We’re all for trying out this summer’s hottest trends (spiced rosé lattes and Baywatch-inspired swimsuits are definitely all over our Pinterest boards), but we’re also super excited to sit back and relax with some classic summertime reading too. If you’re anything like us, you’ve already read through your current bookshelf forwards and backwards and are in desperate need of some new beach-friendly material. Luckily, July is an awesome month to be a reader, as *tons* of highly anticipated new reads are being released EVERY SINGLE DAY. Don’t believe us? Here are 11 brand new books being published this July that will satisfy your book-craving soul all summer long.
1. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons ($22): There’s a reason why this stunning novel is topping summer reading lists around the globe. The fascinating read follows the life of Thandi, a woman raised in Pennsylvania with strong familial ties to Johannesburg, as she wrestles with questions of love, sex, grief, and racial identity. With Clemmon’s amazing knack for nonconventional storytelling, she is able to piece together Thandi’s story is such a beautiful way that it almost begs to be added to your Amazon cart.
2. Final Girls by Riley Sager ($26): When reigning king of horror Stephen King calls a book “the first great thriller of 2017,” serious readers better take notice. Sager’s latest soon-to-be bestseller features a college student named Quincy Carpenter who goes on vacation at Pine Cottage with five friends but is the only one to survive an awful massacre. If this wasn’t enough, the press is also now lumping her in with something they call the “Final Girls” — AKA a group of other lone survivors of group attacks. Desperate to put the past behind her, Quincy chooses not to seek out the other girls… that is, until one of them is found dead and the other one is pounding at her door.
3. Love Her Wild by Atticus ($18): In case you aren’t one of the nearly 375,000 people who follow @atticuspoetry on Instagram, let us introduce you to Atticus, the young writer whose profound poems have captured a generation. Now, this viral poetry superstar is releasing his first complete collection of poetry in a beautifully crafted physical book that’s equally as romantic as it is philosophical. Go ahead, rekindle your love for poetry!
4. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong ($26): When 30-year-old Ruth splits from her fiancé, she quits her job and leaves town to help her mother care for her rapidly declining father suffering from Alzheimer’s. Ruth dutifully recalls the events of this period of her family’s life in sincere, yet haunting, diary entries that invite the reader to explore the multi-faceted complexities of illness, familial relationships, and identity.
5. Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown ($27): It has almost been a year since Billie Flanagan vanished while hiking alone in the Desolation Wilderness and her husband and daughter are still reeling. Although the two have found their own ways to cope (her husband drinks and works on a memoir about their marriage and Olive has distanced herself from nearly everyone), a series of weird events and new information are calling into question everything they thought they knew about the woman they loved. Who was Billie Flanagan, really? No spoilers here: You’re just going to have to read the book to find out.
6. When the English Fall by David Williams ($25): If you’re looking for a new dystopian adventure to binge after you finish Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, this may be it. While the Amish were safe with their stocked larders and stores of supplies immediately after the catastrophic solar storm brought the collapse of modern civilization, the peace won’t last for long. With the rest of the world becoming increasingly desperate and invading the Amish farms, we follow the diary of Jacob, an Amish farmer, as he questions how and if a non-violent community can survive in the wake of an unbelievable disaster.
7. American Fire by Monica Hesse ($27): True crime fans of Serial and Making a Murderer will love this brand new investigation into the Accomack County arsonists by Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse. With over a year of research and analysis, Hesse’s powerful work will uncover far more than the identities of the couple responsible for the 67 fires. The mystery will draw you in, but it’s Hesse’s masterful storytelling that will keep readers on the edge of their seats throughout the entire book.
8. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory ($28): The amazing Telemachus family has traveled the world showcasing their incredible abilities: Maureen is a psychic, Irene is a human lie detector, Frankie can move objects with his mind, and Buddy can see the future. But when a tragedy cripples the family, they are forced to step out of the limelight and settle for a quieter, more conventional type of life. Err… at least that’s what they hoped would happen.
9. Woolly by Ben Mezrich ($26): From icy Siberia to the genetic labs of Harvard University, follow Ben Mezrich as he uncovers this true story about a group of young scientists who are looking to sequence the DNA of a frozen woolly mammoth and splice elements of that sequence into the DNA of a modern elephant. Trust us: You won’t be bored!
10. Everything All at Once by Bill Nye ($27): It’s not hard to see that Bill Nye is having a moment. From his fierce televised debates to his mega-popular Netflix show, it’s no question that the Bill Nye of our childhood is back… and we couldn’t be more excited! In his new book, Nye teaches readers the skills they need to develop their critical thinking skills and create meaningful change by walking us through how he developed his own strategy for looking at the world more intently.
11. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips ($25): Even though the entire scope of this novel rests in three short hours, we can almost guarantee you’ll be gripping your chair in anticipation from the very first page. As Joan and her four-year-old son enjoy the last few moments at the zoo before it closes for the night, they are confronted with a mother’s worst nightmare: a terrifying man with a loaded gun.
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