Don’t Miss These 45 Excellent New Books Coming Out in May 2021

I don’t know about you, but April flew by for me! I can’t believe it’s already May, but I’m also pretty excited: Not only is it my birthday month, but by the end of May I’ll be fully vaccinated and ready to get back out into the world. I’m so ready to go to restaurants and book stores again. Speaking of book stores, there are tons of incredible books coming out in the next month! I’ve already read (and loved!) Emily Henry’s novel People We Meet on Vacation. Through Book of the Month, I also ordered Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen, The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod, and Impostor Syndrome by Kathy Wang. Beyond those, some of my most anticipated novels — like Sorrowland, Illusionary, and The Betrayals — are finally coming out. All in all, May 2021 looks like a wonderful month for new books!

For this list of the 45 books I’m most excited for in May, I’ve aimed to include a variety of genres and authors. From poignant historical fiction to action-packed fantasy, from YA romance to nonfiction about serious topics, I hope something here will pique your interest! Here are 45 great new books set for publication in May 2021.

Published on May 4th:

Rivers Solomon – Sorrowland

Anjali Enjeti – The Parted Earth

Eric Nguyen – Things We Lost to the Watersants

Xio Axelrod – The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes

Asha Bromfield – Hurricane Summer

Joya Goffney – Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

Jennifer Saint – Ariadne

Chris Bohjalian – Hour of the Witch

JJA Harwood – The Shadow in the Glass

Chanel Cleeton - The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba

Chanel Cleeton – The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba

Pam Jenoff – The Woman with the Blue Star

Stacey Lee – Luck of the Titanic

Geling Yan – The Secret Talker

Laura Dave – The Last Thing He Told Me

Mark T. Sullivan – The Last Green Valley

Katherine St. John – The Siren

Larissa Pham – Pop Song: Adventures in Art & Intimacy

Published on May 11th:

Zoraida Córdova - Illusionary

Zoraida Córdova – Illusionary

Zen Cho – Black Water Sister

P. Djèlí Clark – A Master of Djinn

Emily Henry – People We Meet on Vacation

Jessica Anya Blau – Mary Jane

Sarah Dass – Where the Rhythm Takes You

Laura Hankin – A Special Place for Women

Jean Hanff Korelitz – The Plot

Will Leitch – How Lucky

Stacey Abrams – While Justice Sleeps

Published on May 18th:

Bridget Collins - The Betrayals

Bridget Collins – The Betrayals

A. M. Strickland – In the Ravenous Dark

Phoebe Wynne – Madam  

Emiko Jean – Tokyo Ever After

Christina Lauren – The Soulmate Equation

Camryn Garrett – Off the Record

Jordyn Taylor – Don’t Breathe a Word

Claire Fuller – Unsettled Ground

Mary Kubica – Local Woman Missing

Elizabeth Hinton – America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

Published on May 25th:

Nicole Jarvis – The Lights of Prague

Kathy Wang – Impostor Syndrome

Steven Rowley – The Guncle

Jen Frederick – Heart & Seoul

Colleen Oakley – The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

Alexandria Bellefleur – Hang the Moon

Kate Bromley – Talk Bookish to Me

Alyssa Cole – How to Find a Princess


And that’s a wrap on my list! What books shown here are you excited to read? What new May 2021 books did I miss? Let me know in the comments!

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