June 2022 Staff Picks

Jun 1, 2022 | Book Lists, News, Staff Picks

Looking for a good beach read? Try one of our favorites!


This is MY Fort by Drew Daywalt

An early reader book about conflicts & friendship – you can find a way to figure things out together 🙂


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I read this book for our Book to Movie Club, and I really liked it a lot more than I thought I would. The characters are compelling and it brings to light the true costs of unimaginable wealth.


Tangled Up in Luck by Merrill Wyatt

Tangled Up in Luck is a fun and quirky middle grade mystery that is perfect for the end of the school year!


Efrén divided by Ernesto Cisneros

Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros is a junior fiction story that explores deportation, poverty, friendships and family. I was especially moved by the strength of the characters, particularly Efren. Readers will get a glimpse of a 12-year old boy’s journey of despair and hope. 


The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This is my new comfort read. Linus Baker is a case worker for the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth and a man who sticks by the rules. That changes when he’s given a top secret assignment to check on an orphanage where the children are far more extraordinary than he’s used to and with a caretaker too charming for Linus to handle. I had a handful of people recommend this book to me and I’m so happy I read it. It’s a good balance of comedy and heart with characters you’ll quickly fall in love with. A wonderful book to start off your summer!


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Five years after its publication Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing has made its way to me. This story follows two half-sisters, who never meet, and their descendants. One sister is captured and sold into slavery in Mississippi and the other marries an Englishmen and remains in Africa. Both lines follow the dark path of abuse and exploitation that took place on both African and American soil. Each generation struggles through overwhelming sadness and loss. Gyasi’s does a painfully beautiful job of showing the brutality and generational trauma that the transatlantic slave trade brought to millions of people. It is not by any means an easy story to stomach, but it is a necessary one, and without hesitation receives five stars from this reader.


Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover


Book Lovers by Emily Henry