Wondering what to read now? Here are all the hot new July 2022 book releases for you. I’ll let you know what I’ve read, what I can’t wait to read, and what’s getting all the attention this month.
In case you’re new to Booklist Queen, every month I cover all the hottest new book releases. I try to read as many new book releases as I can to give you an honest perspective on what to read and what to skip.
However, I realize that my to-read list might not exactly match yours. That’s why I’ve also included some of the most popular July 2022 book releases from your favorite authors.
Enough from me. Let’s get on to the July 2022 book releases so you can fill up your to-read list.
Top July 2022 Book Releases
April was the first person Hannah met at Oxford, and they quickly became inseparable with their group of friends until April was killed. A decade after April’s murder, Hannah learns that the recently deceased convicted killer may have been innocent. With a journalist probing for details and the murderer likely still out there, Hannah reconnects with her old friend group to uncover their long-buried secrets.
Every day, Travis Devine takes the 6:20 commuter train to Manhattan, staring out at all the mansions of the uber-wealthy. When his coworker and former girlfriend is found dead in a storage room at their investment firm, Travis is forced to secretly investigate the firm, uncovering a high stakes conspiracy that lands him directly in the crosshairs of a killer.
On a bitterly cold day, Sam Masur runs into Sadie Green on a train platform and a legendary friendship is formed. Together, they created the blockbuster video game Ichigo, a way for them to escape the harsh realities of life. Over the next three decades, their friendship is tested as their success leads them to money, fame, love, and betrayal.
Even after a decade in her small North Carolina mountain town, Abigail Lovett feels like an outsider. Known for its outdoor recreation, Cutter’s Pass also has a history of mysterious disappearances. When a man arrives looking for his missing brother, the town closes ranks and Abigail learns how much she doesn’t know about her friends and coworkers.
After her mom dies and her boyfriend dumps her, Hannah Brooks is desperate to avoid her mess of a life and sink into work as an Executive Protection Agent, a bodyguard to wealthy corporate clients. In walks her next assignment, reclusive superstar actor Jack Stapleton who needs protection from a middle-aged stalker while visiting his sick mother. The catch: Jack wants Hannah to pretend to be his girlfriend so his family won’t know. Now Hannah must act the part, and decide whether Jack’s just a really good actor or if the connection they seem to share is real.
I rarely read romances, but I am all over Katherine Center’s love stories, especially since they aren’t steamy at all. Don’t expect quality literature here, but a cute engaging contemporary romance that won’t make you think too much, but has the feel-good happily-ever-after ending you crave. I liked how Center flips the script, making Hannah the protector of the male protagonist. If you want a light easy rom-com without steamy sex scenes, The Bodyguard will be the perfect summer read for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Most Anticipated July 2022 Book Releases
In a future where the world has been ravaged by the unintended consequences of gene editing, Logan Ramsay works for the Genetic Protection Agency, tracking down unauthorized gene editors to atone for his family’s role in the disaster. When an explosion infects Logan with a virus, he undergoes a genetic transformation and now must use his new abilities to stop it from happening to anyone else.
I’ve enjoyed Crouch’s smart sci fi thrillers previously, but Upgrade might be too smart for its own good. I was bored to tears throughout the entire book, which failed to make DNA science interesting, and I actually don’t mind reading fat science books about genetics. Even the action scenes were putting me to sleep. I’m honestly ashamed to say I even finished the book because it was that dull.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ballantine Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
As a politician, Emma knows it only takes one slip-up to ruin your reputation. When her teenage daughter is bullied and a classmate commits suicide, Emma lobbies to tighten laws against online bullying. After a dead body is found in Emma’s house, she must do everything in her power to protect her family and save her reputation.
In the sequel to her hit thriller, The Sanatorium, Sarah Pearse returns with a new mystery for Detective Elin Warner. Back from her extended leave, Elin investigates a woman who fell to her death at an eco-wellness retreat on an island off the English coast. When another guest dies, Elin begins to suspect something more is going on, possibly tied to the island’s past connection to a serial killer.
When Paris Peralta is arrested for her celebrity husband’s murder, found covered in blood standing over his dead body holding a straight razor, she knows she’s looking at a murder charge. Yet, Paris is more worried about her past secrets. Twenty-five years ago, Ruby Reyes was convicted for a similar murder in Canada. Unexpectedly released from prison, Ruby threatens to expose Paris’s past, which might force Paris to face two murder charges.
A decade ago, magician Violet Volk disappeared during a performance and hasn’t been seen since. Although she leads a quiet life with her daughter, Sasha has never been able to escape her sister’s celebrity. When a podcaster obsessed with Violet aggressively pursues Sasha for an interview, Sasha finds herself pushed to her emotional limit and is forced to confront the painful truths of her past.
Carmen Rita Wong
Growing up, Carmen Rita Wong always wanted to belong. Whether in Harlem among the Latina women like her mother or in Chinatown with her immigrant father. When Carmen’s mother Lupe remarries a white man, they move to the wealthy suburbs of New Hampshire. After Lupe quickly has four more children, Carmen’s relationship with her mother becomes fraught. After her mother’s death, Carmen finally learns her mother’s secret history and finds her own identity is shaken in this poignant memoir.
Popular July Upcoming Releases
What July 2022 book releases are you most excited to read?