Awards & Recognition June’s LibraryReads Are Perfect for Summer Listening!

Make sure your patrons are aware of June’s LibraryReads’ picks. From a mythical fantasy adventure with THE WAKING LAND to a chilling domestic mystery in THE CHILD, June’s LibraryReads won’t let your patrons put their headphones down. Make sure to put these excellent titles up front to remind your patrons that LibraryReads also make great listens!

Find out why these LibraryReads make great listens with the audiobooks below and view the full list of June LibraryReads picks here. Check out our LibraryReads Make Great Listens collection to see all of our BOT LibraryReads picks (since the program began).

By Callie Bates
Read by Erin Spencer


LibraryReads review: “Lady Elanna Voltai flees her adopted homeland when the king, who raised her like a daughter, dies under mysterious circumstances and Elanna is accused of murder. Forced to return to the magical homeland of her birth and her estranged father who was branded a traitor for inciting rebellion, Elanna must come to terms with the life she left behind and her destiny. I loved watching Elanna find her voice and her strength, and the rich world of magic around her makes this story even more fantastic!” — Jessica Perham, Schaumburg Township Library, Schaumburg, IL

Why try the audio? Bates’ enthralling debut transports listeners into the magical world of a courageous heroine facing her destiny. THE WAKING LAND brings imagination, suspense, and emotion that will have listeners hooked from the start. Narrator Erin Spencer captures Lady Elanna’s strong spirit as she grapples with the unthinkable and encounters challenges on her path to rebellion.


“A heartbreaking, enchanting, edge-of-the-seat read that held me captive from start to finish!” – Tamora Pierce, author of Trickster’s Choice

“THE WAKING LAND is all about rising to challenges, and it succeeds wonderfully.” – Charlaine Harris (The Southern Vampire Mysteries)

“Callie Bates has written an exciting and involving first book, and she looks to me to be a writer to watch.” – Terry Brooks

“A simmering tale of magic that builds to a raging inferno, and hits like a cross between Brandon Sanderson and Pierce Brown.” – Scott Sigler

“This superior novel blends passionate romance and sweeping magic. . . . Bates has a delicate, precise touch with human and superhuman relationships.” – Publishers Weekly

By Maile Meloy
Read by the Author


LibraryReads review: “Liv and Nora, who are cousins, decide to take their families on a cruise. Both have an eleven-year-old and a younger child as well.  At one of the ports, the moms take the children out with another family they met on the ship.  All goes well until the children, in a brief moment, aren’t observed and disappear. From here the nightmare begins, and the story alternates between what is happening to the children and the adults. The story is gripping and the characters are well-developed. The book explores family and marital dynamics, race, privilege, guilt, and responsibility.” — Mary Bennett, Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN

Why try the audio? Award-winning author Meloy brings listeners every parent’s worst nightmare when four children disappear when their cruise makes port in Central America.  Liv, Nora, and their husbands are thrust into crisis-mode as they try to find their children in an unfamiliar place and find their relationships tested along the way. This compelling thriller, told from the perspectives of both the children and adults, will keep listeners guessing until the end.


“Smart and thrilling and impossible to put down… the book that every reader longs for.” – Ann Patchett

“This summer’s undoubtable smash hit… an addictive, heart-palpitating story.” – Marie Claire

By Fiona Barton
Read by Rosalyn Landor, Mandy Williams and Jean Gilpin


LibraryReads review: “When a baby skeleton is unearthed at a construction site, reporter Kate Waters thinks it is a story worth investigating. As she digs into the mystery of the child, she uncovers more than she bargained for. Told from the viewpoints of various characters, Barton tells an intriguing tale about the newborn baby and all the characters involved, leaving it up to the readers to put together the connections until the very end.” — Annice Sevett, New Hanover County Public Library, Wilmington, NC

Why try the audio? The follow-up to Barton’s New York Times bestselling debut, The Widow, delivers suspense, secrets, and heartbreaking mystery that ensues when the skeleton of a baby is found at a construction site, appearing to have been buried many years before. Journalist Kate Waters, whom listeners will recognize from New York Times bestseller The Widow, launches an investigation that will weave a web more complicated than she could imagine. A talented cast of narrators guides listeners through the twists and turns of this story.

Praise for THE CHILD:

“This is as much a why-dunit as a whodunit, with the real question being whether it’s possible to heal and live with the truth after hiding behind a lie for so long.” — Kirkus Reviews

By Nina George
Read by Emma Bering

LibraryReads review: “Terribly depressed by the emptiness of her long marriage, Marianne decides to end it all by jumping off a Paris bridge. Her unwanted rescue and ensuing marital abandonment jolt Marianne into ditching her tour group and setting out for Finistere, the westernmost coast of Brittany. Keeping body and soul together by working at a seaside bistro, Marianne finds herself healing through the company of a diverse group of quirky locals. THE LITTLE FRENCH BISTRO is merveilleux. It refreshes like the sea breeze sweeping the Breton coast.” — Sarah Nagle, Carver County Library, Chaska, MN

Why try the audio? The author of the New York Times and internationally bestselling novel, The Little Paris Bookshop, tells the story of Marianne’s new beginning on the coast of Brittany after she finally decides to make a change in her unhappy marriage. Marianne is taken in by a group of locals who aid her in self-discovery and finds the love that will change her life forever. Narrator Emma Bering charms listeners with Marianne’s second chance at life and the way she rediscovers the marvel of the world around her.


 “A luscious and uplifting tale of personal redemption in the tradition of Eat, Pray, Love.” – Kirkus Reviews

See all ten of June’s LibraryReads 2017 picks on the LibraryReads site.

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