25 Books To Add To Your May TBR

The weather has warmed up and the sun is shining.  That means it’s finally safe to enjoy some outdoor leisure time.  So whether you’re soaking up Vitamin D from your patio or the beach, these 25 books are sure to be great company.  Grab some sunscreen, a comfy lounge chair, a nice cold drink and get your read on!

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  • Given To The Sea by Mindy McGinnis |  Khosa was born to be fed to the sea to prevent it from destroying her village as it did once before.  However, before she can be given to sea, she must birth an heir. Will Khosa deliver an heir and end up given to the sea or will she be saved by unexpected knight in shining armor?
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas |   Feyre, Rhysand and the gang are back in the third book of the ACOWAR series. Feyre returns to the Spring Court to gather intel about the looming war.  In the process she has to discover who she can and can’t trust, but her deceit could very well cost her her life.
  • Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys |  Four strangers from all walks of life fight to escape to freedom during World War II in this heartbreakingly beautiful war novel.  
  • Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune |  Described as X-Men meets sirens, evil mermaids and shifters, Tiffany Daune’s debut novel is a fantasy lover’s delight.  Halen’s world is turned upside down when she finds out that her whole life has been one big lie and that her mother has been keeping a huge secret about her identity.
  • The Lies by Christina C Jones |  Sometimes no matter how much you lie to yourself or put up a front to the world, there’s always that one person who sees through everything.  Christina is serving up Black love greatness again in her 30th novel.
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon |  Arranged to be married by their parents, Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel end up meeting a summer camp.  These two couldn’t be more different from each other.  Will opposites clash or will this end up being a match made in heaven?

  • Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh |  Hailed as a Mulan retelling, Mariko is arranged to marry the son of the emperor’s favorite consort.  However, her convoy is ambushed during their trip to the imperial city.  Mirako then decides to go undercover and dins about why the Black Clan tried to kill her.
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys |  Get your Kleenex handy.  Ruta Sepetys is the master at capturing all of the heartbreaking and horrifying aspects of what life was like for those caught in the middle during World War II.  This story follows fifteen year old Lina as she and her family are forced to live in a work camp in Siberia.  
  • Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig |  Ludwig takes us on a journey as we follow the life of Ginny Moon, an autistic teenager who’s had a not so good start in life.  All Ginny wants more than anything is accepted and not feel like an outsider.
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins |  Author of  The Girl on the Train, Hawkins is back with another spellbinding thriller.  Secrets will be revealed after a single mother and a teenage girl are found dead at the bottom of town river.  Were their deaths accidents or has a killer from the past returned to town? 
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman |  When a socially awkward Eleanor and her coworker Raymond save an elderly man after a nasty stumble, three unexpectedly develop a bond and friendship.  Soon Eleanor starts to realize that life becomes worth while when we take risks even if some risks could lead to heartbreak. 
  • I Found You by Lisa Jewell |  What would you do if you found a man on the beach who couldn’t remember who he was?  Even worst, what would you do if your husband went missing and you found out that the person claimed to be wasn’t actually a real person at all?
  • The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers |  When Phoebe’s husband gets caught running a Ponzi scheme, she has to choose between standing by her husband’s side as their world crumbles or leaving him in order to have a relationship with her children.  Which will she choose and will she end up going down with her husband in the end?
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker |  In this critically acclaimed and award winning novel, Alice Walker chronicles the lives of two sisters who separated by distance, time and more, but still manage to defeat odds and sustain their unbreakable bond.

  • Don’t Settle For Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts |  How many times have we told someone to take a leap faith, but yet continue to play it safe in our own lives?  If you’re finally ready to break mold, this is the book for you.
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi |  This award winning novel follows the lives of two half-sisters and the different directions of each of their lives takes during the 18th century.  Be prepared to go on journey from Ghana to Harlem and to explore topics of race and sex in this historical masterpiece.
  • The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty |  Espionage, war, and romance.  What happens when Sage Fowler goes from being a matchmaker’s apprentice to a military spy?  Will each secret that she uncovers lead or save her kingdom from going to war?
  • As Old As Time by Liz Braswell |  Calling all Beauty & the Beast fans, have you ever wondered who the enchanted sorceress was that cursed Beast?  What do you think would happen if Belle found out that person was her mother?  Would she still find her happily ever with him?
  • Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl |  Bentley Royce is teenage realty super star.  As is the case with most things, everything that glitters isn’t gold.  Bentley is over the spotlight, but if her family’s show doesn’t get renewed for a sixth season, she’s afraid her family will drift apart.  She has to choose between leaving the cameras behind or doing what she can to get her family’s show renewed.

  • Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley |  For years there’s been this myth that you have to look or have a certain body type to do yoga.  Jessamyn Stanley is shattering the myth and proving that no matter what shape or size your body is, with the right techniques and determination, anyone can master the art of yoga.
  • Clean Cooking by Elisabeth Johansson |  Eating healthy is easier when you have a cookbook full of yummy recipes to pick from.  Elisabeth Johansson proves that eating gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free doesn’t mean you have to eat yucky food.  I highly recommend this cookbook for families and individuals with food allergies.
  • Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein |  This heartbreaking novel is about a who mom who walked out on her ex after he “made it clear that fatherhood wasn’t in his plans” when he found out she was pregnant.  Fast forward a few years and Karen finds herself dying and struggling with trying to decide if her ex should be a permanent fixture in their son’s life after she’s gone.
  • The Trophy Child by Paula Daly |  Deception, murder and suburbia.  Find out what happens when one mom pushes her family too far over the edge in this new thriller. 
  • Bowls! by Molly Watson |  As of late I’ve been all about one-pot and bowl meals.  In this book Molly Watson shares one-dish meals that are both delicious and healthy.
  • The Big Life by Ann Shoket | Former editor-in-chief of Seventeen Magazine, Ann Shoket talks why it’s important to have a “squad” as well as giving tips and advance on relationships, side hustling and more.  And how cool is it that Michelle Phan wrote the Foreword?!
What’s your favorite beach or tropical read?

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