After a NetGalley break of sorts last year (I read I think 5 books totally in the year and put in some requests only towards the end of the year), this year I’ve done somewhat the opposite with a slew of requests and a nice big pile. So in this post I thought of just sharing what I have in store for July. These are books that are July releases–I’ve read some and in the process of reading the others, but all reviews will go up on the blog (and Goodreads etc.) next month, or at least closer to the dates listed. This list is titles I’ve requested and been approved for or have otherwise picked up so far. I may add on to the list as I put in more.
As always I have a range of genres which I picked from, and my July titles include mysteries (no surprise there) including cosies, historical fiction, fantasy, general fiction and some non-fiction as well. Among the mysteries on my list is a children’s mystery set in the backdrop of the arrival of Halley’s Comet in 1910, The Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.J. Howell; a comic cosy set in the Loire Valley with a boring, film-buff, B&B proprietor and a beautiful Frenchwoman, Death and Croissants by Ian Moore; another cosy, The Bookshop Murder by Merryn Allingham set in 1950s England, and one in 1950s Bombay, The Dying Day by Vaseem Khan, featuring Persis Wadia India’s first (fiictional) policewoman.
Then there are a couple of fantasy titles, She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chen in which the author tells the tale of Ming-Dynasty founder, Zhu Chongba–only she takes it to a slightly fantasy setting and gives it a surprise spin of her own. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim sets an interpretation of the Wild Swans fairy tale in the far east, with an exiled princess with magical powers, a dragon who can become a boy, and the princess’ brothers who have been enchanted into Cranes.
Another title of historical fiction, The Gilded Cage on the Bosphorus: The Ottomans by Ayşe Osmanoğlu takes us to Turkey in the early-twentieth century where Sultan Murad V has been imprisoned for nearly 30 years by his brother who usurped power after he had spent just a few months on the throne. The story is written by a historian who also happens to be a member of the family.
2021 also became the first year I started requesting and reading non-fiction on NetGalley, and I have so far read four of these. Two others on my TBR pile for July include Meet the Georgians by Robert Peal which tells us stories of different personalities of the day–from 2 pirate queens to Lord Byron, Mary Wollstonecraft to Mary Anning, Tipu Sultan to Olaudah Equino. Also there is Etta Lemon: The Woman Who Saved the Birds by Tessa Boase, the story of Margaretta Louisa ‘Etta’ Lemon who campaigned for half a century to prevent the slaughter of birds to make hats and was a founding member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSBP).
The final title I have on my NetGalley July list is What are We Doing About Zoya by Anisha Bhatia, the story of an overweight, independent twenty-six year old in Bombay caught between her family’s matchmaking efforts and a dream job in New York City. This is the one title which is very different from my usual picks but an Indian setting and characters prompted me to get it. Let’s see how it turns out.
See any titles you’d like to read? Any that you have on your piles? What are the tiles you’re most excited about from your current to read piles, NetGalley or otherwise? Looking forward to your thoughts!
Cover images from Goodreads and NetGalley.co.uk