June LibraryReads
Collection Development, Featured Titles LibraryReads June Picks Make Fantastic Listens

All of June’s LibraryReads picks are excellent choices for your summer reading list. Diving deep into the relationships people share platonically, romantically, or with family, each novel will move you. To add another layer to the reading experience, all of these titles make great listens. Each has multiple narrators, and the productions are full-bodied and enthralling. Make sure to have the audios on hand so your patrons can enjoy them right away!

View the full list of June LibraryReads picks, and check out our LibraryReads Make Great Listens collection to see all of our BOT LibraryReads picks since the program began. Now see why our June BOT LibraryReads picks are must-listens.

There There: A Novel

By Tommy Orange
Read by Alma Cuervo, Kyla Garcia, Darrell Dennis, and Shaun Taylor-Corbett

LibraryReads review: “A large cast of interwoven characters depicts the experience of Native Americans living in urban settings. Perfect for readers of character-driven fiction with a strong sense of place.” ‒Abby Johnson, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, New Albany, IN

Why try the audio?
This is a novel of twelve different voices, so the audiobook, with multiple narrators, is the perfect way to experience this brilliant debut. The main narrator, Darrell Dennis, is a Native American (from the Secwepemc Nation), which adds a deeper layer to the production.

Praise for There There
“Offers a kaleidoscopic look at Native American life in Oakland, California… Vivid and moving… Orange articulates the challenges and complexities not only of Native Americans, but also of America itself.” –Kirkus (starred review)

“The propulsion of both the overall narrative and its players are breathtaking as Orange unpacks how decisions of the past mold the present, resulting in a haunting and gripping story.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A symphonic debut… Engrossing… There There introduces an exciting voice.”
Booklist (starred review)

Dreams of Falling

By Karen White
Read by Shannon McManus, Cassandra Campbell, and Susan Larkin


LibraryReads review: “Set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, this story does what Southern fiction does best: family, lies, and secrets. For fans of Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe.” ‒Leanne Milliman, Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix, MI

Why try the audio?
The main characters are three female friends, and each of the three narrators brings a unique voice to the production.

Praise for Dreams of Falling
One of PureWow’s Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018

“This wonderfully woven novel has it all—intrigue, romance, echoes of lingering regrets—and the pages are brimming with compelling characters. Dreams of Falling is the best kind of novel—it’s a past-and-present love story expertly wrapped in mystery. Karen White never fails to deliver.” ‒Susan Meissner, bestselling author of As Bright as Heaven

All We Ever Wanted: A Novel

By Emily Giffin
Read by Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Milton Bagby, and Catherine Taber

LibraryReads review: “Great storyline that is relevant to issues both facing young people today and the people raising them. The story keeps you guessing.” ‒Sarah Trohoske, Erie County Public Library, Erie, PA

Why try the audio?
The story centers on Tom, Nina, and Lyla, read by three narrators who bring their characters to life. It’s as riveting to listen to as it is to read.

Praise for All We Ever Wanted
“Giffin’s plot touches on social class and misogyny while delivering an excellent page-turning story. This satisfying novel will appeal to readers looking for a nuanced, thoughtful take on family and social dynamics.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A gripping, thought-provoking journey.” Jodi Picoult

Little Big Love

By Katy Regan
Read by Isabella Blake-Thomas, Katharine McEwan, and Nicholas Guy Smith

LibraryReads review: “A portrait of a family and a boy’s search for the father who left them, told from multiple perspectives with authentic, likeable characters.” –Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis County Library, Austin, TX

Why try the audio?
The story is told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, read here by three engaging narrators.

Praise for Little Big Love
“Told from several characters’ perspectives, Little Big Love is a story of love, family, and forgiveness. Regan also addresses such serious themes as grief, bullying, and struggling with parenthood, and Juliet’s journey from fat-shame to body acceptance is tough but ultimately rewarding. A delightful addition to the contemporary women’s fiction genre.” ‒Booklist

 “Fans of Jane Green and Susan Wiggs will enjoy British journalist Regan’s modern family drama that explores the age-old question of ‘what if’ and the aftermath of one poor decision.” ‒Library Journal, starred review

See all ten of June’s LibraryReads 2018 picks on the LibraryReads site.

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