It is finally proper spring weather where I live, and with the nice, sunny weather I feel like reading some fresh contemporary novels. Here’s a list of May releases I’m excited about and I might be reading soon.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev –Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco—a compelling, heartwarming romance between two strangers from completely different worlds, and a poignant exploration of cultural assimilation, identity, and the meaning of the word home.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang– From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart…
Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: keep it or should it go?
I’m keeping all of the books in the first trio. Outline by Rachel Cuskis a novel about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire to create and the human art of self-portraiture in which that desire finds its universal form. The second book is The First Bad Man by Miranda July, that described as a tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual fantasies and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic and important voice today and a writer for all time. It’s weird for me that the third book is still on my TBR list instead of the read list, because I adore the author and I know I love it already because I listen to the TED talk – We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Inspired by my trip to Venice, Italy, I decided to dive into the Italian literary world. What modern literature is popular there, and what was translated into English or Polish so now I can read it?
No list of Italian books can complete without mentioning the international success of Elena Ferrante and her series Neapolitan Novels. So I’m adding My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferranteto my list, and to be honest, this is the only book I knew of before I made this list. It is the story about two friends, Elena and Lila, in which Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The second book on my list is I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti. It is said to be immensely powerful, lyrical and skillfully narrated novel, set in southern Italy, in which nine-year-old Michele discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Michele’s eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet. Don’t Move by Margaret Mazzantini.
The ARC that I have and I’m planning to read soon are all being published in March in the States. I need to highlight the States part because some of those novels were already quite successful in the UK and Ireland last year.
Internment by Samira Ahmedis a Young Adult novel set in horrifying near-future United States, where teen Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. This premise is truly terrifying… Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemiis a magical realism novel that is influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories. It tells a story of seemingly average British schoolgirl, working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy, but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. Permission by Saskia Vogelis a novel set among the bright colours of L.A., a love story about three people sick with dreams and expectations who turn to the erotic for comfort and cure. As they stumble through the landscape of desire, they ask themselves: how do I want to be loved?