June 2021 | BOTM Predictions

One week left in May, which means we’re getting June Book of the Month picks any day! I’ve only read one of my May picks, but I’m still super excited to add even more books to my limitless TBR. You can see what I picked in May HERE.

June is another huge month for publishing companies, with most of the books I’m excited for dropping on June 1, it’s making it extremely hard to predict options for June.

Every month, Book of the month tries to offer up a diverse selection of books for subscribers. There is usually always one thriller/mystery pick, one romance/women’s literature pick, most months have a non-fiction or historical fiction choice, one contemporary/literary fiction pick, and one random pick, with YA or a second in any of these categories. Early releases are also quite common so I’ve taken a look at my June Most Anticipated List as well to draw up these predictions.

Whether or not these are actually picks, only time will tell. Even if they are not all or most of these are on my June Most Anticipated New Releases list, which you can see HERE! When the picks are announced and you find you have space in your box still, make sure to also check out my most recent version of BOTM Add-On recommendations HERE!

Keep in mind that these are simply predictions and books I hope get chosen. I could get these completely wrong but the anticipated and guessing is part of the fun right?!


Mystery / Thriller

Last month I thought for sure The Other Black Girl would be a pick, it wasn’t but it does release in June, so I’m holding out hope that it’s our June Mystery pick. I’ve also added The Maidens and Survive the Night as options for this month’s Thriller pick but I think it’s more likely they will just be add-on’s since they’re both repeat authors.

I’ve already read The Maidens and it was a so-so read for me, check out my full review for it HERE.


Literary & Contemporary Fiction

I have a copy of all three of these books below and while I don’t have reviews up at this moment for them my bet is on The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot as being this month’s Fiction pick.


Historical Fiction

I still think Malibu Rising will be an option for June. With a June 1 release dates and the fact that TJR is a 3peat authors, I think it’s likely to be add-on pick and not a main pick. I will say I adored Malibu Rising and you can see my full review HERE!

Songs in Ursa Major is my top pick for this month’s Historical Fiction. It’s ultimately a love story set during the 1970’s music scene and it sounds amazing. I would love to curl up at the lake house deck with this one. It gives me summery vibes, which is why I think it would be the perfect June pick!



My top fantasy pick is The Chosen and the Beautiful. While it falls under the historical fiction genre, it also has magic in the story which is why I’m putting it as my Fantasy pick for June. It’s also includes LBGT representations and with June being Pride month, I think it would be a perfect pick. It’s also one of my most anticipated and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC. Be sure to check back in for my review, coming soon.


One Last Stop, is a romance book with LBQT representation. Like The Chosen and the Beautiful, I think it would make a perfect pick for June.



We have not seen very many non-fiction picks the last few months, and I think we’re due for some in June. Both Somebody’s Daughter and House of Sticks hit shelves in June. Both are coming of age stories and both are getting a ton of attention. I’d be happy with either as a June pick.


Potential Repeat Authors

There are quite a few new books coming out from past Book of the Month authors. Realistically, Malibu Rising and The Devil and the Heiress are my top two from Repeat Authors that will be available as June Picks. Most likely they’re simply be add-on’s, but I’d be happy to see both of those as main picks as well.

I hope you found a book that you are truly excited about in this post. Let me know which other new releases you are excited for this month or that you’re hoping are BOTM picks, by commenting below or by messaging me on Instagram @speakingof_books. Don’t forget to follow me to get weekly updates and new reviews!

Happy Reading!

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Janet parker says:

    I don’t want to buy any books…Please remove my name from this club.. I am being charged but buying NO books!

    1. Allison Speakmon says:

      Hi Janet, you’ll need to reach out to Book of the month support if you wish to cancel your subscription. I do not work for BOTM, I’m just a subscriber who enjoys predicting what the picks will be every month.

  2. A Bag of Lit says:

    This is such a fun post! Thanks for sharing! It’s the 31st and I’m checking way too often to see if they uploaded the actual book picks. Can’t wait to compare 🙂

    1. Allison Speakmon says:

      I think we’re all doing that! I’m dying of excitement 😂.

  3. Megan says:

    I have four of these on my “to buy” list for June so I’d be happy with any of those four. I’m really hoping they’ll do Home of the Floating Lily as an add-on. It’s been awhile since they did a collection of short stories.

    1. Allison Speakmon says:

      I’m not huge on short stories but just checked out Floating Lily & its sounds really good.

  4. Jen A says:

    Such a great variety of books here! Thank you for your recommendations and I hope you’re enjoying these reads so far. My JUNE TBR pile is already overwhelming but that’s never stopped me before, lol. I’ve added “The Maidens” and “Survive the Night” to the list. My most recent read has really stuck with me and I think you might enjoy it. It is a “science gone wrong” horror/ thriller that really delivers on all fronts and is perfect for readers who are curious about the unknown called “Shimmers” by JP Strecker. I have always been fascinated by grounded science fiction, and how it could affect our normal day to day and man, did this book give me the chills thinking about the reality of something like the “Shimmer” showing up in my town (essentially a portal into a parallel universe). Two twins come across it in a forest and one enters, and doesn’t return. The remaining twin spends his life studying the portal and trying to find his brother. Really exciting and captivating summer read. Here is the author’s website if you want to read more about it -https://jonathanstrecker.com/

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