15 books we can't wait to read in May
It’s almost a new month, which means it’s time to talk about new book releases! We love nothing more than curling up with a new novel, and May’s books are SERIOUSLY good. The list includes some dazzling new debuts, some highly anticipated follow-ups, some must-read celebrity memoirs, and some addictive young adult tales. Also, all of them have crazy-gorgeous book covers, which is always a plus.
Warning: Your reading list is about to get a LOT longer. (Sorry not sorry.) Here are 15 new books that we can’t wait to read in May.
It’s no secret that we’re SUPER excited to read Gabby Sidibe’s memoir. In This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare she tells stories of her upbringing in New York, her struggles with depression, and her rather unconventional first job. May 1st.
“If there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women, then I hope there’s a corollary spot in heaven for women who do. Or free parking. Something.” The Garden of Small Beginnings is a quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful book about Lilian, a single mother and widow. Little does she know that her newest assignment of illustrating vegetable guides will completely change her life. We’re already dying to know if there will be a sequel. May 2nd.
It’s. Finally. Here. We’ve been waiting for Paula Hawkins’s follow-up to The Girl on the Train for ages. In Into the Water, two bodies are discovered at the bottom of a river: a teenage girl and a single mother. Cue us trying to solve the mystery until the very last page. May 2nd.
Whether you know it or not, Dana Schwartz has already made you laugh. She’s the brilliant mind behind two of Twitter’s funniest parody accounts, @DystopianYA and @GuyInYourMFA. Now, her debut novel And We’re Off about a mom who tags along on her daughter’s European getaway, is sure to steal your heart and inspire some serious wanderlust. May 2nd.
When we first met Lara Jean, she was falling in love for the first time and adjusting to life with her sister away at college. Now, it’s Lara Jean’s turn to figure out her future. Where will she go to college? What will happen to her relationship with her boyfriend? We can’t wait to read Jenny Han’s conclusion to the Song sisters’ lovable trilogy, but we’re also going to be really sad to say goodbye. May 2nd.
Its cover might look like it’s dusted with glitter, but make no mistake: The One Memory of Flora Banks is a psychological thriller. And a gripping one at that. It tells the story of Flora, an anterograde amnesiac who can’t remember anything past the age of 10. That is, until somebody breaks through and gives her a new memory. We promise you won’t see the end coming. May 2nd.
How to Make a Wish explores important themes of class, race, and sexual orientation. In fact, it’s one of the most anticipated LGBTQA books of the year. Author Ashley Blake wanted to see more stories with bisexual main characters, so she decided to write one herself, and we’re so glad she did. How to Make a Wish tells the story of Grace and Eva, two high school girls who come from different backgrounds but still find a way to connect. May 2nd.
Mayim Bialik is many things. She’s an actress, a neuroscientist, and now, a published author. In Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, she explores the science of being a girl. It’s a guide for teens, but her words are relevant for women of all ages. May 9th.
Eleanor Oliphant is unlike any character you’ve ever met. She says exactly what she’s thinking, is peculiarly naïve, and has a sharp unconscious wit. She’s just a little bit…off. When Eleanor strikes up a friendship with Raymond, a classically nerdy IT guy from her office, she learns that human connection might be possible after all. If you thought Fredrik Backman’s Ove was a charming curmudgeon, you’ll instantly fall for Eleanor. May 9th.
Ramona Blue explores a rare and important theme: the fluidity of sexuality. Ramona thinks she likes girls, until she meets a guy and starts to question her sexuality. It’s a beautiful, honest, and complex story of young love. May 9th.
The threat of being hacked and your personal information being exposed is very real. It’s also the plot of Antisocial by Jillian Blake. One by one, the popular kids at Alexandria Prep get hacked, and their personal photos and messages get leaked. It’s fiction, but it’s a very real reminder about what can happen when we share too much. May 16th.
Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel, two young adults whose families have determined are a perfect match. Author Sandy Menon moved to America from Mumbai when she was 15, and When Dimple Met Rishi is inspired by her experiences struggling to fit in and trying to adapt to her new country while still maintaining the traditions of her Indian heritage. May 30th.
Have you ever realized you didn’t know somebody as well as you thought you did? Juniper Lemon has. When she finds a letter that her older sister Camilla wrote on the day she died, addressed simply to “You,” Juniper embarks on a journey to find its mysterious intended recipient. Also: How incredible is the name Juniper Lemon? Very. May 30th.
Calling all readers who romanticize the glitz and grit of 1980s New York: This one’s for you. But this isn’t a sweet boy-meets-girl love story. It’s a raw, lusty modern day Romeo and Juliet with passion, violence, and desperation. May 30th.
Oh, David Sedaris, you can do no wrong. The author’s next book, Theft by Finding: Diaries, reveals bits and pieces of his personal diaries from 1977-2002. Hardcore Sedaris fans will recognize the raw material that brought to life some of his funniest and most-loved nonfiction stories. May 30th.