May 2021 New Releases

Hi book fam! Can you believe we’re half way through April already? I can hardly believe it! Anyway, it’s time to share May’s new book releases that I’m most looking forward to. I wanted to make sure everyone has enough time to pre-order, which is so important for authors! Hopefully there’s something for everyone here. ✨

Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam

At a glance

Two exes with unfinished business find themselves working together, and their passion to be reignited in this steamy second-chance romance.

  • own voices
  • second chance romance
  • debut novel
  • steamy romance

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Why pick up this book?

Thien-Kim writes stories about Vietnamese characters who smash stereotypes and find their happy endings. Thien-Kim is also the founder of Bawdy Bookworms, a subscription box that pairs sexy romances with erotic toys. She’s been featured on NPR, BBC America, and NBC.

Publication date: May 18, 2021

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

At a glance

A young girl, seeking to understand why her father loves Jamaica more than her, finds herself discovering what it means to find her own voice in the center of complete destruction.

  • own voices
  • father-daughter dynamic
  • coming of age
  • cathartic

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Why pick up this book?

Please enjoy what Asha Bromfield has to say on why she wrote this book, “I wanted to write a coming of age that explored the deep complexities of the journey into womanhood. This is a story about a young woman’s humanity – something that has gotten lost in the way that we as a society tell stories about young black women.” Read the rest of what she had to say here.

Publication date: May 4, 2021

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

At a glance

Swoon-worthy, heartfelt rom-com about how a transgender teen’s first love challenges his ideas about perfect relationships.

  • LGBTQIAP+
  • Own Voices
  • social themes
  • book about blogs

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Why pick up this book?

Emery Lee has an authortube channel called A Break From Realitea that you can check out here. He had a horrible time getting this book published because it isn’t “marketable” in the toxic publishing industry. Read his short twitter thread about it here. So if you think that romance books using romance tropes starring QPoC are marketable, we can prove it by buying this book! I know I will be reading it. 💪

Publication date: May 4, 2021

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

At a glance

Cee wakes up on a deserted island with only a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

  • mystery thriller
  • sister bond
  • twists and turns
  • fast paced

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Why pick up this book?

Joan He is a second generation Chinese American who’s debut novel, Descent of the Crane, received critical acclaim by authors such as Rachel Hartman, Adrienne Young, and Laura Sebastian, as well as publications such as Kirkus Review, Foreword, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly.

Publication date: May 4, 2021

In the Ravenous Dark by AM Strickland

At a glance

A pansexual bloodmage reluctantly teams up with an undead spirit to start a rebellion among the living and the dead.

  • LGBTQIAP+
  • dark magic
  • fast paced adventure
  • queer found family

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Why pick up this book?

If you’re a fan of Gideon the Ninth (Goodreads/Amazon/Bookshop.org) or A Darker Shade of Magic (Goodreads/Amazon/Bookshop.org), this dark fantasy is for you! Early reviews have been raving about how well established the queer rep is in this one. Entirely respectful and on the characters’ own terms.

Publication date: May 18, 2021

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

At a glance

A fresh perspective on the Titanic maiden voyage, tackling racism aboard the ship, and based on the recent discovery of the six Chinese survivors of the wreck.

  • diverse historical fiction
  • sisterly bond
  • suspenseful
  • emotional

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Why pick up this book?

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese American and an award-winning author of historical and contemporary young adult fiction. She is the winner of the 2017 Pen Center Award for Young Adult Fiction and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association YA Book of the Year, and she is also the founder of the We Need Diverse Books movement.

Publication date: May 4, 2021

Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace

At a glance

An orphan of the corporate war, Mallory works at streaming the popular VR war game, only to find out that the grown celebrity operatives in game are actually stolen children like her.

  • anti-capitalist
  • virtual reality games
  • zero romance
  • LGBTQIAP+

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Why pick up this book?

Nicole Kornher-Stace writes books with zero romance and ride or die friendships. She is dedicated to putting stories into the world that treat platonic relationships with as much gravity and significance as what is usually reserved for romantic relationships. This is an own voices book with ace/aro rep.

Publication date: May 4, 2021


And that’s a wrap! Of course there are way more books coming out next month that should be on your radar, but these are just the ones I’m most excited about! Do you have any of these on your TBR? Have you already pre-ordered any of these? What book are you looking forward to most in May? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you. 💖

Craving even more?

Be sure to keep an eye on my Bookshop list for May Releases. There are way more May releases that didn’t make it to this post, but are still so exciting!!! Check them out! Including books by Zen Cho, Rivers Soloman and P. Djèlí Clark and more! 🎉


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