Julius Caesar, the great Roman Emperor, was born in July almost a hundred years before the birth of Christ. Befitting the Roman practice of Romanizing deities, various sources even refer to Julius Caesar and Jesus Christ as the same person. Caesar’s existence may pale in comparison to Christ’s in both Christians and non-Christians alike, yet it happened so that the month of July got named after Caesar – commemorating his memory centuries after his death. We are now in the year 2022, and it is already July. It seems six months have already passed by in a blink of an eye. For many, this is the time for introspection and planning about the remaining six months. In Australia, it is the height of winter, whereas, in the northern hemisphere, summer reigns supreme. Regardless, July is the time for vacation and fun all over the world. For us bibliophiles, it is yet another month to dig our claws into some amazing books. Here is a list of books from different genres for us to enjoy as we jaunt through this July.
War, Codes, & Books
Book: The Librarian Spy: A Novel of World War II
Author: Madeline Martin
The Second World War changed the face of the war. The immense destruction wrought by the greed of men created an atmosphere of hopelessness. In these dire straits, two different women from two different parts of the world form an unexpected bond. In Madeline Martin’s ‘The Librarian Spy: A Novel of World War II,’ librarian Ava, and a printing press apprentice, Elaine, forge a connection through codes. It would be interesting to see if they find a ray of hope in the bleakness of war in ‘The Librarian Spy: A Novel of World War II’ once it reaches our bookshelves on July 26, 2022.
Finding Love While in Pretense
Book: The Bodyguard
Author: Katherine Center
July 19 2022 is all set to bring us Katherine Center’s latest delectable read, ‘The Bodyguard.’ This is Hannah and Jack’s story. Executive Protection Agent, Hannah Brooks, is having a tough time. Dumped by her boyfriend days after the funeral of her mother, Hannah is tasked to ensure the safety of superstar Jack Stapleton. The catch is that Jack does not want his family to know about the dangers posed by his middle-aged stalker. They come up with the plan of Hannah pretending to be his girlfriend. It is only a matter of time to see if Hannah is able to protect her heart as well as she is able to protect Jack. This light-hearted novel is a perfect read for rom-com lovers.
The Horror & Humor of Life
Book: Life Ceremony
Author: Sayaka Murata
‘The Horror & Humor of Life’ is the first collection of short stories by renowned Japanese author, Sayaka Murata, that is translated into English. Scheduled to be published on July 5th, 2022, all the twelve stories in this bundle are bound to turn heads. It is difficult to pinpoint whether the stories take place in modern-day Japan, an alternate reality, or space. In a seemingly bizarre set-up, Murata explores human nature and its tendency to conform to society.
Fiction & Memory
Book: The Pallbearers Club
Author: Paul Tremblay
Paul Tremblay’s ‘The Pallbearers Club’ blurs the lines between imagination and reality. In the late 1980s, Art Barbara was just an awkward high schooler at the bottom of the social rung. He had the brilliant idea of creating the Pallbearers Club for volunteer pallbearers. Imagine his surprise, when cool girl, Mercy, joins the club. Mercy’s presence in Art’s life changes it in unimaginable ways. Years later, Art decides to write his own memoir talking about his friendship with Mercy. When Mercy gets her hands on the manuscript, Art’s version of his memoirs is questioned. This stylistically unique meta-fiction is sure to make us question a lot of things once it is released on July 5, 2022.
Pride and Prejudice Revamped
Book: Accomplished: A Georgie Darcy Novel
Author: Amanda Quain
Amanda Quain brings the world of Jane Austen’s beloved ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to modern-day New York in ‘Accomplished: A Georgie Darcy Novel.’ Revolving around Georgie Darcy, the sister of Fitzwilliam Darcy, the novel is primarily set in Pemberton Academy. Georgie has had enough. Ever since her scandal with Wickham, she has become a pariah. Now, it is up to her to reinvent herself in her junior year and escape the clutches of wicked Wickham. Set to publish on July 26, 2022, this novel is sure to intrigue all ‘Pride and Prejudice’ fanatics. I cannot wait to see the latest new adult versions of Darcy and Lizzie in this modern retelling.
This July, a lot of amazing books are about to hit the bookstores. So, I cannot help myself but add a few more reads to this list.
Book: The School That Escaped the Nazis: The True Story of the Schoolteacher who defied Hitler
Author: Deborah Cadbury
Deborah Cadbury’s ‘The School That Escaped the Nazis: The True Story of the Schoolteacher who defied Hitler’ chronicles the exemplary life of Anna Essinger. In 1933, Anna risked everything to move her progressive school to England to save her pupils from Hitler’s clutches. As things turned darker, Anna took it upon herself to provide a shelter of love and care to orphaned Jewish children. The first-hand testimony of Anna’s own students makes this book all the more personal. I can’t wait for July 12, 2022, the day when this book is set to hit our bookshelves.
Book: In the Middle of Hickory Lane
Author: Heather Webber
Heather Webber beautifully explores the world of magic realism in her book, ‘In the Middle of Hickory Lane.’ Emme and Cora Bee are both more alike than they ever imagined. Moving to Sweetgrass, Alabama, gives Emme a new lease on life. Meeting Cora Bee changes her life. Both Cora Bee and Emme rediscover life and love in the magical garden in Hickory Lane. Their story is all set to grace our bookshelves on July 26, 2022.
Book: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Best-selling author, Gabrielle Zevin’s, latest novel, ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’ will be here to delight us on July 5, 2022. It follows the story of childhood friends, Sam and Sadie, for over thirty years. Their love for video games propels them into a world of success early on. Now, it is up to them to navigate the path of success, love, and creativity to live a life they truly want. This book is a must-read for video game lovers. This has a special appeal for all those who miss the 1990s and 2000s.
Book: Booked on a Feeling
Author: Jayci Lee
‘Booked on a Feeling’ by Jayci Lee is to be published on July 26, 2022. Jack and Lizzy’s story would be a great read for book lovers and fans of the romance genre. High-powered LA lawyer, Lizzie Chung, does not expect the onslaught of feelings when she starts spending time with her childhood best friend, Jack Park, as they revamp the local bookstore in Weldon, California. It would be interesting to see if Lizzie would leave her carefully planned life in LA to take a chance on love with Jack.
It is pretty evident that this July, we are not going to be short of books. A wide array of selections is all set to be released to satiate our reading pangs. Do let me know your thoughts about the books.
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