What To Read In May


I don’t know about you, but to me it feels like 2019 is flying by. It’s already the fifth month of the year and somehow I have yet to catch up on my “to be read” list. Unfortunately it still hasn’t warmed up on Canada’s East Coast, but I’m hoping that May will bring warm weather and opportunities for outdoor reading and relaxing. I’ve curated a list of some of the most exciting stories hitting shelves in the coming month, and paid particular attention to books with spring themes and settings.

As usual I’ll give a small disclaimer saying these aren’t all of the books coming out in May, they’re just the ones that caught my attention. If I’ve skipped over a book that you are excited about please leave a comment below and tell me why you’re looking forward to reading it!

Ok, now let’s get started.

Books Coming Out In May 2019

The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Premise: When a woman named Laura disappears after a night out with a man she met on the internet her sisters going into over-drive trying to find her. What makes the situation even more complicated is the fact that Laura has been known to make terrible romantic choices in the past, and has only recently moved in with her sister after a terrible and mysterious break up that she refuses to talk about. You can read my full review of The Night Before here.

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: May 14

Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

Premise: A small South Carolina town is in uproar after Annie Taft disappears only days before her highly anticipated wedding. Unsure if she got cold feet or if something more nefarious has happened, Annie’s friends and family suddenly have to grapple with the idea that they may not know her – or themselves – as well as they thought.

Release Date: May 7

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

Premise: Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is desperate for a better life when she comes across a luxury retreat in New York’s Hudson Valley. The retreat boasts personal villas, organic meals and personal trainers, and offers to give money to those who visit, the only catch being that guests must disconnect from their outside lives for nine months and become incubators for babies that will then be given away. When Jane agrees to become a “host” at the retreat, she has no idea how desperate she will become to leave.

Release Date: May 7

Publisher: Random House/DoubleDay Canada


The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Premise: In the follow up to her bestselling romance novel The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang introduces readers to Khai Diep, an autistic man whose mother has taken him home to Vietnam to find him a suitable wife. Esme, a mixed-race woman living in Ho Chi Minh City, jumps at the chance to leave Vietnam and go to America, even if it means getting married. But as Esme gets to know Khai she realizes her emotions may not be so straight forward and begins to understand the complexities of caring for someone who doesn’t show emotion in the most common ways.

Release Date: May 7

Publisher: Berkley Publishing

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Premise: Beginning in 1973, Ask Again, Yes follows the story of two NYPD rookie cops named Francis and Brian. Though not particularly close on the job, they end up living together outside of the city, and what goes on behind closed doors in their homes sets the stage for a stunning event to come. Francis’s daughter Kate and Brian’s son Peter, born six months apart, begin a friendship and eventually romance that is threatened when a violent event transpires during their eighth grade year. One family moves away and the children are forbidden to have further contact, but eventually Kate and Peter find their way back to one another.

Release Date: May 28

Publisher: Scriber

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Premise:  The beloved hosts of true-crime-comedy podcast My Favorite Murder share never-before-heard stories about their experiences with addiction, depression, eating disorders and more, all with their signature irreverence and humour. In this highly anticipated joint memoir, the duo offer their thoughts on how to stay safe in a society plagued by violence against women and how to shake the constant desire to be likable and nice.

Release Date: May 28

Publisher: Forge Books

Mindfulness & It’s Discontents by David Forbes

Premise: Researcher David Forbes presents his theory that the Buddhist concept of “mindfulness” has been completed severed from its historical and cultural meaning, and co-opted by capitalist society to turn a profit. He explores the history and benefits of mindful practices, and lays out how he believes they have been twisted in modern society.

Publisher: Fernwood Publishing

Release Date: May 1

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Premise: After a bout of food poisoning takes out most of the guests are her sisters’ wedding, Olive decides to take advantage of the all expenses paid Hawaiian honeymoon her sister and brother-in-law can no longer attend. The only catch is that Olive has to bring Ethan, the best man and her sworn enemy, along as her pretend husband. What unfolds is a hilarious and bright story about overcoming differences and taking advantage of life’s challenges.

Publisher:  Gallery Books

Release Date: May 14

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

Premise: This sweeping historical drama tells the story of a privileged American family over three generations. In 1935, Kitty and Ogden Milton are the perfect family - they have money, beautiful children and have found happiness. But when tragedy strikes, the couple moves to an island in Maine to recuperate. Decades later Kitty’s granddaughter grapples with the reality that she may not be able to afford to keep the house, and begins to educate herself on her family history.

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Release Date: May 7

The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

Premise: Following up on the success of her novel The Last Ms. Parrish, Liv Constantine brings readers a shocking story about high-society murder. Dr. Kate English has it all; she’s the heiress to a fortune and has a beautiful family. But when her mother is found murdered in her home Kate’s life is thrown into limbo. Things get increasingly worse when she begins getting threatening messages from someone claiming to be her mothers’ killer. Kate enlists the help of an old friend who just might be able to solve the case.

Publisher: Harper

Release Date: May 7

Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds

Premise: Television actor Adam, desperate to escape the small screen, decides to audition for a role in an acclaimed Spanish directors’ new film. Despite the changes he’s making in his life, Adam can never quite overcome his obsession with image and perception. What he doesn’t know is that he has become a central fixture in the life of a newly divorced woman named Kristin who, despite being far away, want nothing more than to be important to Adam as well.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Release Date: May 14 

The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

Premise: Since the tragic death of her daughter more than a year ago, Jane has lived by relying heavily on antidepressants. Her grief and reliance on medication slowly drive her to believe that her family can’t be trusted. She begins to wonder if her younger daughter knows more than she’s letting on and if her husband is keeping secrets. The Favorite Daughter is a story about the complicated relationships between husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, and the haziness of a life full of grief.

Publisher: HQ Digital, Graydon House

Release Date: May 21

How Not To Die Alone by Richard Roper

Premise: Andrews job is fairly bleak: he is responsible for tracking down next-of-kin for people who’ve died alone. But he has a loving family to go home to at night after a hard day… or at least that’s what he’s told his coworkers. Andrew has been living behind a lie for a long time, and when a new employee named Peggy starts at the office, he realizes that he’s going to have to choose between coming clean and starting to live his life in reality, or holding on to the comforting lie he’s been living.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Release Date: May 28

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Premise: Two young, cash-strapped Dubliners agree to share a flat under strange circumstances. Tiffy, a nurse, will have the flat at night while Leon, who works nights, while crash at the flat during the day. The pair have yet to meet, but become intricately connected by their shared living arrangement. Intimidating ex-partners and overwhelming work lives lay the foundation for a lovely and uplifting relationship.

Publisher: Quercus, Flatiron Books

Release Date: May 28