Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Writers Gotta Read, Right?—July marches on

It may be the end of July, but the reading never stops. For your browsing pleasure, please check out the lists below. You'll probably find plenty to add to your TBR (to-be-read) virtual or paper-based stacks of books for the rest of summer and beyond.
  • The Booklist Reader has a list of authors and books to tackle for various July events, including Canada Day, the Fourth of July, P.T. Barnum's birthday, and Bastille Day. (Note: the list is nine years old, but hey, some authors never go out of date.)
  • BookBrowse lists their Best book for July 2019. You'll find all kinds and flavors here. Click on a cover to learn more about a particular book.
  • For the Fourth of July, the Cincinnati Public Library has recommendations for all ages and tastes.
  • To stretch the timeframe a bit, Listopia's Best Children's Books about Summer provides plenty for small fry to devour—251 books in all.
Now, to mysteries, because that's my favorite genre.
  •  The Cozy Mystery List Blog lists all the books released this July right here.  Get your reading glasses ready.
  • Looking for Fourth of July crime fiction? Mystery Fanfare has plenty for you to choose from in this list.
  • And if you're craving foreign climes in your reading, Mystery Fanfare presents books for Bastille Day...
Pick up a book and visit France for Bastille Day!
By Albert Marquet - Public Domain

July features a lot of obscure holidays as you can tell from this list. Some of these holidays might lead you to consider books of a different nature. For instance, to my delight, I see July 12 is "Different Colored Eyes Day." Why am I delighted?

[Warning: I am about to tootle my self-promotional horn]
Well, one of my favorite characters from my Silver Rush historical mystery series, Antonia Gizzi, has a condition called heterochromia, i.e., two different colors of eyes. You can meet Antonia in Leadville, Colorado, in What Gold Buys and follow her further adventures in San Francisco, California, in A Dying Note.
[End of self-promotional horn-tootling]

 Hmmmmm... I wonder if there are any books befitting International Chicken Wing Day or Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day. And then, there is today, July 30, which happens to be both International Day of Friendship and National Cheesecake Day. Let's raise a slice of cheesecake to good friends!

How about you? Any July-themed books you wish to recommend? Let us know in a comment below.
Ann Parker authors the award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks. During the day, she wrangles words for a living as a science editor/writer and marketing communications specialist (which is basically a fancy term for "editor/writer"). Her midnight hours are devoted to scribbling fiction. Visit AnnParker.net for more information.


  1. Always happy to add to my To Be Read pile!

  2. Me too, Diana. But writing these posts is getting to be dangerous. One big California earthquake and I'll be buried in books! ;-)

  3. This is about when I start searching out books set in Greece or similar climes. The heat may be intense, but it really is the humidity that makes days unbearable here.

  4. Hi Liz!
    Greece! :-) I know Jeff Siger writes mysteries set in Greece. If you haven't read him, you might want to give his books a try. He's got 10 books out in his series, to date.

  5. Thanks Ann. I have, and a host of others. Goodreads is good for location searches. Now, for the time and airfare. ��

  6. International Chicken Wing Day makes me think of cookbooks, which I love to read. International Day of Friendship should be observed every day of the year. Great list of reading suggestions, Ann.

    1. Chicken Wing Day and Cheesecake Day! Yum! And I agree about cookbooks... I still have my mother's Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook with the white-and-red-checked cover, dated 1965. Ah, the memories (and the food!).

  7. So many good books. Never enough time to read them all. Thanks for the references, Ann.


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