July TBR

OK, how is it July already?? I honestly can’t believe it, I’ve been off work for so long and I think July may be the month where I finally go back. I say ‘go back’ I will no doubt be working from home for the foreseeable future.

So for my July TBR this month, I have picked out six books that I absolutely MUST read this month. I started creating monthly TBR’s only recently and I haven’t really stuck to any of my TBRs. Yet I’ve taken a different approach to my TBR this month. I’ve picked books that I have to read due to book clubs and ones that I’ve wanted to read for a LOOOONG time.

Have a look and see if there any that are your July TBR too…

Home Truths – Susan Lewis

This is the Beths Book Club pick for June/July. It’s quite a hefty book but I have no doubt I’ll fly through it like I usually do for all of Beth’s picks.

Here’s the synopsis: Angie Watts used to have everything. A new home. A beloved husband. Three adored children. But Angie’s happy life is shattered when her son Liam falls in with the wrong crowd. And after her son’s bad choices lead to the murder of her husband, it’s up to Angie to hold what’s left of her family together. Her son is missing. Her daughter is looking for help in dangerous places. And Angie is fighting just to keep a roof over their heads. But Angie is a mother. And a mother does anything to protect her children – even when the world is falling apart…

Emma – Jane Austen

Emma is our book club pick chosen by all the lovely members at the Let’s Get Classical Book Club. Emma won with over 80 votes so it seems like a VERY popular choice and one I have never read before.

Here’s the synopsis if you need it: Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.

A Spell of Winter – Helen Dunmore

So if you follow me on Instagram, you will have probably seen how I have been creating a collection of all the past winners of The Women’s Prize for Fiction. Now I have all the (second-hand) editions of the winners, I’m going to start making my way through them; starting with the first winner in 1996.

Here’s the synopsis: Catherine and her brother, Rob, don’t know why they have been abandoned by their parents. Incarcerated in the enormous country house of their grandfather – ‘the man from nowhere’ – they create a refuge against their family’s dark secrets, and against the outside world as it moves towards the First World War. As time passes, their sibling love deepens and crosses into forbidden territory. But they are not as alone in the house as they believe…

Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’m determined to read a book written by a Black author every month and I actually purchased this book as part of a Black publishing hour in which people were encouraged to buy books by Black authors. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists is one of my favourite books and I cannot wait to read her other fiction.

Here’s the synopsis: The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer. When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili’s father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love – and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family.

The Shadow Friend – Alex North

So this is an ARC that I am honoured to receive, having LOVED Alex North’s other novel The Whisper Man. This book is published this month and I cannot wait to read it!

Here’s the synopsis: Twenty-five years ago, troubled teenager Charlie Crabtree murdered his friend and classmate. For Paul Adams, it’s a day he’ll never forget. He’s never forgiven himself for his part in what happened. He’s never gone back home. But when his elderly mother has a fall, it’s finally time to stop running. It’s not long before things start to go wrong. A copycat killer has struck. Paul’s mother insists there’s something in the house. And someone is following him.Which reminds Paul of the most unsettling part of what awful day.

The Sin Eater – Megan Campisi

This is also an ARC that I have received and I requested it because 1) just look at that cover and 2) I love a good historical fiction thriller. It will be published this month too and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one.

Here’s the synopsis: Recently orphaned May Owens is just fourteen, only concerned with where her next meal is coming from. When she’s arrested for stealing a loaf of bread, however, and subsequently sentenced to become a Sin Eater, finding food is suddenly the last of her worries. Set in a thinly disguised sixteenth-century England, Megan Campisi’s The Sin Eater is a wonderfully rich story of treason and treachery; of women, of power, and the strange freedom that comes from being an outcast – because, as May learns, being a nobody sometimes counts for everything…

So there is my July TBR and hopefully there are some on here that you’ve set out to read too, and maybe even want to read now you’ve read the synopsis! Have a great month and I can’t wait to read all your TBR lists too!