The best June release of 2023

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Okay, sure, your reading goal for 2023 is little High. Have no fear, though! You can certainly dial in daydreams of the pleasant life of that nerd state—especially this summer. Your beach towel is calling your name, and all you need (aside from some SPF, of course) is a good book to carry with you. Make your TBR list (it’s a to-read list, for those who don’t know) your new BFF with these picks (all perfect for reading in the sand, so far away from work).

Whether your reason is to pick up a paperback (and we really love the smell of that new book) or borrow it from the library (we love Libby, a virtual library app that can send copies or audio files to your Kindle or phone), we’ve simplified the process by collecting the latest must-reads. Go ahead and put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode. We will not say. Without further ado, here are five editions of our favorite books hitting shelves in June.

5 books coming out in June you need to add to your reading list right away


“The Glow” by Jessie Gaynor — $19.00

The discovery of this oral wellness culture is happening down our alley. Here’s what you need to know: an underprivileged journalist named Jane decides to take the cult leader of a retreat center and make her the most famous new self-care face. Essentially, this satirical novel takes an in-depth look at the culture associated with beauty and health influencers — and the people who help them get there, no matter the cost. Jessie Gaynor is downright funny and smart, and isn’t afraid to point out a community that sees unattainable exclusivity as her main selling point. If you’ve ever complained that the phrase “take care of yourself” is like a synonym for the word “money,” then this phrase is for you.

Also bought from Bookshop.

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“Adult Drama: And Other Essays” by Natalie Beach — $24.00

Have you ever heard of Caroline Calloway? While we didn’t have time to dig into *all of that*, here’s a quick recap: a few years ago, a friendship soured quite openly between a longtime scammer (she actually wrote a book called Scammers) and her best friend, who claims to have ghostwritten much of her earlier work. Needless to say, the results are stunning, and the digital footprint implies that this dynamic is still very culturally relevant. In layman’s terms, this storyline could satisfy your next reality TV craving or Reddit deep dive. But either way, the screenwriter in question, Natalie Beach, has just released a collection of coming-of-age essays that are equally as page-turning. Do we fully know what the plot is before picking it up? Are not. Is it important? Of course not. It feels like one of those books you proudly show off on the subway or poke out of your tote bag — cue for conversation starters. Adult movie, really.

Also bought from Bookshop.

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“Girlfriend on Mars” by Deborah Willis — $24.00

In the wake of some recent tragic events, this space-set novel may or may not spark your latent curiosity about billionaire-sponsored trips to inhospitable frontiers. The book itself is about a reality TV contestant in her twenties vying for a spot on an exploratory mission to Mars, set against the backdrop of a likely relationship failure. , climate concerns make our *current* planet inhospitable, and the coming future is enticing. contemporary existential crises.

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“Pageboy: A Memoir” by Elliot Page — $19.00

You may have heard of Juno—and more recently, the strange awakening of the star. What better way to end Pride month than with Elliot Page’s transgender maturity, both personally and in the limelight? If you’ve been enjoying the memoirs of famous people lately — and there are some worthy contenders — you’ll appreciate this intimate look.

Also bought from Bookshop.

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“Love, Theoretically” by Ali Hazelwood — $24.00

Women in the STEM field, this one is for you. Ali Hazelwood wins hearts with first romance love theory, about a wayward female scientist and her academic rival. Um, say less. While this pick that’s trending in the top 5 at Book of the Month feels like forever, her third release follows the same lovely structure as the first two (loved) stories. hers. Consider: a theoretical physicist, Elsie, and the arrogant brother of her favorite client, who are getting in the way of her dream job. TL; DR: flying sparks.

Also bought from Bookshop.

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