It's the end of June somehow, and that means it's time to start talking about July books! July is such a fun month because we're right in the middle of summer, it's my birthday month, and it's too hot outside to do anything but sit on the couch and read a book (or maybe if you're adventurous, you'll take your book to the pool). I've picked out four books that I absolutely can't wait to read that are arriving in July!
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Finally, at the end of each month, on my YouTube channel, I make a video about my favorite things from every month. I talk about books, music, TV, podcasts, and more in those videos, so if you're looking for some entertainment recommendations give it a watch! I had two favorite books from this month that I talk about at the very beginning of the video!
Jenny meets a boy at an LA karaoke bar and has a thought that he could absolutely change her life. And then he disappears. Three months later, Jenny moves to South Korea with her mom and starts at an elite arts academy where she's focused on perfecting her cello skills to get into a music conservatory program. Coincidentally, she runs into the guy from the bar again, except she quickly realizes that he's not just any guy, he's a K-Pop star. There's still sparks between them, but with Jaewoo strictly forbidden from dating, pursuing a relationship puts both their futures' in jeopardy.
I've been so so excited for this book since I saw the cover on NetGalley a few months ago. It is gorgeous. I also love any book that involves musicians or dating a high profile musician, so this sounds perfect for me. It also reminds me of Maureen Goo's book from a few years ago Somewhere Only We Know
which is also the story of falling for a K-Pop star and international travel.
This anthology has been on my bookshelf for a while now because Algonquin was nice enough to send me a copy of it, and I can't wait to start reading it now that it's finally July! I'm always intrigued by anthologies, and this one was extra exciting because it features so many of my favorite authors including Kathleen Glasgow, Maurene Goo, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nina LaCour, and more while also being edited by Laura Silverman. All of these stories are set late at night and chronicle different larger than life stories wrapped in the heightened emotions of the night.
I'm so excited to get this off my bedside table finally! I love this sunset design. I'm currently debating if I want to read this one chronologically or skip around to the stories I'm most excited about first.
This book explores "what if" in the most thorough way possible by diving into a dual timeline novel all about missed opportunities and second chances. Stevie has never had the chance to build meaningful connections with those around her because her family is always moving around. During the latest move, she meets best friends Shane and Drew, and suddenly everything changes. There isn't much about how their lives all interconnect, but it seems to be quite moving and impactful.
Jennie reached out to me on Twitter (@readwriteandme
if you haven't followed yet!) about her book a couple months ago, and as soon as I saw it was from Wednesday, I was sold. Wednesday always publishes the most incredible books, and I can't wait wait to dive into this one.
Hannah and Leo wake up to find they're the only people left in their city. They have to band together to figure out what's going on before whatever has taken over the city come for them too. Hannah is a perfect prima ballerina, and Leo is a slacker guitar player who has a very particular reputation. In a world where they're the only two people, they're free to explore who they are outside of the perceptions everyone held of them. This freedom is liberating, but being alone in the world isn't usually a good thing.
I don't usually like dystopian or speculative stories, but this one intrigues me for some reason. I love the cover, and I also think that a book that meditates on loneliness could be healing after the year we've all had.
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