July 2023 BOTM Predictions

There are so many interesting books coming out in July and quite a few repeat BOTM authors that have books coming out and that have just come out. We already know at least two previous BOTM authors books are available as add-ons, but I know we’re all anxious to see which main picks will be chosen.

As much as I love some of our repeat BOTM authors, I’m hoping for some out of the blue picks and debuts. You’ll also notice quite a few thriller and mystery predictions with almost all of them being repeat authors. I love page turning mysteries in the summer, so my predictions are slightly skewed in that direction this time around.

Whether or not these 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, which you can see HERE! 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!


Keep in mind that these are simply predictions and books I hope get chosen. I could get these completely wrong but the anticipated and guessing is part of the fun right?!


Mystery & Thriller

Spoiler alert – based on the clues BOTM provided this month, it looks like we’ll have Megan Goldin’s upcoming release Dark Corners is going to be a pick. If you liked The Night Swim, you’ll enjoy this one.

Dark corners review | The Night Swim Review

While I didn’t love Amy Engel’s I Did It For You, this one screams BOTM. She’s not a debut author but I don’t believe her books have every been a BOTM pick and it’d be nice to have a new to BOTM author.

I did it for you review

Lisa Jewell, another repeat BOTM author also has a book coming out in July. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it, Ruth Ware’s newest release, or Catherine Ryan Howard, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and May Cobb’s upcoming releases as picks this month. I’ll be reading None of This is True this weekend, so stay tuned for my review.

Lisa Jewell REviews | Ruth Ware Reviews

Riley Sager’s newest release is a confirmed add-on. I haven’t been a huge fan of his lately but I have heard this one is the best since some of his original works. So maybe it’ll be good, I won’t be adding it to my box though. See below for my reviews of his works.

The House Across the Lake Review | Home Before Dark Lock every door

Literary & Contemporary

Technically Adrienne Brodeur is a repeat BOTM author, but her first pick was a memoir. I’d really like to see her upcoming fiction release be a pick. Since it’s being compared to Ask Again, Yes, I feel it would be a great pick.

I also love a good book about books, and I’ve heard The Librarianist is a captivating read.


Historical Fiction

Quite a few historical fiction options I could see popping up. They’re all fairly different and I have copies of a few of these, so stay tuned for my reviews.



I had a hard time picking romances for the month again. While we know that Ali Hazelwood is a repeat BOTM author and that her newest book Love, Theoretically is an add-on choice, I still had a hard time picking a main prediction for romance. I know some people are frustrated that Ali Hazelwood’s book all follow the same formula, but I really enjoyed this one. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Love, Theoretically review

Hello Stranger is my top pick for July, because let’s be real, BOTM loves a Katherine Center Book. While not my favorite Center book, this one is a cute summer read.

Hello Stranger REview

I’ve really enjoyed Nan Fischer’s books in the past, and would love to see her upcoming as a pick.


Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Possibilities seems right up BOTM’s alley and has a mystery aspect to it. Ripe on the other hand is being touted as a contemporary fiction, but I hear it has plenty of magical realism, so really should fall under the Science Fiction realm.

BOTM has been putting out quite a few new fantasies so I wouldn’t be surprised to see The Saint of Bright Doors. I have an audio version to listen to for this one, so hope to have a review up soon.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. CLS says:

    Looking forward to reading two of my new favorite authors: Lisa Jewel and Ruth Ware. Thanks Allie

    1. Allison Speakmon says:

      I think you’ll enjoyed the lisa jewell!

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