July's Best Books of the Month

Posted by Cybil on July 5, 2017


Every month, Goodreads editors comb through our data to find which of the latest new releases are resonating with readers. Then we select the fiction and nonfiction that meet the bar of 'best of the month.' For July, we're highlighting a creepy thriller, a heartfelt debut about a young woman caring for her ailing father, and a memoir that serves as a love letter to both teaching and reading.

You can read more about July's new releases, exclusive author interviews with B.A. Paris (who has the month's most-anticipated book with The Breakdown) and Michael Connelly (who is kicking off a new series with The Late Show), plus book recommendations from your favorite writers here.

Be sure to add the books that spark your interest to your Want to Read shelf.


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Final Girls
by Riley Sager

In this thriller that reads like a scary movie, three survivors of separate mass killings—dubbed “The Final Girls” by the gore-obsessed media—find themselves in danger.



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Goodbye, Vitamin
by Rachel Khong

A young sonogram technician quits her job to take care of her father who has Alzheimer’s. Sounds depressing? Well, get ready for a sparkling and heartfelt comedic debut.



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The Life She Was Given
by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Set in the lurid world of a Depression-era traveling circus and coming full circle in the 1950s, this novel unravels long-held family secrets (literally kept in the attic).




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Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship
by Michelle Kuo

This is a memoir of a friendship between a young teacher and her gifted student, jailed for murder in the Mississippi Delta. In turn, this is also a love letter to literature.




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Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler
by Bruce Henderson

In 1942, the U.S. Army formed elite groups of German-born Jews to interrogate German POWs and help win WWII. This history tells the tale of these “Ritchie Boys.”




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Daughter of the Burning City
by Amanda Foody

This YA fantasy takes readers to the infamous Gomorrah Festival, where all dreams and desires are catered to. There a young illusion worker finds her creations may be mortal.





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message 1: by Katherine (last edited Jul 05, 2017 03:30PM) (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez My best books of the month are The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse The Postcard
Have added all the books in this post to my to read list. Good post!


message 2: by Amber (new)

Amber So far mine are The Indian in the Cupboard and currently reading Dune which is a pretty good read thus far.


message 3: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Just began listening to Wintersmith again. Also, reading All My Sons by Arthur Miller and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.


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Bkwmlee I agree with the choice of Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship being on this list. I'm reading it right now and it is definitely resonating with me in a deeper way than I expected.


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