The Best Books I Read in July 2022

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Hello, August! Otherwise known as all hands on deck, crazy busy, what is a life outside of work time for student affairs professionals like myself. As I stare down the month of student leader training and scrambling to prep for orientation, my reading life has slowed down considerably.

Even so, I managed to get a few books in during July, which means it’s time for a monthly recap of the best of the best. In total, I read four books, two of which were audiobooks. Not my highest reading month, but it’s actually one higher than June, when I only read three! 

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry

I don’t think this is my favorite Emily Henry, but it’s definitely a lot of good fun and exactly what I’ve learned to expect from the Cincinnati-based author. 

Book Lovers really doubles down on the bookish in-references, and I am here for it. Both Nora and her love interest, Charlie, work in publishing, and there’s a lot of fun winking at small town romance tropes in this small town romance with a twist. It was an absolute delight, and I’m already eagerly awaiting her next book (which has been announced by the way. It’s called Happy Place and comes out next year!)

Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West 

Ahh, friends to lovers on vacation. My very specific genre krytptonite, here to deliver yet again. I absolutely adored this road trip romance about childhood friends reconnecting and, of course, falling in love. 

I wrote a full review of Places We’ve Never Been earlier this month, and you can check it out here: 

You Need to Read this Friends-to-Lovers Roadtrip Romance
A review of Kasie West’s “Places We’ve Never Been”

The Sweetest Connection by Denise Williams 

This novella was a really cute three hour listen that slotted perfectly into my three and a half hour drive to Harper’s Ferry earlier this month. Would it have made my best books if I’d read more in July? Probably not. But it’s a sweet, well structured friends-to-lovers novella that has the extra twist of taking place at an airport, and I really enjoyed listening to it. 

The Sweetest Connection is part of a trio of airport novellas, which makes me wonder if tapping popular romance authors to write trios of novellas is a new trend for Amazon? And if so, is this what readers want? I struggle with this shorter length personally, so I’m not sure how onboard I am for this pattern. 

Honorable Mentions

Sorry to this book for being the only one that didn’t make the cut for best books of July, but it took me well over a month to get through Jasmine Guillory’s By the Book, so I can’t say it was even close to a favorite. I wrote a review explaining why this one didn’t work for me, which you can check out here: 

“By the Book” Isn’t My Fairy Tale Ending
A review of Jamine Guillory’s Beauty and the Beast inspired

That’s all for this month, friends! Hope to get back into my morning and bedtime reading routines to give my life some semblance of structure in August, so here’s hoping for a longer list next month.

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