37 Most Anticipated New May 2022 Book Releases by Genre
There are so many amazing May 2022 book releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on. This list of most anticipated books is divided by genre so you can quickly see which new books you are most looking forward to reading.
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May 2022 Historical Fiction Book Releases
The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian
Genre: Historical Thriller
Plot: “A luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage in this riveting historical thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant.“
Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner
Genre: Historical Fiction
Plot: From the best-selling author of The Jane Austen Society comes a story about three women who are trying to create a future for themselves so different from what society dictates. All three women wok at Bloomsbury Book Shop- a new and rare book store.
The Lost Summers of Newport by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willing, and Karen White
Genre: Historical Fiction
Plot: From the New York Times bestselling team of Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White—a novel of money and secrets set among the famous summer mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, spanning over a century from the Gilded Age to the present day.
The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Plot: “Bestselling historical fiction author Kim Michele Richardson is back with the perfect book club read following Honey Lovett, the daughter of the beloved Troublesome book woman, who must fight for her own independence with the help of the women who guide her and the books that set her free”
Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton
Genre: Historical Fiction
Plot: Chanel Cleeton is the Author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese’s Book Club Pick. When Isabel travels to Barcelona to save her sister, she discovers family secrets. This book tells the story of Both Isabel and her mother Alice in Barcelona in 1964 and 1936.
The Seamstress of New Orleans by Diane C. McPhail
Genre: Historical Fiction
Plot: “Against the backdrop of the first all-female Mardi Gras krewe in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, Diane McPhail’s mesmerizing historical novel tells of two strangers separated by background but bound by an unexpected secret—and of the strength and courage women draw from and inspire in each other.”
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Romance Book Releases for May 2022
An Island Wedding by Jenny Colgan
Plot: We LOVE Jenny Colgan. In fact, you can see our list of all her books ranked. In this newest book, two weddings are happening on the Scottish Island of Mure. Flora is planning a small wedding for those nearest and dearest. When Olivia Macdonald returns to the Island with plans to throw the most extravagant wedding on the same weekend of Flora’s wedding, will everyone get their happily ever after?
By the Book by Jasmine Guillory
Plot: Isabel is overworked, underpaid and still living at home at 25. She sees a chance to prove her worth by going to help a high profile author. When the two meet, they have more in common than either of them expected. This is a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast!
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Plot: Nora is a literary agent who is very good at her job. She also has a soft spot for her sister which is the only reason she agrees to go away for a month. When she bumps into Charlie, a book editor from the city, it is anything but a meet cute. But can these two become the heroes in their own stories?
Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting
Plot: London Spark is committed to her family’s business and is eager to prove herself to her sisters. When a multi-million dollar account comes their way, the CEO, Jackson, happens to be a man that London turned down a few months back. London must find out where she stands with both Jackson and the family hotel.
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
Plot: Persephone Fraser made the biggest mistake of her life ten years ago and has been avoiding it and punishing herself since. Percy and Sam should have been together forever. When Sam’s mother dies and Percy return home, their connection is still undeniable. Told over 6 years and one weekend, this is a sweeping love story
Something Wilder by Christina Lauren
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Plot: Lily’s father was a treasure hunter who left her with nothing but hand-drawn maps. Lily uses these maps to take people on treasure hunts through Utah to pay her bills. When her ex turns up to treasure hunt, more than one thing goes wrong in this funny romance.
The Emma Project by Sonali Dev
Plot: Naina has just ended a 10 year long fake relationship and wants nothing to do with the Raje family. She wants to help women in South Asia find economic independence. Vansh Raje shows up and the friends with benefits might not be worth it as the two begin fighting about funding for her project.
Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
Plot: This love story is an adult debut from an award winning YA author. Two women are on a journey to find someone or somewhere to call home and they find each other. From the first time they meet, they have a connection but everything seems to be tearing them apart.
Most Anticipated May 2022 Fiction Book Releases
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
Plot: Tova’s son, Erik, disappeared when he was 18 years old. Now, more than 30 years later, her husband has died and she works at night in the Sowell Bay Aquarium to keep busy. When Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus forms a friendship with Tova, he must use every trick that he can to help her understand the truth about what happened to her son.
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
Plot: This family drama is sure to be a hit this summer. When 22 year old Ruby announces that she is marrying her pandemic boyfriend, her step mother, Sarah, is shocked. As the wedding day approaches, Sarah must deal with her past, her husband, her twin brother, her mother and a wedding. Secrets are revealed and the family must deal.
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
Genre: Time Travel Fiction
Plot: Alice has just celebrated her 40th birthday. When she wakes up the next morning, she finds herself back in 1996 celebrating her 16th birthday. The biggest shock is seeing her dad at 40. Now, she gets to see her life with a brand new perspective.
The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Genre: Literary Fiction
Plot: From the best-selling author of The Plot, this is the story of the Oppenheimer family. Triplets born in the early days if IVF feel no bond and cannot wait to leave. Faced with being alone, their mother, Johanna, makes the choice to have a fourth child. The Audio version of this book is narrated by one of our all-time favorites, Julia Whelan.
Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman
Plot: “A young woman arrives in Los Angeles determined to start over and discovers she doesn’t need to leave everything behind after all, from Abbi Waxman, USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill“
You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
Genre: Literary Fiction
Plot: A New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and “one of our greatest living writers” (Shondaland) reimagines the love story in this fresh and seductive novel about a young woman seeking joy while healing from loss.
Downton Shabby by Hopwood DePree
Plot: Kirsten is so excited about this book where HGTV meets Downton Abbey. When a Hollywood producer discovers his ancestral castle is unoccupied and falling to shambles, he relocates to England to fix up the home. In doing so, he meets all the people associated with the home and find that this may be where he is supposed to be. Check out our other books like Downton Abbey!
Best New Thrillers/ Mysteries for May 2022
My Wife is Missing by D.J. Palmer
Plot: When a woman and her two children go missing, one husband will do whatever he can to find them. Even if it means confronting his past.
One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Plot: Lexi is getting married and having her bachlorette party on a Greek Island. Six women come together to celebrate and each is holding a dessert. One of them wants to make sure that Lexi never gets married and that one of them doesn’t leave the island alive.
The Murder of Wickham by Claudia Grey
Plot: Mr. Wickam is one of Jane Austen’s most famous villains. In this mystery, Mr. Knightly and Emma are throwing a house party (filled with Austen’s beloved characters) when Wickham is murdered. Of course, nearly everyone in the house is a suspect and it is up to two young guests to find out whodunit!
The Walled Garden by Robin Farrar Mass
Plot: Lucy Silver is finishing her dissertation on Elizabeth Blackspear, a poet. When she discovers correspondence between her grandmother and the poet along with coded references, Lucy is determined to follow the clues to learn about her family’s past.
May 2022 Fantasy/ Sci-fi Book Releases
Book of Night by Holly Black
Plot: Holly Black has a brand new Adult Fantasy!!! Charlie Hall is trying to change her life. She has worked for magicians who manipulate shadows for their own gain. Now, she is up agains them, billionaires and people she loves who are trying to steal the secret that will allow them to control the shadows of humanity.
Elektra by Jennifer Saint
Genre: Greek Mythology
Plot: A spellbinding reimagining of the story of Elektra, one of Greek mythology’s most infamous heroines, from Jennifer Saint, the author of the beloved international bestseller, Ariadne
From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper
Genre: Fantasy Rom-Com
Plot: From best-selling author of Payback’s a Witch comes this new rom-com. This romance is a story of opposites attract when wild child Isidora Avramov meets by-the-book Rowan Thron in the second books of the witches of Thistle Grove Series.
City of Orange by David Yoon
Plot: A man wakes up in post apocalyptic landscape and he cannot remember his name and only has a vague recollection of his life before. When he encounters a boy, he realizes nothing is what he thought it was.
Best YA May 2022 Book Releases
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Genre: YA LGBTQ Romance
Plot: This is a YA romantic comedy. Chloe is set for graduation and the only person standing in her way of becoming valedictorian is Shara Wheeler. When Shara Kisses Chloe out of the blue and then disappears one month before graduation, she leaves a trail of clues. Chloe sets out to find Shara so she can beat her fare and suare.
Family of Liars by E. Lockhart
Plot: This book if a prequel to the amazing We Were Liars that will take you back to the story of another generation. The same private island, an ocean of secrets and more betrayal and mistakes. The Sinclair family were always Liars.
See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genre: YA Time travel
Plot: Barret Bloom cannot wait for college as a fresh start but, her first day at her new school is a disaster. She is humiliated in class, botches an interview and sets a frat on fire. The next day, she wakes up in her bed only to find that it is the first day all over again and she is not alone. Miles has been stuck in the first day for months.
Forging Silver into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Plot: This is new series from the bestselling author of the Cursebreaker world. Jax and Callyn live in a world that no longer has magic. When the queen marries a magesmith, Jax and Callyn have shifting alliances and their loyalties are tested in a new world with ancient magic.
The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow
Genre: YA Mystery
Plot: Brooke Donovan has disappeared and there is a reward for anyone with information about where she is. Iris Adams and Alice Ogilvie both want the reward money so they team up with the help of Agatha Christie’s books to solve the Mystery. But, with a town full of secrets, they may not know what they are getting themselves into.
Rivals (American Royals III) by Katherine McGee
Genre: YA Fiction
Plot: The third book in the American Royal Series. Beatrice is queen and everything is going to change for the American royal family. Monarchs are meeting and everyone’s loyalty to the crown will be tested.
Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean
Genre: YA Romance
Plot: This book is the follow up to Tokyo Ever After, Reese’s YA pick. Izumi became a princess overnight. Now, her parents have rekindled their romance for it to come to a sudden halt. I cannot wait to read this follow up. You can check out our list of Royal Reads as well.
The Counselors by Jessica Goodman
Plot: Three best friends are heading to Camp Alpine Lake for the summer. Even though they are “townies” at the elite camp, it has always felt like home. When someone turns up dead, it was not an accident.
Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA Fantasy
Plot: Merida of DubBroch must convince her family to change their ways within a year or a God will destroy the entire realm and everyone in it. Merida must undergo an epic journey across kingdoms to save herself and everyone she loves