Five New Releases to Look out for this May

Since I started receiving review copies from sites like Netgalley and Edelweiss, I’ve been swamped with so many great-sounding new books! Sadly, because there are many of them (relative to my schedule) and I also still like to read books that aren’t new, I don’t read them all. Therefore, I decided to start sharing new releases at the start of every month. This is helpful for more voracious readers who are always looking for something new and fresh to devour. Hopefully, ever month, you can find something you like!

Five new books this May

New May Releases

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Z. Joukhadar (Out May 1st, 2018)

I just finished reading this book and honestly loved it! It is a parallel telling of the stories of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour’s family has to escape Syria during the war and the story follows their journey to safety. Young Nour is anchored by a folk tale her father used to tell her. Rawiya, the heroine of the tale, joins a mapmaker on his twelfth century voyage, disguised as a boy. The Map of Salt and Stars is rich in history, full of rhythm and compelling, without a doubt. Full review to come.

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The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (Out May 1st, 2018)

New May Releases

In ‘The Perfect Mother‘, a mommy group’s night out takes a devastating turn when one of the babies is abducted. Everyone is a suspect, even the child’s mother. Aimee Molloy is master of character development. The May Mothers and even their husbands are all unique and the suspense in this story makes it unputdownable. Read my full review on goodreads.

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The Baghdad Clock (Out May 8th, 2018)

A tale of two girls who become friends during the first Gulf War. Together they imagine a better world share their dreams, their hopes and their desires, and their first loves. But as they grow older, the war continues and friends begin to flee the country, the girls must face the fact that their lives will never be the same again. The Baghdad Clock promises to transport readers to Baghdad, Iraq, revealing just what it is like to grow up in a city that is slowly disappearing in front of your eyes, and showing how in the toughest times, children can build up the greatest resilience.

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That Kind of Mother (Out May 8th, 2018)

New May Releases

I’m currently reading (and enjoying) this! Rebecca Stone, an overwhelmed new mother is relieved when her black nursing coach, Priscilla, agrees to come home with her as a nanny. However, when Priscilla dies in childbirth, Rebecca comes forward to adopt her son. But she is unprepared to be a white mother with a black son. As she soon learns, navigating motherhood for her is a matter of learning how to raise two children whom she loves with equal ferocity, but whom the world is determined to treat differently.

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Front Desk (Out May 29th, 2018)

New May Releases - Front Desk Kelly Yang

I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book and the cover is my absolute favorite thing! So much so that I gushed about it in my post about six new middle grade titles to read. I’m hoping to read this ASAP. Mia Tang lives in a motel, her parents are immigrants who work at the motel and also hide illegal immigrants. She wants to be a writer but her mother want her to focus on math. It’s exactly the kind of book I wish I’d read as a child!

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I’m very excited to read Front Desk this coming month. Which books do you plan to read in May?