10 May Releases to Add To Your TBR ASAP!

May 3, 2021 in New Releases
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Hello friends and hello May! I feel like April FLEW by. With my birthday, a move on the horizon and everything re-opening, it’s been a busy few weeks. But we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about BOOKS! And I have another fabulous selection of upcoming releases to share with you today. All of these books are coming out this month so you’ll want to add them to your TBR as quickly as possible. Let’s see which May 2021 book releases I’m most excited about, shall we?


May Book Releases


Arsenic and Adobo
by Mia P. Manansala

May 6th | Berkley

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When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty blogger (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Jennifer Crusie romp to an Agatha Christie joint. With the cops treating her like she’s the one and only suspect, and the shady landlord looking to finally kick the Macapagal family out and resell the storefront, Lila’s left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case before Tita Rosie’s Kitchen is closed for good.

Why I Want to Read It:

  • I want to start reading more cozy mysteries
  • Fantastic early reviews

Note: the Kindle eBook version is released on the 4th!

by Daniel Aleman

May 4th | Little, Brown Young Readers US
Young Adult

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There is a word Mateo Garcia and his younger sister Sophie have been taught to fear for as long as they can remember: deportation. Over the past few years, however, the fear that their undocumented immigrant parents could be sent back to Mexico has started to fade to the back of their minds. And why wouldn’t it, when their Ma and Pa have been in the United States for so long, they have American-born children, and they’re hard workers and good neighbors?

When two ICE agents come asking for Pa, the Garcia family realizes that the lives they’ve built are about to come crumbling down. And when Mateo returns from school one day to find that his parents have been taken, he must come to terms with the fact that his family’s worst nightmare has become a reality. With his parents’ fate and his own future hanging in the balance, Mateo must figure out who he is and what he is capable of, even as he’s forced to question what it means to be an American teenager in a country that rejects his own mom and dad.

Daniel Aleman’s Indivisible is a remarkable and timely story — both powerful in its explorations of immigration in America and deeply intimate in its portrait of a teen boy driven by his fierce, protective love for his parents and his sister.

Why I Want to Read It:

  • I love YA that have strong social themes woven in
  • Haven’t read a book that tackles parental deportation before

Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir

May 4th | Del Rey
Science Fiction

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A lone astronaut.
An impossible mission.
An ally he never imagined.

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission – and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery-and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

An irresistible interstellar adventure as only Andy Weir could imagine it, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian — while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.

Why I Want to Read It:

  • Been meaning to read Weir’s books for a while now
  • I think it would be a perfect read for me and my husband to enjoy together
  • Sounds very exciting!

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story
by Michael Lewis

May 4th | Penguin

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From the global bestselling author of The Big Short, the gripping story of the maverick scientists who hunted down Covid-19

‘It’s a foreboding,’ she said. ‘A knowing that something is looming around the corner. Like how when the seasons change you can smell Fall in the air right before the leaves change and the wind turns cold.’

In January 2020, as people started dying from a new virus in Wuhan, China, few really understood the magnitude of what was happening. Except, that is, a small group of scientific misfits who in their different ways had been obsessed all their lives with how viruses spread and replicated – and with why the governments and the institutions that were supposed to look after us, kept making the same mistakes time and again.

This group saw what nobody else did. A pandemic was coming. We weren’t prepared.

The Premonition is the extraordinary story of a group who anticipated, traced and hunted the coronavirus; who understood the need to think differently, to learn from history, to question everything; and to do all of this fast, in order to act, to save lives, communities, society itself. It’s a story about the workings of the human mind; about the failures and triumphs of human judgement and imagination. It’s the story of how we got to now.

Why I Want to Read It:

  • I want to know more about the early stages of the pandemic that led to where we are now
  • Sounds like it’s going to be a really insightful human-centric book

by Rivers Solomon

May 6th | Merky Books
Literary Fiction

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A triumphant, genre-bending novel, following a young woman through a nightmarish yet recognisable landscape as she attempts to create a new life for herself and her children.

Vern, a hunted woman alone in the woods, gives birth to twins and raises them away from the influence of the outside world. But something is wrong – not with them, but with her own body. It’s changing, it’s stronger, it’s not normal.

To understand her body’s metamorphosis, Vern must investigate the secluded religious compound from which she fled and the violent history of dehumanisation, medical experimentation and genocide that produced it. In the course of reclaiming her own darkness, Vern learns that monsters aren’t just individuals, but entire histories, systems and nations.

Rivers Solomon’s Sorrowland is a memorable work of Gothic fiction that wrestles with the tangled history of racism in America and the marginalisation of society’s undesirables. It is a searing, seminal book that marks the arrival of a bold, unignorable voice in American fiction.

Why I Want to Read It:

  • It just sounds sooooo good!
  • Love genre-blending fiction – sounds like it’s got some fantasy/magical realism elements
  • Intrigued by it being labelled as “Gothic fiction” which is a subgenre that I LOVE
  • Again, strong social themes = my jam

We Are Satellites
by Sarah Pinsker

May 13th | Head of Zeus
Science Fiction

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From award-winning author Sarah Pinsker comes a novel about one family and the technology that divides them.

Get one – or get left behind.

Val and Julie just want what’s best for their kids, David and Sophie. So when David comes home from school begging for a new brain implant to help with his studies, they’re torn. Julie grew up poor and knows what it’s like to be the only kid in school without the new technology, but Val is terrified by the risks and the implications.

Soon, everyone at Julie’s work has the implant and she’s struggling to keep pace. It’s clear that she’ll have to get one too if she’s not to be left behind.

Before long, Val and Sophie are the only two in the family without the device, and part of an ever-shrinking minority in their town. With government subsidies and no apparent downside, why would anyone refuse?

But Sophie can’t shake the feeling that something sinister is going on behind the scenes and she’s going to do whatever it takes to find out – even if it pits her against a powerful tech company and the people she loves most.

Why I Want to Read It:

  • Pinsker is an author who is well and truly on my radar – but I haven’t read their work… yet!
  • Love stories that question the potential implications of technological advances
  • I’m really enjoying speculative fiction at the moment


The Forest of Stolen Girls
by June Hur

May 24th | Feiwel & Friends
Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller

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Suspenseful and richly atmospheric, June Hur’s The Forest of Stolen Girls is a haunting historical mystery sure to keep readers guessing until the last page.

1426, Joseon (Korea). Hwani’s family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest near a gruesome crime scene.

Years later, Detective Min–Hwani’s father–learns that thirteen girls have recently disappeared from the same forest that nearly stole his daughters. He travels to their hometown on the island of Jeju to investigate… only to vanish as well.

Determined to find her father and solve the case that tore their family apart, Hwani returns home to pick up the trail. As she digs into the secrets of the small village–and collides with her now estranged sister, Maewol–Hwani comes to realize that the answer could lie within her own buried memories of what happened in the forest all those years ago.

Why I Want to Read It:

  • Heard AMAZING things about Hur’s previous book, The Silence of Bones
  • Missing girls is one of my favourite tropes
  • It’s a historical mystery and I haven’t read many of those

Note: The Kindle eBook is already available – yay!

Off the Record
by Camryn Garrett

May 27th | Penguin
Young Adult

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From Camryn Garrett, whose debut Full Disclosure was called “honest, eye-opening and heartful” by Angie Thomas, comes a ripped-from-the-headlines story of a teen journalist who stumbles across the #metoo story of the decade and has to weigh the risks against the need to fight for justice.

When seventeen-year-old Josie Wright wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she’s equal parts excited and scared. Soon she is jetting off on a multi-city tour, rubbing elbows with sparkly celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists. She even finds herself catching feelings for the subject of her profile, dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet.

Josie’s world is expanding so rapidly, she doesn’t know whether she’s flying or falling. But when a young actress lets her in on a terrible secret, and then the secrets keep coming, she realizes she’s in over her head. She wants to do the right thing, but is this her story to tell? What if she lets down the women who have entrusted her with their stories? What if this ends her writing career before it even begins? There are so many reasons not to go ahead . . . but if Josie doesn’t step up, who will?

This is a moving testament to the #MeToo movement, and all the ways women stand up for each other.

Why I Want to Read It:

  • Heard great things about the author’s work
  • Love a good #MeToo story especially when it centres justice for victims and women defending each other

Version Zero
by David Yoon

May 27th | HQ
Science Fiction

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A lightning fast and scorchingly observant novel of the moment, Version Zero is a thrilling, humorous adult debut from the brilliant mind of New York Times bestselling author David Yoon.

Reboot the present. Save the future.

Max, a data whiz at the Facebook-like social media company Wren, has gotten a firsthand glimpse of the dark side of big tech. When he starts asking questions about what his company is doing with the data they collect, he finds himself fired…and then blackballed across all of Silicon Valley.

With time on his hands and inside knowledge about the biggest tech companies, Max and his longtime friend—and sometime crush—Akiko, decide to get even by…essentially, rebooting the internet. After all, in order to fix things, sometimes you have to break them. But when Max and Akiko join forces with a reclusive tech baron, they learn that breaking things can have unintended—and disastrous—consequences. And those consequences will ripple across the world, effecting every level of society in ways no one could have imagined.

Why I Want to Read It:

  • Been meaning to read Yoon’s previous books and just haven’t gotten around to them yet
  • Again, tech-centred sci-fi = exactly what I want to read
  • Sounds like it’ll be a bit of a thriller

Note: The Kindle eBook is available from the 25th.

While Justice Sleeps
by Stacey Abrams

May 27th | HarperCollins

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An explosive secret

When legendary Washington judge Justice Wynn falls into a coma and puts his law clerk, Avery, in control, Avery’s world is turned upside down. Because Justice Wynn had a secret. One that nobody wants to come out…

A life in the balance

As Wynn lies in hospital, Avery begins to unravel a sequence of clues, and realizes the puzzle will lead her directly into danger.

A showdown that will change everything

But how high a price can you put on the truth? And is Avery brave enough to expose the White House itself?

A gripping political thriller from the activist, leader, and speaker Stacey Abrams.

Why I Want to Read It:

  • Don’t read many political thrillers but am always intrigued by them
  • Sounds like such an interesting premise

So there you have it – the May 2021 book releases that I’m most anticipating! Will you be picking up any of these titles? Let me know in the comments below.

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