May Anticipated Reads: Wait! That Person Wrote a Book?

I present to you your book recommendations for May. Somehow it’s been an entire month since I compiled my last ‘Most Anticipated Reads’ blog post - this time we are definitely looking towards summer. We’ve had some very nice weekend weather recently, so check out these titles for your next can’t-put-down read, whilst you soak up some rays in the local park, cool beverage of your choice in hand. This list is packed, surprisingly, with names you’ll know, and not necessarily from the literary community. Did you know Stacey Abrams - high profile-US politician has written a political thriller? I’m not kidding - I just found this out too. Also, music-sensation Billie Eilish has a visual narrative book coming out as well. Look at you thinking Andy Weir was going to be the biggest name on this list.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Del Rey (May 4th)

This is a much anticipated book from best-selling Sci-Fi author Andy Weir. You might have heard of The Martian - that’s right, the film with Matt Damon. The story follows Ryland Grace who is a sole survivor on a last desperate attempt at a humanity-saving mission. The twist: Ryland Grace doesn’t know he is Ryland Grace. He doesn’t even know his own name. Intriguing.

This book has a long list of well-known names singing its praises, from astronaut Tim Peake describing the book as “one of the most plausible science fiction books I’ve ever read,” to Game of Thrones’ George R. R. Martin stating that this book “has everything fans of old school SF (like me) love.” After reviews like this, how can one not put this on our TBR lists?

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Transworld Publishers Ltd (May 27th)

The Guardian has described this book as “ferociously clever,” and combined with those vibrant colours used in the cover design, I already want a copy for my bookshelf. Apparently, if you are a fan of Donna Tartt (Ruby - our Editor-in-Chief - I’m looking at you), then this is a book right up your alley. Maggie Shipstead’s debut novel ‘Seating Arrangements’ was an instant best-seller and prize-winner, so we can expect big things for this second novel. I’m conscious I haven’t even hinted at what this book is about. Well, it’s something about a woman called Marian and an obsession with planes and flying that started at an early age, but also about a former child star, and a blockbuster called ‘Archangel’. You know what, I think you’ll just have to read it to find out.

Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish

Hachette Children’s Group (May 11th)

Okay, so you might have heard of Billie Eilish… she might be one of the biggest names in music at the moment. Think James Bond… ‘No Time to Die’... You’ve got it! In this book, Billie Eilish shares an inside look at her life on and off the stadium stage through a visual narrative, featuring many, many photographs. We all know Billie Eilish has a distinctive visual style, so there’s no doubt this book will disappoint in that department.

Heartstopper: Volume Four by Alice Oseman

Hachette Children’s Group (May 13th)

This is the fourth volume in the extremely popular Heartstopper series of paperback graphic novels. It’s your classic friends to lovers story, but with LGBTQ+ representation and inclusion - yay! If you enjoyed that very popular Netflix film ‘Love, Simon’ then you should quickly work your way through this series - but do it quickly because you have three volumes to get through in literally no time before this book arrives. What are you still doing here… go! (But, maybe finish reading this list first?)

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Pan Macmillan (May 25th)

Whether you grew up in the 2000s, watching ‘The Princess Diaries’, or you grew up in the late 2010s, watching ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’, you’ll enjoy ‘Tokyo Ever After’. It’s akin to the concept behind ‘The Princess Diaries’ - Izumi Tanaka learns that her father was the Crown Prince of Japan, and suddenly Izumi is plunged into a life with thousands of years of traditions and customs, all of which she’ll have to learn very quickly if she is to impress.

While Justice Sleeps - Stacey Abrams

Harper Collins (27th May)

You might think this book is more suited for our American readership, but think again. Whilst it is important to know about the democratic systems within your own country, you can hardly deny that America hasn’t had an interesting couple of political years! If you’ve not heard the name Stacey Abrams, then you’re in for a treat, as this democratic force of a woman united the state of Georgia, especially ensuring the previously suppressed black vote was represented at the Biden vs. Trump polling booth - I know I was on the edge of my seat, watching Georgia turn blue! But don’t be confused, this isn’t an autobiography. Instead Abrams uses her inside knowledge of Capitol Hill to write her debut thriller novel.

Lee Child calls this book “thrilling,” whilst Lisa Gardner calls it “brilliant.” As an avid crime and thriller reader, these are two opinions you should value highly. I will certainly be picking up a copy of ‘While Justice Sleeps’ at my local bookshop.

Further May Book Recommendations

I would love to write pages and pages about all the incredible books that are being published across the spectrum of publishing houses, but it’s just not possible. However, these are a few titles that almost made it onto the list, and you should still consider picking up a copy, if you see them in the bookshop window!

Realm Breaker - Victoria Aveyard (Orion Publishing Co) - May 4th

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba - Chanel Cleeton (Penguin Putnam Inc) - May 6th

The Missing Sister - Lucinda Riley (Pan Macmillan) - May 27th

Arsenic and Adobo - Mia P Nababsaka (Penguin Putnam Inc) - May 6th

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