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The most anticipated books of July by readers

The most anticipated books of July by readers

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I’m currently really into the show Ready, Set, Love (Netflix), which is a Thai dystopian romantic comedy. It’s very much our world with the small exception that due to a pandemic in the 70s, there aren’t many men left in the population. In the rare case that they are born, they are taken to a farm where they are raised, and then when they are adults, a government-sponsored reality competition uses them as bait to find a woman to marry. I don’t want to give anything away, so that’s all I’ll say, but it has a great balance of fun and ridiculousness, and it also uses the dystopian genre to throw up societal and governmental red flags and the importance of fighting.

Book goods

HB Book Lovers Pencils Set by Everythingcraftyuk

I’m one of those people who can never get enough stationery, pens, pencils, and stickers — and these looked wonderful. They’d make a nice gift, too. ($13: pastel or bright color options)

New releases

Sounds like a plan by Pamela Samuels Young, Dwayne Alexander Smith

For fans of detectives, two points of view, action and romance!

Mackenzie Cunningham and Jackson Jones are Los Angeles detectives who are separately hired to investigate a missing person case. After realizing that the case is dangerous and that the other person has also been hired, they decide to team up to find out what exactly is going on. They also have to put their different personalities and lives aside for a little kissing while trying to survive…

There’s no murder like the murder of MS Greene

For fans of cozy crime stories, detective stories and theater!

Eastbrook Playhouse Community Theatre presents Annie, take your gun. (I saw it with Reba McEntire!), and they brought in actors from Broadway because they need to generate enough money to keep the developer at bay. But one of the actors is really tough and ends up shot on stage. Now costume designer Tasha Weaver, who spent her teenage years in the theater, throws herself into saving the theater by solving a murder—even if it means one of the actors!

For a more complete list of new releases, see our New Books newsletter.

Recommendations for riots

Here are two books with completely different themes, which have the word “family” in the title, and in which there is a family thread and a murder mystery.

The Chao Family by Lan Samantha Chang

It’s a family drama combined with a crime mystery and a new interpretation of a classic (The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky)!

The story centers on a Chinese restaurant in northern Wisconsin and the Chao family—three adult sons, mother Winnie, who has joined the Buddhist household, and father Leo, who is awful. When Leo is found murdered, all eyes in town turn to the family—especially the three sons—as suspects…

Everybody in My Family Killed Someone (Ernest Cunningham #1) by Benjamin Stevenson

For fans of crime stories, funny digressions, breaking the fourth wall, and a main character who is a writer!

Ernest Cunningham writes books on how to write crime novels, and he’s our narrator. He’s stuck in a family retreat and he sets out to explain how every member of his family has killed someone at some point. All while the story is going on.

Bonus: There was a sequel involving a murder on a train (travelling across Australia): Everyone on This Train is a Suspect.

(TW mentions past child death, murder/ mentions past infertility issues/ mentions past mothers’ deaths/ mentions past emotional child abuse/ addiction/ suicide)

News and summaries

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Until next time, keep exploring! In the meantime, come talk books with me on Bluesky, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Litsy — you can find me at Jamie Canavés.

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