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Book Wish List - July 2023

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Hi book lovers and welcome to my wish list of books for July 2023!

This month, I have a diverse list of books I am looking forward to reading, from stories on race and identity to stories about family, love and death and a few psychological thrillers in the mix too.

So, here are my top 10 books for this month, all available from Amazon via the links below:

1. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons is a story of a black American woman trying to find her place in the world whilst exploring grief, death, love and relationships. It was one of the most talked-about debut books on its release and promises to be intense and profoundly moving.

2. The Answers by Catherine Lacey is an intriguing story about a woman who signs up for a mysterious project called 'The Girlfriend Experiment' created by a Hollywood actor. Why would anyone do this? I need to know, so this book is on my list so that I can get some answers too!

3. People Person by Candice Carty-Williams resonated with me as soon as I read the back cover. A story about family, half-siblings and some complex issues sprinkled in just clicked for me. I really enjoyed Candice's debut novel, Queenie, so I am looking forward to getting my hands on this one too.

4. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land has been described as dark and unsettling and it's no surprise as the main character's mother is a serial killer! I love crime books and this one seems to offer twists and turns with an added emotional edge, as the story is told from the girl who hands her mother over to the police. Let's find out if blood really is thicker than water...

5. The Accident by C. L. Taylor is another psychological thriller about a mother who believes she has the perfect family; that is until her teenage daughter deliberately steps out in front of a bus and ends up in a coma. Why did she do it? And what is in her daughter's diary that makes her start to mistrust everyone around her? This sounds like there are a lot of secrets to be unravelled here and I want to know them all!

6. Checking Out by Nick Spalding is, in a nutshell, a comedy book about dying! Right from the start this book had my attention, as anyone who can inject humour into such a touchy subject is someone I want to read. The story is one of hilarious adventures, self-discovery and unexpected love and I can't wait to travel along on this journey about life and death.

7. Too Soon for Adiós by Annette Chavez Macias is a book about a woman who meets her biological father on the day of her mother's funeral. Where has he been for all of this time? And what does he want now? This is a story about family, learning things about yourself and new possibilities and I'm looking foward to going on an emotional journey with this book.

8. I'm Sorry You Feel That Way by Rebecca Wait has been described as a funny but bittersweet story about tense family dynamics, mental health and sibling relationships, all of which get big ticks from me! The story follows two sisters as they navigate their lives through disappointments, a dominant mother and fractured relationships in a smart and funny way.

9. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks is another romantic bestseller from the popular author. Believe it or not, I have never read a Nicholas Sparks novel, but I have chosen this one as it spans across decades and continents resulting in two strangers' paths crossing and a blossoming love story. And who doesn't love a good love story?

10. My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul is ultimately, a book about reading books! The titular Bob is Pamela Paul's journal where she has documented every book she's ever read, but this memoir is actually about the love we have for books and why we read the stories that we read. As a book lover, I am very interested to find out more about Pamela's book journey and her insights into reading and the relationships we have with our books.

And that's my book wish list for July 2023! If you have read any of these books or have any more recommendations, feel free to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Happy reading everyone!

*edited to include link for 'Queenie' by Candice Carty-Williams

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