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

What It's About: This follow-up to The Underground Railroad brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors...

Publication Date: July 16, 2019
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Gods of Jade and Shadow
Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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
historical fiction mythology historical

Wilder Girls
Rory Power

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
horror young adult lgbtq

The Golden Hour: A Novel
Beatriz Williams

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
historical fiction botm historical

The Wedding Party
Jasmine Guillory

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: July 16, 2019
romance contemporary chick lit

Whisper Network: A Novel
Chandler Baker

What It's About: Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita 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. Each of the women has a different relationship with Ames, who has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women...

Publication Date: July 2, 2019
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Three Women
Lisa Taddeo

What It's About: A riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.

Hailed as “a dazzling achievement” (Los Angeles Times) and “riveting page-turner that explores desire, heartbreak, and infatuation in all its messy, complicated nuance” (The Washington Post), Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women has captivated readers, booksellers, and critics—and topped bestseller lists—worldwide...

Publication Date: July 9, 2019
non fiction feminism book club

Lock Every Door: A Novel
Riley Sager

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
thriller mystery mystery thriller

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