Hello friends! I hope all of you are having a good weekend.
I can’t tell you guys how excited I am for May and all the fantastic books that we’ll finally get the opportunity to read. To share my excitement with you all – in the hopes that you’ll be excited too! – I made a list.
So let’s get straight to it: here is a list of all the books I’m excited for this May!
2ND OF MAY
Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
- The last installment to the Lara Jean trilogy! YA contemporary romance
- About Lara Jean, who is biracial Korean-American, and her last year of high school
- Will probably explore going away to college problems, family things, and her romantic relationship
- I need need need this last book right now but I also don’t want it to end! 😭
Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
- A YA contemporary coming-of-age romance – apparently super cute and fluffy and wonderful
- Pitched to be about ‘finding yourself – and finding love – in unexpected places’
- Has a diversity of characters – Samoan best friend, black love interest with a disability (also apparently super awesome!!), lesbian best friends
- Explores family, friendships, and home
The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang
- A middle-grade adventure (yes please!) and is a family-trip turned rescue adventure in China
- Brother and sister are on a quest to save their aunt from her nemesis – has treasure from the Ming dynasty, maps, maybe puzzles?
- The characters are Chinese!
- Explores brother-sister relationships, growing up, and probably all the adorable MG themes that come with
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
- A YA contemporary with singing and a hint of romance
- Main character is a bisexual Chinese-American, who cross-dresses to get into the a cappella group called the Sharpshooters
- Explores bisexuality and gender fluidity; the Asian-American experience and Chinese cultural values are explored too (yesss!!)
- A lot of diversity!! I want this book so bad, sobs
4TH OF MAY
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
- A YA fantasy-romance, with Norse mythology
- Also a retelling of The Little Mermaid!
- Has fat representation, bisexual representation, and disability representation — and a f/f romance!
- Apparently starts as a cute fluffy romance to something super dark and becomes a plot twister (I have no idea how or why! I must know!!)
9TH OF MAY
That Thing We Call A Heart by Sheba Karim
- A YA contemporary with Muslim Pakistani-American characters
- Pitched to ‘defy conventional stereotypes and set against a backdrop of Radiohead’s music and the evocative metaphors of Urdu poetry‘
- Story centers on love and all its forms – familial, friendship, and romantic
- Also explores sexuality, desire, self-worth, and identity
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
- A YA contemporary romance about figuring out your sexuality
- The main character initially identifies as lesbian, but realizes that she may be bisexual instead
- Love interest is black, and apparently explores issues of race and class
- Explores living in poverty following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina
16TH OF MAY
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
- A YA fantasy set in feudal Japan – not a retelling of Mulan!
- Main character is Japanese, a samurai’s daughter, and cross-dresses to infiltrate a clan and uncover the secrets of why they are trying to kill her
- Interweaves Japanese mythology into the narrative
- I expect it will feature Ahdieh’s beautiful storytelling and descriptions about food, clothing and scenery!
30TH OF MAY
I Believe In A Thing Called Loveby Maurene Goo
- A YA contemporary romance, perfect for people who love K-dramas
- Main character is Korean, straight A student, probably Stanford-bound but is hopeless at love… so she watches her dad’s k-drama and learns the way of love and romance
- Also explores father-daughter relationships (yes please)!
- An Asian model on the cover of the book! ❤
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
- A YA contemporary romance that is adorable and hilarious
- Main characters are Indian-Americans whose parents have arranged for them to be married
- Interweaves Indian language and culture into the narrative
- I started the eARC last night and it’s so good so far, oh my gosh
Aren’t all these books so beautiful? And exciting?!
I can’t wait to read all of them — though, for me, I probably won’t be able to read them until June because it’s assignment time for me. *sobs*
BUT, I hope that if you get the chance to read them, that you’ll enjoy these books!
- Are there any books on this list that you hadn’t heard about?
- What book are you excited to read in May?
- Have you figured out a tbr for May? Or, what do you intend to read in May?