Book of the Month Club June 2017 Selections: What Would I Choose?

Book of the Month Club June 2017 Selections
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Do you want to know more about the five Book of the Month Club May 2017 selections before making your choice(s)?

Welcome to my monthly feature “Book of the Month Club Selections: What Would I Choose?”! Every month, I provide commentary on the books that are chosen as that month’s Book of the Month Club selections and tell you which book(s) I would choose.

I’ve read (and loved!) one of the Book of the Month Club June 2017 selections and there are two books you can get before their official release dates! 

Book of the Month Club May 2017 Selections

Sisters Chase by Sarah HealyThe Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy (Release Date: June 27, 2017)
304 Pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.29
Selected By: Liberty Hardy (co-host of Book Riot‘s All the Books podcast)

A gripping novel about two sisters who are left homeless by their mother’s death and the lengths the fierce older sister will go to protect her beloved young charge.

My Thoughts:
I hadn’t heard of The Sisters Chase prior to seeing it as a Book of the Month Club selection, despite the fact that it’s apparently been getting a fair amount of buzz. It’s been described as book club fiction with some psychological suspense crossover and supposedly has some family secrets. The publisher also compared it to Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) and Diane Chamberlain (The Silent SisterThe Keeper of the Light trilogy). Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson called it “wise and fierce and bittersweet” and Diane Chamberlain said “each chapter ends on a note of suspense and surprise that demands you turn the page.” So, it sounds like this one is for readers who love a twisty, suspenseful novel filled with family secrets. 

White Fur by Jardine LibaireWhite Fur by Jardine Libaire (Released: May 30, 2017)
384 Pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.74
Selected By: Laia Garcia (Deputy Editor, Lenny Letter)

A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City.

My Thoughts:
I’ve already read this one! I’m not normally a fan of love stories, but this one is raw, gritty, edgy, and uncomfortable…while also managing to be a study of class in America. It features the most gorgeous writing I’ve seen in months and perfectly worded social commentary about the wealthy. Though the ending left a little to be desired for me, but it’s still one of my favorite books of the year so far! And, it’s not just me: Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea and Susie at Novel Visits loved it too.

Chemistry by Weike WangChemistry by Weike Wang (Released: May 23, 2017)
224 Pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.01
Selected By: Leigh Haber (Books Editor, O Magazine)

A luminous coming-of-age novel about a young female scientist who must recalibrate her life when her academic career goes off track.

My Thoughts:
This debut novel covers a young woman’s big quarter life crisis question: what do you really want to do with your life? And, it’s said to be funny and provide perspective on the Chinese immigrant experience. Catherine at Gilmore Guide to Books (one of my most trusted book blogger friends) said the unnamed narrator is “very unusual and a bit endearing.” The Millions said, “A traditional family, a can’t-miss fiancé, and a research project in meltdown provide sufficient catalyst to launch the protagonist off in search of that which cannot be cooked up in the lab” in its Great 2017 Book Preview. And, Ann Patchett (author of Commonwealth) loved it. I read the sample (which, admittedly was not very long) and found the writing style a bit odd. 

A Million Junes by Emily HenryA Million Junes by Emily Henry (Released: May 16, 2017)
350 Pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.37
Selected By: Katie Cotugno (Bestselling Author)

Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry’s brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.

My Thoughts:
A Million Junes is Henry’s follow-up to her successful debut, The Love That Split the World. It’s a YA (Young Adult) romance and has magical realism, both of which are totally not up my alley. The premise sounds a bit like the Hatfields/McCoys situation of the 1800’s. It was generally positively reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus (though it did not get a starred Kirkus review). Jeff Zentner (author of YA hit The Serpent King) said “this book is utterly spellbinding in every way.”

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Release Date: June 13, 2017)
400 Pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.29
Selected By: Steph Opitz (Book Reviewer at Marie Claire)

An unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

My Thoughts:
Believe it or not, I’ve never read Taylor Jenkins Reid. I know that her work generally falls into the “women’s fiction/chick lit/beach read/whatever your favorite term is” bucket. Modern Mrs Darcy said she wished she’d included it on her list of 17 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Summer and also said this book is a bit of a departure for Reid. Novelist Emily Giffin (author of the Something Borrowed series) called it “a spellbinding novel about love, glamour and the price of fame.” Kirkus compares Evelyn to Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor (though does not give it a starred review). If you think this one might be for you, you can check out the excerpt at Entertainment Weekly!

What Book of the Month Club June 2017 selection(s) would I choose?

My choice this month would be White Fur, especially if you love gritty stories and gorgeous writing!

Make your Book of the Month Club selections by Tuesday, June 6th.

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15 Comments

  1. I vote for White Fur, too!

    I’ve seen a few write ups of The Sisters Chase and it looks like it might be a great “change of pace” book for me. I may try to get to it later this month.

    Posted 6.1.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’ve heard the same about Sisters Chase! Might consider it if some others love it.

      Posted 6.5.17 Reply
  2. White Fur and The Sisters Chase both sound great!

    Posted 6.1.17 Reply
  3. Gabby wrote:

    I read an ARC of Chemistry and liked but didn’t love it…once you get used to the narrative voice, it’s very easy to read, and it’s enjoyable enough. You’ve inspired me to bump up an ARC on my list again, since you have such good things to say about White Fur!

    Posted 6.1.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yay! If you don’t mind grittiness and some explicit sex scenes, White Fur is fantastic!

      Posted 6.5.17 Reply
  4. Naomi wrote:

    I don’t know much about any of these books, but just judging by the covers (!!), I wouldn’t have thought I’d go for White Fur. However, you’re recommendation of it is very convincing!

    Posted 6.1.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      As long as you don’t mind grittiness and explicit sex scenes, it’s such a fantastic read. I wouldn’t have chosen it based on its description alone either…I’m not usually a fan of love stories.

      Posted 6.5.17 Reply
  5. Sarah R wrote:

    I’m going to go with White Fur given that you’ve read it and our tastes are the same. I plan to check A Million Junes, The Seven Husbands, and The Sisters Chase from the library. I fear my literary tastes are a little too basic for Chemistry! I can’t stand when the narrators aren’t named, and whenever I see a book described with the words “spare prose” I usually end up hating the book!

    Thanks for always posting these on the 1st of the month. I look forward to your recommendations just as much as I do the BOTM reveal!

    Posted 6.1.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Awh – thank you! And uh oh – I love spare prose! I end up hating books that are overwritten or too flowery.

      But, I wouldn’t call the writing in White Fur completely spare…it’s not flowery either. It’s super gritty and there are some explicit sex scenes, so as long as those things don’t bother you, I say go for it!

      Posted 6.5.17 Reply
  6. Mari Chapman wrote:

    Great recs!! I would read White Fur as well, it’s the one that I have heard the most about. My current read is fantastic and I will recommend that one, The Butterflies by Kim Waldron (kimberleywaldron.com) It’s by far the best thriller I have read in a while as it tiptoes along the lines of when murder happens to bad people is it really a bad thing??? Very interesting to think about.

    Posted 6.2.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oooh – that is super interesting to think about! Kind of like the doctors dilemma of doing a life-saving operation on a murderer.

      Posted 6.5.17 Reply
  7. Anita wrote:

    Well I’m not a member but White Fur has had a lot of good hype. Since you’ve read it what book are you choosing? I fear I may have to look into this BOTM membership. Someone should stop me…ha ha

    Posted 6.4.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I’m actually not a member of BOTM…but only b/c I really have trouble reading hardcover books. I love the program and, if I read hardcovers or they offered e-books, I’d be all in…and I think it’s great for people who do like reading hardcovers.

      And, my second choice would be The Sisters Chase.

      Posted 6.5.17 Reply
  8. becky shemeley wrote:

    Ha~ I am going thru my emails and just picked WHITE FUR for my BOTM selection. Now I am reading your blog entry (email subscriber) and sounds like I picked the right one! Now I am even more excited to read it!

    Posted 6.6.17 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I hope you love it – I know you like romance (from your personalized book rec request)! This is definitely a unique one. I’m posting my full review tomorrow!

      Posted 6.7.17 Reply

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