July TBR: Mysteries, Historical Fictions, and an Old Favorite!

Hi Friends!

My to-be-read list for July is full of awesome books that I’m so excited to read! I recently started reading kindle books on my laptop and I must say that I love my new Kindle Unlimited subscription, because it makes it a lot easier for me to actually sit down and read. There are so many books right at my finger tips! A lot of my books are currently packed up in boxes, so it’s been great to be able to read some of my favorites for free right on my laptop.

Without further ado, here are my picks for July:

1. Little Boy Lost by J.D. Trafford

This book was one of the six possible books I could have chosen with my Kindle First subscription for free. A thriller, Little Boy Lost sounds like a gripping story about murder and racial tensions. Here’s what the Amazon description says:

“In a city divided and broken, this revelation will set it on fire…

Attorney Justin Glass’s practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn’t doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn’t have the heart to turn her away.

Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body—and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated.

As simmering racial tensions explode into violence, Justin finds himself caught in the tide. And as he gives voice to the discontent plaguing the city’s forgotten and ignored, he vows to search for the killer who preys upon them.”

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling

An oldie, but a goodie, I am so excited to revisit my favorite magical world this month. With the recent 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and reread these classics. Just for some giggles, here’s what the Amazon description says about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:

“Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!”

3. The Lioness of Morocco by Julia Drosten

Considered a historical fiction, this novel has been on my radar for a few months now. I decided to give it a go this month and hope it lives up to the expectations I’ve given it! Here’s the Amazon description:

“Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in nineteenth-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at twenty-three, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlling father’s house.

When Benjamin Hopkins, an ambitious employee of her father’s trading company, shows an interest in her, she realizes marriage is her only chance to escape. As Benjamin’s rising career whisks them both away to exotic Morocco, Sibylla is at last a citizen of the world, reveling in her newfound freedom by striking her first business deals, befriending locals…and falling in love for the first time with a charismatic and handsome Frenchman.

But Benjamin’s lust for money and influence draws him into dark dealings, pulling him ever further from Sibylla and their two young sons. When he’s arrested on horrible charges, the fate of Sibylla’s family rests on her shoulders, as she must decide whether she’ll leave him to his fate or help him fight for his life.”

4. Dead Certain: A Novel by Adam Mitzner

I am so intrigued by this novel. While I was reading the description I had a serious déjà vu moment and I have no idea why. It almost feels like I’ve read this before, or seen a movie trailer about the plot. Anyways, I cannot wait to dive into this novel. Here’s the Amazon description:

“Ella Broden is living a double life.

By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city’s most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan.

No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she’s not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she’s sold her first novel, Ella couldn’t be more thrilled…until she gets a call that her sister’s gone missing.

Ella starts investigating with the help of Detective Gabriel Velasquez, an old flame in the NYPD, and what she finds is shocking. If art imitates life, then her sister’s novel may contain details of her real-life affairs. And any one of her lovers could be involved in her disappearance.

Desperate to bring Charlotte home, Ella works through her list of suspects, matching fictitious characters with flesh-and-blood men. But will it be too late to save the sister she only thought she knew?”

5. The Lilac Bouquet by Carolyn Brown

Last, but not least, I picked this novel for my July TBR because it’s a bit out of my normal genres I choose from. It’s somewhat of a romance, but also has a bit of mystery to it. Here’s the Amazon description:

“Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren’t cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas—a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

Seth isn’t happy about it, either. The eighty-two-year-old doesn’t want a “babysitter”—much less a Massey—something he makes clear when Emmy arrives at his house, an empty mansion built for the woman who broke his heart. But as Emmy stays and the two eventually open up to each other, she learns the reason behind a feud between Seth, Tandy, and Logan’s grandfather Jesse Grady that goes back six decades. She also uncovers a secret that forever changes how she sees her past and her future…”

There we have it, my July TBR! I have a feeling this month is going to be full of wonderful stories. Let’s get reading!

Let’s chat:

  1. What’s on your TBR? What do you plan on reading this month?
  2. Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you like about them?
  3. Do you have any book suggestions for my August TBR? 


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