July’s Most-Anticipated Books

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Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming but we’ve rounded up ten of the buzziest books coming out this July—no matter what genre you’re interested in. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare

All aboard The Queen Mary, historical fiction fans! The offer of a starring role and the chance to leave her dreary life in London behind is all Lena Aldridge needs to make her way across the ocean to New York City. But when a fellow passenger is murdered, she fears the journey will be far more perilous than she ever imagined.

A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows

If you’re looking for political intrigue in a fantasy setting, Foz Meadows has you covered. When he’s outed in his conservative kingdom and exiled by his father, Velasin vin Aaro travels to the neighboring Tithena for a political marriage to Caethari Aeduria. Though trust between them is tenuous, a series of attacks means they must find a way to work together to survive.

Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke

Lane Clarke’s YA debut explores healing and learning to love yourself through the lens of 17-year-old Michelle “Michie” Cooper. Michie is struggling to complete her college application when it feels as though the price for entry includes sharing her traumas in her college essay. Her feelings only grow more complicated when her estranged mother makes contact for the first time in a year.

Always Be My Duchess by Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard’s latest historical romance draws inspiration from Pretty Woman. When down-on-her-luck ballerina Geneviève Valery saves the life of Lord Lysander Blackstone, she never imagines how it’ll change her life. Lysander needs a fake fiancée to help him close a business deal, and when he learns that his savior is out of a job, he offers her all the money she needs to get back on her pointe shoes if she’ll help him.

We Lie Here by Rachel Howzell Hall

We’ve been counting down the days until Rachel Howzell Hall’s next book since the start of the year and are excited to say it’ll be on shelves soon! TV writer Yara Gibson returns home to Palmdale, California for her parents’ 20th wedding anniversary. But her plans for the trip are put on hold when the body of an estranged friend of her mother’s is found in a local lake, a mere one day after sending Yara a series of strange texts.

A Hundred Other Girls by Iman Hariri-Kia

Iman Hariri-Kia explores what happens when a dream job turns into a nightmare in her debut novel. When blogger Noora lands a job as the assistant to Loretta James, Vinyl magazine’s iconic editor-in-chief, she believes it could lead to the kind of writing job she’s alway dreamed of. Instead, she finds herself caught in the middle of Loretta’s vendetta against digital director Jade Aki.

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch returns this summer with a near-future sci-fi thriller. Two decades ago, Logan Ramsay’s mother accidentally created a virus that decimated the world’s population. Now, Logan works for the Gene Protection Agency to track risks before they grow into disasters. While on an assignment, Logan becomes infected with something that begins to change his genome in ways that eerily mirror his mother’s ambitions for the next evolution of humanity.

Dauntless by Elisa A. Bonnin

YA fans should put Elisa A. Bonnin’s Filipino-inspired standalone sapphic fantasy at the top of their TBRs. In her work as an assistant to a valor commander, Seri has seen first-hand how dangerous the beasts of the forest are and why the valiant must kill them to protect the People. But when she meets Tsana, an outsider who can communicate with the beasts, Seri begins to question everything she thought she knew about her world.

[Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this article, this book’s release date has been moved to August 2.]

After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez

A professor and a bartender clash over a neighborhood landmark in Angelina M. Lopez’s rivals-to-lovers romance. Alex Torres returns to her hometown with the goal of rescuing Loretta’s, her grandmother’s failing bar, while Jeremiah Post had hoped to turn it into a museum. When a development company threatens both of their plans, the two need to learn to work together to save Loretta’s.

First Born by Will Dean

Readers craving a chilling psychological thriller to fight off the summer heat won’t want to miss Will Dean’s latest. Molly Raven’s quiet life in London is shaken by the news that her twin sister died. The circumstances around Katie’s death are mysterious and Molly decides to hop on a plane for New York to uncover the truth about what happened. But once she’s there, Molly realizes just how little she knew her sister.

Which July release are you most excited for?

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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