June Staff Picks

Don’t know what to read next? Let us be your guide! Here are some of our favorites this month. Consider this a bit of a Beach Reads Edition.

Need even more ideas? Check out last month's picks.

It's Not Like It's a Secret Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062473417
Availability: Available to Order
Published: HarperTeen - May 9th, 2017

It's Not Like It's a Secret is so good in so many ways and works through so many complexities in a way you would never expect just picking it up. It tackles so many different issues and conversations about diversity all while being a warm and fuzzy YA read. This book stunned me at every turn and I truly believe everyone should read this book.

— Dora

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345803788
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - May 20th, 2014

Crazy Rich Asians is perfect for those who love a good rom-com, specifically of the Pride and Prejudice variety. However, Kevin Kwan's novel deep-dives into the intricate lives and traditions of Singapore's uber-rich which gives a refreshing twist to the typical romantic novel. I would highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of reading books before seeing the movie. All in all, Kwan creates an all-enthralling story that you will not want to put down.

— Ani

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425285176
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - November 29th, 2016

— Yumna

Vicious (Villains #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250183507
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Tor Books - May 29th, 2018

It's the perfect mix between Flatliners and the X-men! It will make your jaw drop and heart pound!

— Sonia

From Twinkle, with Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481495400
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Simon Pulse - May 22nd, 2018

From Twinkle, With Love is a relatively recent release that combines the awkwardness of high school with the dramatic flair of Bollywood. It's comparable to other YA novels and includes secret online relationships and their subsequent dramatic reveals, what exactly goes on behind the curtains in a school theatre during Tech Week, and just how empowering friendship can be within a diverse group of teens. Told in emails and texts, with some cameos from When Dimple Met Rishi, Twinkle is the work of literature that Desi teens living in the American diaspora need.

— Kiran

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501106484
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - August 23rd, 2016

I read this on vacation and was pretty engrossed. Stick with it through just a little historical background info and you will be rewarded by a heart-wrenching love story of loyalty and forgiveness. Beautiful descriptions and intriguing dialogue abound in this suspenseful story of a lighthouse tender and his wife yearning for parenthood. Prepare for an emotional journey with these endearing characters. 

— Abbie

Epic Crush of Genie Lo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419725487
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 8th, 2017

Genie Lo has enough problems with getting into college and being a high school senior, does she really have to help save the world too?!

— Rachel