June is a happening month in the world of new materials, with new books by big names and blockbuster releases on DVD. You’ll find many of these titles on our Hot Picks shelves, but can also use the links in this post to place holds on the items (in a variety of formats) for yourself! With the end of the school year upon us, books on summer reading lists will be the hottest items in Youth & Teen services for the next few months!
New books by Michael Crichton, John Grisham, Janet Evanovich, Joyce Carol Oates, Danielle Steele, Roxanne Gay, Arundhati Roy, Diana Gabaldon, Dean Koontz, Brad Thor, and Sherman Alexie? We can hardly wait! Here are just a few of the titles our Information Services Librarians are looking forward to:
Always a crowd pleaser, John Grisham is back with Camino Island (release date, June 6) about a rare book heist in a sleepy town.
Twenty years after her beautiful, Booker Prize winning, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy returns with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (release date, June 6), an epic novel of love in the face of tragedy.
Another literary heavyweight, Sherman Alexie, releases his memoir about growing up on an Indian reservation in You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (release date, June 13).
New on DVD/Blu-Ray!
This month sees sequels, remakes, horror, adaptations, historical romances, LEGO, rom-coms and more. Our staff are especially excited for The Lego Batman Movie, T2: Trainspotting, Get Out, (and against their better judgment, Power Rangers).
Summer Reading Titles
The Niles West High School Summer Reading list is a great one this year, and we’re happy to have multiple copies of each title available in our collection. When you visit the library, you can find the books on the Youth & Teen display shelves just outside the cafe and into the department – but you can also find many of the titles available for download from our digital collection! Some of our favorite new titles on the list are:
Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, a timely and incredible novel about a teen girl who witnesses the shooting and death of her best friend at the hands of the police but struggles to come forward, afraid of potential backlash.
If you’ve recently been to the theaters to see Everything Everything, you’ll absolutely need to pick up Nicola Yoon’s second novel, The Sun is Also a Star, an astounding novel told in two perspectives: Natasha, who is about to be deported to Jamaica and is trying everything in her power to stay in New York; and Daniel, a second generation Korean-American who wants to live his own life without his parents’ high expectations.
Neal Shusterman is a master of all-too-plausible dystopia- and his new Printz-honor-winning novel is no exception. In our future, all disease has been eliminated and death by natural or other causes is quite a thing of the past. Instead, deaths come at the hands of a Scythe, a trained killer whose sole responsibility is to meet a yearly “gleaning” quota to help maintain the population. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice with a Scythe – a job neither of them wants, but with perks they have trouble setting aside.
Whether you’re coming to get a book for assigned summer reading, or grabbing the hottest new posthumous thriller (lookin’ at you ghost Michael Crichton), we know June has big reading potential!