[edgtf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”#d6a67c” background_color=””]W[/edgtf_dropcaps]e love helping readers find the best books each week in our e-newsletter, via our quarterly reading guides, and through our many book lists. Despite all our best intentions, we can’t read all the books – even though we wish we could! Plus, sometimes we miss out on early copies, and we have to wait until books are available in bookstores. So this book list is filled with those books we can’t wait to get our hands on this month. I’ve always considered May a transitional month from Spring to the unofficial start of Summer, and there are some excellent books to look forward to. So check out this list of new books that we can’t wait to read this month!
An Ordinary Age : Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional by Rainesford Stauffer
In conversation with young adults and experts alike, journalist Rainesford Stauffer explores how the incessant pursuit of a “best life” has put extraordinary pressure on young adults today, across our personal and professional lives–and how ordinary, meaningful experiences may instead be the foundation of a fulfilled and contented life.
Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
Hurricane Summer takes readers to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Ariadne, Princess of Crete, grows up greeting the dawn from her beautiful dancing floor and listening to her nursemaid’s stories of gods and heroes. But beneath her golden palace echo the ever-present hoofbeats of her brother, the Minotaur, a monster who demands blood sacrifice.
Second Place by Rachel Cusk
A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. Powerfully drawn to his paintings, she believes his vision might penetrate the mystery at the center of her life. But as a long, dry summer sets in, his provocative presence itself becomes an enigma–and disrupts the calm of her secluded household.
The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
At the end of the nineteenth century, three revolutionary women fight for freedom. Inspired by real-life events and the true story of a legendary Cuban woman –Evangelina Cisneros — who changed the course of history.
The First Ten Years by Joseph Fink, Meg Bashwiner
A sometimes hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and always entertaining joint memoir by Joseph Fink, co-creator of Welcome to Night Vale, and his wife, writer and performer Meg Bashwiner, chronicling the first ten years of their relationship from both sides. There are two sides to every love story.
Angel & Hannah by Ishle Yi Park
The sweeping, unforgettable story of an interracial couple in 1990s New York City who are determined to protect their love against all odds–a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.
Madam by Phoebe Wynne
Madam is a modern gothic novel, set at a secretive all girls’ boarding school perched on a craggy Scottish peninsula.
After Francesco by Brian Malloy
Brian Malloy brings insight, humor, and the authenticity of his own experiences as a member of the AIDS generation to this universal story of love and loss set in New York City and Minneapolis at the peak of the AIDS crisis. Published on the 40th anniversary of the disease’s first reported cases, After Francesco is both a tribute to a generation lost to the pandemic as well as a powerful exploration of heartbreak, recovery and how love can defy grief.
The Guncle by Steven Rowley
A warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.
What do you think about the books on this list?
Are any of these books on your TBR? What books are you looking forward to reading in May? What books would you add to the list?