “oh the parents dead” or “oh the parents abusive” or “oh the parent is going to die” books that I really need one that is about a relationship between a mother and daughter that may not be great, but through the story, they come to know each other better *sobs*


My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmerman (June 23)

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Synopsis:

A “monomial” is a simple algebraic expression consisting of a single term. 30H, for example. Fifteen-year-old Greer Walsh hasn’t been fazed by basic algebra since fifth grade, but for the last year, 30H has felt like an unsolvable equation – one that’s made her world a very small, very lonely place. 30H is her bra size – or it was the last time anyone checked. She stopped letting people get that close to her with a tape measure a while ago.

Ever since everything changed the summer before ninth grade, Greer has felt out of control. She can’t control her first impressions, the whispers that follow, or the stares that linger after. The best she can do is put on her faithful XXL sweatshirt and let her posture – and her expectations for other people – slump.

But people – strangers and friends – seem strangely determined to remind her that life is not supposed to be this way. Despite carefully avoiding physical contact and anything tighter than a puffy coat, Greer finds an unexpected community on the volleyball squad, the team that hugs between every point and wears a uniform “so tight it can squeeze out tears.” And then there’s Jackson Oates, newly arrived at her school and maybe actually more interested in her banter than her breasts.

Thoughts: I’ve read the first three chapters of this and I really like the voice in this. I also like that this is a topic being discussed in YA books. I don’t think I’ve read a book that covered teens with big breasts and how that affects their lives. I can’t wait to read the rest and see how it all plays out.


Hood by Jenny Elder Moore (June 9)

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Synopsis:

Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John’s ruthless right hand. Desperate to keep her daughter safe, Marien helps Isabelle escape and sends her on a mission to find the one person who can help: Isabelle’s father, Robin Hood.

As Isabelle races to stay out of the Wolf’s clutches and find the father she’s never known, she is thrust into a world of thieves and mercenaries, handsome young outlaws, new enemies with old grudges, and a king who wants her entire family dead. As she joins forces with Robin and his Merry Men in a final battle against the Wolf, will Isabelle find the strength to defy the crown and save the lives of everyone she holds dear?

Thoughts: I’ve been DYING for this book! I requested it from NetGalley and got denied (wtf), so I’ve been waiting (very impatiently) for it to come out. I love the Robin Hood story and I love when the gender is changed. Sherwood by Megan Spooner was one of my faves from last year and I’m hoping I like Hood just as much.


A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow (June 2)

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Synopsis:

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either. 

Thoughts: They had me at sirens! LOL. That’s all I needed to read and I’m like…yes’please! I will take that! The fact that is also discusses race and high school and a murder trial makes me want to read it even more! This will be on the top of my birthday list.


You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (June 2)

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Synopsis:

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

Thoughts: This sounds so goddamn cute! I am the girl that never gave a shit about prom king and queen and to think about doing all that so I could get a scholarship…OMG. AND SHE FINDS OUT HER CRUSH IS ONE OF HER RIVALS?!?! As if the cover wasn’t cute enough.


Burn by Patrick Ness (June 2)

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Synopsis:

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.

Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

Thoughts: D R A G O N S. Do I need to say more? I also love how this book brings dragons into a modern day setting like a farm. It sounds so cool. The fiery cover doesn’t hurt it either. Also…the main character’s name is Sarah. That rarely ever happens!


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8 thoughts on “June 2020 Book Releases: Hey Mom! These Are the Books I Want For My Birthday

  1. My review of Burn will come like the day after release eventhough I have the ARC lol. I got ahead of myself with the end of June somehow lol. I am really interested to see what you think of Hood

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  2. My Eyes Are Up Here is unexpectedly fun and heartfelt sounding. I thought it would be more irreverent. I’m totally with you about My Calamity Jane. I love that series and was wondering how this one would measure up to the first two. ♥️ And I hope you have a well gifted birthday. 😉

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