8 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in July

8 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in July


Whether you’re a book nerd, a grammar nerd, a history buff or a murder-mystery junkie, we’re willing to bet there’s a new July book you’ll be obsessed with. Here are eight of this month’s most exciting releases.


cover: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; background: Strawberry Blossom/getty images

The Plus One by Sarah Archer (July 2)

Kelly is a brilliant robotics engineer, but she’s socially clueless. With her sister’s wedding fast approaching, she decides to build her own dream date. But as she struggles to keep his identity a secret, she knows she will ultimately have to kiss her ideal man goodbye.


cover: Dutton; background: Strawberry Blossom/getty images

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (July 2)

After a tough breakup, a woman takes a job as an apartment sitter in one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. She soon finds out that “mysterious” doesn’t even begin to cover the apartment’s dark history.


cover: Berkley; background: Strawberry Blossom/getty images

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (July 9)

With a protagonist giving off serious Eleanor Oliphant vibes, the latest from Waxman (The Garden of Small Beginnings) is about a devout introvert who, after learning the father she never knew existed suddenly died, finds out she has lots of family—who want to meet her. It’s a sweet and funny story about being pried out of your shell—whether you like it or not.   


cover: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; background: Strawberry Blossom/getty images

Supper Club by Lara Williams (July 9)

Roberta has always wanted to take up less space. Then she meets a spirited artist, and the two create the Supper Club, a group of women who get together to celebrate, rather than tamp down, their hungers. They break into private buildings and eat until they’re sick, exploring and pushing the boundaries of the space they take up in the world. 


cover: Doubleday; background: Strawberry Blossom/getty images

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (July 16)

After winning a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for The Underground Railroad, Whitehead is back with the story of two boys sentenced to a horrific juvenile reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. It’s based on the true story of a school in Florida that, over the course of 111 years, warped the lives of thousands of children.


cover: St. Martin’s Press; background: Strawberry Blossom/getty images

A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell (July 23)

In the midst of the breakup of her marriage, a woman has a brief, seemingly meaningless fling with a stranger on the beach outside of her house. But when the man becomes obsessed with her, something that was supposed to mean nothing turns into so much more.

cover: Ecco; background: Strawberry Blossom/getty images

Semicolon: The Past, Present and Future of a Misunderstood Mark by Cecelia Watson (July 30)

Whether you’re an extreme grammar nerd or someone who has thought, “What does a semicolon even do?” Watson’s book is for you. Examining John Milton’s manuscripts, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letters from Birmingham Jail” and more, the writer charts the rise and fall of the punctuation mark while examining how traditional grammar rules make us less successful at communicating with each other than we might think.


cover: St. Martin’s Press; background: Strawberry Blossom/getty images

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (July 30)

In this thrilling debut novel, four rising Wall Street stars discover the price of ambition when a team-building escape-room challenge takes a deadly turn. Secrets are revealed, tempers fray and the four are forced to consider the repercussions of their success.

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