July New Releases You Can’t Miss

Summer is finally here, and with that comes amazing summer reads you just can’t miss. Keep reading to discover what July books need to make it in to your TBR pile, and let us know in the comments what you’ll be reading this summer.

The Ultimatum by Karen Robards

“Enthralling… Readers won’t want this adrenaline-rich story to end. ” —Booklist (starred review)

Thief. Manipulator. Con artist. Call it what you will—Bianca St. Ives is the best in the business. 

Growing up, Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Instead of playing hopscotch or combing her dolls’ hair, she studied martial arts with sensei masters and dismantled explosives with special-ops retirees. Her father prepped her well to carry on the family business. Now a striking beauty with fierce skills, the prodigy has surpassed the master.

She’s known as the Guardian. Running a multinational firm with her father, she makes a living swindling con men out of money they stole—and she’s damn good at it. She does things on her own terms. But her latest gig had a little hiccup—if you count two hundred million dollars and top secret government documents going missing as little. Her father also died on the mission. The thing is, the US government doesn’t believe he’s really dead. They’ll stop at nothing to capture Richard St. Ives, a high-value target and someone who has been on most-wanted lists all over the world for over two decades, and they mean to use Bianca as bait. With only a fellow criminal for backup and her life on the line, it’s up to Bianca to uncover the terrifying truth behind what really happened…and set it right, before it’s too late.


5 Decor Ideas Every Bookworm Needs

Sure, you’ve purchased a fancy bookshelf and arranged all your books by color, but what else can you do to bring your love of books into your home decor? Well, we have 5 fun suggestions below that will really let your bookish side shine through.

Throw pillows

When you relax at the end of the day with a good book, do it in style.

Wall art

Bare walls are depressing! Spice things up with book art featuring your favorite literary quotes!



BookClubbish Was There: Book Expo America and Book Con

Book Expo America just wrapped up, and with that means plenty of book recommendations. Here is what BookClubbish thinks you need to read!


3 Fantasy Reads That Tackle Big Questions

I love fantasy novels that tackle the big questions—novels that are not only timely and contemporary but have a way of commenting on and critiquing our world, making us see everyday life through an entirely different lens. Below, you will find a list of fantasy novels sure to ship you to another world that is very different, yet in many ways offers insight into the world we are experiencing now.

SPECTACLE by Rachel Vincent

The second novel in the Menagerie series provides a timely and sophisticated discussion of the marginalization of the “other.” SPECTACLE is set in a world where cryptids—creatures lurking just beneath their human veneers such as mermaids, minotaurs, griffins and kelpies—are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of “exotic wildlife.” Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle’s owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

The Menagerie trilogy provides a timely and important discussion on the line between human and monster, compassion and cruelty, and understanding that this line may not always be so easily recognizable.


6 Imperfect, Relatable Protagonists (Giveaway)

They’re awkward. They’re flustered. They’re a man without a plan and a woman who fakes it until she makes it. They march to the beat of their own drum, and please don’t expect them to save the world, the day or even a seat—this is the rise of the un-perfect protagonist, and helmed by the Patron Saint of Readable Rebels, Bridget Jones, they are leading the fictional charge of charismatic, sometimes cringe-worthy, excruciatingly real characters. And we love them for it.

For a long time, the antihero was relegated to the sidelines, (literally) tripping over themselves to make the leading lady look good, or standing in the background, getting the laughs and the knowing nods from the audience while the alpha steals the spotlight. But a shift has been taking place on our bookshelves and in our hearts, and we are finally letting these characters shine. We see that they have stories all their own to tell, and they don’t have to be perfect.

Here are six of the flawed, fabulous individuals making their own way on their own paths, and we can’t wait to follow along.

 

Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan

Best known for her hilarious alter ego, Honest Toddler, Bunmi Laditan has brought us another hilarious character in Ashley, a new mother struggling to figure out why her life is a mess, when every other mother she knows seems to be living in Pinterest-worthy perfection. When Ashley goes looking for guidance, hilarity, naturally, ensues.

 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Convinced that he can only save an old friend by hand-delivering a letter to her, Harold Fry starts walking, and knows he won’t stop until he gets to her. It’s the most unpredictable thing Harold has ever done in his whole predictable, regret-filled life, and the things he learns and the people he meets along the way convince him that you are never too old to start living.


Want to Start Your Own Online Book Club? You Can!

Book clubs are amazing. They connect readers, ideas, authors and friends over a common love (books, obviously) and foster discussions that can radiate widely and importantly from the source material, encompassing the many ideologies, opinions and experiences of the individuals involved. Book clubs are good for humanity.

But they can also be out of reach in our busy day-to-day existence. Carving time for books and reading is a big priority for many of us, and though discussing our reading is very satisfying, it can seem purely aspirational many days. That’s where online book clubs come in, providing an egalitarian, accessible space where the only barrier to admission is a shaky internet connection.

Think you’re ready to start your own online book club? You are! All it takes is a little forethought, some planning and a good high-speed plan. Follow these steps and you’ll be an online book club founder in no time. Have fun!

 

  1. Do your research.

There are many, many online book clubs out there already, and they can help provide a blueprint for the kind of online book club you want to start. Some of them are massive, and massively popular, and some of them are quite intimate. Look around, get some ideas, and hey, if you find one that interests you, join it!

 

  1. Decide on your book club’s mission.

There are feminist book clubs and book clubs for knitters, book clubs for sci-fi lovers and YA-only book clubs. What will your book club be? This is when you must figure out the purpose of your space. Is this a book club focusing on a niche or genre? Is it a book club meant to unite a certain type of reader? Or is it simply a place for a group of friends to hang out in the digital world and talk books, because getting together in real life is too hard to coordinate?


A Graydon House Unboxing: 4 Reads You Can’t Miss

 

We’re so excited to present the new books from Graydon House. These fabulous reads definitely need to be added to your TBR pile! Want to know more about Graydon House? Click here and prepare to discover some amazing new tales.


Books With Buzz: Every Last Lie

Love spine-tingling suspense? We recommend checking out Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica…and we aren’t the only ones! Watch the above video to discover why this is a book you should definitely be on the look out for!

EVERY LAST LIE Sweepstakes


8 Perfect Reads for Fans of Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarity’s expert tale of friendship, marriage, secrets, lies and murder, as well as its subsequent binge-worthy television adaptation, was a hot topic all spring long. But if, like so many of us fans, you are now left with summer on the doorstep and a longing for a juicy story in a unforgettable setting, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered.

From dysfunctional relationships and family secrets to heinous crimes and cover-ups, these eight new and nearly new releases will keep you guessing, and turning pages, all summer long—no word of a lie.

 

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

When Iris kisses Will goodbye as he embarks on a business trip to Orlando, she knows she has it all: a perfect marriage, picturesque life and enviable existence. So when a different plane, bound for Seattle crashes, killing everybody on board, Iris breathes a sigh of relief. Until she gets a call from a representative of the airplane that crashed, sending Iris’s entire life into a tailspin of grief, lies, deception and haunting revelation.

Take It to the Grave by Zoe Carter

Zoe Carter’s six-part ebook series begins with a picture-perfect family on the brink of destruction after an anonymous note promises to expose a long-protected secret. With growing dread and diminishing options, the series progresses to a twisting, turning, nail-biting finish.


7 Books to Devour on a Plane

Everyone loves being on vacation, but sometimes getting to that point via airplane calls for a distraction or two while you’re in the air (or waiting to be in the air.) The in-flight movies not cutting it? Here are seven absorbing books that will make you tune out everything around you as you dive into these fictional worlds of mystery, suspense and deception.

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica, you won’t be able to put down this suspenseful story of a widow seeking the truth about her husband’s death in the midst of her grief. When Clara’s husband, Nick, dies in a car crash, their four-year daughter Maisie is left unharmed but has nightmares about a bad man coming after them. The police say that Nick took a turn too quickly, but could things be more complicated than that? And, if so, who would want Nick dead?

Intrigued? Check out the book trailer for more!

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

With the movie adaptation set to come out this year, it’s the perfect time to read (or re-read) this classic mystery. No one does murder mystery like Agatha Christie, and this is one of her best. When the Orient Express is stopped by a snowfall in the middle of the night, by morning a millionaire has been stabbed while still locked in his compartment.  Detective Hercules Poroit must find the murderer before they strike again.

 


Can You Speak Australian? (Guest Post)


Think you know your Australian slang? Author Rachael Johns certainly hopes so! If you score 100% on the above quiz, you could be entered to win a copy of The Art of Keeping Secrets! So try your luck and let us know your score in the comments section.

Note: This quiz is a guest post from Rachael Johns, and BookClubbish is not responsible for this giveaway. While supplies last, open to US readers only.


The Hottest Thrillers for Summer Are Here

The summer book season is nearly here, and these edge-of-your-seat thrillers are heating things up. As mysterious and enigmatic as a hazy summer’s day, thrillers and suspense novels are the perfect books to add to your warm-weather reading list. And from the beach to the backyard, these are the red-hot books from both new and favorite authors that will have everybody talking. Once you start, we know you won’t want to put these books down—good thing the days are getting longer

 

The Ultimatum (The Guardian) by Karen Robards

Trained from childhood to become a type of modern-day Robin Hood, Bianca St. Ives rarely makes mistakes. Then a huge job goes sideways, leaving her father dead and 200 million dollars, not to mention classified government documents, missing. The race is on to get to the bottom of the heist before the authorities get to her.

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

Even though the death of Tom’s first wife was ruled an accident, the woman’s ghost looms large in Carmen and Tom’s marriage. And when Carmen happens upon items that seem to convey a very different history than the one Tom has told her, she must decide whether or not to keep digging for the truth—and the consequences that will come with knowing it.


EBook vs. Print Book: How to Choose the Right Format for You

One of the very best things about being a book lover is the choice we get to make every time we’re ready to look for a new book to read. What will it be today? Historical romance? Science fiction? A biography or perhaps that thriller everybody has been talking about? It’s a great problem to have, really.

Book format is another great choice readers get to make now, thanks to the development of e-readers and the wide availability of digital ebooks, but it’s a choice that comes with its own set of pros and cons. So how does a reader choose between an ebook and a traditionally bound print book?

Availability is one key piece of the decision-making puzzle, but even if you don’t own an e-reader or a tablet that supports an ebook platform, you’re not necessarily out of luck. Most libraries now not only allow users to borrow e-readers and download ebook files, but many also offer information sessions on how to get started with e-readers and ebooks.

Once you have access to both ebooks and print books, the decision is down to practicality, convenience and personal preference, but there are a few other finer points to consider. In the end, keep in mind that, as with deciding the next title you’re going to read, there is no way to make a wrong choice here. Your story is guaranteed to have a happy ending—a new book!


BookClubbish Was There: An Afternoon of High Tea with Karma Brown

BookClubbish was thrilled to celebrate Karma Brown’s newest release, In This Moment, by hosting a high tea and book-signing event for some of her most devoted readers. One hundred guests joined Karma Brown and Elaine Lui, television personality, reporter and author, for an afternoon of literary appreciation.

The Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto was buzzing with excitement as our guests enjoyed hot tea, finger sandwiches and dainty desserts!

Lainey Lui then welcomed Karma Brown to the stage for a Q&A session. Elaine and Karma chatted about the joys and struggles of the writing process, being a woman in the publishing industry and the inspiration behind Karma’s upcoming release. IN THIS MOMENT is an emotional roller coaster and asks the reader some challenging moral questions.

Karma Brown said of her main character, “I wanted to put Meg in a place where she only had her instincts as a person and as a woman. Meg is trying to be everything to everyone. But all it takes is one small wheel to fall off the bus for things to change.”

Delicious treats and conversation were had—thank-you to Karma Brown, Elaine Lui and all of our guests for joining us!


Celebrate 200 Years With These HarperCollins Recommendations

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of HarperCollins with these amazing recommendations!


Your Autism Awareness Day Reading List

National Autism Awareness Month begins April 1: the entire month of April is devoted to a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion, and to ensure that each person with autism is provided the opportunity to achieve the best possible quality of life. You can learn more about National Autism Awareness Month on the Autism Society’s website here.

Here are seven books about autism and Asperger’s to read throughout April, including one for younger readers.

 

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon has finally found her forever family. After growing up with her abusive drug-addict mother, Ginny was placed in foster care. Now, at fourteen, Ginny lives with her forever mom and forever dad, eats exactly nine grapes for breakfast, listens to Michael Jackson and plays basketball in her Special Olympics team. But why does Ginny want to return to her birth mother and leave the family every foster kid would dream of living with?

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Christopher John Francis Boone is a fifteen-year-old boy with a gift for logic, a hatred of the color yellow and a preference for animals over humans. When Wellington, a neighborhood dog, is killed, Christopher sets out to solve the murder mystery.

 


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