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8 Books Releasing in May That You Won’t Want to Put Down

by | May 2

I can’t wait for summer to come to NYC. When the weather turns, I love wandering around Central Park people-watching (shhh, don’t tell anyone) and reading.

Here are the books that are releasing this month that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

The Favorite Sister

The Favorite Sister

by Jessica Knoll

If you love reality TV, this book is for you! While we all love a juicy drama-filled reality show, with hair-pulling, table-flipping, and drunken confessions, a murder on set is more drama than I can handle.

The book follows five women who are starring in a reality show set in NYC called Goal Diggers. Two sisters Brett and Kelly and Brett’s former BFF Stephanie are cast. Will the sisters have each other’s backs and keep each other’s secrets, or will they stab each other in the back?

Sorority

Sorority

by Genevieve Sly Crane

I joined a sorority as a freshman and moved into the house the following year. I quickly learned that by living in the house I was privy to many secrets, but as a sister, there are just some secrets you never tell!

This book brought back many memories of living in the house, but thankfully my experience didn’t include a dead sister. Each of the chapters are narrated by a different sister in the house and gives an inside look at the secrets they hope no one will uncover . . .

The Outsider

The Outsider

by Stephen King

I’m a huge chicken and this author of this book is entirely to blame for my childhood nightmares. The Outsider will keep you up all night (and make sure that I never sleep again).

An eleven-year-old boy’s body is found in a town park, and the main suspect is one of the most popular citizens. Terry Maitland is the Little League coach, English teacher, and father of two girls; nobody believes that he can be the one behind the crime, but if he didn’t do it, who did?

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware

What’s better than working all day and tricking people into forking over their hard-earned cash? Finding out that you just inherited a ton of money from a stranger! Does anybody want to add me to their will? Living in NYC is expensive.

Hal gets a mysterious letter explaining that she’s about to inherit a ton of money. She quickly realizes the letter was meant for someone else, but as a tarot card reader, she decides to use her conning skills to claim the inheritance. When she arrives at the Westaways’ family home, she finds that this family has some weird secrets that are better kept within the family.

Pretend I'm Dead

Pretend I'm Dead

by Jen Beagin

Mona, a twenty-four-year-old, cleans houses and volunteers at a needle exchange program to make ends meet. While volunteering she falls for the bad boy, an addict nicknamed Mr. Disgusting. What is it about those bad boys that just draw us? Mona tries to escape her past and runs away to Taos, New Mexico, but her memories of the past won’t let her get away that easy.

The Mars Room

The Mars Room

by Rachel Kushner

If you binged Orange Is the New Black, like I did, you know that women’s prisons (especially private facilities) have some serious issues—from lack of basic hygiene items to abuse from the prison guards.

Romy Hall is starting two consecutive life sentences at the Stanville Women’s Correction Facility in California. Like the women in OITNB, Romy has to hustle to get basic necessities and adjust to daily life without her five-year-old son Jackson.

The Map of Salt and Stars

The Map of Salt and Stars

by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
The Seasons of My Mother

The Seasons of My Mother

by Marcia Gay Harden

I’ve always been my mom’s baby girl and I call her nearly every day just to chat. This is the book will surely remind you to call your own mom to say “I love you” every chance you get.

Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden shares stories of her adventures with her beloved mother and the hardships they faced later in life once her mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In this deeply moving memoir, the actress intertwines the stories of her mother’s life with her own journey and shows how her mom helped to shape the incredible woman she is today.

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Saimah works on the Corporate Digital Marketing team at Simon & Schuster. She is a die-hard Harry Potter fan and loves dystopian fiction! She also enjoys reading celeb memoirs, modern romances and murder mysteries. When she's not reading, she is binge-watching her favorite shows, finding the best roof deck bars in the city and watching sporting events (while defending her Cleveland sports teams!).