Top Off Your TBR: May 2022 Edition

[fa icon="calendar"] May 10, 2022 3:18:47 PM / by Suzanne

Happy May, everyone! I just finished with school for the semester and we're preparing for a big move, so things have been a bit hectic around here. I read a bunch of books out this month, however, so I've written a little about them in this post instead of highlighting my most anticipated picks like I usually do. (Probably back to normal next month.)

It's easy to sink into despair these days, but I'm really glad you're here and that we can still talk about books. It's connection, small moments and the things that bring us joy that'll carry us through. I'm wishing you a rejuvenating spring (season or water source, you choose) and maybe even a picnic with one of these new books!

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Books out this month that I've already read:

the-haciendaThe Hacienda - A gothic set just after the Mexican War of Independence with all the gothic trappings: running from the house screaming in terror, questioning one's sanity, romance that might get you killed, etc. There's an unflinching takedown of colonialism and the casta system, too. A good creepy read, but don't read it as a romance.

Book Lovers - Emily Henry goes meta again, with a romance between an editor and an agent. Henry just can't stay away from the dying and dead parents plots though, so this is once again a book that deals pretty heavily with grief. I recommend the combination of Henry's prose and Julia Whelan's audio narration though!

book-of-nightBook of Night - Holly Black's adult debut is an urban fantasy with a magic system built on shadows. Bartender con artist heroine gets dragged into a mess bigger than she could have imagined, and connected to a dark time in her past. There's a romance...sort of. This isn't at all like the Folk of the Air books, so don't read it for that. I'm told this is a duology, so that second book will likely/hopefully have the actual romantic development and resolution.

I Kissed Shara Wheeler - Casey McQuiston wrote a book that I loved, even though I was absolutely furious with Shara Wheeler for the entire thing. Fun if you like treasure hunts, mysteries, end of senior year shenanigans and lots of messy queer characters.

under-one-roofUnder One Roof - Ali Hazelwood writes Reylo fic and if you're into the tall/smol, grumpy/sunshine-ish dynamic you get that in triplicate with this series. They're all basically the same couple, but put into different scenarios but Hazelwood's writing voice is so fun I just sort of pretended it wasn't fic with the serial numbers filed off. This one is an environmental engineer inheriting half of a house and moving in with a lawyer working for Big Oil. (Truly, the Empire.) Note that the audio came out for this in February, but ebook is here as of May 3.

From Bad to Cursed - This was a disappointment. The romance is secondary and though there could have been a fun enemies-to-lovers dynamic, that's abandoned within the first hundred pages, leaving the rest of the book to just sort of sit there. But if you like the idea of a Black veterinarian you-made-a-fool-of-death-with-your-beautywith nature magic working with a white haunted house planner with death magic to solve a near-murder, give it a shot.

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty - This book. My heart. I'm going to write something more substantial, but wow this was so beautiful and messy and queer. Lives up to the hype.

A Lady for a Duke - Would you like Alexis Hall to make you laugh and sob? Because that's this book. Don't worry, you'll like it even as your heart is ripped apart and carefully, lovingly stitched back together.


Also out this month:

All titles in red are links to Amazon. Check out the full list here!

book-loversMay 3 - Never Been Kissed, by Timothy Janovsky

May 3 - Book Lovers, by Emily Henry

May 3 - The Hacienda, by Isabel Cañas

May 3 - Book of Night, by Holly Black

May 3 - The Stand-In, by Lily Chu (Print and ebook, was Audible first)

May 3 - Chef's Kiss, by TJ Alexander

May 3 - Blame it on the Brontës, by Annie Sereno

i-kissed-shara-wheelerMay 3 - I Kissed Shara Wheeler, by Casey McQuiston

May 3 - By the Book, by Jasmine Guillory

May 3 - Under One Roof, by Ali Hazelwood (audio was out in Feb.)

May 10 - Set On You, by Amy Lea

May 10 - Siren Queen, by Nghi Vo

May 10 -  Café Con Lychee, by Emery Lee

May 10 - Out of the Ashes, by Jenn Burke

misruleMay 10 - Misrule, by Heather Walter

May 10 - Everything for You, by Chloe Liese

May 10 - Starry-Eyed Love, by Helena Hunting

May 13 - The Wicked and the Willing, by Lianyu Tan

May 17 - Something Wilder, by Christina Lauren

May 17 - The Emma Project, by Sonali Dev

May 17 - Melt With You, by Jennifer Dugan

May 17 - The Love Connection, by Denise Williams

from-bad-to-cursedMay 17 - Lucky Star, by Susannah Nix

May 17 - From Bad to Cursed, by Lana Harper

May 17 - All Fired Up, by Dylan Newton

May 17 - See You Yesterday, by Rachel Lynn Solomon

May 17 - The Servant and the Gentleman, by Annabelle Greene

May 17 - Twin Crowns, by Catherine Doyle & Katherine Webber

May 24 - Always Practice Safe Hex, by Juliette Cross

May 24 - The Bride Goes Rogue, by Joanna Shupe

a-lady-for-a-dukeMay 24 - A Lady for a Duke, by Alexis Hall

May 24 - Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster, by Andrea Mosqueda

May 24 - History Comics: The Stonewall Riots: Making a Stand for LGBTQ Rights

May 24  - You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, by Akwaeke Emezi

May 24 - Only on the Weekends, by Dean Atta

May 24 - Boyfriend Lessons, by Sophia Singh Sasson

Out of the blue coverMay 24 - Beauty and the Besharam, by Lillie Vale

May 24 - A Cruel and Fated Light, by Ashley Shuttleworth

May 31 - Out of the Blue, by Jason June

May 31 - A Caribbean Heiress in Paris, by Adriana Herrera

May 31 - A Little Bit Country, by Brian D. Kennedy

May 31 - Love Radio, by Ebony LaDelle

sweet berriesMay 31 - My Mechanical Romance, by Alexene Farol Follmuth

May 31 - Sweet Berries, by C.M. Nascosta

May 31 - A Game of Retribution, by Scarlett St. Clair

May 31 - A Rip Through Time, by Kelley Armstrong

May 31 - Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches, by Kate Scelsa


Reminder: all of these books are collected in a list over at Amazon for your convenience.

Which May books are you looking forward to reading?


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