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Goodnight June

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  8,260 ratings  ·  1,308 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon 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 l
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Plume
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Nessie We did it in mine! We also read Good night moon alongside, to have a visual. We did find things to discuss. I say go for it!

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this review will go live on the blog 6/5

You know those books you hear about that sound AMAZING, those books you cannot wait to get your hands on and cherish, only to be horribly let down? Allow me to introduce you to Goodnight June. Let's revisit that summary: June Andersen is the vice president of a very lucrative bank in New York where she oversees foreclosures, even personally shutting down beloved businesses. She's carved out a new life for herself on the East Coast and never planned on retu
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Last year I read Blackberry Winter and absolutely loved it. A friend recommended this to me and when I found it to be the same author, I jumped at the chance to read it. Big mistake. This novel read like a bad Lifetime movie. Very interesting plot, but terrible execution! The characters were so stereotypical and one dimensional, it was cringe worthy. June is a tough New Yorker who never had time for love, at least not after she had her heart broken. She works herself to exhaustion and has no per ...more
Carol Brill
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Two stories in one-June's current day story (my preference) and a story of her great aunt's friendship with a famous author, Margaret Wise Brown, told through their letters. I always admire when an author has the imagination (and courage) to fictionalize a story about a real person. Both stories are about love and loss. There's a fair amount of telling, in part due to the aunt's story being told through letters.
An easy read, I would have liked the characters to have more complexity and the plot
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook. I adore children's books and this premise captured my attention.

June is a high powered banker who upon her Aunt Ruby's passing is left her beloved, "Bluebird Children's bookstore." June must decide whether she should sell the old place or try to rejuvenate it.

While going through her Aunt's old books she finds a letter. It is an old correspondence from 1946 with the famous children's author, Margaret Wise Brown and so begins the story. Her Aunt Ruby and Margaret Wise
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story that contains many of my favorite ingredients, "Goodnight June: A Novel" takes the reader to the 1940s through letters between Margaret Wise Brown and a woman named Ruby Crain, a bookstore owner in Seattle.

We first connect with June Andersen, a financial whiz working for a bank in New York. She is great at her job, but is beginning to suffer from high blood pressure and other evidence of stress.

And then, serendipitously, she inherits her Aunt Ruby's bookstore, Bluebird Books, and goes to
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Knowing an authors inspiration for a novel is something that very few readers are ever lucky enough to learn. In this novel Sarah Jio has woven a very plausible tale of the inspiration for the children's classic Goodnight Moon!!! I think this will appeal to all readers but especially anyone that had a special childhood book!!! ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Jio has managed, yet again, to write an another amazing novel. This book is imaginative, mysterious and unputdownable. I thought Jio did an amazing job establishing each and every character...drawing you into their life and causing you to become invested. The letters between Ruby and Margaret Wise Brown were such a joy to read. You couldn't wait for another letter to be found. Amongst the side story of the letter exchange was also a story about mistakes, regret, family, forgiveness and fighting ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Okay story, but so corny at times. Everything wrapped up too neatly at the end. Not that enjoyable for me.
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandie by: Nadia
I first heard of this book from Nadia at The Bookish Way of Life. It wasn’t even on my radar because lately, I’ve kind of fallen out of reading books in this genre. But Nadia’s reference to the popular children’s book Goodnight Moon had me immediately curious. Goodnight Moon is very near and dear to my heart, as my daughter and I read it together every single night before she goes to bed. It has been our ritual for over a year now, and we’ve gotten to the point where we recite it by heart and ta ...more
Goodnight June is a standalone novel written by author Sarah Jio. "Goodnight Moon" is an actual children's book written by Margaret Wise Brown. The history of the children's book is reportedly unknown. Ms. Jio took some creative liberties and wrote a historical fictional account of the origins of Goodnight Moon via back and forth letters. This story is combined with a present-day fictional story to create an interesting book. Goodnight June wasn't my cup of tea so to speak but it was not a bad b ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio is one of those rare finds that surprisingly captures your heart for all the right reasons. I loved this steadily paced story about redefining who you are, falling in love and finding forgiveness.

In this wonderful story, we get to meet the very successful banker June Anderson who sets off to her hometown in Seattle when she hears that her great-aunt Ruby passed away and left her as the sole beneficiary of her beloved bookstore Bluebird Books. When June arrives at the
Connie G
3.5 stars
The beloved children's book, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, was a favorite of Sarah Jio's children and the inspiration for this book. Jio imagines a friendship between Margaret Wise Brown and Ruby Crain, the fictional owner of Bluebird Books. When Ruby dies, she leaves her Seattle bookshop to her niece June. Since the stress of her banking career is taking a toll on her health, June hopes she can leaves her job and reopen the bookstore. Her Aunt Ruby has tucked away letters from
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
What is the history behind Margaret Wise Brown's famous children's book Goodnight Moon? No one knows for sure, but Sarah Jio has taken a few known facts & concocted her own interpretation of how the story may have come into being.

While this book is not flawless and at times the plot seems almost too convenient and not always fully realistic, it was certainly a feel-good story and I flew through it. How can one not love a story about a cozy children's bookstore and a young woman's attempt to sav
Sharon Huether
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
June Andersen, was very successful in her banking job,but not so in her personal life.

She got word that her Great Aunt Ruby had passed and she had to go to Seattle to settle her estate.
She thought maybe after a week she'd have it all taken care of and she could go back to New York and back to her job at the bank. Many weeks passed; she just couldn't leave the Blue Bird Bookstore her Aunt had left her.

She had to raise a lot of money to keep the bookstore afloat. She was close to her goal. To her
Lauren Henderson
I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodnight June is June's story. June inherits from her great aunt Ruby a small, cozy children's bookstore - Bluebird Books, where June spent her happiest moments as a child and learned to love reading. As a 35 year old, June is vice president of a large bank and in charge of foreclosing many small businesses. She has few important people in her life, anxiety problems, and a severe lack of sa
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Jio's novel, Goodnight June, is for anyone who loves bookstores, particularly children's bookstores. If you care about the future of bookstores and children reading, you should read this. If you're still angry that The Shop Around the Corner closed in the movie You've Got Mail, you'll want to cheer for June Andersen in this book. If you remember Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon with fondness, you'll appreciate the story. (Can you tell I loved this book?)

June Andersen is a thirty-five-y
Jun 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was everything I don't like about reading fiction. Nothing about it felt real. Gag. Why did I even bother finishing? It was an audiobook and I liked the reader, and I liked talking back to the reader - giving her my two cents about the lame story. ...more
Nikki Stafford
Oct 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
My review of this book will probably not be very popular, but I join ranks with those who gave this a 2-3 star review.
I was really enjoying it until probably halfway through. I have been trying to figure out just what went wrong. I think another reviewer hit the mark when they wrote that it was too full of just the right solution for any problem that came up. It probably didn't help that I didn't like June....not really, not at all! I thought she came off as self-centered, selfish, and just plai
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5. I really enjoyed this book and loved the storyline.
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy from NetGalley.

Sarah Jio has written another bestseller that will appeal to many readers. Sarah Jio explains the inspiration behind Goodnight June. Many times readers do not have access to that information. I think this makes the reader feel more connected to the book, more drawn in, and gives a sense of anticipation.

I also love how the author intertwines historical letters to connect the past and present and to help carry the story. It adds interest, suspense, and gives just en
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, favorites
This book was outstanding. My favorite book for 2014 so far. Sarah Jio is such an incredible Women's Fiction author and each book is better than the last and I have loved them all. This story is about a book store, children's book and the tender friendship between the book store owner Ruby and Margaret Wise Brown author of Goodnight Moon and many more children's stories. I absolutely loved this story. ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was a little worried that the book was a little too chick/lit and sweet at first, but as the story rolled out and the letters in the dual time line format created a story between the MC's Aunt Ruby and the children's book author, Margaret Wise Brown, the story really took on a different feel. There is an ongoing theme of sisterhood and love between the letter writers and a theme of hurt and loss suffered in the present story line that reflects on forgiveness and family. There are some unexpect ...more
Lisa B.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
I like Sarah Jio's stories. Goodnight June is about someone at a crossroad in her life, trying to decide to stay the course in a job that has become unfulfilling, or venture out on a new path. The characters a likeable and their struggles a realistic. I always feel good after I finish reading one of Ms. Jio's books and this was no different. ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've already read this book twice this year. I love this book and it's definitely my favorite of the year.

*June 24 3:22 a.m.: third time reading this book this year. Still love it and still give it 5 stars.
What a delightful read! This is the kind of book I can easily sink into.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a sweet story. A little emotional, especially towards the end. It was definitely predictable and there were a few parts where I was rolling my eyes a bit, but overall I enjoyed the story. I really liked that it was about a children’s bookstore. Such a great setting! As I was reading, I kept thinking that I could totally see this as a movie.
Maureen DeLuca
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my , what an adorable historical fiction!! A fun and enjoyable read - can't really add more than what all the other 4 and 5 star readers said- I'm saying "ditto that!" For me a solid 4 star read and I added another star just because I can!! ...more
Judy D Collins
What a delightful, magical, and inspirational read by talented Sarah Jio, and is reflective of her creative passion and research throughout the book. If you have followed Margaret Wise Brown-the international classic children’s author of the famous “Goodnight Moon”, you will love stepping back into the pages of American literature, and sharing in the journey of this close bond of friendship, and heart-felt letters between these two women- and how their lives connected.

June, a successful VP at a
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good Night June
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My " in a nutshell" summary...

June inherits her Aunt Ruby's bookstore...with all of its history, books, serious debt...and...quite a few secrets, too!

My thoughts after reading this book...

June has HBP and panic attacks. She hasn't been home to Seattle in a while. She is a high pressure banker who specializes in foreclosures. She zips home to Seattle when she inherits Bluebird Books...a much loved children's book store once owned by her Aunt Ruby. Her intention is to s
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Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling author of ALWAYS, published by Random House (Ballantine), as well as seven other novels from Penguin Books, including, THE VIOLETS OF MARCH, THE BUNGALOW, BLACKBERRY WINTER, THE LAST CAMELLIA, MORNING GLORY, GOODNIGHT JUNE, and THE LOOK OF LOVE. Sarah is also a journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, ...more

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