Stock Your Shelves: July Book Releases

Happy July, guys! June had some pretty amazing books, some kind of crazy storms that left us without power for a few days, so here’s hoping July’s weather is slightly less intense. July is promising to be a great month for books, but I feel kind of bad for anyone who has to compete with the release of a new Harper Lee novThough a few rainy days to read some of these wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world…

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Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell (July 7) The summer Lois and Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly twenty years later, Lois has become a professor, teaching British literature at a small college in upstate New York, and Carly May is an actress in Los Angeles, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie with a shockingly familiar plot draws the two women together once more, they must face the public exposure of their secret history and confront the dark longings and unspeakable truths that haunt them still.

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless by Jen Chaney (July 7) In the first book of its kind, Jen Chaney has compiled an oral history of the making of this iconic film using recollections and insights collected from key cast and crew members involved in the making of this endlessly quotable, ahead-of-its-time production. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Emma influenced Heckerling to write the script, how the stars were cast into each of their roles, what was involved in creating the costumes, sets, and soundtrack, and much more.

Armada by Ernest Cline (July 14) Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. And then he sees the flying saucer.

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica (July 28) Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (July 28) Paula McLain returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman— Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa.


It’s safe to say there’s a little bit of everything on my list this month: nonfiction, thrillers, historical fiction, and even sci-fi, but only for Ernest Cline, who I LOVED with Ready Player OnePretty Baby was incredible, I already know how much I’m going to love Circling the Sun, and finally: As If! An oral history of Clueless! You guys. My love for 90’s movies knows no bounds, and Clueless is at the top of the list, so yeah, I’m 100% totally buggin’.

What are you looking forward to this month?

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