July is one of those five Wednesday months. What does that actually mean? From a retailing perspective, you begin to notice certain patterns week to week, month to month. Most months have the number of releases pretty evenly spread out across the first three weeks. But week four tends to be relatively loaded up more than the first three as publishers scramble to get books out that should have dropped earlier in the month. Five Wednesday months play all kinds of havoc with the release schedule (for retailers who in many cases survive week-to-week, anyway). Week-to-week, the quantity of new titles gets spread out with publishers putting out perfunctory annuals or one-shots towards week five, and you can usually tell it's a five Wednesday month by Wednesday two. However, this month was Sand Diego Comic-Con, and most of this week's releases were in the first three weeks of the month to get product out in time for the con. I only really noticed the five Wednesday doldrums when week five actually hit because of the front-loaded release schedule. So it's Wednesday number five for July and it's a pretty small week in terms of quantity of new titles - my stack was still thirteen new books deep, but most weeks are in the 20-25 range. So what came out worth reading on Wednesday number five for July?
Happy Wednesday, everyone. Enjoy the reads.