Summer is officially here, so it’s time to bust out the sunscreen and spend some lazy days in the July sunshine. It’s also the perfect time to invest in some good books to bring to the beach or indulge in while you’re lying poolside. Thankfully, there are some awesome new reads this month that are guaranteed to make your summer even brighter. Here are the top 10 July books that we can’t wait to get our hands on:
Everything All At Once, Bill Nye (Rodale Books, July 11, 2017)
America’s favorite scientist is back with a brand new book, and this time he’s talking about how to find your inner nerd. Nye reveals his “everything all at once” theory, teaching readers how to tackle problems in a thorough and concrete way. Perfect for all those scientists in your life – or anyone interested in making a real world change.
What We Lose, Zinzi Clemmons (Viking, July 11, 2017)
Critics are raving about Clemmons’ debut novel. Told in a vignette style, it follows the life of Thandi, the daughter of an immigrant who struggles to find her place in the world. Bouncing between the past and the present, Thandi’s story covers the death of her mother, her relationship with both America and her mother’s country of South Africa, and her own uncertain future.
Lost Boy, Christina Henry (Berkley, July 4, 2017)
We love retellings of classic tales, which is why we’re dying to read this inventive take on the story of Peter Pan. Touted as “The True Story of Captain Hook,” Lost Boy is about a friendship turned dark, and a Pan who is chilling and manipulative in a way you’ve never seen before.
The Breakdown, B. A. Paris (St. Martin’s Press, July 18, 2017)
This psychological thriller follows Paris’s bestselling novel Behind Closed Doors. In the Breakdown, Cass can’t forget the woman she saw sitting on a dangerous road right before she was killed. And now Cass is forgetting other things too, in way that’s starting to make her question her own reality. Family, friends, and Cass’s own mind are all suspect in this novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one.
Beautiful Tempest, Johanna Lindsey (Gallery Books, July 11, 2017)
Lindsey has been delivering quality historical romances to her fans for years. Beautiful Tempest is the 12th book in her Malory-Anderson Family series, telling the story of Jack Malory and the ‘pirate’ who once abducted her under mysterious circumstances. But when the two find themselves crossing paths once again, there’s a spark between them that can’t be denied.
The Late Show, Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company, July 18, 2017)
With The Late Show, bestselling author Connelly starts a new series about Renée Ballard, a young detective who’s used to working the nightshift in L.A. (also known as the Late Show). She’s also used to losing most of her cases as soon as the night is over. But when she encounters two disturbing crimes against young women, the ambitious detective becomes determined to solve them herself.
What to Say Next, Julie Buxbaum (Delacorte Press, July 11, 2017)
An unlikely friendship leads to love and revelation in Buxbaum’s latest young adult novel. Kit is well-liked, but trying to deal with her father’s death. David is a social outcast, and more than ready to help Kit determine what really happened in the fateful car accident that killed her dad. The two form a powerful bond, even as the truth they uncover could destroy the relationship they’ve built.
Wildfire, Ilona Andrews (Avon, July 25, 2017)
In the third book of their Hidden Legacy series, the husband and wife writing team of Ilona Andrews continue the story of Nevada and Connor. Their relationship is getting hotter and hotter (as are Nevada’s growing powers), but several outside forces could threaten to drive a wedge between the two.
The Reason You’re Alive, Matthew Quick (Harper, July 4, 2017)
As the author of the bestselling Silver Lining’s Playbook, Quick is no stranger to creating compelling characters. You’ll be instantly drawn to his latest, David Granger, a vet who goes on a journey to explore his past while trying to understand a modern America that is constantly evolving.
Just the Thing, Marie Harte (Sourcebooks Casablanca, July 4, 2017)
The second book in Harte’s Donnigans series is all about Gavin Donnigan, a scarred former Marine who starts to fall for the beautiful Zoe York while teaching her self-defense class. But Zoe is struggling with her own past as well, including the death of her beloved twin. The two are both in need of a fun fling…only it just might end up becoming so much more.