December 16, 2014

12 days of reading - day 6: 'goodnight june'

Blogger's Note: With Christmas just around the corner, there's still plenty of time to ask Santa for a few new reads under your tree. Rather than share 12 writing tips (like in 2011 and 2012) or some favorite writers (like last year), this year we are sharing 12 notable (and potentially Christmas list-worthy) books from the past year. I have enlisted the help of my good friend (and voracious reader) Whitney to create this list. Enjoy the 12 Days of Reading.

Day 6: Goodnight June
By Sarah Jio
Published May 27
Picked by Whitney
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Songs) is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the “great green room” might have come to be.

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown—and steps into the pages of American literature.
As the mother of an almost-one-year-old, I spend a lot of time reading children’s books, Goodnight Moon especially. (This is the one I have mostly memorized, in fact.) So it was super fun that an author I already love, Sarah Jio, has written a book on the imagined history of the well-known children’s book.

Jio always does a nice job of crafting multiple main characters with different voices and perspectives, and Goodnight June is no exception. I also love the fact that the book takes place around a children’s bookstore, as I think that would be my dream job. Combining mystery, a love story, and of course, books, Goodnight June is a quick, cute read.

Rating: 4 of 5

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