New Releases

New This Month: May 2020

This is the trickiest time I’ve had putting together a new release post yet – as of yesterday, books that were due out THIS Tuesday were still having their pub dates changed. To the best of my knowledge these are accurate as of today, May 1, 2020, but all pub dates are subject to change based on the publishers decisions and printing backlogs.

As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the time the book comes out, I’ve most likely already read, and therefore forgotten, about it. My hope here is to a, share some exciting new titles with you, lovely book lovers and b, remind myself of all the books that will be arriving in the store this month! While the release dates are for US editions, most will be available internationally around the same time or shortly thereafter. In the USA, I recommend purchasing through Bookshop, in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers before turning to major chains/online for your book buying needs.

I’ve chosen a collection of books in a variety of genres because I have a myriad of tastes and interests, hopefully one, or a few, will appeal to you! Reviews will be posted for some of the titles as they are released!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Exile Music by Jennifer Steil – an interesting take on the WWII novel, this book is set in South America and features those who fled Europe prior to and during WWII
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella – fiction debut for one of my local authors at the bookstore – it’s a compelling thriller set at Harvard and is great for those who don’t typically read thrillers, like me!
The Book of V. by Anna Solomon – two of my coworkers read this one as an early copy and really enjoyed it – it’s historical, political, and traces three women’s stories during three different time periods
The Paris Hours by Alex George – Paris in the 1920s, it’s a great work of historical fiction told in four alternating points of view

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

24 by Willie Mays & John Shea – one of my family members is a huge reader and Willie Mays fan and he says this is one of the best sports books he’s ever read
On Lighthouses by Jazmina Barrera – my father has always had a fondness for lighthouses and this slim volume is a compelling compilation that touches on all aspects of lighthouses and what they mean to her
Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore – I’m constantly being told I would enjoy Christopher Moore and this is a great edition to his cannon – he writes witty and humors absurdist fiction
Library of Legends by Janie Chang – while the third in a trilogy, one doesn’t need to have read the others to enjoy this WWII story set in China

Tuesday, May 19 & 26, 2020

Beach Read by Emily Henry is out on May 19th and is a favorite of my coworker Anna – it’s about two writers and is the perfect lighthearted Beach Read
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner is out on May 26th and reminds me a great deal of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and while not written in letters, does follow a number of different characters throughout the war years and immediately after as they undertake the challenging of maintaining and restoring a building of significance to Austenites.

While I enjoy doing this monthly collection, I ultimately hope that it is helpful to you, dear readers! Are there any books that I didn’t include that you’re excited for this month?

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