I also read some other stuff, and it was all really good. I just hit 122 books for the year, which means I have been averaging a little over 17 books a month. July was below average, but also? REALLY ABOVE IT. Most of these books are must-reads.
Read this if you like the Red Queen series:
15. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard: I was all in on the Red Queen series, but the ending did not feel satisfying. I skipped like 350 pages in the middle and I ddn't need to read them to know what was going on. Not a good sign.
Read These If You Are Looking For Something Fraught and Sad but Well-Crafted:14. The Party by Elizabeth Day: This is a great, quick, sad and thrilling little read. Excellent characters, and she makes the plot fresh by shifting the perspective.
13. The Only Story by Julian Barnes: Interestingly written, well drawn characters, quirky, ultimately so sad.
Read These if You Already Like These Authors:12. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand: I haven't read her before, but a book club friend posted a pic of this one on Instagram (or, maybe it was another one of her books because all of the covers look the same), and I liked it just fine.
11. Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley: These essays are really funny, and I LOVED "Outside Voices" when I read it a while back in The New Yorker (oh my god--most pretentious sentence EVAR). But! I didn't connect with them like I had hoped. My book club is reading it next month, though, so maybe I will like it better then.
Read These for Great Characters:10. Sorority by Genevieve Crane: Yes! Read this! It's quick and witty, and the voices are excellent.
9. The Ensemble by Aja Gabel: Give this book a few pages. It gets good.
Read These if You Want to Cry:8. Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival by Kelly Sundberg: WOW! This memoir is gripping, and this book is a fast-- but not entirely easy-- read.
7. You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac: Oh this is sad! Like cry at the pool sad. But also funny and fast-paced. If you like Lisa Genova and Jojo Moyes, you will like this one.
Read These if You Want a Page-Turner to Lose Yourself In:6. Mrs. by Caitlin Macy: I love a send up of NYC preschools, and this one was juicy. A great pool read!
5. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware: I LOVE HER SO MUCH. This one is just as good as her others, and I flew through it at a baseball tournament-- a should-read for sure.
Read These Because They Are WONDERFUL:4. The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll: Yes! Read this! Funny! Scary! Tense! Keeps you guessing! (Or, kept me guessing, anyway)
3. Providence by Caroline Kepnes: I am an unabashed Kepnes fan, but this one is not as good as You or Hidden Bodies. It's good, though, and super creepy.
2. Educated by Tara Westover: Any other month, this book would be the clear winner. This memoir is astounding. I mean, you guys, it was literally breathtaking. Like, something would happen, and I would gasp and have to put the book down. Read this!