Most Anticipated Releases | May 2020

Are you excited for May? ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒธ I sure am! Itโ€™s my birthday month and Iโ€™m planning to buy a bunch of books as a gift for myself. Most likely the quarantine will still be in force and I will be celebrating at home, but I donโ€™t mind it at all as I will be surrounded by the people I love the most โค

May is often a very good month for new releases, but this year I was only able to find 8 books Iโ€™m excited about. Maybe I missed some? Make sure to leave your most anticipated releases of next month in the comments below!



Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that canโ€™t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price… more

all adults here by emma straub

When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought sheโ€™d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?

Astridโ€™s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is intentionally pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares… more

the guest list by lucy foley

Set on a remote island off the Irish coast, this is one guest list no one would want to be on, just as no one would have wanted an invitation to the New Year’s Eve party in Foley’s previous novel, The Hunting Party . Lives unravel amid the revelry on an eerie and remote island as family and friends assemble for a glam wedding in an updated Murder on the Orient Express. Each of the principal characters has a reason to want one of their number dead, there are old secrets, and one of them is murdered… more

the paris hours by alex george

One day in the City of Lights. One night in search of lost time.

Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians, a glittering crucible of genius. But amidst the dazzling creativity of the cityโ€™s most famous citizens, four regular people are each searching for something theyโ€™ve lost.

Camille was the maid of Marcel Proust, and she has a secret: when she was asked to burn her employerโ€™s notebooks, she saved one for herself. Now she is desperate to find it before her betrayal is revealed. Souren, an Armenian refugee, performs puppet shows for children that are nothing like the fairy tales they expect… more

beach read by emily henry

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites… more


the ballad of songbirds and snakes by suzanne collins

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute… more

clap when you land by alizabeth acevedo

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash… more

burn by patrick ness

On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon heโ€™d hired to help on the farmโ€ฆ

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though… more

What ARE your most anticipated bookS of MAY 2020?

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26 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Releases | May 2020

  1. Birthdays during this time are so hard, especially for anyone living along. I have heard so much about The paris hours, and I have The Guest List on my tbr too.

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  2. I’m gonna cry so much in May because I’m still sensitive over losing Queima, but all will be good eventually. It’s gonna be a month just like April I guess, online classes, reading, … I hope at least people will be allowed to go to work (spending so much time with my mother at home hasn’t been easy). I do hope, though, it’s a SUPER GREAT month to you, because you totally deserve it!! โค

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    1. Thank you!! โค Ahaha, I hope your mom will be allowed to go to work soon. Lol
      From what I've heard they want to start returning people to work in May, with all precautions ofc. But I think it will be good to start (slowly) getting on track and back to normal.

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      1. Yes! She’s a hairdresser, so I’ve also heard on TV they’re gonna allow salons to open, but she can only have one person inside at a time (her clients are always calling her to know when she’ll open the salon again, hopefully by May 4th).

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  3. It’s funny, I woke up this morning and one of my first thoughts was that next week is May… how did that happen?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
    I hope you get to celebrate your birthday!! โ˜บ๏ธ
    I’m excited for the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes… I should pre-order it so that I remember! I’m curious about it!

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    1. Ahaha, actually… April felt kinda slow :O I never thought I’d say that, as all of my months, weeks and days have been flying by for the past 3-4 years, but April was good. Not too fast, not to slow, just perfect ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. I’m glad to hear your April went by at a good pace! I feel like February of this year was that for me! I keep thinking about how good February was recently… before I knew what was coming and my mental health was n a good place, uh just take me back… I don’t think I’ve ever said take me back to February before ๐Ÿ˜…

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  4. Chanting: Beach Read! Beach Read! I’m soo excited for that one ๐Ÿ˜ But also, Clap When You Land and Burn also sounds amazing. Love all these covers, especially the bright summery ones. Perfection! Great list, Alex โค

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      1. I’m chanting along with y’all! I have an arc of Beach Read I’m excited to get to, but like you, Alex, I hope it lives up to the hype. ๐Ÿ˜‰


      1. I also got a Advance Copy, and I completely agree with you… this book is taking me to places I could have never imagined after reading the synopsis. I am 64% done with it… hopefully I will enjoy it till the end

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