Top 10 Books To Read This July

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Whether you’re curled up on the sofa in the colder months or laying on the beach in summer, there’s nothing nicer than reading a good book. Perhaps you’re crazy about romance or fanatic about fantasy? There’s plenty of great books to read this month.

If you’re overdue for a new book, here are the 10 picks for July, as suggested by fellow book lovers

1. The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalia Harris

This book was named as the most anticipated book of 2021 by The Times, The Washington Post and many other publications. It follows the story of two young black women who meet in the world of New York City book publishing. The story takes an unexpected turn and culminates into smart and addictive thriller. This book will strike a chord with anyone who has felt manipulated or threatened in the workplace.

2. After Story by Larissa Behrendt

After Story is a much-praised 2021 Australian novel written by award-winning author, Larissa Behrendt. The story follows an Indigenous lawyer, Jasmine who takes her mother across England, hoping to reconcile their differences.  The disappearance of a child on Hampstead Heath brings back memories of Jasmine’s older sister, whose disappearance twenty-five years earlier devastated their community. As they embark on a tour of England’s most revered literary sites, the pair rediscover the wisdom of their own culture and uncover some untold stories.

3. Wow No Thank You by Samantha Irby

A ‘laugh out loud’-kind book, Wow No Thank You is a hilarious essay collection from Samantha Irby covering ageing, marriage and settling down in small American town. At the time of writing, Irby was forty and grew increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin. She left her job and moved from Chicago to a world where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This book is captivating, funny and relatable for all readers.

4. Can’t Even, how Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Peterson

Can’t Even is a fascinating and thought-provoking book that explores the ever-growing phenomenon of burnout. Many millennials are often tired, stressed and feel like they aren’t good enough. Peterson examines that burnout is not a personal failing but rather a creeping part of modern culture, shaped by political, historic and economic forces. This book will strike a chord with a lot of younger readers.

5. Klara and the Sun by Kazuro Ishiguro

Written by Nobel Prize winner, Kazuro Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun is a book that will remain with you long after the last page. It tells a story of an artificial friend who observes people who visit the store that she resides in. She hopes that one day a customer will choose her. This book has a great emotional force and explores the question of what it means to be loved.

6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Take a trip to Japan from the comfort of your living room with Norwegian Wood. This captivating and thought-provoking book by Haruki Murakami, tells the story of a young man growing up in the 60s, and the relationships he forms. It’s a little bit funny, a tad sad and a book that will touch anyone, young or old.

7. Who Gets to be Smart by Bree Lee

Another standout book of 2021, Who Gets to be Smart explores the concepts of privilege, power and knowledge in the recent years. Examining her world and those around her, Lee dissects her own privileges to bring up some confronting results. She uses these findings to shed a light on responses to many recent events such as Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. Critics have called it a ‘sharp wakeup call’ and a book that implores us to, ‘confront the structures that shape and restrict our understanding of the world’.

8. Normal People by Sally Rooney

The television show, Normal People, was nominated for multiple BAFTA awards in 2021, and if you liked that you should get stuck into the book written by Sally Rooney. This captivating coming of age book follows the story of Connell and Marianne, two teenagers in Ireland who are in entirely different social circles. The pair move to Dublin to study at university, where despite everything they’re constantly drawn together. Rooney explores the subtleties of class and the complexity of love, family and friendships.

9. Wine Simple by Aldo Sohm

A fantastic book to discuss with friends, Wine Simple is an approachable guide to the world of wine from a world-class sommelier, Aldo Sohm. Full of knowledge, encouragement and illustrations, Sohm’s book unravels the mystery of wine for a new generation. This essential guide begins with the fundamentals of wine, discussing key regions and varietals. The book then evolves to examine how to nurture your palate and develop your curiosity and confidence around wine.

10. All Adults Here by Emma Straub

The protagonist, Astrid Strick has always provided her three children with the greatest opportunities and this book explains what happens when your children grow up. Her son Elliot doesn’t know who he is, her daughter Porter is pregnant and feels incapable of rising to the challenge, and her third child Nicky has fled to New Mexico. Meanwhile, Astrid is on a late quest for self-discovery. This consuming family saga is ‘a piece of literary sunshine’, using humour to shed a light on some of life’s harsh challenges.

It’s time to get stuck into your next book this month with one of our top picks. But, reading doesn’t need to be a solitary activity. With the Carry A Book app, you can connect with other like-minded individuals and discuss your favourite book over a glass of wine, cup of coffee or online. Join an online book club today and meet new friends based on your favourite book genres and authors.