No, I don’t want to talk about “where has the time gone?” Yes, it’s already July and I haven’t read all the books that I’ve wanted to this year-so far. Why, then, should I keep adding more books to my library holds list? Because.
Here are seven books that I’m hoping to check out from the library this month. A few I picked up at BEA, so that should help.
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn (July 5/ 352p./ Liveright) There’s a lot going on in the blurb about this debut set in Jamaica: women’s relationships, sexuality, survival, paths taken. The cover suggests a beach read, but reviews coming in tell otherwise with characters that stay with the reader after the book is over.
How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball (July 5/ 304p./ Pantheon) I haven’t read a YA book in some time but this one caught my eye about a teenager who has a pretty bleak home life and loves to burn things.
Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard (July 5/ 208p./ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Three words sold me on this one in addition to it only being just over 200 pages: gothic, marriage, road trip.
The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock (July 12/ 384p./ Doubleday) I haven’t read anything by Pollock and trust my book blogger friends who swoon over him. “A dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel”. Funny and gritty? Yep, gonna try it.
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close (July 19/ 320p./ Knopf) I’m still on the fence about this one because lighter reads have not been working for me this year. But I’m always interested in stories about marriages and picked up a copy at BEA, so we’ll see.
The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner (July 12/ 432p./ Random House) A chunkster made my list? I must need more coffee this morning! AND my library doesn’t have it, so…I wish I could remember where I first saw this book but something about “a sweeping family saga set in Italy” caught my attention and hasn’t let go. Also the author has a pretty cool Instagram account.
What new releases are on your radar this month?