June is finally here with a portion of its summertime glory. With school officially out of session for the summer, free time is increasing and I am doing a happy dance over here with my stack of books marked “To Be Read.”
It seems like recently I have gone on a book buying spree, so it is time to slow down and sink into this great collection of books. Here is a list of my “To Be Read” books for the month of June.
1. “The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd
This historical fiction book is a feminist retelling of the life of Jesus through the eyes of the main character Ana, who is ahead of her time and struggles with the oppression of the era.
2. “One to Watch” by Kate Stayman-London
Think of the popular TV show “The Bachelor” and you get the premise of the book. This Romantic Comedy novel centers on the experience of a plus size fashion blogger who is over dating and has sworn off men… until she is chosen for a new TV show that promises her a chance at love.
3. “The Lincoln Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
Four years before President Lincoln was assassinated, there was another plot to kill the popular 16th president. This nonfiction work is a combination of hard facts and the stories from the American past expertly woven together to reveal the lesser known side of history.
4. “That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life” by Marissa Mullen
This book should be categorized as Self Help, because what person doesn’t need a fabulous cheese plate? Okay, okay… in all seriousness, this is a new kitchen essential that provides readers with directions on how to craft the perfect Cheese plate. It includes recipes for dips, other snacks and advice for picture perfect presentation when it comes to delectable appetizers.
5. “The Simple Wild” by K.A. Tucker
A romance novel set in the Alaskan wilderness, “The Simple Wild” follows the story of Calla Fletcher. She’s returning to Alaska to reconnect with the father she grew up separated from. However, Calla finds more than that when she meets Jonah, a rugged pilot who is wilderness through and through. With themes of family, friendship and love, this book promises to pull on all those heart strings.
6. “Hood Feminism” by Mikki Kendall
This book is a collection of essays discussing the feminist movement and the people it has left behind. The work dissects issues that accompany oppression like food insecurity, homelessness and then asks the question, “How can we stand in solidarity as a movement if some women are oppressing others?”