32 Most Anticipated New July 2023 Book Releases by Genre

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July 2023 book releases are here and they are better than ever. This is a list of the books we are most excited to read. We combed through hundreds of books to find the books that we cannot wait to read.

This summer has some amazing books from our favorite authors as well as some debut authors whose books we cannot wait to pick up. Is your most anticipated new book on our list?

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Most Anticipated July 2023 Fiction Book Releases

The Little Village of Book Lovers

The Little Village of Book Lovers by Nina George

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Plot: I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am for this book! We LOVE the Little Paris Bookshop so much- you can find it on our list of books about Paris, France, and best book club books as well. . In the book, jean Perdu creates his bookstore after reading a book about a young woman and a gift. This is that book. This might be my most anticipated pick in the July 2023 book releases.

The Librarianist

The Librarianist by Patrick DeWitt

Genre: Fiction

Plot: Bob Comet is a retired librarian who lives his life through the books he adores. When he encounters an elderly and confused woman, he brings her back to the retirement home in which she lives. He decides to distract himself from his loneliness by volunteering at the senior center. This pick from July 2023 book releases is perfect for anyone looking for Books about Libraries and Librarians


The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson

Genre: Fiction

Plot: Ray Hanrahan is an artist preparing for his first exhibition in years. His three children will all be in attendance. His wife is a different story. She is an artist who has always put that role behind her roles as a wife and mother. Now, she must decide what she wants from her life and whether or not to pursue her passion. This book about art and artist looks like a fabulous pick from July 2023 book releases.

Sunshine Nails

Sunshine Nails by Mai Nguyen

Genre: Fiction

Plot: Debbie and Phil Tran are Vietnamese refugees who live in Toronto and run their nail salon. Their entire life is put in jeopardy when a fancy nail salon chain opens across the street. They can lose everything. Together with their family, they set out to sabotage their competition. This pick from July 2023 book releases obviously made us think of nails. Check out our link to save 20% off at Olive and June

The Summer of Songbirds

The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Plot: We Love Kristy Woodson Harvey so it is no surprise that this book about camp made its way to our most anticipated July 2023 book releases. Daphne, Lanier, and Mary have been best friends for thirty years- since their first summer together at camp. Now, when they find out the camp is in trouble, they come together to save it.

Forever Hold Your Peace

Forever Hold Your Peace by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Plot: This looks like an absolutely hilarious pick from our July 2023 book releases. Four divorced parents agree to meet when their children become engaged. It turns our that the two mothers are ex-best friends who have not spoken in 25 years. The tables turn as the two moms battle it out for “most enthusiastic”. If you love books about weddings or family dramas, this pick is for you.

Little Monsters

Little Monsters by Adrienne Brodeur

Genre: Literary Fiction

Plot: This family drama is loosely based on the story of Cain and Abel. Ken and Abby lost their mother at a young age and had to depend on each other. As adults, their relationship is strained as they each fight for top spot in the family. This literary fiction pick from the July 2023 new releases is sure to be riveting.

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Penance by Eliza Clark

Genre: Literary Fiction

Plot: This pick from the July 2023 book releases is a disturbing look at gender and class while also questioning the media’s told in our obsession with the macabre. A 16-year-old is set on fire and murdered by three classmates. Now, a decade later, a journalist has written a detailed account of the murder.

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July 2023 Book Releases: Historical Fiction

Canary Girls

Canary Girls by Jennifer Chiaverini

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: We are so excited to read this WWI historical fiction pick from our July 2023 book releases. This is based on the true story of “munitionettes” who built bombs and also played soccer together! This book is also a perfect pick for our post 8 Sensational Books about Women in Sports!

The Sunset Crowd

The Sunset Crowd by Karin Tanabe

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: This pick from the July 2023 book releases is set in Los Angeles in the 1970s. In the backdrop of Hollywood, three women with ambition try and stay on top with their unrelenting ambition in a time when men ruled the industry. This book is perfect for our list of Faux Celebrity Fiction and Influencer Books.

the house keepers

The Housekeepers by Alex Hay

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: We cannot wait to read this pick from the July 2023 book releases. Mrs. King is a housekeeper for one of the biggest homes in Mayfair. While she was born into a life of con artists, she is reformed…until she is fired suddenly. Now, she is out to get revenge. With the help of a group of women, they set out to remove all the possessions from the mansion in the middle of a costume ball.

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The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: Set in London in 1938, this pick from July 2023 book releases is the perfect pick for book clubs. Gertie Bingham owns and runs a bookshop. With the loss of her husband, things are not the same and she takes in Hedy, a Jewish girl who is fleeing Hitler. Together the two decide to start the air raid book club.

Queen of

Queen of Exiles by Vanessa Riley

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: This historical fiction is based on Queen Marie-Louise Coidavid who escaped a coup in Haiti and set up her own royal court in Italy. The Queen and her daughters found a way into royal European society. We cannot wait to read this pick from July 2023 new book releases. Powerful, Black women in a male-dominated world? Yes, please.

Crook Manifesto

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead

Genre: Literary Fiction

Plot: This novel from two-time Pulitzer Prize Winning Colson Whitehead takes place in 1970s New York. This is a follow-up to The Harlem Shuffle. We follow Rey Craney through the 70s in this book which is sure to be an epic tale, like all of Whitehead’s other work. It was an easy pick from our July 2023 book releases.

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July 2023 Book Releases: Most Anticipated Fantasy/ Sci-fi

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Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong

Genre: Fantasy

Plot: Chloe Gong makes her adult fantasy debut with this pick from the July 2023 book releases. This magical fantasy is inspired by Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Every year, people come to the Kingdom of Talin to watch an epic set of games where competitors leap from body to body to win epic riches. Three competitors, each with their own reasons to win, form alliances and are forced to decide what they are willing to do to win. We cannot wait to read this pick.

The Weaver and the Witch Queen

The Weaver and the Witch Queen by Genevieve Gornichec

Genre: Fantasy

Plot: This is a story of magic, history, and sisterhood. One woman is trying to save her sister and the other is a witch who is destined to become the queen of Norway. This pick from the July 2023 new releases is great for our list of witch books.

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Most Anticipated Thrillers and Mysteries for July 2023

A Likeable Woman

A Likeable Woman by May Cobb

Genre: Mystery

Plot: Kira’s mother was a troublemaker whose death remains a mystery. Now, Kira ventures back home for a vow renewal and her grandmother gives Kira the memoir her mother was working on. It seems to point to murder and someone wants to leave the past where it belongs. This mystery book looks like a fun read from the July 2023 book releases.

Thicker than water

Thicker Than Water by Megan Collins

Genre: Mystery

Plot: Julia and Sienna are best friends, business partners, and sisters-in-law. Julia’s husband, Jason, is Sienna’s brother. When Jason’s boss is murdered and Jason is put into a medically induced coma, the police identify him as the prime suspect. As Julia and Sienna try to prove his innocence, Julia becomes less sure she can defend him. This pick from July 2023 book releases looks filled with twists and turns.

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Cutting Teeth by Chandler Baker

Genre: Thriller

Plot: Darby, Mary Beth, and Rhea are each trying to find themselves. Their personal identities have become linked to motherhood. Suddenly, their children develop a medical condition in which they all crave blood. When a teacher is found dead, the only witnesses are a group of four-year-olds who are also the prime suspects. This pick from the July 2023 book releases is a thrilling story about the standards mothers must uphold.

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Prom Mom by Laura Lippman

Genre: Mystery

Plot: New York Times bestseller Laura Lippman tells the story of Amber Glass, desperately trying to get away from her tabloid past but compulsively drawn back to the city of her youth and the prom date who destroyed everything she was reaching for.  


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Romance: July 2023 Book Releases

Business or Pleasure

Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Genre: Romance

Plot: From the bestselling author of The Ex Talk, this pick from the July 2023 book releases is a steamy romance we cannot wait to read. Chandler Cohen is a ghostwriter who hooks up with a guy only to find out that she is ghostwriting his next book. When Chandler admits that their night together was not the mind-blowing experience he thought, she starts to school him on the art of satisfaction.

Hello stranger

Hello Stranger by Catherine Center

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Plot: Sadie is a finalist in a national portrait competition when she finds herself suffering from facial blindness. It’s like experiencing a new language.

And as if she doesn’t have enough on her plate, add in some family drama and Sadie having not one, but two love interests!

The Summer Skies

The Summer Skies by Jenny Colgan

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Plot: If you know us, you know how much we love Jenny Colgan. We even reviewed and ranked The Best Jenny Colgan Books! This brand-new book from the July 2023 book releases brings us to northern Scotland. Morag McGinty is a third-generation pilot whose boyfriend wants her to move with him to Dubai. When she has to make a quick landing on a small island, in a storm, she meets Gregor Cameron who might change everything.

You with a View

You, with a View by Jessica Joyce

Genre: Romance

Plot: Noelle Shepherd finds a picture of her recently lost, beloved grandmother with an unknown mad and a love letter. She is determined to find the man and find out about her Gram as a young woman. The catch? His grandson is her high school nemesis named Theo. She cannot let him stand in the way of learning about her grandmother. This romance looks like an adorable pick from July 2023 book releases.

To Have and to Heist

To Have and to Heist by Sara Desai

Genre: Romance

Plot: A wedding, a jewelry heist, and a romance all rolled into one book? I cannot think of a pick from July 2023 book releases that looks like more fun. Simi has had bad luck and now her best friend is accused of stealing a multi-million dollar necklace. The only solution os to put together a heist crew and steal the necklace back.

The Summer Girl

The Summer Girl by Elle Kennedy

Genre: Romance

Plot: Cassie’s grandmother is selling the hotel in Avalon Bay that has been in the family for decades. Now, Cassie heads there for the last time to celebrate her 21st birthday and find a summer fling. She finds Tate- the perfect candidate. As the two walk the lines between friends and lovers, they discover there is so much more beneath the surface.

The Sweetest Revenge

The Sweetest Revenge by Lizzy Dent

Genre: Romance

Plot: Amy moved to London to escape the night she took revenge on her boss/ex. The drunken episode ruined her career and now she is content in her mediocre job. When things start to look up, her ex is suddenly hired as her new boss and she finds a way to get the best revenge.

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July 2023: Best Non-Fiction Book Releases

Owner of a lonely heart

Owner of a Lonely Heart by Beth Nguyen

Genre: Non-Fiction

Plot: When Beth was 8 months old, she left Vietnam at the end of the war with her father, sister, grandmother, and uncles. Her mother stayed behind (or was left behind) and she did not meet her again until she was an adult. This pick from July 2023 book releases is a memoir about family, parenthood, and life as a refugee.


Encounterism: The Neglected Joys of Being Person by Andy Field

Genre: Non-Fiction

Plot: in this book, the author examines the way encounters with other people help us shape our future for the better. By staging 12 different encounters, Any Feilds brings together history, science, and other theories to create the possibility for connections,

Best YA July 2023 Book Releases

The Prince and the Apocolypse

The Prince & The Apocalypse by Kara McDowell

Genre: YA Romance

Plot: There is something about the plot of the crazy pick from July 2023 book releases that looks irresistible. Wren Wheeler meets the prince while on a trip to London. When she helps him escape the paparazzi, he owes her a favor. When they find out a meteor is headed toward earth in eight days, she asks him to help her get home to her family. Can they find a happy ending when the world is ending in 8 days?

the legacies

The Legacies by Jessica Goodman

Genre: YA

Plot: The Legacy Clun in New York is an exclusive club whose members have power and wealth. Three Excelsior Prep seniors have had their names on the list since birth. Scholarship student Tori Tasso is an unexpected addition to the list. On the night of the Legacy Ball, everyone expects luxury. Nobody expects a body. Secrets will be revealed in this pick from the July 2023 book releases.

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