Books to Read This Month: June Edition

Read with PRIDE in June! We finally made it halfway through 2021! Along with June being Pride Month, recognition of Juneteenth, Caribbean American Heritage Month, Audiobook Month and African-American Music Appreciation Month (did I get it all?), June is also the perfect time to start making your list of reads for your 2021 summer reading! This may be the summer we get to actually go outside but that doesn’t mean the time we spend outside shouldn’t involve reading as well. And this month, we have a slew of new releases that will entertain you both inside and outside. Check out these new books that range from beautiful poetry to realistic contemporary fiction:

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Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlist 2021

Here is the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlist for 2021. This annual prize’s shortlist is always chosen by Waterstones’ booksellers and strives to commit to championing the best and newest talent in children’s writing and illustration today. Make sure to check back to see the winner of this prize!

Now here are the nominees:

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Fiction Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

The conversation around mental health does not end on June 1. Having an open and honest discussion around this important topic is much needed, especially when we want to break the stigma and hide the assumptions surrounding the topic. Dealing with mental health issues of my own, I tend to gravitate towards books that discuss it painfully but in a beautiful that will start ignite conversations.

So if you are looking for those books that help you examine mental health beyond, here is a great starter pack:

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Books to Read This Month: May Edition

May is another one of my favorite months. Not only the weather starts turning into that comfortable weather that makes it ideal for walks and sitting in the park. But May is also a great time to start making your reading list for the summer! May always has a great selection of new releases that are perfect for “summer reading” and May 2021 is no different from any other. From World War II stories to time travel middle grade fiction, here are some great new releases that will get you excited for the hot weather:

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Must Read Novels in Verse For Your TBR

Poetry can come in different formats. One popular format that is continuing to rise in the genre is novel in verse. Like general poetry, verse novels are musical and provide readers with an emotional experience, just as they would in prose format. It also gives readers a chance to hear various voices, stories, and perspectives, one of my favorite things when I read the novel in verse.


So if you are looking to take a chance and read this exciting genre (or you are already reading them but looking for verse recs), here are some verse reads I compiled that I feel should be on your radar:

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Books to Read This Month: April Edition

April showers brings us new books! This month sees exciting new releases from romantic love to enticing thrillers to a graphic novel about great female writers. You will not only be entertained during this usually rainy month but these titles will give you the inspiration to go out in the warmer weather and get a jumpstart on your spring reading. Get a pen and paper ready and make sure to add these titles to you ever growing TBR pile:

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Happy World Book Day!

Happy World Book Day!

World Book Day is a heavily promoted book celebration in the UK and Ireland. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, this celebration is immersed with activities that are extensive and very exciting, all in for the love of books and reading. Encouraging young children to dress up as their favorite characters, discount vouchers to use on books, and contests and competitions are just the many activities that surround this amazing event. 

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Books to Read This Month: March Edition

Happy Women’s History Month! I love this month in particular because it is not only the start of Spring (which is my favorite season) but you also get a great collection of new releases being published, particularly in the diverse and feminist factor. With a highly engrossing and shocking nonfiction book misogyny to the high anticipated sequel to a bestselling teen mystery, here are some great book recommendations that will help you defrost from the cold winter and jump into the exciting new chapter of spring reading!

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Book Review: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Format: Paperback

Pages: 322 pages

Published: February 25th 2016

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (UK)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health, Realistic Fiction

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