• Clodagh Meaney

16 books we're looking forward to this July

Perfect picks to look out for during your phase three book browsing!

By Clodagh Meaney


Online book shopping just doesn't cut it for us.


We firmly believe that there is nothing on this humble planet that compares to visiting a shop, sizing up a book and smelling the pages, all before stocking up on one too many novels to add to your to-be-read pile.


As restrictions ease across the country, we're all very lucky to be able to return to our local bookstores to browse the shelves for our next read.


With that in mind, we've got some new reads that you should keep your eye out for this July.


One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

(July 7th)

Bea Schumacher is a stylish plus-size fashion blogger with a solid set of friends, amazing family and a massive following on Instagram.


Sick of the lack of plus size representation on her favourite reality dating show Main Squeeze, she agrees to appear on the show under one condition - she will not fall in love.


Once the cameras start rolling, she soon realises that might be a bit more complicated than that.



The Beauty in Breaking by Dr Michele Harper

(July 7th)

A memoir by Dr Michele Harper, a female, African American doctor in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white.


After the breakdown of her marriage, Michele moves to a new city, as a newly single woman. This book is her cathartic story of healing after falling apart.


The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama

(July 7th)

A young doctor in Chicago moves back to his childhood home in Hawaii.


Daniel's arrival back home coincides with the awakening of the Mauna Loa volcano, leaving him and his Uncle Koji among the villagers in its dangerous path.


Alternating between past and present timelines, the story explores tales of Daniel, his mother Mariko, and Koji.


Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood by Trixie Mattel and Katya

(July 14th)

Written by Ru Paul's Drag Race stars Trixie Mattel and Katya, this book is full of essays, conversations and how-to sections.


Trixie and Katya advise readers on beauty, fashion, finance, self-love and friendship through hilarious and personal stories. What You Wish For by Katherine Center

(July 14th)

Samantha is a school librarian in Texas who adores her job. But when a former, unrequited love, Duncan, starts working as her boss, he's nothing like the sweet teacher she once crushed on.


He's determined to destroy everything Sam loves about the school that has become her home.


Samantha finds herself in an awkward position where she must to stand up to him, before the school she loves is gone for good.


He Started It by Samantha Downing

(July 21st)

Siblings Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven't all been together in years, and for very good reason.


When their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message, the siblings must come together for a road trip to fulfil his final wish and secure their inheritance.


But things get complicated when one of them is a killer.


The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

(July 21st)

Set on a maternity ward in Dublin, 1918 during the grips of the Great Flu, Ireland is ravaged by war and sickness. Nurse Julia is joined by Dr. Kathleen and Bridie Sweeney to look after expectant mothers who are quarantined together.


Over three days, the women change each other's lives unexpected ways as they come to grips with the pandemic.


10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

(July 21st)

The follow-up novel to When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something About Sweetie.


Pinky, a rebel with a cause, is fed up of her conservative parents nagging her about her choice in men, so she decides to ask frenemy Samir if he will pose as her boyfriend.



Malorie by Josh Malerman

(July 21st)

The highly anticipated sequel to Bird Box, Malorie is set 12 years later.


Things haven't changed and a blindfold is still the only thing that stands between sanity and madness. There is still no explanation and no solution.


As someone dear to Malorie, she believed to be dead, may be still alive, she has a choice to make: live by the rules or run to the darkness and reach for hope. Trouble The Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

(July 21st)

Set against the backdrop of New York City as World War II begins to take hold, a girl from Harlem is drawn into underworld of Manhattan, where she’s hired to strike fear amongst its most dangerous inhabitants.


The ghosts of her past are by her side as history appears on her doorstep to threaten the ones she loves the most.


F*ck Like a Goddess: Heal Yourself. Reclaim Your Voice. Stand in Your Power. by Alexandra Roxo

(July 21st)

Written by spiritual mentor Alexandra Roxo, this book is about healing, and the divine feminine.


Alexandra shares her tried and tested methods that have led to her own cathartic healing, and the healing of hundreds of her clients over the years.


Age of Consent by Amanda Brainerd

(July 21st)

Set in the early 1980s, Justine and Eve are stuck at a preppy boarding school in Connecticut.


Despite their differences, the pair form a deep friendship which explores drugs, alcohol and predatory male teachers.


When summer comes, the girls join Eve's friend India in New York City where they're all deeply affected by their sexual relationships with older men and the power held over them.

Mother Land by Leah Franqui

(July 21st)


When New Yorker Rachel moves to Mumbai with her Indian husband, Dhruv, she is prepared for a culture shock, but nothing could have prepared her for her mother in law, Swati.

Suddenly, the women are alone together when Dhruv is away on business.


Both determined to run the home in their own way, their situation brings results neither of them expected.

Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes

(July 23rd)

Set in post Celtic-Tiger Ireland in 2008, Brothers Hart and Cormac Black have to come to terms with their new reality. The brothers must face a devastating choice that risks their livelihood, and even their lives.


Love In, Love Out by Dr Malie Coyne

(July 23rd)

Written by Galway based Clinical Psychologist Dr Malie Coyne, this is a self-help parenting book, aimed at enabling mothers and fathers to develop a compassionate response to their child's anxiety.



This Is My America by Kim Johnson

(July 28th)

This Young Adult novel explores systemic racism in the American justice system.


Every week, 17 year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organisation to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row.


After seven years of weekly letters, the young girl is running out of time.


Then the unthinkable happens as the police arrive in the middle of the night and arrest her older brother Jamal, accusing him of murdering a white girl named Angela.


Determined to save her brother, she investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela.


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