Wondering what to read now? Here are all the hot new May 2024 book releases for you. I’ll let you know what I’ve read, what I can’t wait to read, and what’s getting all the attention this month.
In case you’re new to Booklist Queen, every month I cover all the hottest new book releases. I try to read as many new book releases as I can to give you an honest perspective on what to read and what to skip.
However, I realize that my to-read list might not exactly match yours. That’s why I’ve also included some of the most popular May 2024 book releases from your favorite authors.
Enough from me. Let’s get on to the May 2024 book releases so you can fill up your to-read list.
Top May 2024 Book Releases
With her post-doc research going nowhere, Lyla agrees to go on a new reality tv show, One Perfect Couple, with her boyfriend Nico, an aspiring actor. Lyla and Nico must compete against four other couples on Ever After Island, a deserted island in the Indian Ocean. After the first challenge leaves everyone angry, a storm cuts off the contestants and their game show suddenly becomes a life or death scenario.
Created under President Kennedy, the White House Situation Room has been the epicenter of crisis management in the United States for the last six decades. A former presidential advisor and well-known political commentator and tv host, George Stephanopoulos describes twelve high-pressure situations that were dramatic turning points in American history: including the moments after Kennedy’s assassination, the hours after planes struck the Twin Towers, the raid on Osama bin Laden, and the staff watching the unfolding events on January 6th.
The son of a Hong Kong supermodel and British nobility, Rufus Leung Gresham seems to have it all – a lavish life of manors and yachts. But the future Earl of Greshambury is actually set to inherit a mountain of debt. His scheming mother has the answer – he must attend his sister’s lavish wedding at a lavish eco-resort and seduce a rich woman to become his wife. Rufus must decide whether to follow the plan or follow his heart and marry the everyday girl from next door, all while a volcanic eruption and a secret tryst damage the Gresham family’s sterling reputation.
The god king Joon rules over Yusan with a merciless immortal hand, letting the nobles thrive and everyone in ruins. To overthrow his rule, the five deadliest blades in the land band together to murder the king. But killing a god requires more than the desire for revenge forcing them to learn to trust each other. Yet, even if they win, only one can hold the crown in this epic fantasy romance.
For fans of Outlander comes a new genre-bending time travel romance that is getting plenty of buzz. After being offered an exorbitant salary, a government worker starts a new position at the Ministry of Time. Studying whether time travel is possible and feasible, she is tasking with being a “bridge”, an assistant to a time traveling expat. Now she is unlikely roommates with Commander Graham Gore, who history records as having died on an 1847 Arctic expedition. By the time the Ministry of Time’s true objectives come to light, she has fallen hopelessly in love and must decide is she is able, and willing, to change the future.
On the island live the last survivors of the world, 122 villagers and three scientists. The villagers lead an idyllic farm life, always following with exactness the scientist’s instructions. When one of the scientists is found stabbed to death, a security barrier descends around the island. The villagers have 92 hours to solve the murder or be destroyed. Except all of their memories are wiped, including those of the murderer.
Fifteen years after the Natchez Burning trilogy, Penn Cage comes out of exile after a brawl at a rap festival triggers a mass shooting that almost kills his daughter. With tensions threatening to boil over into a full-out race war, Bobby White, a third-party candidate makes an unprecedented run for President. But Penn knows White’s motivations are more malicious than any could imagine and is willing to risk a second civil war to expose them, and hopefully save the country before it gets torn apart.
The Most Anticipated May 2024 Book Releases
Five years after taking in his niece and nephew after their mother’s death in The Guncle, gay Uncle Patrick is called in again to help the children – this time when their father decides to remarry. With the end of his second successful sitcom, the now-single Patrick teaches Masie and Grant about love as they travel across Europe on their way to the wedding. Lessons that might help Patrick repair his own love life and finally help him grow up, even at the ripe age of fifty.
Stephen King’s readers always ask for something a little darker and King is glad to oblige. A collection of twelve short stories, You Like It Darker delves into the darker side of life. A psychic vision runs lives. A widower receives an inheritance with strings attached. A vet answers a job ad that leads him to places no one should go. Whether discussing fate, luck, mortality, or parts of the universe best left unexplored, King is a master storyteller who isn’t afraid to delve into the darker side of things.
In the third Camino Island book, bookstore owner Bruce Cable reunites with Mercer Mann for another island mystery. A large real estate developer has his eye on a deserted island between Florida and Georgia. All that stands in his way is the last living resident, Lovely Jackson, and a complicated history that makes the locals believe the island is cursed.
After a heartbreaking public breakup, Millie learned to keep to herself and never share her true feelings. Instead, she vents her thoughts into emails that never leave her draft folder. When all her emails are accidentally sent, Millie must deal with the chaos that ensues after her colleagues, friends, and family find out her deepest confessions.
Ganga, goddess of the river, leads a joyful life taking care of the mischievous godlings who roam her banks. When their antics go too far, Ganga is cursed to become a mortal. Marrying King Santu, Ganga works to regain her freedom, only to be forced to leave her son behind at the last moment. When Prince Devavrata refuses to accept his father’s throne, he sets in motion an unstoppable chain of events in this mythology retelling about the unbreakable bond between a mother and her son.
As a tourist vacationing on Prince Edward Island, Lucy discovers unexpected chemistry with Felix, a local. Except she didn’t realize he was her best friend Bridget’s younger brother. Every year, Lucy visits Prince Edward Island and swears she will not sleep with Felix, and every year she breaks her own promise. When Bridget gets cold feet before her wedding, Lucy follows her to the island to help Bridget through her crisis. Only to find Felix’s flirty behavior has changed and Lucy’s heart may have as well.
Ellie Black, who disappeared without a trace over two years ago, is shockingly found alive in the woods in Washington State. But Ellie isn’t talking about where she’s been. Detective Chelsey Calhoun thinks Ellie is protecting someone and is determined to find answers- not only in the unlikely hope that maybe Chelsey can find a clue to her own sister’s disappearance twenty years ago but also to prevent it from happening again to another girl.
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The Peacock sisters used to be close but have grown apart and becomeused to telling lies, even to themselves. When Sylvie plans to marry Simon, a mysterious wealthy Englishman, Cleo and Emma travel to his English castle for Sylvie’s wedding. A successful lawyer, Cleo sets out to prove that Simon is a fraud while Emma desperately tries to hide her financial struggles. When their toxic mother shows up, the three sisters must learn to make new choices to find joy in one another again.
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What May 2024 Book Releases are You Most Excited to Read?
What books can you not wait to get your hands on this month? Did I miss any May 2024 book releases that you are anticipating? As always, let me know in the comments!
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