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Stacking the Shelves: June

Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, Stacking the Shelves is a regular feature where I share everything I’ve added to my TBR list in the past month. I’m trying to work through my TBR list without growing it too much, but it seems that every month I do this post, the length of it grows and grows!

This month I’ve added a YA book – an unusual pick for me – with a fat black queer protagonist, a debut novella about sex and obsession, a thrilling sequel to one of my favourite May reads, and another debut about a feminist cult.

If it Makes You Happy
by Claire Cann

When Winnie is unwillingly crowned ‘Summer Queen’ of her small town, she quickly learns that the spotlight is not for her, and all she wants is to get back to the safe haven of her Granny’s diner.

I don’t usually read Young Adult fiction, but saw this on uponthepages’ June YA Releases list and I got so excited – good fat girl rep is hard to come by so, even though YA is out of my comfort zone, I’m definitely going to check this out.

If it Makes You Happy was featured in Kippen’s June releases post but it’s published in the UK on July 1st.

Animals Eat Each Other
by Elle Nash

Our unnamed protagonist embarks on a polyamourous relationship with a Satanist and his girlfriend, and quickly experiences the dark side of obsession.

I first saw this on Callum McLaughlin’s blog and it sounds right up my street.

Red Snow
by Will Dean

Tuva has just two weeks to discover the story behind two bodies; one suicide and a murdered man with liquorice coins covering his eyes. In two weeks, she’ll leave for her new job in Southern Sweden but first, she needs to find the Ferryman.

I finally read Will Dean’s Dark Pines last month and absolutely loved it, so I had to add the next book in the Tuva Moodyson series to my TBR. I think every upcoming book in this series will be an instant must-read for me. Very excited to see what Tuva gets up to next!

Never Have I Ever
by Joshilyn Jackson

An innocent party game turns into blackmail and betrayal in this small town book club.

I came across this on NetGalley and was granted access to an eArc. I love a domestic thriller – one of my favourites is the Magpies series by Mark Edwards – and this sounds right up my street.

Never Have I Ever will be published on August 8th.

The Rapture
by Claire McGlasson

Based on a true story, an all-female religious group in 1920s England starts to crumble as its members question their leader and her motivations.

This was featured in one of Waterstones’ newsletters. It reminded me a little of a cross between The Water Cure and The Tyranny of Lost Things.

Ask Again, Yes
by Mary Beth Keane

The Gleesons move into their dream upstate home next to the Stanhopes. The families children form a strong bond that is soon tested in the wake of a terrible tragedy.

This is another that I’ve received an eARC of from NetGalley and I’m eager to find out what happens.

Ask Again, Yes will be published 8th August.

The Need
by Helen Phillips

Molly, a paleobotanist, is working a dig when she discovers things that defy understanding. Soon her work and her home life collide, as she desperately clings to her children and to reality.

I saw this on one of Amazon’s Book Review newsletters and was instantly drawn in by the cover. The premise also intrigued me but it was the comparison to Jeff Vandermeer’s Borne that cinched the deal – Borne has been one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I can’t wait to see how this compares!

The Need is out in the UK on August 1st.

Have you read any of these?
Let me know below!

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