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Recommended Reads for July

July’s theme is to read a debut novel.

Note: this is the first novel by any author – so it’s okay if they’ve published more books since!)


If you’re stuck for inspiration, why not try one of our staff recommended picks?


General Fiction

Sally Rooney – Conversations with Friends

Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Phoebe Wynne – Madam

Jeanette Winterson – Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner

Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility

J.D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye

Joseph Heller – Catch 22

Diane Setterfield – The Thirteenth Tale

Stephen King – Carrie

Donna Tartt – The Secret History

Zadie Smith – White Teeth

Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere

Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird

Kathryn Stockett – The Help

Delia Owens – Where the Crawdads Sing

Fredrik Backman – A Man Called Ove

Emma Cline – The Girls

Graeme Simsion – The Rosie Project

Ernest Cline – Ready Player One

Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees

Candice Carty-Williams – Queenie

Ken Kesey – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Toni Morrison – The Bluest Eye

Charles Dickens – The Pickwick Papers

Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus

Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife

Tommy Orange – There There

Julie Lekstrom Himes – Mikhail and Margarita


Crime & Thrillers

Stuart Turton – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects

Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train

Oyinkan Braithwaite – My Sister, the Serial Killer

Agatha Christie – The Mysteries Affair at Styles



Teen & Young Adult Novels

Markus Zusak – The Book Thief

Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Angie Thomas – The Hate U Give

Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Nicola Yoon – Everything Everything

R.J Palacio – Wonder


Children’s Books

Roald Dahl – The BFG

J.R.R Tolkien – The Hobbit


Reserve your books to collect from your local library by visiting our library catalogue, or use our free Staff Select service if you’d like us to pick out some books for you!


Can you think of any books we’ve missed from our list? Get in touch by email or on Facebook!

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