YA Books You Should Read: July Picks

Amanda Velez

Can you believe it’s already July? Independence Day is on a Monday this year, which means: three day weekend! My family usually gets together and we have a campout at my Aunt’s house. She has a big backyard with a pool and enough room for us to sunbathe, have nerf gun fights, and dance around to Ramon Ayala or Vicente Fernandez. This also means that I’ll have plenty of time to read.

If you asked my family, they’d tell you that I read too much and too fast. Which is true, but I can’t help that I’m impatient to start the next book and the one after that, and the one after that…Here is a list of the books that I’ll be powering through this weekend. Hopefully one will catch your interest and you’ll do the same.

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab


Have you picked up any of V.E. Schwab’s other books? If you haven’t, then I recommend reading Vicious and the Shades of Magic series. I’ve been waiting for This Savage Song to come out all year. The book’s premise is interesting as it involves monsters that can steal other people’s souls with music. Plus, you have to admit the cover’s gorgeous.

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

What if the Great Library of Alexandra didn’t burn down? Paper and Fire, the sequel to Ink and Bone, continues the story of Jess Brightwell, who has infiltrated the Great Library as a spy. He is found out and forced to flee back to London where he must choose between his family or his loyalty to the Library. Great for alternate history buffs.

Learning To Swear in America by Katie Kennedy

This book is like the YA version of Armageddon. An asteroid is heading to Earth and only boy genius Yuri knows how to prevent the end of the world. Of course, it wouldn’t be a YA novel without some romance and Yuri starts to fall for Dovie, a teenager who is unaware that Earth’s days are numbered.

The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

Who doesn’t love a good horror novel? The Creeper Man features two sisters who go to live with their aunt in the English countryside. But the idyllic setting takes a turn for the worst when siblings notice that a man with no eyes has been watching them from the surrounding forest.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling


This is the script from the upcoming play that will be opening at the Palace Theatre London on July 30. It is probably the most anticipated book of the year as it gives us information about Harry Potter’s life after Hogwarts. Unfortunately, it isn’t a novel but, hey, we’ll read anything that J.K. Rowling publishes. And I mean anything.

Amanda Velez
Amanda is a Community Development Representative at Fandom. She goes through books faster than she can buy them.
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