Your July Reading List

Emily Calkins of the King County Library System offers binge-able titles that will keep you enthralled through July. Check out a digital copy of these titles and more at With modified in-building services being offered at many KCLS libraries now, physical copies can either be picked up at a contactless Curbside to Go location or 24/7 lockers. KCLS continues to adjust library services per federal, state, and local mandates and guidelines — get the most up-to-date information on its reopening plan here.

Life on the Line: Young Doctors Come of Age During a Pandemic by Emma Goldberg

As the COVID-19 pandemic slammed New York City In March 2020, several of the city’s medical schools graduated doctors early. Hospitals faced overwhelming patient loads, and many new doctors began their careers in COVID-19 wards. New York Times reporter Emma Goldberg followed six new doctors through those trying months. Her moving book recounts their experiences, both professional and personal. Through their lives, Goldberg takes readers inside New York’s most storied hospitals, explores medical education, and examines how COVID-19 highlighted inequity.

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

In fewer than 200 pages, Sarah Moss creates a wonderfully complex teenage protagonist, a wrenching portrait of domestic violence, a subtle exploration of class, a vivid depiction of the British moors at the height of summer, and a gripping atmospheric thriller. It’s the perfect book to get lost in on a long, hot summer afternoon.

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

First published in 1958, The Dud Avocado follows a young American woman making questionable decisions during a summer abroad. Sally Jay Gorce, the novel’s heroine, is by turns funny, self-absorbed, and insightful. A fizzy, stylish, and fun read.

EMILY CALKINS is the readers’ services program coordinator for KCLS, where she specializes in connecting readers with stories, authors, and each other. She also is the co-host of KCLS’ podcast, “The Desk Set.” As a reader, she likes flawed characters, atmospheric world-building, and anything with a slow-burn romance.

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