There’s nothing like laying out beside a pool on a 90 degree day and enjoying a good book. Or maybe blasting the air conditioner and lounging on the couch is more your summer scene. Either way, we’re officially in the heart of summer, and that means barbecues and boat rides, long vacations where you get more burned than tanned, and a few good books to lazily read by the beach. July is one of the best months to discover new books, as publishers work to put out their best summer beach reads — and we’re more than happy to help you pick through all their offerings.
Here are the top 10 new releases you should definitely be bringing to the beach this July:
The Singles Game, Lauren Weisberger (Simon & Schuster, July 12, 2016)
The Devil Wear’s Prada author returns with a novel about fame, love and what it takes to reach the top. Charlie Silver is a pro-tennis player who sheds her good girl persona under the direction of a brutal new coach. Now she’s winning tournaments, jet-setting around the world, and rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. But success comes at a cost, and Charlie has to decide if she’s willing to lose herself in exchange for tennis stardom.
Harry Potter and Cursed Child: The Official Script Book, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany (Pottermore, July 31, 2016)
Harry Potter fans have been dying to get their hands on a copy of the West End Production script that Rowling helped write. The play premieres in London on July 30 and apparently includes all kinds of juicy information about the wizarding world. Since not all of us can make it to England, this is a great way to keep informed about Harry and the gang.
Daughters of the Bride, Susan Mallery (HQN Books, July 12, 2016)
We’re big Mallery fans here at BookTrib, so we can’t wait to read her latest romance about three sisters finding love. Each sister is going through her own issues –- secret affairs, divorces, engagements -– but they all have to make some tough decisions about their future. And what better place to deal with love and life than at their mother’s wedding?
It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays, Shane Dawson (Atria/Keywords Press, July 19, 2016)
Dawson won over readers with his first essay collection: I Hate Myselfie. Now he’s back with another insightful and hilarious take on his own life experiences. From losing his virginity to a run-in with a psychic, this collection is bound to charm any reader.
A World Without You, Beth Revis (Razorbill, July 19, 2016)
Revis is the queen of Young Adult science fiction, but she switches gears in A World Without You to tell the story of contemporary teen Bo. Convinced he can travel through time, Bo refuses to believe that his powers are all in his head. Even after being sent to a school for troubled youth, Bo can’t distinguish between what’s real and what’s in his own mind. This is a powerful story of loss and mental illness that will speak to teens and adults alike.
The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press, July 19, 2016)
Fans of Gone Girl will be clamoring for Ware’s latest thriller, especially since this one is set at sea. Lo is a journalist who’s sent on a luxury cruise to the North Sea. But one horrifying night she sees a woman thrown overboard, only no one on the ship is unaccounted for and no one believes what Lo saw. This is a taut, mind-bending tale that is sure to unsettle even the most savvy thriller reader.
Fallout: The Hot War, Harry Turtledove (Del Rey, July 19, 2016)
No one writes alternate-history novels quite like Turtledove. In Fallout he imagines what the world would look like if the Cold War had turned ‘hot’ and America and the Soviet Union had launched their nukes. Expect epic political stakes as well as personal and heartfelt stories of war in this horrifying take on another version of history.
Falling in Deeper, Shayla Black (Berkley, July 5, 2016)
Black’s beloved Wicked Lovers series is up to 11 books and counting. Falling in Deeper is the latest addition, this time telling the story of Lily, who’s violent past is back and out for vengeance. She turns to ex-con Stone for help, only she doesn’t count on falling for the sexy bad boy. We can’t wait to read this story of action, romance and lots of hot make out scenes.
An Innocent Fashion, R.J. Hernández (Harper Perennial, July 5, 2016)
In his debut novel, Hernández tackles youth, New York, and the world of high fashion magazines. After a full ride to Yale, Elián San Jamar reinvents himself as Ethan St. James and starts work at Régine, one of New York’s top fashion magazines. But the reality of his job, and life in the city, is nothing like he thought it would be. This book has already received a starred review from Kirkus, who praises the debut’s vulnerability and whip-smart sarcasm.
Paper and Fire, Rachel Caine (NAL, July 5, 2016)
Caine continues her Great Library series with Paper and Fire, a sequel to last year’s futuristic dystopian, Ink and Bone. Jess is serving in the army of The Great Library, an organization that controls the world with an iron fist by forbidding anyone to own personal books. But his post is nothing like he thought, and he soon finds himself on a mission that pits him directly against the powerful library. Will he be able to survive, or will he be forced to choose between The Great Library and everyone he loves? Find out in Caine’s powerful sequel.