Best New Books to Read in July 2019

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Hope everyone’s summer reading is going well. I’m perpetually behind on my list and still trying to catch up on a bunch of new releases, but there’s some great books coming out in July.

Most notably, Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys has been on my wishlist ever since I found out about it. I keep hearing amazing things about it, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it. I’ve also never read anything of his, so I feel like I need to cross that off my list.

Also, I’m not very familiar with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, but Gods of Jade and Shadow sounds exactly like the type of book I usually love. Mexican folklore? Mayan gods? An adventure through the jungles of Yucatán!? Sign me up.

I’m thinking those two will be my top priorities for July. See the full list of July reads below!

Which of these books will you be reading in July? (If you’re on a feed reader, click here to view the list.)

The Nickel Boys: A Novel
Colson Whitehead | Doubleday

What It's About: In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida...

Publication Date: July 16, 2019

Gods of Jade and Shadow
Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Del Rey

What It's About: The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes...

Publication Date: July 23, 2019

Wilder Girls
Rory Power | Delacorte Press

What It's About: It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous...

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

The Golden Hour: A Novel
Beatriz Williams | William Morrow

What It's About: The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine...

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

How Long 'Til Black Future Month? (Thorndike Press Large Print African American Series)
N. K. Jemisin | Thorndike Press Large Print

What It's About: Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

1. Alexa is their best friend

2. They hate each other

After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with...

Publication Date: August 7, 2019

Whisper Network: A Novel
Chandler Baker | Flatiron Books

What It's About: Four women learn their boss (a man who’s always been surrounded by rumors about how he treats women) is next in line to be CEO—what will happen when they decide enough is enough?

Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita are four women who have worked at Truviv, Inc., for years. The sudden death of Truviv's CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company...

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

Three Women
Lisa Taddeo | Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

What It's About: Desire as we’ve never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.

It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts and destroys our lives. It’s all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored—until now...

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

Lock Every Door: A Novel
Riley Sager | Dutton

What It's About: No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen's new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind...

Publication Date: July 2, 2019