Old West queer brothel revenge romances and cult mystery are reviving island 1994 forever. This is what happens when you let me choose your books.


It’s a new month, and that means it’s time to share the best books I read in June, including the two books I picked for my book clubs.

ours first Fantastic Stranger Book Club choose, lucky red by Claudia Cravens.

I’m not necessarily a fan of westerns or romances (or western romances), but then I glimpsed the summary…”as a genre-bending queer feminist western true Grit meets Sarah Waters, following a young woman’s transformation from an orphaned orphan to a successful prostitute to a revenge-seeking gunslinger, her search for desire, loyalty, power, and chosen family. Yes, please give it to me.

How good. (And we have spots available if you’d like to join in.) fantastic stranger and want it as his first book.)

And for my fellow horror lovers, The Nightmare From Nowhere Book Club have to choose dead eleven by Jimmy Juliano.

I was sucked in by the premise and couldn’t put it down. “On a creepy island where everyone has a strange obsession with the year 1994, a newcomer arrives, hoping to learn the truth about his son’s death – but finds himself strangely drawn into the insular community and their complicated rules. finds pulling from the depths.”

I don’t know why, but I totally had flashbacks about all the teen horror I read in the ’90s… RL Stine, Christopher Pike, Lois Duncan, Richard Peck. And now I want to go find all those books again. (Edited to add: I just noticed the cover blurb is by RL Stine, but it wasn’t in full force when I got my early copy and now I’m feeling a little psycho.)

Need more books to get you through the entire month? Same. Here are some amazing new June books I love:

art thief By Michael Finkel – The captivating and true story of Stephen Breitweiser, the infamous serial art thief who amassed over $1.4 billion and hid it in his bed.

meow fly By CJ Leede – Meow Fly as every kid’s favorite ice princess serves up the Happiest Place in the World. By night… a little deeper. Gory af, disturbing and bizarre, but one that will have people talking about it.

Girls and Their Monsters: The Janine Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America By Audrey Claire Farley – For readers of Hidden Valley Road and Patient HM, a harrowing non-fiction exploration of violence against children and its psychological and political consequences.

Cowardly By Kerlyn Wilson – What would you do if you were the only person with a heart? Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and part Severance, this first teen graphic novel is a vivid and haunting read.

Adult Drama: And Other Essays by Natalie Beach – Look. If you didn’t read all the Carolyn Calloway/Natalie Beach online drama while this was happening, you’re a better person than I am. If you’re not a better person than I am, you’ll probably want to read this book.

Happy reading and thanks for supporting your local indie bookshop!





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