6 August Releases to Add to Your TBR List

We’re already more than half way through the year— what even is the concept of time these days? How many books have you gotten through on your ‘To Be Read (TBR)’ list? Better yet how many unreasonable but totally necessary reads have you added to the list? We’ve got you covered with a guide to some of this month’s most anticipated book releases! Let us know what you’re planning on reading this month!

  1. Fresh by Margot Wood – August 3

Young Adult Fiction 

Fresh: A Novel is a vulnerable and sex positive coming-of-age story that follows a girl’s freshman year college experience. Elliot McHugh is in for a world of new experiences and mistakes as she journeys through finding herself. Partying, making new friends and exploring relationships are all a part of the process. (TW: sexual assault)

  1. The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams – August 3


Sara Adams brings to life the magic of books and human connection in her debut novel The Reading List. The story tells the tale of two very different people who form an unlikely friendship over a list of library books. The pair uses fiction as a way to transport themselves from their reality to a place of pure joy. 

  1. The Husbands by Chandler Baker – August 3

Fiction Thriller

The Husbands is an exploration and critique of modern day motherhood, marriage and love. Nora Spangler is a successful attorney, works hard but still has to find a way to balance all that life has to give. What will it take for her to have it all?

  1. Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn

Young Adult Fiction

In Sugar Town Queens, Malla Nunn tells the story of 15 year-old Amandla who is on the hunt for answers about her parent’s past. This YA novel explores a divided family, hard truths and how friendship can save lives. 

  1. Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be by Nichole Perkins – August 17


Nichole Perkins, fellow podcaster, poet and former Buzzfeed host examines pop culture and its effects on her life as a Southern Black woman in her new memoir. She examines the challenges she has faced navigating relationships, mental illness and feminism through her sharp wit and sensible storytelling. 

  1. Seeing Ghosts by Kat Chow – August 24


In Seeing Ghosts Kat Chow, NPR Code Switch founding member, grapples with her emotions surrounding the unexpected death of her mother. Chow’s memoir tells her family’s story and draws a portrait of grief through the lense of three generations of her Chinese American family. 

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