New Releases

New This Month: May 2021

Happy May! Hopefully I’ll be reading more this month that I have in the last two! Here are some books coming out this month that I’m particularly excited for! While normally I have actually at least blurb read all of the books I feature for the new releases, I’ve decided to start including all the titles I’m particularly excited for! I’ll indicate in the list below any I’ve actually read with a short blurb.

May 4

The first Tuesday in May is one of the THREE BIGGEST new release days of the entire year!

  • Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty – I am SO excited that the book series that defined my high school years in the very early aughts is back for new readers to enjoy! It’s perfect for both contemporary YA lovers and nostalgic millennials. Jessica is one of my favorite literary protagonists and Sloppy Firsts my favorite epistolary novel. It’s a realistic look at high school life and highlights the importance of female friendships!
  • Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead – This book has just about everything I love to read about – female aviators, polar adventure, shipwrecks, spunky and strong-willed female heroines, I loved it all. Written in alternating timelines, I found myself fully immersed in them both, longing for each story while I was reading the other. It is the best sort of historical and contemporary fiction mashup to read as the weather gets warmer.
  • The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel – Memoir/Graphic Novel Style
  • The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood – Historical Fiction/Fantasy
  • The Wreckage of My Presence by Casey Willson – Humor Essays/Celebrity Memoir
  • The Radio Operator by Ulla Lenze – WWII Historical Fiction, set in NYC
  • Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian – Historical Fiction & Witches!
  • The Bookshop of Second Chances – Contemporary Fiction/Romance – set in Scotland at a bookshop!
  • The Nine by Gwen Strauss – WWII Nonfiction, female resistance fighters
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint – Mythology retelling
  • The Hummingbirds’ Gift by Sy Montgomery – Nature Essay
  • Madhouse at the End of the Earth by Julian Sancton – Biography/Polar Exploration

May 11

  • Days of Steel Rain by Brent E. Jones – WWII Military Nonfiction
  • A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin – Horror Feminist Fiction

May 18

  • The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent – Contemporary fiction/romance – A fun and compelling read, full of witty characters and a gorgeous setting.
  • Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean – YA royalist fiction – What a fun book! I read it in one sitting and it’s comp to The Princess Diaries is apt! Lighthearted and fun, it’s a great read for royalty lovers of all ages!
  • Before the Crown by Flora Harding – QE2 historical fiction
  • The Betrayals by Bridget Collins – Magical Realism fiction
  • Madam by Phoebe Wynne – Dark Academia fiction, Scotland setting
  • Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall – Romantic Comedy, GBBO style setting

May 25

  • My Remarkable Journey by Katherine Johnson – Memoir, Hidden Figures mathematician
  • The MotoLady’s Book of Women Who Ride by Alicia Mariah Alfving – Art/Photography book of female motorcycle riders
  • The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis – Gaslamp fantasy
  • The Lost Boys of Montauk by Amanda M. Fairbanks – Biography, nautical disaster

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