Summer is looking a little different this year, but one thing remains reassuringly the same: there are a whole lot of new books hitting bookstore shelves. In fact, July’s crop of must-read books is so expansive, narrowing down this list to just 26 titles was no easy task. The first full month of summer includes new releases from bestselling authors like Emma Donoghue and Alex North and stunning debuts in nearly every genre, including fantasy and romance.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect poolside read or the kind of literary novel that will leave you with a book hangover, the best books of July have you covered. (And just in case you need even more titles to add to your TBR, don’t forget to check out June’s list of must-read books, too.)