The Best New Books: July and August 2018 Book Releases


Looking for something to read? Check out August 2018’s best new books, including recommendations from our favorite book bloggers.

Who doesn’t love finding a new book to read? As part of our new focus on books, we’ve decided to run a series on the best new books that come out each month. At the beginning of each month, we’ll share a list of all the exciting new releases that you can get your hands on right away.

This month, we’ve scoured the bestseller lists along with the word of mouth recommendations to compile a list of July and August’s best new books.

We wish we had time to read all of these books, but there are not hours enough in the day. You know, we do have jobs and families and lives. Since we can’t read every book, we’ve decided to enlist the help of some of our favorite book bloggers. Many of our blogging friends actually get Advance Review Copies of books (ARCs), so they get a sneak peek at the best new books before they are even released.

To make our list even more interesting, we’ve asked various book bloggers to share what they love about the book. If you find you want to learn more about a particular book, please read their full review.

Hope you find something awesome to read!

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Best New Books from Our Favorite Bloggers

book cover for Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust
by T. Greenwood

Recommended by: Jessica at Jessicamap Reviews

Synopsis: Based on the true story that served as the inspiration for Nabokov’s infamous novel Lolita, T. Greenwood’s novel is one of the August’s best new books. In 1948, eleven-year-old Sally Horner is abducted and held prisoner for two years by Frank LaSalle. While not an easy read, Greenwood beautifully explores the effect of such an awful crime have on all the individuals involved.

Why I love it: “Rust & Stardust was unlike anything I’ve read before. Based on the true kidnapping that inspired Lolita, this will captivate you from the beginning. Greenwood takes you on the heartbreaking journey with Sally and her captor from city to city. We get to see through the eyes of Sally, her loved ones, and those who tried to help her along the way. This is an intense and immersive read that you won’t soon forget.” Read the full review.


book cover for he Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Legacy
by Alexandra Bracken

Recommended by: Emma at Miss Print

Synopsis: The fifth book in The Darkest Minds series, Alexandra’s latest novel continues to explore a dystopian future full of psychic powers. With the end of the rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and the Psi kids, Zu Kimura is determined to work with the government to protect the rights of Psi kids. When she is accused of a horrifying crime, she must go on the run to clear her name and fight against those who seek to return the Psi kids into the shadows.

Why I love it: The Darkest Legacy returns to one of the first worlds I discovered as a book blogger. After following this series from the beginning I loved learning more about Zu as a character and reading her story. In a politically tense time, her journey toward empowerment and resistance are especially timely.” Read the full review.


book cover for The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon

The Incendiaries
by R. O. Kwon

Recommended by:  Author Mary Laura Philpott at Parnassus Books

Synopsis: Blaming herself for her mother’s death, Phoebe Lin enters the elite Edwards University and meets Will Kendall, who quickly falls in love with her. Phoebe’s guilt and grief lead her into a secretive extremist cult with ties to domestic terrorism. Can Will stop her from going to far? Named the #1 pick by Indie Next List, The Incendiaries is definitely one of August’s best new books.

Why I love it: “To fully grasp the magnitude of R.O. Kwon’s debut novel, The Incendiaries, being named the #1 Indie Next pick for August, you first have to understand what the Indie Next List is. Containing just 20 titles each month, it comprises the most highly recommended new books, as nominated by independent booksellers nationwide.

Considering how much bookstore staffers read (not to mention how many hundreds of books are published each month), making it into the top 20 really sets a book apart. Kwon has landed not just on the list but in the highest spot — and with her first book, a short, unusual, and entrancing novel about a young couple pulled together by love and apart by religion.” Read the interview with the author.


book cover for The Light Between Us by Katie Khan

The Light Between Us
by Katie Khan

Recommended by:  Jo at Books & Lovely Things

Synopsis: Determined to prove everyone wrong, post-graduate student Thea is determined to show that time travel can exist. But when one of her experiments goes terribly wrong, she must turn to Isaac, the boy who got away, to help make it right. For its intriguing mixture of science fiction and romance, The Light Between Us is definitely one of August’s best new books.

Why I love it: “This second book by Katie Khan is a must-read. A boy meets girl love story with a twist of Sci-Fi and a strong and clever heroine taking centre stage. I enjoyed the back and forth between the characters’ early uni days at Oxford and the present, as well as the exciting jaunts through my hometown of London. The beautifully poetic writing as reality meets ‘time travel’ is outstanding. It’s a bold, original novel that will keep you hooked and stay with you long after the final page.” Read the full review.


book cover for To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann

To the Bridge
by Nancy Rommelmann

Recommended by:  What’s Nonfiction?

Synopsis: On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to a bridge in Portland, Oregon, and threw her two children over the railing, killing her four-year-old son. Journalist Nancy Rommelmann investigates how a mother could bring herself to murder her own children and what we can learn from this unspeakable tragedy. 

Why I love it: “Journalist Nancy Rommelmann explores, down to the smallest detail, the how and why behind a horrifying act that’s much easier to label “incomprehensible,” then look away from. But she sensitively sifts through years’ worth of information – interviews, documents, court appearances and some truly shocking statistics – and a clearer picture of the twisted logic behind why a mother decided killing her children was her only option begins to emerge.

It’s unsettling and uneasy, and Rommelmann never makes excuses or a case for sympathy, instead telling a page-turning story of abuse, manipulation, and unhealthy mental states adding up to a powder keg environment. After reading To the Bridge, I felt I understood more about what could have easily been written off as a chilling but sensationalized story and a situation seemingly too uncomfortable to examine more closely. Read the full review.

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Best New Books We Are Dying to Read

book cover for Our House by Louise Candlish

Our House
by Louise Candlish

Recommended by: Abby at Crime by the Book

Synopsis: On a seemingly normal day, Fiona Lawson comes home to her house to find a strange family moving in. Shocked and confused, Fiona reaches out to her ex-husband Bram, only to find he has disappeared along with their two sons. As the tangled web of lies comes crashing down upon Fiona, you’ll find this plenty of twists and turns in this new novel. Read the full review


book cover for The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

The Summer Wives
by Beatriz Williams

Recommended by: Kristin at Always with a Book

Synopsis: In the Long Island Sound, Winthrop Island is split between the rich socialites with their summer homes and the locals simply trying to make a living. Returning after almost 20 years, Miranda Thomas, now a famous actress, is determined to root out all of the island’s dark secrets and get justice for the man that she loves. Read the full review.


book cover for Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

by Rosie Walsh

Recommended by: Lost in the Rain

Synopsis: It’s love at first sight for Sarah and Eddie. Their first seven days together pass in a whirlwind of perfect days. Then Eddie leaves on a vacation and just vanishes. Is he just blowing her off or is there something else going on? Writing under her own name for the first time instead of the pseudonym Lucy Robinson, Rosie Walsh delivers one of August’s best new books that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Read the full review.


book cover for Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Baby Teeth
by Zoje Stage

Recommended by: Kelly at Here’s to Happy Endings

Synopsis: To her father, little seven-year-old Hanna seems is a perfect little angel. She loves her daddy above all else … and doesn’t want to share his affection, not even with her mother. Suzette begins to suspect that their might be something very wrong with her little girl. As Hanna’s aggression toward Suzette escalates, the suspense of this psychological thriller rated this book a place on August’s best new books. Read the full review.


book cover for These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

These Rebel Waves
by Sara Raasch

Recommended by: Lili at Utopia State of Mind

Synopsis: Joining August’s best new books is Sara Raasch’s new young adult fantasy series full of political intrigue and non-stop action. Thrown to together, the soldier Lu, the pirate Devereux and the crown prince Benat set off on a quest to hopefully bring peace to a world full of war and magic. Read the full review.



book cover for The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied
by Riley Sager

Recommended by: Suzanne at The Bookish Libra

Synopsis: Two Truths and a Lie. During her first year at summer camp, Emma Davis use to play that game all the time with her friends. Until one night all three disappear. Now fifteen year later, Emma returns to Camp Nightingale as an instructor, hoping to find out what happened to her friends. Read the full review.


book cover for Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver
by Naomi Novik

Recommended by: Aimee at Aimee, Always

Synopsis: The daughter of the town moneylender, Miryem decides to take it upon herself to collect the debts owed to her family. When her reputation for turning silver pennies into gold starts to spread, Miryem finds herself over her head when creatures who haunt the woods want to exploit her ability. Our list of August’s best new books would not be complete without this intriguing spin on the Rumplestiltskin fairy tale. Read the full review.


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  • Reply Misty Lynch August 27, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you for this list! Hoping for 2 more beach weekends at least here in the Northeast and I think some of these would be perfect to get lost in for a little while!

  • Reply Pam August 28, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Looks like some good ones. I actually have Baby Teeth in my to-read pile from the library – might have to start it next!

  • Reply Jee August 28, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Love the list! Read and reviewed The Summer Wives too. Loved it! Hoping to read The Incendiaries soon ?Following you sisters! Pls show this ‘new’ blogger some love on her blog too ?❤️it’s See you there! Xoxo

  • Reply Emily August 29, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve heard lots of great things about Spinning Silver! Might have to pick it up. Also can’t wait to read These Rebel Waves! Great picks. ?

  • Reply Melissa August 31, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    To the Bridge is right up my ally!

  • Reply Tasha September 1, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Great list. There may well be something for every taste there.

  • Reply Jennifer September 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I read Baby Teeth. Disturbing to say the least.

  • Reply Julia September 1, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I’m very intrigued by Baby Teeth!

  • Reply Nikki @ Saturday Nite Reader September 1, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I loved The Last Time I Lied! What a great list you have here.

  • Reply Shana September 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Great list!. The Last Time I lied is going on my TBR pile!

  • Reply DJ Sakata September 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I have Summer Wives but haven’t gotten to it yet – I adore that author

  • Reply Entertainingly Nerdy September 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read the book The Last Time I Lied but I really didn’t like Final Girls (written by the same author) so I’ve been skeptical about getting that book.

  • Reply Cia Black September 1, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    So many great books, I wouldn’t even know where to start. I have read the Light between us and ahhhh…my heart broke.

  • Reply Christine September 1, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I want to read Uprooted and Spinning Silver so bad but I don’t own them and I’m on a buying ban so can’t. 🙁

  • Reply Ayushi A Nair September 2, 2018 at 1:13 am

    So many great reads I’m adding in tbr list

  • Reply Mrs. SBF September 2, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Looks like a great list of books! I really need to make time to read more. I used to be an avid reader but have not had time this year!

  • Reply Jordanne September 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Heard good things about Baby Teeth & Naomi Novik in general – hope you get to read all those books you’re looking forward to! Great post – also I love you blog’s style XD

  • Reply Karla Strand September 2, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Nice list! I post a list on my site as well of new books by womxn each month. You may be interested in it!

  • Reply Whispering Stories September 3, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Lots of great books. I’m just about to start The Incendiaries.

  • Reply Amanda McGill September 3, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Great list! I have The Last Time I Lied on my nightstand!

  • Reply CJ | A Well-Read Tart September 25, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Ummm, I have to COMPLETELY disagree with the recommendation for OUR HOUSE. I just finished this book and thought it was a pretty crappy excuse for a thriller. I had been so excited to read this one because the premise seemed awesome; but, seeing it all on paper was disappointing. The story is verrrrry long and drawn out, and while there are twists and turns, by the time you got to them (the major one doesn’t occur until more than halfway through the book), you’re like, “okay, unexpected, but can we just move this along, please?” And, I thought the ending was completely ridiculous and unbelievable.

    Overall, though, this was not a bad book; I read the entire thing and mostly enjoyed doing so. But, did it shock me? No. Did it keep me on the edge of my seat? Not one bit. Was it “gripping”? Not in the slightest. So, I’m pretty surprised that people are categorizing this as a thriller. Rather, if you want a very lengthy exploration of just how completely f’ed up life can get, this is your go-to guide. It certainly won’t disappoint you there.

    • Reply Rachael September 25, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Bummer! I was excited to read this one. I guess I’ll be taking it off my TBR list then.

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