May’s Best Books! Best New Releases for May 2019
Here are my March TBR possibilities!
This month’s stack is evenly balanced between challenge books and new releases. I’m about a 3/4 of the way through Daisy Jones and the Six and I’m LOVING it! It’s about the band’s rise to fame and the truth about their abrupt breakup. The book’s format is really unique- it’s an undisclosed amount of time in the future and the bandmates are being interviewed, so we get to hear all sides of the story. I already feel a book hangover coming on- if you like classic rock at all, you have to pick this one up.
I’m linking up with Literary Quicksand, Rachel at Never Enough Novels, and Allison at My Novel Life -the co-hosts of TBR (To Be Read) Mix ‘n Mingle. The first Wednesday of each month they share the books they’re planning to read for the month.
I have been steadily adding to my TBR list. I get the bulk of my inspiration from #bookstagram (occupational hazard) but also from podcasts, publishers, and people that I know in real life. I love when people reach out to me to tell me what they’re reading or to tell me what they felt about a book that I recommended- it’s the best! Here are some of the latest additions to my list.
Black Leopard Red Wolf | Marlon James | Lets be honest. I saw the cover and thought it was beautiful, but @read_by_rodkelly is the reason I put it on my list. (He gives great recs). Black Leopard Red Wolf is being called the African Game of Thrones, and this reader doesn’t need much more than that.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home | Carol Rifka Brunt | This was one of Ashley Spivey’s “loves” picks from her episode on the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast. She said it would go well with two of my favorite books of all time, The Hearts Invisible Furies and A Little Life, so of course I have to read it!
The Girl He Used to Know | Tracy Garvis Graves | Cant remember where I first heard about this rec, but I love stories that explore the “what might have been”.
The Atlas of Reds and Blues | Devi Laskar | Rec from All the Books and Liberty Hardy- A tough but powerful book that opens with a woman who is lying in her driveway after having been shot by the police. She goes through and thinks about her life as she’s lying there, and reflects specifically on what it’s like living life as a second generation immigrant and woman of color in America.
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley | Charlotte Gordon | Look, I’m fully aware that there’s little chance that I’ll get around to reading this, but it sounded interesting enough to make my list. I got interested in Mary Shelley from Annotated Episode 5 I got this rec in person from Tyler @windycitybookshelf at the Chicago bookswap event!
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Yay- it’s March! February was the most February month ever and I’m happy to see it go. Those of you who don’t live in cold weather areas just don’t understand how demotivating it can be when it’s 30 degrees or colder for three months in a row. Here’s to warmer weather and new releases!
Here are 10 that I personally found to be the most exciting.
For Publication Date | March 5th, 2019:
A Woman is No Man | Etaf Rum | This was a Book of the Month exclusive so I really thought this has been out. It’s an #ownvoices debut about three generations of Palestinian women in modern day Brooklyn who are learning to balance family obligation, duty, and culture.
An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago | Alex Kotlowitz | I couldn’t not put this one on my list- a journalist takes a look at gun violence in Chicago from the angle of specific members of the community who have been affected by it.
Before She Knew Him | Peter Swanson | I’ve never read a Peter Swanson book but he’s a super popular author known for crafting exciting thrillers. Hen is an illustrator who is just learning how to manage her bipolar disorder when a triggering man moves next door. She’s sure she sees something in his home that gives up his connection to a missing boy- but she’s not sure how she can get people to believe her.
Call Me Evie | J. P. Pomare | This has a lot of promise- it’s a debut thriller about a woman who is being held captive who can’t remember much about her former life or how she got there. Her captor is telling her that she’s being kept there for her own good- she did something terrible and he’s trying to protect her. I’m expecting this one to be pretty dark, so be forewarned.
Daisy Jones and the Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid | I can’t believe this book is just coming out- I’ve been hearing about it for months. And with good reason- Taylor Jenkins Reid is a fantastic author and her story about the rise and fall of a massively popular 1970s band group sounds irresistible. Plus, there’s a Spotify playist to go along with it! March is new release catch up month for me and this is high on the list.
Queen Bey: A Celebration of Power and Creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter | Veronica Chambers | A collection of essays about Beyonce and her place in cultural history with submissions from actors, authors, and academics such as Luvvie Ajayi, Lena Waithe, Brittney Cooper, and Michael Eric Dyson.
For Publication Date | March 12th, 2019:
If, Then | Kate Hope Day | Literary fiction that looks at “what might have been.” Four neighbors begin to question everything when they start to have visions about their lives in parallel realities. A researcher on a brink of a breakthrough sees herself pregnant with another child, a environmental scientist becomes increasingly paranoid after seeing a natural disastor that threatens the safety of his family, a surgeon questions her marriage, and a woman in mourning begins to see visions of her dead mother. Sounds like this could be a good addition to the dreams and alternate realities trend for 2019!
The Trial of Lizzie Borden | Cara Robertson | This is a true story based on twenty years of research about the trial of Lizzie Borden. This is historical true crime book examines gender, society, and the enduring question… was Lizzie Borden guilty? (SO. EXCITED.)
Publication Date | March 19th, 2019:
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams | Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London who is going through a messy breakup. She’s soothing herself with all of the wrong things and is finding it harder and harder to fit herself in the box that society seems to want to put her in. The marketers are calling this Bridget Jones meets Americanah, but the synopsis is reminding me of a favorite of mine, All Grown Up. I got this as my Book of the Month pick!
Publication Date | March 26th, 2019:
My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing | Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I always get semi annoyed when books are described as being X meets Y… yet the comparisons seem to be doing their job, because they tend to catch my attention. The couple central to this story are just like any other suburban couple- except these two have a penchant for covering up murders.
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas | Release Date: February 5th, 2019 | Yay, new Angie Thomas! Thomas’s The Hate U Give was one of my favorite books from 2017 and I’ve been patiently waiting for On the Come Up since I heard it was coming out. (It’s been pre-ordered for ages). Bri wants to be a rapper but she has big shoes to fill. Her father is a hip hop legend was killed right before he hit it big. Bri’s first song goes viral… for all the wrong reasons. She’ll do anything to make it so she can give back to her family.. even it it means playing into the thing that the media has made her out to be.
The Beantown Girls | Jane Healey | Release Date: February 5th, 2019 | Three girls from Boston go overseas with the Red Cross during WWII to help out with the war effort. They all have their different reasons for going, but are faced with challenges that far exceed anything they thought they could handle.
The Hiding Place | CJ Tudor | Release Date: February 5th, 2019 | Sophomore novel from the author of the Chalk Man! A man is being called back to his hometown after a young kid is being put through the same thing his sister was put through. He’s the only one that knows what really happened and may be the only one who is able to stop it.
The Lost Man | Jane Harper | Release Date: February 5th, 2019 | Yay, a new Jane Harper! Jane Harper is the author of The Dry (a favorite at TBR Etc.) and this is her first standalone. Two brothers finally meet in the Australian outback after months of being estranged. Their third brother lies dead at their feet. The brothers must find out how get got there, because surely, he didn’t do this to himself.
The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides | Release Date: February 5th, 2019 | Thanks to Book of the Month- this has been getting a lot of early buzz. A seems to have it all- a burgeoning art career, a fabulous home, and a loving marriage- until one day, her husband comes home and she shoots him five times in the face. Or so she thinks. A therapist is working with her and tries desperately to unfold the mystery of what really happened, but she’s not talking.
The Winter Sister | Megan Collins | Release Date: February 5th, 2019 | A suspense debut, a woman with a complicated past returns home to care for her ailing mother and dig deeper into what really happened when her sister was murdered sixteen years ago.
The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley | Release Date: February 12th, 2019 | A modern “locked room” mystery. A group of college friends continues their New Years Eve tradition of getting a house together. A blizzard descends and old arguments reignite… and one of them winds up dead.
The Night Tiger | Yangsze Choo | Release Date: February 12th, 2019 | The Night Tiger sounds wonderful. In 1930s Malaysia, Ji Lin is working nights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s mahjong debts. Ren is a houseboy who’s been given a peculiar mission- he has 49 days to find his Master’s missing finger, lest the man’s soul be destined for purgatory. There’s mysterious deaths, rumors of men that turn into tigers, and superstition, but in the end it’s a coming of age story about two people who are trying to find their own way in a society that doesn’t want them to have voice.
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls | Anissa Gray | Release Date: February 19th, 2019 | Althea is the eldest sister in the Butler family- the one who’s always looked out for her sisters and served as a substitute matriarch. So when she and her husband get arrested and put in jail, the town shuns them and the sisters aren’t sure what to think. The only thing they do know is that they’re now in charge of the couple’s teenage daughters. It’s been getting comparisons to An American Marriage, so you know I’ll be reading this one.
Parkland: Birth of a Movement | David Cullen | Release Date: February 19th, 2019 | On my guest episode of Sarah’s Book Shelves Live, I called this one my most highly anticipated book for 2019. David Cullen is a journalist who is well known for his book Columbine. Parkland: Birth of a Movement is being released around the one year anniversary of the Parkland school shooting and the teens that took the tragedy and turned themselves into activists. I’m obsessed with the simple, impactful cover, too.
The Huntress: A Novel | Kate Quinn | Release Date: February 26th, 2019 | Historical fiction- a war correspondent and Russian female bomber pilot join forces to track the Huntress, an elusive Nazi war criminal.
Say Nothing | Patrick Radden Keefe | Release Date: February 26th, 2019 | From New Yorker staff writer comes
a book thats part history, part true crime on a mysterious, unsolved murder, bitter conflict in Northern Ireland, and its aftermath.
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