- Say hello to summer by curling up with one of Amazon's Best Books of the Month.
- June's recommended reads include a story of twin sisters separated by racial identity, the lasting effects of a once-a-year tryst between married friends, and renowned Chef Dominique Crenn's ground-breaking exploits in the culinary world.
- Check out June's top picks below, with short summaries provided by Amazon's book editor, Erin Kodicek.
At this point, chances are you've binged everything on your watch list and finished an extensive array of at-home DIYs. While the need for safe social distancing persists, satisfy your desire for adventure by getting lost in a good book.
Reading is also a great way to enjoy the warmer weather when you can embrace sunnier days by lounging outside with a page-turning read. For inspiration on what to choose, look no further than Amazon's Best Books of the Month, which is sure to add some riveting titles to your reading list.
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June's picks include a thrilling horror narrative exploring a fictional eco-community terrorized by a legendary creature in the aftermath of a devastating volcano eruption, as well as the story of a joint family vacation that's gripped by personal distractions and an unexpected murder.
"The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett
In the vein of Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye," Brit Bennett's latest tome deftly explores the complicated American history of passing in a story about twin sisters — one living as a black woman, the other, white.
"A Burning" by Megha Majumdar
In Megha Majumdar's impressive debut novel, an incautious comment on a Facebook page has catastrophic consequences for three Indians trying to climb the social ladder.
"Devolution" by Max Brooks
In this harrowing page-turner, Mt. Rainier erupts, cutting off the small community of Greenloop from civilization. But only two residents fully appreciate the danger they're in, and their fears are validated once the ash settles and the creatures start to emerge from the woods.
"Fair Warning" by Michael Connelly
In the chilling third book in Michael Connelly's Jack McEvoy series, a serial killer uses genetic data from sites like 23andMe to identify, stalk, and murder women flagged for addictive behavior.
"28 Summers" by Elin Hilderbrand
Inspired by the film "Same Time Next Year," one of the reigning queens of the beach read returns with a surprisingly moving novel about a star-crossed couple who engage in an affair every Labor Day weekend.
"Rebel Chef" by Dominique Crenn
Dominique Crenn was the first woman to be awarded three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Atelier Crenn. In this rousing memoir, she traces her unconventional path, navigating the male-dominated culinary industry to become a celebrated chef and esteemed activist.
"Feasting Wild" by Gina Rae La Cerva
Some people smuggle cigars, and then there's anthropologist Gina Rae La Cerva, who sneaks Swedish moose meat home in her suitcase. In this wholly original and fascinating travelogue, she explores what's at stake when we domesticate feral foods.
"The Lightness" by Emily Temple
In this perverse and gritty novel set against the backdrop of a meditation retreat, four girls, obsessed with the gardener who resides on-site, decide that this is the summer he is going to teach them how to reach spiritual enlightenment, or die trying.
"Everyone Knows How Much I Love You" by Kyle McCarthy
In this twisty psychological thriller reminiscent of "Single White Female," a Harvard grad working on her first book becomes increasingly obsessed with her erstwhile friend from high school.
"The House on Fripp Island" by Rebecca Kauffman
While there's a murder at the heart of this engrossing and quietly affecting novel, it's Rebecca Kauffman's deep dive into grief, loss, and guilt that makes "The House on Fripp Island" hum.