Best New Books to Read in July 2019

best books july 2019

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
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 fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

Dreaming of a new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day Casiopea finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather's room. She opens it--freeing the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother...

Publication Date: July 23, 2019


Wilder Girls
Rory Power | Delacorte Press

What It's About: Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island.

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

Young Adult Fiction

The Golden Hour
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


The Wedding Party
Jasmine Guillory | Berkley

What It's About: "The next charming romance by The New York Timesbestselling author of The Proposal.

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" night together, 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


Whisper Network
Chandler Baker | Flatiron Books

What It's About: “Honest, timely, and completely thrilling.

” —Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick) “Part page-turning thriller, part smart examination of the #MeToo movement, part feminist rallying cry...Whisper Network is the satisfying “beach read” we’ve earned.” —The Daily Beast Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc...

Publication Date: January 1, 1970


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

What It's About: “Extraordinary…A nonfiction literary masterpiece…I can’t remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women.

” —Elizabeth Gilbert “The most in-depth look at the female sex drive that’s been published in decades.” —New York “[An] instant feminist classic...

Publication Date: July 9, 2019