July 2024 Staff Picks

Jul 17, 2024 | Book Lists, News, Staff Picks

Looking for a great summer read? Try one of our recent favorites!


None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

Alix is out celebrating her 45th birthday and bumps into Josie, a stranger whose birthday is the same day: “birthday twins.” To Alix’s surprise, they bump into each other a few more times in a matter of days. Alix is a podcaster and in quick order, she decides to take on Josie and her story for a podcast project. And that’s where things get really weird. Twists and turns abound and I couldn’t read fast enough to see how it all ended. A quick thriller of a read!



The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo

This is the third Leigh Bardugo book I’ve read, the others being Ninth House and Hell Bent. I like her books for their fast pace and strong female leads. This particular book blends historical fiction with fantasy, a combination I am finding I really enjoy! And it is set during one of my favorite time periods, when Elizabeth I and Philip II were on the thrones of England and Spain, respectively. 


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a blend of historical/mystery/fantasy fiction set in London in the 1880s. Mysterious events bring two character’s lives together in a very atmospheric story that will take you far away from the familiar. You’ll need an open mind and a willingness to feel lost in the London fog at times, and the story will be worth it. 


Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly: Coldfire Curse by Jordan Quinn


I feel this is a great primer to fantasy graphic and chapter series and one that has many dragon adventures.



City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Loved it!



Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher



Weyward by Emilia Hart



Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica

Want a good thriller/mystery for the beach?  Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica fits the bill!