May's Hottest New Releases

Posted by Cybil on May 1, 2019
This month the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel returns with a look at how societies succeed or fail, the Hugo Award–winning fantasy author Seanan McGuire spins a tale of power and alchemy, and Helen Hoang is back with her follow-up to the beloved romance The Kiss Quotient.

Each month the Goodreads Editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., how early reviewers are rating them, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.

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The Alex, Nebula, and Hugo award-winning author introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy.

Release date: May 7

Read our interview with Seanan McGuire here.


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This novel is about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, and a tragedy that reverberates over four decades.

Release date: May 28

Read our interview with Mary Beth Keane here.


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Fresh off her 2018 Goodreads Choice Award for romance, Hoang delivers a heartwarming tale of modern love as an autistic man's mother sets out to find him the perfect bride. Instead she finds Esme.

Release date: May 7


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In this mystery from the author of All Is Not Forgotten, two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.
Release date: May 14



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In this YA debut novel from a popular YouTube "BookTuber," Shane commits to a semester of adventure, moving to London on a whim to make new friends and fall in love.

Release date: May 7

Read our interview with Christine Riccio here.



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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel is back with a new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don't.

Release date: May 7

Listen to our podcast interview with Jared Diamond here.


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From the hosts of the hit podcast My Favorite Murder comes this frank, funny reflection on true crime, formative life events, and the importance of valuing personal safety over being "nice."

Release date: May 28

Get true-crime recommendations from Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark here.


Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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Moonlight Eclipse Reader ☽✧ I'm so excited by these reads!


message 2: by Kate (new)

Kate Daysh I'm looking forward to The Vanishing Season by Dot Hutchison (Butterfly Garden book 4) on 21st May 😁


message 3: by Philip (new)

Philip I am waiting for these I have Preordered

May 4 - None So Deadly: A Cullen and Cobb Mystery by David A. Poulsen
May 11 - Turning Secrets: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery by Brenda Chapman
May 21 - A Deceptive Devotion (A Lane Winslow Mystery Book 6) by Iona Whishaw


message 4: by Ann (Inky) (new)

Ann (Inky) Looking forward to the release of Last Day by Domenica Ruta! The "holiday" in the book, Last Day, is the same as its release date: May 28th.
I am still working on my review of it, and am really excited to see what the Goodreads community makes of it. I having a feeling individuals will either hate it or or love it.


message 5: by Lenoire (new)

Lenoire Ann (Inky) wrote: "Looking forward to the release of Last Day by Domenica Ruta! The "holiday" in the book, Last Day, is the same as its release date: May 28th.
I am still working on my review of it, and am really ex..."


I actually just finished reading it. I am stuck in the middle like some of the characters really had me scratching my head...

What did you think of it?


message 6: by Lorraine (new)

Lorraine Durand The vanishing season. Dot Hutchison
Turning secrets. Brenda Chapman


message 7: by Ann (Inky) (new)

Ann (Inky) Lenoire wrote: "I actually just finished reading it. I am stuck in the middle like some of the characters really had me scratching my head..."

Lenoire, it is hard to say without spoiling anything for others, but the ending affected me deeply. The novel as a whole was far from what I expected, and it required a lot of patience, but I really did get a lot of out reading it. A spectrum of emotions, including frustration at some of the characters.
What about you?
(Feel free to message me if you want to discuss!)


message 8: by Evan (new)

Evan Quade There is Finale by Stephanie Garber, to conclude the Caraval trilogy I preordered. I am also interested in a true crime book coming this month, Furious Hours: Fraud, Murder and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep, picked by the president of Books-a-Million.


message 9: by Anne (w/ an E) (new)

Anne (w/ an E) I am definitely looking forward to Wastelands 3: The New Apocalypse.


message 10: by Alice (new)

Alice This wonderful book is already LIVE! >>> Promise You


message 11: by Tucker (new)

Tucker I haven't read The Bride Test yet but I do have an ARC. I need to get to it soon!


message 12: by Madison (new)

Madison I am just wondering if Ask Again, Yes and The Bride Test are interesting and what ages they would be recommended for


message 13: by Nitya (new)

Nitya The Bride Test for sure!!


message 14: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I want to read The Body in the Wake: A Faith Fairchild Mystery. It's out on May 7.


message 15: by Imogen (new)

Imogen I’m looking forward to the new Meg Cabot book Bridal Boot Camp, feels like a long time since we’ve had something new from her. Also the book of Alex Rider short stories comes out later this month from Antony Horowitz


message 16: by Susan (new)

Susan I'm looking forward to Louise Penny's "A Better Man", coming out on August 27th.


message 17: by Kat (new)

Kat Madison wrote: "I am just wondering if Ask Again, Yes and The Bride Test are interesting and what ages they would be recommended for"

They are both written for adults I believe. I've read Hoang's previous book and it has very descriptive sex scenes.


message 18: by Philip (new)

Philip A Deceptive Devotion (A Lane Winslow Mystery Book 6) by Iona Whishaw was released today, May 7/19 which is the first delay date by the publisher and not May 21 which was the second delay date announced! High on my TBR now. Would love to read Louise Penny's "A Better Man" but $15.99 is a bit steep for an eBook even a Louise Penny and especially after the slight deterioration in some of her later books.


message 19: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Wilson Looking so forward to The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz!! Can't wait!


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