I’m late on my predictions this month, again. June is my busy season at work, add in a 4 month old and time just flies by. My predictions for this month will be more around what I’m thinking add-ons will be, as I’ve already been able to confirm what 5 of July’s main picks will be (just like I did in June). I’ll share those below, so far warning if you enjoy being surprised.
Don’t continue reading if you want to still be surprised once books drop!
New releases are slowing down for July but there are still quite a few previous BOTM authors will books coming out in July. I’m hoping that there are a few debuts popping up in our add-ons, as none of the books that have been confirmed to be picks are debuts. With that said I already know two books I’m in getting in my July box!
Whether or not my predictions are actually picks, only time will tell. Even if they are not, all or most of these are on my July Most Anticipated New Releases list and my Summer 2022 Most Anticipated List.
When the picks are announced and you find you have space in your box still, make sure to also check out my most recent version of BOTM Add-On recommendations HERE, because who couldn’t use even more books!
Keep in mind that these are simply predictions and books I hope get chosen. I could get these completely wrong but the anticipation and guessing is part of the fun right?!
Mystery & Thrillers
Both of these are confirmed mystery/thriller picks for July. I’m iffy on both of them. I finished up First Born over the weekend and it’ll be great for readers who huge plot twists. But I sorta hated all the characters and so I’m torn on my recommendation. On the other hand You’re Invited is my current read and it’s 100% your standard thriller with police interviews type of thriller. Not the most unique but I’m enjoying it so far. I should have a review for it later this week. Neither one of these are what I was expecting for our thriller pick and while neither are debuts, they are both new BOTM authors.
Literary & Contemporary Fiction
One of my most Anticipated July releases, I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of Tomorrow and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow but wasn’t able to get one. I loved Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, so I’m excited to see how this one shapes up. It’s already getting rave reviews and is being said to have fabulous characters, and something that will stay will readers even after they finish it.
The Displacements would be my pick for another contemporary add-on. Bruce Holsinger is a previous BOTM author & I loved The Gifted School. I’m very excited to read this one.
I haven’t heard much about Mercury Pictures Presents but it sounds stellar to me. Definitely high up on my list to read and it has blurbs by a few previous BOTM authors, which could be a telling sign.
Katherine Center is an auto buy author for me. I always love her stories and know I’m going to get the warm fuzzies from anything I read of hers. Plus she’s a Texan, and I love my Texas authors! Her newest release The Bodyguard was fantastic. A bit more rom-com than some of her other books, but it’s tying with Things You Save in a Fire for being my favorite KC book. I’m actually skipping getting a copy from BOTM, because I’m going to go see her again in San Antonio and will be picking up a copy there!
The author of The Chicken Sisters, a previous BOTM pick has a July release as well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it as a pick. It’s a bit hallmarky but was a super enjoyable read.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Another repeat BOTM author but I’m glad to see another Sci-Fi pick coming out. I love Blake Crouch’s books, and while I have a copy of Upgrade already, I have yet to read it. I’ve heard nothing but good things but two things to note: it can get very technical & there is definitely a thriller plot line in it.
I’m not a huge short story fan, but I have been slowly reading The Night of the Living Rez and it’s excellent. I’d love to see this as a BOTM choice & since they sometimes throw in short story books, why not this one!