July 2023 TBR

Happy July! We have a ton of fun stuff planned. Independence Day is just around the corner. We’re taking our church group to an amusement park. And Cj and I have a quick vacation planned this month too. So, it’s going to be busy. But hopefully I can squeeze in some reading time too. Let’s talk about my July 2023 TBR.



Evil is alive in Libertyville. It inhabits a custom-painted red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine and young Arnold Cunningham, who buys it. Along with Arnold’s girlfriend, Leigh Cabot, Dennis Guilder attempts to find out the real truth behind Christine and finds more than he bargained for: from murder to suicide, there’s a peculiar feeling that surrounds Christine–she gets revenge on anyone standing in her path. Can Dennis save Arnold from the wrath of Christine? 

I get such a nostalgic feeling around Fourth of July. And Christine just feels like it’s going to have that spooky retro Americana vibes that I’m looking for. It’s a pretty big boy though so I could see it taking up most of the month. But right now feels like the right time to pick it up.



Octavia E. Butler’s final novel is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted–and still wants–to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. 

Like I mentioned in my midyear wrap up, Fledgling has been on my shelf for quite some time. So I will probably add it to my tbrs going forward until it finally sticks. I’m really looking forward to it. And I loved Kindred, so I don’t really know why I keep putting it off.

Hell Bent


Galaxy “Alex” Stern is determined to break Darlington out of hell—even if it costs her a future at Lethe and at Yale. But Alex is playing with forces far beyond her control, and when faculty members begin to die off, she knows these aren’t just accidents. Something deadly is at work in New Haven, and if Alex is going to survive, she’ll have to reckon with the monsters of her past and a darkness built into the university’s very walls.

Eventually, I will read Hell Bent. I promise.

Come with Me


Haunted by her absence–and her ghost–Aaron goes through her belongings, where he finds a receipt for a motel room in another part of the country. Piloted by grief and an increasing sense of curiosity, Aaron embarks on a journey to discover what Allison had been doing in the weeks prior to her death. Yet Aaron is unprepared to discover the dark secrets Allison kept, the death and horror that make up the tapestry of her hidden life. And with each dark secret revealed, Aaron becomes more and more consumed by his obsession to learn the terrifying truth about the woman who had been his wife, even if it puts his own life at risk.

I’m so excited to read Come with Me. I loved Little Girls by Ronald Malfi, so I definitely want to check this one out. I’m still loving spooky things and this one promises to be really spooky.

So that’s my July 2023 tbr. What are you reading this month?

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