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 books coming out this July that both the NetGalley team and members can’t wait for. 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!

Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Named one of our must-reads of the summer, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest takes readers to Mexico City to explore themes of antisemitism, misogyny, and racism in the dark underbelly of the ’90s film scene. Sound editor Montserrat and soap opera actor Tristán are struggling to make it big in the industry. When Tristán meets Abel Urueta, a director who claims to possess an unfinished film that could turn their luck around, they’re drawn into a dangerous bargain.

Small Worlds by Caleb Azumah Nelson

National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Caleb Azumah Nelson returns this summer with his second novel. Small Worlds takes readers from London, England to Accra, Ghana as Stephen follows his passion for music rather than sticking to the path that his Ghanaian immigrant parents expected of him. Told over the course of three summers, the novel explores themes of finding your place in the world, the bonds of family, and the power of music.

Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle

Raise your hand if you’ve been counting down the days until you could read Chuck Tingle’s queer horror story. Set in Neverton, Montana, the novel follows Rose Darling in the aftermath of her time at a conversion camp. Though her parents consider her time there to have been successful, Rose begins experiencing horrifying visions of demons and memories that light a vengeful fire within her.

Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon

A ghostwriter learns that a recent disappointing one-night-stand is the subject of her next writing project in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s latest contemporary romance. Struggling actor Finn Walsh is shocked to learn that the magical night he spent with Chandler Cohen was mediocre in her eyes. Though she’s initially determined to keep their relationship professional, they come to an agreement that when they aren’t working on the book she’ll tutor him in seduction. As they grow closer, the chemistry that first brought them together reignites.

Rana Joon and the One and Only Now by Shideh Etaat

Can you win a rap battle when you’re terrified of public speaking? Rana is about to find out in this YA novel set in 1996 California. After the death of her best friend Louie, Rana decides to honor his memory by sharing one of his raps in the contest he dreamed of entering. But Louie always encouraged her to be herself and Rana wonders if stepping into the limelight as a proud lesbian Iranian poet is a path she’s brave enough to take.

The Madwomen of Paris by Jennifer Cody Epstein

Inspired by true events, Jennifer Cody Epstein’s latest work of historical fiction explores the devastating impact of misogyny on the mental health system in late 19th-century Paris. Laure is working in the hysteria ward of an asylum for women when she’s assigned to watch over Josephine, a woman with amnesia. Doctor Charcot, the asylum’s director, has been using Josephine as an exhibit in his public lectures. When traumatic memories from Josephine’s past begin to surface, Laure is torn over how to help the woman she’s grown to become friends with.

A Rulebook for Restless Rogues by Jess Everlee

Take a trip to Victorian London this summer in Jess Everlee’s latest historical romance. The Curious Fox is a safe haven—an underground queer club that former socialite David Forester is proud to manage. But when he gets word that the owner wants to shut the club down, he turns to his best friend Noah Clarke for help. Soon Noah is risking his career as a tailor and his heart as he steps up to help the man he’s falling in love with.

One of Us Is Back by Karen M. McManus

Return to Bayview High in the third gripping installment in Karen M. McManus’ One of Us Is Lying YA mystery series. A strange billboard reading “Time for a new game” appears in town just as the Bayview Crew are returning home for the summer. When one of their own goes missing, the group realizes that they’re being targeted and it’s only a matter of time before things get deadly.

The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero Lacruz

Gabriela Romero Lacruz draws from the history and mythology of South America in this fantasy series starter that explores themes of power, revolution, and the effects of colonialism. Two women searching for a place to belong meet just as the veil between the human world and the gods is thinning. Eva is shunned by her family for the magic inside of her, while Reina becomes indebted to her dark sorceress grandmother Doña Ursulina, who wants to use the thinning of the veil to grow more powerful.

The Block Party by Jamie Day

A murder rattles the wealthy suburbanites of the Alton Road cul-de-sac in this debut thriller. The block’s annual Memorial Day celebration is in full swing when a body is discovered. From there, author Jamie Day takes readers a year into the past and future to offer a glimpse into the secrets hiding behind the closed doors of a widow, mother, real estate agent, and the party organizer.

Which July release are you most excited about?

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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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