The days are getting longer, the sun is out again, and flowers are starting to pop up here and there amid the newly green grass. May is upon us, and it looks like snowstorms and ski jackets are finally behind us. If we’re being completely honest, late spring makes us want to curl up with a good book in the sunshine while we wait for the hot, beach-filled days of summer to arrive. Luckily, there are tons of great new books coming out in May to satisfy all of our cravings. Here are the top 10 we can’t wait to get our hands on:
The Trials of Apollo: Book One The Hidden Oracle, Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion, May 3)
In his new middle grade series, Riordan follows the god Apollo after he’s sent to earth by his father, Zeus, and forced to live as a normal, human teenager. But with enemies of all types chasing after him, Apollo must join up with the demigods in order to survive. Will we get a Percy Jackson cameo? Find out on May 3!
Marrying Winterborne, Lisa Kleypas (Avon, May 31)
No one writes historical romance quite like Kleypas with her quick prose and smart, plucky heroines. We can’t wait for her latest novel, featuring the ambitious Rhys Winterborne and his shy bride Lady Helen, aka the only woman who can tame him.
The Crown: The Selection Series, Kiera Cass (HarperTeen, May 3)
Cass continues her beloved young adult Selection series with a sequel to last year’s The Heir, which turns the spotlight on America and Maxon’s daughter, Eadlyn, and her own experience finding true love.
Night Shift: A Novel of Midnight, Texas, Charlaine Harris (Ace, May 3)
After the uber-success of her Sookie Stackhouse novels, Harris welcomes you to Midnight, Texas, a dried-up old Western town that’s a magnet for killers, psychics and the paranormal. Her third novel in the series, Night Shift, deals with a slew of new deaths and a vampire determined to get to the bottom of Midnight’s latest mystery.
Humble & Kind, Tim McGraw (Hachette Books, May 24)
McGraw combines his heartfelt lyrics with lovely and simple line illustrations in this new nonfiction, inspirational book. It’s the perfect gift, or the perfect pick-me-up for whenever you’re feeling down.
The Girl from Summer Hill, Jude Deveraux (Ballantine Books, May 3)
Deveraux meets Pride & Prejudice? Yes, please. In her latest contemporary romance, Deveraux pulls inspiration from one of the greatest love stories ever when she pairs chef Casey with famous actor Tate as they put on a small-town production of Pride & Prejudice. You can just bet there’s a bad first impression in there (plus some awesome kissing scenes!). We also happen to have an excerpt if you want to get a quick peek!
The Fireman: A Novel, Joe Hill (William Morrow, May 17)
Trust the son of Stephen King to write a truly creepy tale about a new epidemic that causes victims to spontaneously combust. Society crumbles as people try and fight off the blaze—and no one knows who will be infected next.
LaRose: A Novel, Louise Erdrich (Harper, May 10)
In her latest book, Pulitzer Prize nominee Erdrich spins a narrative about family, justice and the Ojibwe tribe in North Dakota. After a tragic accident where a child is killed, two families find their fate entwined as they attempt to raise a son together. Expect the same rich prose and deep characterization that Erdrich is known for in this emotional tale.
Don’t You Cry, Mary Kubica (MIRA, May 17)
Often compared to Gillian Flynn, Kubica returns with another exciting thriller involving a missing woman, a mysterious letter and a stranger who isn’t what she seems.
The Sorcerer’s Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara, Terry Brooks (Del Rey, May 24)
Brooks’ The Shannara Chronicles are so beloved that they were made into an MTV show, which just got renewed for a second season. The Sorcerer’s Daughter is a standalone adventure set in the same world, this time exploring the Druid order.