New Book Releases // May 2018

I've seen so many people do this kind of thing, but they're all centred around YA releases, and I'm not always interested in new YA releases. So I thought I'd share the new releases in genres that I actually am interested in, in case there are other people out there like me who want other genres!

Historical Fiction.

Love and Ruin // May 2018 Release

Love and Ruin // Paula McLain

"In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly falling in love with Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend."

genres // historical, literary, war fiction


The Map of Salt and Stars // May 2018 Release

The Map of Salt and Stars // Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

This book has been described as 'The Kite Runner' but for Syria. This is the tale of two girls, living eight hundred years apart, one in modern-day, war-torn Syria, and one in Medieval Syria.

genres // historical, contemporary, literary



You Think It I'll Say It // May 2018 Release

You Think It, I'll Say It // Curtis Sittenfeld

"A suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome lifestyle empire may or may not be built on a lie. A high-powered lawyer honeymooning with her husband is caught off guard by the appearance of the girl who tormented her in high school. A shy Ivy League student learns the truth about a classmate’s seemingly enviable life.

genres // contemporary, literary, essays


Not That Bad // May 2018 Release

Not That Bad // Roxanne Gray

"Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out."

genres // non fiction, essays, feminism



The Death of Mrs Westaway // May 2018 Release

The Death of Mrs Westaway // Ruth Ware

"On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money."

genres // mystery, thriller, suspense


The Perfect Mother // May 2018 Release

The Perfect Mother // Aimee Molloy

They call themselves the May Mothers - a mothers club of women who all gave birth in May. Then one night when they catch up for drinks, someone's child goes missing.

genres // mystery, thriller


It Ends With Her // May 2018 Release

It Ends With Her // Brianna Labuskes

FBI agent Clarke Sinclair has spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross. She knows that Cross selects only redheaded women and that he never targets another victim until Clarke has discovered the previous one. He’s never broken his pattern... until now.

genres // mystery, thriller


Literary Fiction.

The Mars Room // May 2018 Release

The Mars Room // Rachel Kushner

A novel exploring the life of a woman who has just begun two life sentences in an American Correctional Facility.

genres // literary fiction


The Ensemble // May 2018 Release

The Ensemble // Aja Gabel

"The addictive debut novel about four young friends navigating the cutthroat world of music and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives."

genres // literary fiction, contemporary


That Kind of Mother // May 2018 Release

That Kind of Mother // Rumaan Alam

Rebecca Stone is a new mother. Struggling with the trials of motherhood, she reaches out to Priscilla, the only woman at the hospital who offers her any help, and asks her to live with them as her son's nanny. Soon, through her relationship with Priscilla, Rebecca is forced to confront the blind spots of her own privilege as a white woman.

genres // literary fiction, contemporary



When Never Comes // May 2018 Release

When Never Comes // Barbara Davis

"As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow—until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen’s wasn’t the only body pulled from the icy waters that night. When details about a mysterious violet-eyed blonde become public, a media circus ensues, and Christy-Lynn runs again."

genres // contemporary


You Me Everything // May 2018 Release

You Me Everything // Catherine Isaac

"Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Château de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne. There, Jess’s ex-boyfriend—and William’s father—Adam, runs a beautiful hotel in a restored castle... Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam fall in love with his own son."

genres // contemporary



The Pisces // May 2018 Release

The Pisces // Melissa Broder

"Lucy has been writing her dissertation about Sappho for thirteen years when she and Jamie break up. Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety—not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks."

genres // fantasy, romance, contemporary


Which books are you most excited about this month??