There are a zillion new books coming out in May, and I want to read SO MANY OF THEM.

From Twinkle, with Love, by Sandhya Menon

Sixteen-year-old Twinkle Mehra is an aspiring filmmaker who’s pretty sure there’s no way she’ll be able to afford film school; has a one-way crush on the most popular boy in school; and is now working closely on a film project with her crush’s twin brother. I love love love romcoms and I adored When Dimple Met Rishi, so I had this one pre-ordered months ago. Starred review.

My So-Called Bollywood Life, by Nisha Sharma

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Another romcom about another aspiring filmmaker! Right on the heels of a really rough break-up with the guy that she thought she was fated to be with, high school senior Vaneeta “Winnie” Mehta falls for another classmate and begins questioning everything, everything, everything. I have the sneaking suspicion that I’ll be binge-watching Bollywood movies after this one. Starred review.

The Way You Make Me Feel, by Maurene Goo

Clara Shin’s summer is ruined when a prank at school results working in her being forced to work in her father’s food truck for the summer…WITH HER ARCH-ENEMY. But sometimes arch-enemies are just misunderstood, and sometime romance blossoms between employees from different food trucks. I AM ALWAYS HERE FOR FOOD TRUCK ROMANCES.

Give Me Some Truth, by Eric Gansworth

An ‘80s-era Battle of the Bands story told by alternating narrators! Carson Mastick doesn’t know if he wants to stay at home at Tuscarora Reservation after he graduates, or go on the road with his band; Magpie Bokoni, a new member of Carson’s band, has just moved back to the reservation after years in the city. Family and friendship and protest and music. YES, PLEASE, AND THANK YOU.

Monday's Not Coming, by Tiffany D. Jackson

An eighth-grade girl disappears, and no one seems to care except her best friend, who is determined to find her. Deals with gentrification and mental illness and the well-documented fact that skin color is absolutely a factor in how much effort is put into searching for missing children. Jackson’s Allegedly was an outstanding book, and it very much sounds like this one will be provide a similar combination of compelling mystery/thriller with social commentary/critique. I’ve been looking forward to it for ages.

Anger Is a Gift, by Mark Oshiro

The Kirkus review quoted the passage that the title appears in, and that was all it took—I want to read it now, now, now: “Anger is a gift. Remember that….You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as ammunition. You use that anger to get things done instead of just stewing in it.” Starred review.

Undead Girl Gang, by Lily Anderson

I’m always here for another book by Lily Anderson, and I’m always here for stories about Magic Gone Wrong.Leila Body Text April 30

Jazz Owls, written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez

Verse novel centered on the Zoot Suit Riots in 1943. The Kirkus review was tepid at best, but I always look forward to Engle’s books, so I’m going to pick it up regardless.

Valley Girls, by Sarah Nicole Lemon

I loved Lemon’s debut Done Dirt Cheap, so this is another one I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. Another tepid review from Kirkus, but as it dings the female protagonist for being “too full of self-pity to be likable,” I’m hoping that it will be a better fit for me than it was for the reviewer—I do love difficult heroines.

Brightly Burning, by Alexa Donne


Royals, by Rachel Hawkins

Royal romance from one of my favorite comedic writers, just in time for the real-life royal wedding! (Related: Don’t miss Prince in Disguise, which is both hilarious and adorable.)

Tradition, by Brendan Kiely

Two things I am always here for: Stories set in prep schools and searing indictments of toxic masculinity.

The Lies They Tell, by Gillian French

Tourists vs. locals, haves vs. have-nots, and MURDER. I am well-versed in the social dynamics of summer in coastal Maine, and I know for a fact that the author is, too. HERE FOR IT.

Puddin', by Julie Murphy


There are so, so many more—these are just the books on my DEFINITE MUST-READ list. As always, let me know if there’s something else that should be on my radar!

In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, is currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.