When I was putting together my reading list for this month, I realized I kind of unintentionally created a themed list. Because the first three books on this list have “American” in the title. Which is kind of fun, since July is the month we celebrate Independence Day (I will try to refrain from my annual history nerd lecture about how we celebrate on the wrong day – independence was declared July 2).
Anyway, here are the books I’m planning on reading in July:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This has been on my TBR for years, and I decided now is the time to finally get around to it. I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and am very excited to read more of her work.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Keeping with the theme, I’m picking up An American Marriage, which is another book that’s been sitting on my shelves for a while now. I keep glancing over at it, so I think it’s been calling my name.
Barnum: An American Life by Robert Wilson. I kind of wanted to fit one more biography in this year, and this one instantly caught my eye. There’s been so much out there about Barnum lately, but I don’t think any of it really reflects who he was. I studied him a bit in college as a history major – did you know he was an advocate for prohibition? – and want to learn more. This one is out early August, so look for a review closer to the end of the month if you’re interested.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I was definitely attracted by the cover of this book. And then I read that it’s set in the Jazz Age and involves Mayan mythology, and I was sold. I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’ve heard such great things! I have an ARC of this one as well, so I’ll have a review up in the next couple of weeks.
That’s it for my July reading list! I’m pretty excited about all of these books, and I think it’s going to be a great reading month.
What are you planning to read this month? Are there any new releases you’re looking forward to?