Best books in July 2023: recommendations

Best books in July 2023: recommendations

by Suswati Basu
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Best books in July 2023: recommendations
Best books in July 2023: recommendations

We’ve experienced some seriously weird weather this summer, and perhaps there’s something is in the air as I’ve had a drought in terms of the amount of books read. However, these (few) reads have made an impact in the world of literature this year. Laugh over these witty essays, uncover a chilling piece of history and explore the haunting depths of a cult writer’s latest novel after a 13-year hiatus. Discover the allure and intrigue of each unique tale.. Happy reading!

📖 Books read in July: 3

  • 📚 Quietly Hostile: Essays by Samantha Irby (2023). A hilarious and insightful collection of essays from Samantha Irby, covering everything from her experiences with chronic illness to her thoughts on pop culture. Read the full review on Samantha Irby’s Quietly Hostile.
  • 📚 A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan’s Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them by Timothy Egan (2023). Egan’s book is a well-researched and engrossing account of a dark chapter in American history. Read the full review of Timothy Egan’s A Fever in the Heartland.
  • 📚 The Shards by Bret Easton Ellis (2023). A new novel from the author of American Psycho, following a group of friends in Los Angeles as they descend into madness. Ellis’s writing is often dark and disturbing, but it is also undeniably compelling. However, at times it felt a bit gratuitously sexualised in order to be purposefully provocative.

Tell us what your favourite books were in July!


If you found these themes interesting, check out the book review on A Few Days Full of Trouble: Revelations on the Journey to Justice for My Cousin and Best Friend, Emmett Till by Reverend Wheeler Parker Jr and Christopher Benson.

Not to mention the interview with comedian Sadia Azmat on her hilarious and timely book Sex Bomb.

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