31 Most Anticipated New July 2024 Book Releases by Genre

Most anticipated New July 2024 Book Releases by Genre

The July 2024 book releases are here and they are spectacular! I always love to see what type of books are released for the summer season and I can tell you that this year, there were so many choices. We had a difficult time choosing our most anticipated for this list.

And while we know we cannot possibly read all the books on this list, we can try. There are picks on here from our favorite authors like Kate Quinn and Jamie Brenner as well as picks from debut authors.

Our most anticipated new July 2024 book releases have some great historical fiction, nonfiction, thrillers, and Sci-fi. Whatever your favorite genre, we have the perfect books for your TBR.

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Most Anticipated New July 2024 Books

Fiction/ Historical Fiction / Fantasy & Sci-fi / Thriller & Mystery / Romance / Nonfiction / Young Adult

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Most Anticipated July 2024 Fiction Book Releases

The Summer Pact

The Summer Pact by Emily Giffin

When Hannah, Tyson, Lainey, and Summer met during their freshman year of college, they became fast friends. But shortly before graduating, Summer does the unthinkable. Shocked and despondent over their friend’s death, the remaining friends create The Summer Pact, a promise to be there for one another when they hit rock bottom.

In the present day, Hannah’s life has gone up in flames so Lainey and Tyson drop everything to help her turn it around during a multi-city vacation. But Lainey and Tyson have issues of their own to deal with. Can they all lean on one another to mend their broken pieces?

Why I Liked It: Emily Giffin always manages to write readable and fun books. The location (CAPRI!) of this one made it stand out, even though the ending felt a little rushed.

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Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser Akner

Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Genre: Literary Fiction

Plot: This family saga from the July 2024 book releases follows a family through generations as they all come to terms with the trauma they suffered. In 1980, a wealthy businessman named Carl Fletcher is kidnapped, beaten, and held for ransom. When he returns a week later, he thinks everything is fine. Only decades later when Carl’s wife and three children are all suffering from the abduction does Carl question how their money has played a role in their successes and failures.

The Cliffs

The Cliffs by J. Courtney Sullivan

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Plot: This pick from the July 2024 book releases is a story about family, mothers, marriage and the ghosts that mark our past. It all takes place in a house in Maine that was once a Victorian mansion and has been renovated to resemble nothing of its former self.

A Novel Summer

A Novel Summer by Jamie Brenner

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Plot: Shelby Archer is an author who wrote her first book while living in Provincetown, Cape Cod. She is sure her friends will be excited by the success of her book but instead, they feel exposed and betrayed.

Shelby is hurt and sad but tries to focus on writing her sophomore novel. When she gets a phone call from a sick friend in Provincetown, she agrees to go back and help run her bookstore. Now Shelby can begin healing the relationships but may have to choose between those friendships and success and her deadline looms closer with no book in sight. We cannot wait to read this book from the July 2024 book releases!

The Wedding People

The Wedding People by Alison Espach

Genre: Fiction

Plot: When Pheobe Stone arrives at the Cornwall Inn, she is the only person in the hotel who is not there for the wedding. The Bride has thought of every detail but did not account for Pheobe. This pick from the July 2024 book releases is a novel about the paths we take and the people we meet along the way.

The Days I Loved You Most

The Days I Loved You Most by Amy Neff

Genre: Fiction

Plot: Joseph and Evelyn were childhood friends and neighbors who fell in love. Now, they have been married for over 60 years and they gather their children to let them know that Evelyn has received a life-ending diagnosis. Joseph cannot live without his beloved wife and so the two have decided to end their lives together. This is the story that takes them back to the greatest moments of their lives. I am sure this pick from the July 2024 book releases will be a book that will make us cry!

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July 2024 Book Releases: Historical Fiction

The Briar Club

The Briar Club by Kate Quinn

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: 1950: Briarwood House is an all-female boarding house in Washington, DC. When Grace moves into the attic room, the women start developing friendships with dinner parties and tea parties. When an act of violence threatens their friendship, the Briar Club must decide who the real enemy is. This pick from the July 2024 book releases captures the feeling of the McCarthy era as only Kate Quinn can.

The Windsor Conspiracy

The Windsor Conspiracy by Georgie Blalock

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: We cannot wait to read this historical fiction novel from the July 2024 book releases. This is a novel that is centered around Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, and her cousin Amelia. Amelia is working as Wallis’s private secretary in France. When Germany invades France and the Windors leave France without Amelia, the FBI and MI5 approach her to spy on her cousin for her alleged sympathizing with the Nazis.

The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish

The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish by Paula Brackston

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Plot: It is England in 1881 and HEctate Cavendish can see ghosts. She is starting her new life as an Assistant Librarian at the cathedral that holds a magical collection of books including a medieval world map. we cannot wait for this first book in a new series from the July 2024 book releases.


Maria by Michelle Moran

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: This is a biographical fiction that you cannot miss from the July 2024 book releases. We all know the story of the sound of music and the story of Maria Von Trapp. But, how much do we really know and how much is a Hollywood version made to appear on screen? Maria was supposedly not happy about the parts of her life that were fictionalized. There was so much more that Hollywood told.

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July 2024 Book Releases: Most Anticipated Fantasy/ Sci-fi

All This and More

All This and More by Peng Shepherd

Genre: Sci-Fi

Plot: I loved The Cartographers so I could not wait to read this book. Marsh is unhappy with her family life, work life, and love life. When she is chosen to be the star of a TV show called “All This and More” she jumps at the chance. The show uses brand-new quantum technology to allow Marsh to change the mistakes of her past. The catch? The reader gets to decide what she does next. Is this a choose-your-own-adventure for adults? I cannot wait to read this pick from the July 2024 book releases.

Breaking the Dark by Lisa Jewell

Breaking the Dark (Jessica Jones Marvel Crime Novel) by Lisa Jewell

Genre: Fantasy Thriller

Plot: We love Lisa Jewell and all her books so we were very excited to see this new book in the July 2024 book releases. Lisa Jewell is launching a Marvel crime series featuring Jessica Jones, a retired superhero and current private investigator. Call me curious with this first from the new series!

The Bright Sword

The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman

Genre: Fantasy

Plot: This is a King Arthur reimagining as only Lev Grossman, the author of The Magicians, could create. Collum is a knight who arrives in Camelot hoping for a spot at the Round Table only to find that the king died two weeks before. Now there will be duels, fights, and the quest to reclaim Excalibur and discover the truth of how the great King Arthur fell. This book from the July 2024 book releases is on my TBR.

The Lost Story

The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer

Genre: Fantasy

Plot: Fifteen years ago, Jeremy and Raffe went missing from a West Virginia state forest only to return six months later with no explanation of where they went. Now, Rafe is an artist who has no memories of what happened in those 6 months and is haunted by his unknown past. Jeremy is the only one who knows the truth about their disappearance and is working as a private investigator specializing in finding missing children.

Emilie has hired Jeremy to find her sister who went missing from the same forest as the lost boys. Together, Jeremy, Rafe, and Emilie must head to the magical realm where they spent those 6 months to find everything they lost. I cannot wait to read this book from the July 2024 book releases.

The Ornithologists Field Guide to Love

The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love by India Holton

Genre: Romantasy

Plot: Beth Pickering and Devon Lockley are rival ornithologists who vow to stay away from each other for professional and personal reasons. When a competition to become birder of the year requires them to team up, staying away from each other might prove to be harder than they thought. We cannot wait to read this Fantasy Romance from the July 2024 book releases.

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Most Anticipated Thrillers and Mysteries for July 2024

The God of the Woods

The God of the Woods by Liz Moore

Genre: Mystery

Plot: We are so excited to read this book from the best-selling author of Long Bright River. This is another pick from the July 2024 book releases that takes place at summer camp. Early one morning in August 1975, a camp counselor discovers that Barbara Van Laar, the daughter of the camper owners, has gone missing. Fourteen years earlier, her brother also went missing, and he was never found.

Like Mother Like Daughter

Like Mother, Like Daughter by Kimberly McCreight

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Plot: Cleo comes home for dinner one night and finds food burning on the stove, a bloody shoe under the couch and her mother, Kat, missing. Cleo knows something has happened but cannot imagine how her lawyer mother could be in trouble. Cleo does not know that Kat is not a lawyer, she is a fixer for the law firm. Kat has been receiving messages that she has kept a secret from Cleo. Now, Cleo and Kat try to save each other in this exhilarating pick from the July 2024 book releases.


Ladykiller by Katherine Wood

Genre: Thriller

Plot: Abby and Gia have been friends since childhood and bonded over a tragedy in Greece when they were 18. Now, they are in their 30s and Gia has a husband, wealth, and a glamorous life while Abby works as a lawyer. When Gia invites Abby on a vacation to celebrate her birthday, Abby cannot wait. However, when she arrives, Gia is missing. Back in Greece, Gia’s house is empty and all that is left is a manuscript describing her disappearance. Is anything true? Where is Gia? We cannot wait to read this pick from the July 2024 book releases.

The Astrology House

The Astrology House by Carinn Jade

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Plot: Margot and her friends decide to attend the Stars Harbor astrological retreat for much-needed rest and relaxation. The retreat is located at a beautiful Victorian house and promises to be an entertaining getaway. The astrologer host has secrets and knows that not all of the guests will be leaving the retreat alive. We cannot wait to read this pick from the July 2024 book releases.

Look in the Mirror

Look in the Mirror by Catherine Steadman

Genre: Thriller Mystery

Plot: Nina inherited a huge vacation home in the British Virgin Islands when her father died. The issue is that she did not know it existed. Maria is a nanny for the rich. When her wards don’t show up, she takes advantage of the property and all its amenities. But, she cannot help but be curious about the one room she is not allowed to enter. Soon, she will wish she had never taken this last job.


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Romance: July 2024 Book Releases

Love of my afterlife

The Love of My Afterlife by Kirsty Greenwood

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Plot: I cannot wait to read this adorable fantasy romance book from the July 2024 book releases. Delphie has just died and is in her pj’s in the afterlife when she meets the man of her dreams. She is given the chance to return to her life with the caveat that she has ten days to find this mysterious man.

Whats in a Kiss

What’s in a Kiss? by Lauren Kate

Genre: Romance

Plot: A kiss that can change everything? This romance is the ultimate “what if” romance from the July 2024 book releases. Liv is a Lyft driver who deferred Julliard to be with her mom. Now, her prom date, Jake, whom she has not seen in ten years, is in her car. To make matters worse, he is the best man and she is the maid of honor at a wedding this weekend. When the bride and groom say I do, everything is suddenly different. She is the bride, Jake is the groom, her best friend hates her and she is not speaking to her mom!

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Until Next Summer by Ali Brady

Genre: Romance

Plot: We cannot wait to read this romance that takes place at summer camp! Jessie and Hillary were best friends at camp and were supposed to return every year. One year, Hilary did not return and now the two women have grown apart. When Jessie hears that the camp will be closing, she invites all the former campers back to camp for a last reunion. Maybe the two women can get their friendship back and each finds love as well.

The Au Pair Affair

The Au Pair Affair by Tessa Bailey

Genre: Romance

Plot: A single-parent romance from Tessa Bailey? Yes, please. A Sports romance as well….we obviously needed to include this novel in our list of July 2024 book releases. Tallulah is a marine biology student who is broke. So when she is given a chance to work as a live-in nanny for a tween girl, she cannot wait to start working. Now, with a push from the tween, Tellulah is taking the hockey veteran dad out and their chemistry is undeniable.

Name Your Price

Name Your Price by Holly James

Genre: Romance

Plot: We cannot wait to read this second chance romance from the July 2024 book releases. Olivia Martin and Chuck Walsh have a spectacular breakup that goes viral. A new TV show called Name Your Price invites them to be on the show for a prize worth 1 million dollars each. They must live in a house for a month and keep their hands off each other.

One Year Ago in Spain

One Year Ago in Spain by Evelyn Skye

Genre: Romance

Plot: Claire is a lawyer at a top Manhattan firm who falls in love with Matias, a Spanish artist. After a year together she begins to question if they can last long-term. When Matias has a horrible accident that leaves him in a coma in Madrid, she rushes to his side. There she finds his soul and can talk to him. But she is the only one. And, to make things even more complicated, he doesn’t remember her. In order to save him, Claire is going to have to make him fall in love with her a second time. This book from the July 2024 book releases is already in our TBR stacks

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July 2024: Best Non-Fiction Book Releases

The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum The Rise and Fall of an American Organized Crime Boss

The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum by Margalit Fox

Genre: Nonfiction

Plot: In the Gilded Age of New York City, Fredericka Mandelbaum was able to transform herself from poverty to high society by becoming the mastermind behind organized crime. She took millions of dollars worth of stolen merchandise and cleaned it by selling it through a business. This looks like a must-read from the July 2024 book releases and anyone looking for Gilded Age Books.

Guilty Creatures

Guilty Creatures by Mikita Brottman

Genre: Nonfiction

Plot: This is a true story of murder and living 18 years with the guilt and not getting caught. Mike and Denise Williams were childhood friends with Brian and Kathy Winchester. When Mike went missing while fishing, everyone assumed he drowned and was eaten by alligators. But, 5 years later, Brian divorced Kathy and married Denise. This true crime book from the July 2024 book releases looks like it is unputdownable.

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Dashed by Amanda Quain

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Plot: We cannot wait for this young adult retelling of Sense and Sensibility from the July 2024 book releases. Margaret Dashwood intends to live her life without any heartbreak after watching her sister Marianne almost die from heartbreak. Now, she is headed on a cruise getaway with her older sister Elinor. When Marianne comes aboard last minute, Margaret’s plans for a carefree vacation are gone.

The Grandest Game

The Grandest Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Plot: Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are back with an annual competition worth millions. Seven people will receive golden tickets and they will be the competitors in the game this year. They all want something and not everyone is willing to play fairly. We cannot wait to read this book from the July 2024 book releases.

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