July’s Must-Read 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. Have you read any of these new releases? If not, you’ll want them on your TBR!

The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam

Computer coder Asha Ray is working on her PhD at Harvard when she reunites with Cyrus Jones, her high school crush. The two are swept up in a whirlwind romance that finds Asha leaving her program, getting married, and launching a tech company called Utopia with Cyrus. The app, a virtual parish inspired by Cyrus’ spiritual work with nonreligious communities, takes off and fame soon gets between the happy couple.

A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones

On a good day, Del Sol, New Mexico is a sleepy tourist town. Unfortunately, this is not a good day for Sheriff Sunshine Vicram. She’s called to a bar fight that ended in a near-fatal stabbing, her teenage daughter is convinced she’s uncovered the identity of a serial killer, and evidence of an old unsolved crime is pointing to Levi Ravinder, the man Sunshine just happens to be crushing on. New readers and fans of the first installment will have no trouble diving right into this new mystery from Darynda Jones.

Sword Stone Table Old Legends, New Voices by Swapna Krishna, Jenn Northington

Take a trip to Camelot this July with this anthology of Arthurian short stories. The collection spans a variety of genres and features beloved authors such as Alexander Chee, Roshani Chokshi, Sarah MacLean, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Fans of the original tale are certain to be enchanted by the reimaginings here, including modern-day Arthur and Merlin, the Lady of the Lake as a Ugandan sorceress, Excalibur as a ceremonial drum discovered by a First Nations boy, and more!

Witches Get Stitches by Juliette Cross

The Stay a Spell series continues with its third installment: Witches Get Stitches. Violet is working hard on her plans to open a tattoo shop that gives permanent charms to supernatural beings. She’s determined to remain focused on work, even as she finds herself tempted by Nico, her werewolf business partner. Fantasy romance readers who haven’t yet fallen under Juliette Cross’ spell will want this entire series on their TBR.

Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson’s debut, was one of our favorite books of 2020 and we’ve been counting down the days until her sophomore novel hit shelves. Olivia and Toni both arrive at the Farmland Music and Arts Festival with a plan: Olivia is hoping to start over after her latest heartbreak, while Toni is searching for answers about her future. When they meet, their lives are changed forever.

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith

Winnie, a 22-year-old Vietnamese-American, decides to teach English in Saigon. She hopes that the move will help her better connect with her Vietnamese heritage, but she feels more lost than ever once she arrives. When she suddenly disappears, the book’s chapters take readers into the past to meet a farmer’s daughter who went missing, a team of ghost hunters, and more interconnected stories to explore Vietnam’s history.

We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen

Lena Nguyen’s debut blends science fiction with a psychological thriller to give readers a space voyage they won’t soon forget. The Deucalion is traveling through an unexplored galaxy en route to an icy planet to assess its living conditions. When they’re trapped onboard by a storm, ship psychologist Dr. Grace Park notices both humans and androids acting strangely.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

The official synopsis of Tessa Bailey’s latest had us at “Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com.” Piper Bellinger has been cut off from her wealthy family and sent to live in a small beach town to run her late father’s dive bar. No one seems to believe that Piper can hack it away from her old comforts—not her family, not the locals, and certainly not Brendan, a grumpy sea captain she keeps running into. But Piper is determined to prove them all wrong. 

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Elizabeth Lim’s new YA duology is taking flight this season, and fantasy readers won’t want to miss out. On the day of her betrothal ceremony, Princess Shiori accidentally reveals her forbidden magical gifts to Raikama, her stepmother. Raikama curses Shiori and turns her brothers into cranes. Banished, frightened, and forbidden from speaking, Shiori must team up with unlikely allies if she hopes to save her brothers and take down her stepmother.

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

S.A. Cosby’s latest mystery follows two fathers on the hunt for the person who killed their sons. Ike Randolph is devastated to learn that his son, Isaiah, and his husband, Derek, have been murdered. Buddy Lee, Derek’s father and a fellow ex-con, believes he has contacts who can lead them to the killer. Together they set off on a journey of revenge, along the way confronting their own biases.

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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