It is July and that means it’s time for me to announce my monthly book club picks, which I am very excited about.
(If you’ve been waiting to join the Strangelings this is the very best month for it because books are getting pricier so we need to raise our membership price a little starting in August, but if you’re already a member or if you join this month we’ll grandfather you in at the $25 a month price, which is a hell of a deal because I don’t think we’ve ever sent y’all book that cheap in the years we’ve been doing this so you’re saving money off the cover price every month. Plus you get to hang out with me in zooms where we talk to authors and make homemade nipple pasties. YAY FOR NIPPLE PASTIES!)
I’m equally excited about the Nightmares from Nowhere horror pick because it’s fantastic and I posted on facebook telling members to check their spam for the monthly email I just sent in case they have filters on for phrases like “consensual bigfoot affairs” and “pansexual mothmen” and several people were like, “What is happening” and “Can I get this unhinged email if I sign up right now?” And so in case you signed up after reading the facebook post you will still get the book (Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle) shipped to you, and I’m including the email right here in case you missed it and also as a very good indication of why I am the best (or worst) person to be writing these emails each month.
Those are my two big picks for the month but if you need more, here are the July new releases I loved:
Thief Liar Lady by D. L. Soria – “Happily Ever After” is a total scam, but at least this time the princess is the one controlling the grift–until her true love arrives and threatens to ruin the whole scheme. Intrigue, magic, and wit abound in this Cinderella fairy tale re-imagining, perfect for fans of Heather Walter and Naomi Novik.
The Possibilities by Yael Goldstein-Love – “What if the life you didn’t live was as real as the one you did?” A new mother ventures into parallel worlds to find her missing child in this mind- bending novel that turns the joys and anxieties of parenthood into an epic quest.
A Good House for Children by Kate Collins – A feminist gothic tale that combines an atmospheric mystery with resonant themes of motherhood, madness, and the value of a woman’s work.
Wednesdays at One by Sandra A. Miller– Sophisticated and suspenseful, this debut novel explores how long-buried secrets have the power to shatter a seemingly perfect life.
My Husband by Maud Ventura and translated by Emma Ramadan – The winner of France’s First Novel Prize in 2021 builds on the premise of hits like Gone Girl and Fates and Furies–how well can you really know your spouse?–and adds the tension and creepy obsession of You.
The Sea Elephants by Shastri Akella – For fans of Shuggie Bain and A Burning, a queer coming-of-age novel set in 1990s India, about a young man who joins a traveling theater troupe. Dark, beautiful, harrowing and haunting historical fiction.
How about you? What are you most excited to read next?
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