6 Exciting May Book Releases!

May Book Releases

Finally Spring feels like it’s here (sort of). Where I live we’ve had a few nice days, and several rainy ones. April showers bring May flowers or something, right? Now that May is here, I’m getting excited. 1) I’M GOING TO BOOK EXPO IN NYC! I LEAVE ON THE 29th! and 2) There are tons of great and exciting May book releases! I can’t wait to get my hands on each and every one of these. How about you?

Six Exciting May Book Releases


Book Cover for Not that Bad edited by Roxane GayNot That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture by Roxane Gay

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Harper

Anything with Roxane Gay’s name on it is something I’m going to want to get my hands on. She’s so smart, articulate, and thought-provoking. This collection is on rape culture, which is an issue that interests and saddens me greatly. I know that in Gay’s hands, this topic will be handled expertly and with care. I already have a copy of this one and can’t wait to see where it goes.

Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.

Puddin’ (Dumplin’ #2) by Julie Murphy

Young Adult Contemporary
Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

This month I finally picked up Dumplin’, the first book in this companion series. I don’t know why I took so long to get to it. I think something about the synopsis didn’t immediately grab me. However, every single moment of it was pure delight and I loved it. I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on Puddin’!

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Harper

What Should Be Wild sounds like an incredibly intriguing coming of age story peppered with fantastical elements.  

In this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia—an utterly original novel with all the mesmerizing power of The Tiger’s Wife, The Snow Child, and Swamplandia!

Book cover for From Twinkle with Love by Sandyha MenonFrom Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Young Adult Contemporary
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 22nd 2018 by Simon Pulse

I read When Dimple Met Rishi last year when it came out, and I totally loved it! It was one of my favourite books of the year. It was incredibly charming and adorable and I can’t wait to see what Menon has in store for us with her next novel!

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2. … Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

Young Adult Contemporary
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 22nd 2018 by Swoon Reads

I haven’t read Queens of Geek yet, but I’m definitely intrigued and have only heard good things! I need to get my hands on these! They both sound like pure delight.

A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde’s quirky and utterly relatable novel.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Psychological Suspense
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 29th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press

Guys I just finished this one and I can’t wait for it to come out to see what you guys think! I’m a big fan of suspense/mysteries that focus on personal stuff–family, secrets, the past, that sort of thing. And Ruth Ware is so good at it! I enjoyed her first two thrillers, but I loved her last two – this one and The Lying Game. This one is dark and atmospheric. I completely loved it and devoured it in no time. When you read it tell me what you think!

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

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