Hi everyone! I feel like this list is going to be a bit ambitious, hence why I haven’t made it an exact TBR but just some books I hope to read next month. I was in a slump in April and May but I’ve been going really well with my reading in June (9 books and still 4 days to go). The place I work is closing at the end of this month & so I’ll be job hunting in July- though that’s the only thing I have to do, which leaves plenty of reading time. Since I’ll have so much spare time next month, I think I’ll be able to read more than the amount I’ve read so far this month. So, here’s a list of some books I’m hoping to read in July!
WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
WDMR was one of my most anticipated reads of this year, and I’m so excited to finally be diving into it in July! It was released in May, but I decided to read only books by and/or about LGBTQIA+ people in the month of June for pride month. I’ve heard a few mixed things about this now that it’s actually released, but many of my close friends loved this so I’m 99% sure I’ll probably love it too!
SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali
How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?
Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.
And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.
While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?
Firstly, can we talk about that gorgeous cover?! Because that is half the reason I want to read this book. This is another new release I’m really excited to read, and it’s also The Book Bound Society’s book of the month for the month of July! I’m really excited to read this with everyone in the book club and discuss it with everyone. I’ve heard only amazing things so fingers crossed it lives up to the hype!
WANT by Cindy Pon
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?
Yet another new release I’ve been dying to read! (Are you seeing a bit of a pattern yet?) I’ve been wanting to read a book by Cindy Pon for so long but I haven’t had the chance to get my hands on one until now! I’ve been in a huge sci-fi mood since I read 27 Hours, so I think I’ll definitely be reading this at the start of July. I’ve also heard amazing things about this from a few friends lately, and it seems like a really quick and fun read so I can’t wait to dive into this next month!
NYXIA by Scott Reintgen
Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.
I received an eARC of this off Netgalley and oh my goodness, I’m so excited to read it! Following along with the sci-fi mood and the fact I’ve heard some pretty good things from people who’ve already read this one, I’m also really keen to read this. This releases September 12th, so I won’t feel too bad if I don’t get around to it in July because I can always give it a go in August, before its release.
CRYSTAL STORM by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdom’s #5)
Since this is the 5th in a series, I’ve decided not to post the synopsis in case I accidentally spoil anyone. I’ve been putting off buying & reading this since it was released last year, but I finally got my hands on it last month so I decided I should probably give it a go. The Falling Kingdom’s series is one of my fave fantasy series that I feel just gets better and better with every installment. I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but nonetheless, I’m still intrigued to see what I think!
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
But some can never stop searching for answers.
Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
I’m not actually sure I’ll get to this one in July, mostly because it depends on when it becomes available at my library. I’ve put it on hold so I’ll get notified when it’s available, but I’m not sure if that will be in July or August. This is an adult sci-fi, which isn’t something I read a lot of, but I’ve heard that this us formatted in mostly interviews, which I think will make for a really quick, easy read. I’ve heard some good and average things about this one, but I’m really excited to branch out some more into adult sci-fi and see what I think!
A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT by Becky Chambers
Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.
Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for – and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.
Whilst this is still a sequel to THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET, it is a standalone sequel (idk how those two go together but *shrugs*). I read Angry Planet in June and really enjoyed it, so I’m very interested to continue this when Common Orbit arrives in the mail. I must admit, I think I’m gonna miss some of my faves from the first book though!
HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
I read Adam Silvera’s MORE HAPPY THAN NOT recently and though I wasn’t a huge fan of that book overall, I did enjoy Silvera’s writing and wanted to give his other books a shot. I’ve heard from a few people that they loved History even more than MHTN, so I have kind of high expectations for this one. I definitely need to be in the right mood for it, because I know that it will definitely be a very emotional read, so we’ll see how it goes!
SHATTERED by Lee Winter
Shattergirl, Earth’s first lesbian guardian—a brilliant but aloof alien superheroine who can hurl and destroy large objects—is refusing to save people and has gone off the grid.
Lena Martin, the street-smart tracker with a silver tongue and a disdain for the rogue guardians she chases, has only days to bring her home. As the pair clash heatedly, masks begin to crack and brutal secrets are exposed that could shatter them both.
I don’t really have much to say about this book apart from: omg it has a lesbian superhero, count me in. One of my favourite books of all time is NOT YOUR SIDEKICK by C.B. Lee, which is a superhero book with a f/f romance, so now I’m always super excited for superhero books! I haven’t heard much about this one since it’s a new release, but I’m hoping to really enjoy it!
LAST CALL AT THE NIGHTSHADE LOUNGE by Paul Krueger
College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who’s around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it’s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever—or whoever—is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore.
The main thing that drew me into this book was that it’s a New Adult book that isn’t romance or erotica. I’ve heard some great things about this from those I know who’ve read it, and a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic sounds absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to read this because it seems like it’ll be a really fun & engaging read!
THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.
What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.
I must admit that part of the reason I want to read this book is because it’s one of the shortest 1st in a fantasy series books I’ve ever seen. Also, the 5th book in this series has recently been released and so there’s quite a bit of hype about this series on my twitter timeline at the moment. I don’t really know much about this story, but I’m definitely intrigued and eager to read it!
There are 11 books I’m hoping to read in July! It’s a little of an ambitious list, but since I won’t have much to do in July, I think I should be able to read at least 3/4 of these.
If you’ve read any of the books on this list, let me know in the comments what your thoughts were! And let me know what books you’re hoping to read in July!
Thanks for reading!