01. Both of Us: My Life with Farrah by Ryan O’Neal (May 1; Crown Publishing Group)
02. The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger (May 1; Doubleday)
03. The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel (May 1; Unbridled Books)
04. Objects of My Affection: A Novel by Jill Smolinski (May 1; Touchstone)
05. The Solitary House by Lynn Shepherd (May 1; Random House)
06. The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones (May 1; HarperCollins)
07. The Proposal by Mary Balogh (May 1; Random House)
08. Bring Up the Bodies (Wolf Hall #2) by Hilary Mantel (May 8; Holt, Henry & Company)
09. Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones (May 8; Gallery Books)
10. Home by Toni Morrison (May 8; Doubleday)
11. The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey (May 15; Doubleday)
12. Shelter: A Novel by Frances Greenslade (May 15; Free Press)
13. The Borgia Mistress (The Poisoner Mysteries #3) by Sara Poole (May 22; St. Martin’s Press)
14. The Lower River by Paul Theroux (May 22; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
15. The Yard by Alex Grecian (May 29; Putnam)
16. So Far Away: A Novel by Meg Mitchell Moore (May 29; Little, Brown)
17. A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith #2) by Julia Quinn (May 29; Avon)
May is definitely a popular month for new releases from all sorts of genres, as well as new and returning authors alike. Not listed above are some much-anticipated titles from heavy-hitters, such as James Patteron’s 11th Hour from his Women’s Murder Club series, John Irving’s In One Person, Richard Ford’s Canada and Steve Berry’s The Columbus Affair, which sounds interesting. There’s also another Nora Roberts (The Last Boyfriend) and a new title from Susan Mallery, Summer Days. Also anticipated is the twelfth book in Charlene Harris’ Southern Vampire series (aka Sookie Stackhouse, aka True Blood), Deadlocked; I’d be particularly excited for this one except that I’m already one book behind in the series – perhaps I’ll catch up over summer, but I’ve lost quite a bit of interest in the story lately. One series I am looking forward to continuing is Julia Quinn’s very cute Smythe-Smith romances: I adored Just Like Heaven, the first book in the series, and I can’t wait to see how the next story unfolds. I’m also intrigued by the continuations of two historical sagas – Hilary Mantel’s Tudor drama Bring Up the Bodies and Sara Poole’s The Borgia Mistress. I’ve yet to read the originals of either series, but I’m certainly planning on it. Frances Greenslade’s Shelter is one I’ve already had the pleasure of reading (find my review here) and I absolutely recommend it for your May reading lists.
Additionally, I don’t typically include young adult books in these lists because it’s not a genre I focus on here, but there are a bunch of notable new releases there as well: especially Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore, Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams, The Princess of Iowa by M. Molly Backes and Phillipa Gregory’s first foray into the young adult genre, Changeling.
There’s plenty to keep us busy this month! What’s on your list?
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