The New Books I’m Excited to Read in July

Gotta love dem book hauls. I have a problem. I buy too many books and don’t have the time to read them. Or I don’t allocate enough time to read them, such a first world problem I know. These are some new books that have been on my ‘to read’ list for quite a while. I have quite an eclectic book taste, ranging from classics to YA, and this list kinda reflects that.

  1. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante

    I finally picked this up. This has been one of those ‘should I or should I not’ buy books where I’ve been very indecisive about picking it up. There’s been quite the hype around this author, partially because her name is a pseudonym. She has been revealed now (ooooh). Ferrante is an Italian author and her books are all translated.

    My Brilliant Friend is about 4 girls growing up in Italy and that’s pretty much all I know about it. She apparently has a writing style that some people love and others hate, so it’ll be interesting to see what category I fall into.

  2. The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry

    The Essex Serpent has been on the Sunday Times Bestseller List for ages now – bout time I picked it up. It’s classed as a Gothic Victorian Tale, which already sounds A* to be honest. From what I know, it’s a little bit River Monsters crossed with Jane Eyre, or so it looks like from reviews.

  3. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

    American Psycho has been on my new books to read list for a very long time. It’s filled to the brim with dark humour and satire – exactly the sort of book I like. (You can see more of these in this review). I can’t wait to read this and haven’t watched the film, so can’t wait to read this then compare.

  4. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

    This book was right in the ‘recommended’ section of Waterstones and I had to pick it up. It’s all about the underground railroad system in 19th century North America. Slaves used this system to escape to ‘free’ states’ and to escape the slave trade. It’s a fictional piece and has won a few awards but it sounds fascinating!

What books are you reading at the moment? I’d love to hear!



I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.