In today’s blog, we’ve curated for you a list of the most anticipated books of May 2021 in all genres. From quick, feel-good bites to essay collections, from poetry collections to historical sagas, this list has something to satisfy all appetites. So without further ado, let’s get right to it!
List Of Most Anticipated Books Of May 2021 In All Genres:
- Second Place by Rachel Cusk (May 4)
- China by Edward Rutherford (May 18)
- Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean (May 18)
- The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (May 18)
- The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He (May 4)
- Blades of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller (May 4)
- The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter (May 25)
- Languages of Truth by Samlan Rushdie (May 25)
- The Renunciations by Donika Kelly (May 4)
Second Place by Rachel Cusk (May 4)
This literary fiction novel is Cusk’s meditation on love and art. through the lens of human relationships. Cusk’s Outline trilogy which took a stunningly microspopic view at human connection is a beloved literary work in the book community. In her new venture, she tells the tale of a woman who invites an artist to stay with her, believing that his vision will give her a new perspective on her life and its mysteries. This one is definitely on our TBR and it should be on yours too!
China by Edward Rutherford (May 18)
The historical fiction novel we selected for this piece talks of a rich novel and its cultural and political ethos. Rutherford takes China and delves into her very roots, exploring her depths over a range of time – from the Opium War, through the Mao period and up to today. We’re introduced to characters whose romances and struggles we devour, as well as whole countries and economies as they negotiate the tides of history. Tackling this microcosm and macrocosm with a fine balance, Rutherford’s China is definitely a book to watch out for.
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean (May 18)
Our young adult fiction pick is greatly reminiscent of Princess Diaries, yet it looks very promising. It follows Japanese American Izumi Tanaka as she leads her average teen life, until she discovers that her father is the crown prince of Japan. As she enters Japan, a whole multiverse of possibilities opens up for her. However, with the glamour comes responsibility and conniving rivals. On top of that, she might just be in love with her bodyguard. A genre that isn’t usually what we associate with Japanese fiction, this book offers a fresh and diverse take on a widely loved trope.
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (May 18)
As the title suggests, this novel is teeming with romance and love. This warm, fuzzy read is the story of Jess, a single mom who has seen way too many broken relationships in life. This has made her skeptical of love, but when a company comes up with DNA matchmaking tactics set to change the dating scene forever, she yields. Numbers and stats are her forte after all! But the company matches her with its owner, a stubborn, hard-hearted man. As the story unfolds, a curious and heartwarming romance buds between the two. This book is one to watch out for, if you want a cute romance with some meditations on the nature of love.
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He (May 4)
This science fiction novel is a story of two sisters – separated from each other and isolated. Cee is stuck on a remote, abandoned island with no memory of what came prior, except the existence of her sister. Her sister Kay lives a life of isolation in an eco-city, built for people who protect the planet from ecological disasters by reducing their environmental footprint. The novel follows each of the sisters and their efforts to meet each other in alternating points of view.
Blades of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller (May 4)
This is a fantasy novel full of imagination and possibility. It follows the life of a teenage blacksmith with social anxiety. Ziva has a special gift of magic that allows her to create powerful and dangerous machinery. She receives a commission to make a sword that cuts deeper than its blade by a powerful warlord. But his intentions to enslave the world with it force Ziva to flee. Accompanied by her sister, a gorgeous mercenary and an intelligent magical scholar, she tries to find a way to destroy the word or give it to a worthy owner.
The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter (May 25)
Carter’s thriller follows a photographer who captures birthday parties of New York’s elite kids as she is pulled into depths of envy and obsession. This is a hugely character driven thriller. Our protagonist is a chameleon, changer her colours to fish out intimate details of people’s lives and using their secrets against them. This book should definitely be on your radar.
Languages of Truth by Samlan Rushdie (May 25)
This collection of essays is the only nonfiction book on our list. It is a compilation of celebrated storyteller Rushdie’s essays from 2003 to 2020. Essentially, it explores language in its realest sense. It talks of the literature of acclaimed writers like Cervantes and Shakespeare and what it means to him. He views literature from the lens of an eternal truth and from the prism of an ever-evolving cultural paradigm. Ultimately, he explores how storytelling is a need rather than a product of talent. This is definitely a must read for all lovers of literature.
The Renunciations by Donika Kelly (May 4)
This poetry collection is a haunting meditation on grief, loss, resilience and love. Drawing on her experiences of childhood abuse and broken marriage, she writes with aching tenderness of a growing absence of love. Even so, the desolation doesn’t seem hopeless. We’re eager to get to the new poetry collection of the poet who swooned our hearts with “The Bestiary.”
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