GoodReads June Newletter

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Here’s our monthly newsletter from Goodreads—giving you the latest and greatest in our quest to connect people through reading!


Khaled Hosseini

The storyteller behind The Kite Runner returns with a large cast of characters in an emotional new novel, And the Mountains Echoed, set in Afghanistan and beyond.


Barbara Delinsky

In Sweet Salt Air, the New England author’s latest romantic outing set on the coast of Maine, old secrets keep friends divided, even as they reunite to write a cookbook.


Colum McCann

Characters, real and fictional, crisscross the ocean in search of peace in TransAtlantic, the latest historical novel from the National Book Award winner for Let the Great World Spin.



Susan Cain

Embrace your inner introvert on June 5 in a live chat with the contemplative author of Quiet, her call to arms for introverts living in an overly extroverted world.


Emily Giffin

Join the best-selling author of Something Borrowed on June 11 for a live chat about romance, adoption, writing teenagers, and her novel Where We Belong.



Philipp Meyer’s Favorite Westerns

Arm yourself for these tales of the great American West selected by the straight shooter behind the Texas epic The Son.


Lily Koppel’s Favorite Books About Wives of the Famous

Women take the spotlight in these recs from the author of The Astronaut Wives Club, the true story of the wives of the Mercury Seven.


Dan Savage’s Favorite LGBT Relationship Books

The frank sex columnist tackles politics and culture in American Savage and offers his top five books about relationships of all types.



Kevin Kwan

Ogle the jet-setting, couture-buying, back-stabbing ways of three Chinese families and their gossip-fueled romances in this opulent new satire, Crazy Rich Asians.



The Shining Girls

by Lauren Beukes (Goodreads Author)

A time-traveling serial killer snuffs out victims, all women of exceptional potential, and evades detection—until one gets away. Her wounds heal and she single-mindedly tracks down clues her assailant leaves behind in this dark thriller.


The Spy Who Loved

by Clare Mulley (Goodreads Author)

Biographer Mulley recounts the brief, remarkable life of Christine Granville—Britain’s first female spy of World War II—a gutsy woman who gathered intelligence behind enemy lines and survived against all odds.


The Universe Versus Alex Woods

This quirky novel follows the coming of age of bully-target Alex Woods, a celebrity prone to epileptic seizures after being struck by a meteorite. He goes on an adventure with a crotchety Vonnegut-reading Vietnam vet.


Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm

by Mardi Jo Link (Goodreads Author)

With her farm in foreclosure, three teen boys, and a failed 19-year marriage, Mardi Jo Link rolled up her sleeves to go it alone. She chronicles butchering hogs and feeding her family on a shoestring in this high-spirited memoir.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

An awkward and isolated young woman narrates her family history in this literary novel about the nature of being human. She struggles to remember her childhood: raised by a scientist dad as a twin sister with Fern, a chimpanzee.


When You Were Here

by Daisy Whitney (Goodreads Author)

Danny is angry and on a rampage. His mom died right before graduation, and his girlfriend ditched him with no explanation. He heads to Tokyo to deal with the estate and finds answers he wasn’t looking for in this novel for teens.



Generation Rwanda

Help mentor Africa’s next wave of skilled leaders with this education nonprofit, which provides scholarships to elite students, many of whom come from rural backgrounds.



Want your words to reach millions of people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Join the ¡POETRY! group and vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our June winner!

Union Line Cemetery

by Anthony Watkins (Goodreads Author)

In a graveyard in Mississippi
Lie the bones of a woman I loved
And those of a man I did not,
Though I am more like him than her.

Down a paved road off the federal highway
Slicing diagonally from Mobile,
The road turns sharply as if
It was meant to dead end.

But as if someone moved the gates
The road bends goes on precisely south
While the sun goes west away from the graves.

Marble benches wait through the undisturbed dust
For me to stop to pick sand spurs from my dress socks
And prick my fingers and remember I am alive.

While under clumps of low growing weeds,
Neat green grass and bare spots
These dead people rest in a Mississippi summer quiet,
As they do in winter beneath a midnight ice storm.

Dead, yes, they are dead,
But I am alive and they are why I am so.
They keep us, our families, ourselves alive.

I wonder if in a few years when I am dead,
Ashes tossed in the Mississippi,
Will I hold anyone connected or only be dust,

Forever blown about where the delta turns to sea?

Read more poetry

With love,

The Goodreads Edit Team


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