Anticipating May 2016 – New Book Releases, Fiction & Non-Fiction

Hi everyone! It’s that very exciting time of the month – the end! Which is thrilling of course because it means May is almost here, bringing with it a wealth of NEW BOOKS to swoon over and be enchanted by and hopefully fall in love with.

Here’s my most-anticipated list – 4 I’m still eagerly awaiting (on pre-order), and 4 I’ve had the privilege to read & that I highly recommend. Each list is in order of publication.

What are *you* looking forward to reading this month? I would love to know!!! Please leave a note in the comments if you wouldn’t mind sharing 🙂


Zero dondelilloK by Don DeLillo ~ MAY 3, 2016
Genres: Literary, Sci-Fi

I put this book on my ‘to read list’ back in January, as it was appearing on all the “most anticipated books of the 2016” lists. I’ve never read DeLillo before, but he is a prolific American author, and the synopsis of Zero K sounds amazing – a sci-fi cryogenics story. Bodies are frozen until future times when medicine may enable them to live forever.

foxever.jpgThe Fox Was Ever the Hunter by  Herta Müller, translated from the German by  Philip Boehm ~ MAY 10, 2016
Genres: Literary, Historical Fiction
Note: this book was first published in 1992. This is the first English translation.

I don’t know where to begin with HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THIS BOOK. It’s written by a Romanian, who left for Germany after her family was persecuted relentlessly and after her mother was sent off to Soviet gulags. Müller has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature and is “hailed as the laureate of life under totalitarianism” (this is the closest anyone will get to my heart… for those of you who don’t know me – I’m originally from Romania, and I was born during Ceaușescu’s regime). Moreover, this novel is about Ceaușescu’s regime. Double Perfection.



companytownCompany Town by Madeline Ashby ~ MAY 17, 2016
Genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery

So you know those late nights on GoodReads, falling down the rabbit hole of link-clicking through an abyss of recommendations? That’s pretty much how I came across Company Town. Loved the cover (creepy dilapidated Candy-man type building) and the title (company towns fascinate me) so I went with the synopsis and that struck a chord as well (mysterious sci-fi dystopian setting with a potential serial killer on the loose). Yes, this is what I read to relax. 🙂

firemanThe Fireman by Joe Hill ~ MAY 17, 2016
Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller

I’ve never read Joe Hill before. He’s apparently a big deal. I’m always apprehensive about “NYT bestselling” authors because they’re not usually to my taste. But I’ve definitely found gems (Michael Crichton and Michael Connelly are favorite examples). I can’t tell from reviews and the synopsis which this will be – but I’m looking forward to finding out! The premise sounds exciting – a dystopian world ravaged by unconquerable fire. Well, conquerable, perhaps, by The Fireman…


May Books I’ve Read that I Would Highly Recommend:

lovecanaltopLove Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present by Richard S. Newman ~ MAY 2, 2016

Genres: History, Non-Fiction, Public-Health

Love Canal is a sweeping “deep history” of the Niagara Falls suburb whose plight birthed public awareness of toxic waste as an environmental hazard. Newman’s work is meticulously documented, highly engaging (though also academic), and breathtaking in scope.


Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave ~ MAY 3, 2016 

Genres: Literary, Historical Fiction

A beautifully written & poignant book about life and love in wartime, about human resilience and connection. Not exactly to my taste, but quite lovely, and you may love it. Most everyone else seems to 🙂

Deadly River: Cholera and Cover-Up in Post-Earthquake Haiti by Ralph R. Frerichs ~ MAY 3, 2016

Genres: History, Non-Fiction, Public-Health

A powerful expose of the politicization of science and the case of cholera in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.


nycexposedtopNew York Exposed: The Police Scandal That Shocked the Nation and Launched the Progressive Era by Daniel Czitrom ~ MAY 5, 2016

Genres: History, Non-Fiction, Politics

An incisive, meticulously researched history of our political system told through the story of NYC



    1. I hadn’t either before reading them – thank goodness for Netgalley (that’s how I got all my non-fiction books, they were ‘read now’ and I was trying to increase my percentage ;)). And this is also what I love about our bookish community – everyone has their own little bubble of books. I create mine by picking from everyone else’s lists (ha that’s why my reading is all over the place).

      Re: review pictures. Like I’ve mentioned, you’re the one who gave me the inspiration 🙂 Yours are still the best. I have to personalize mine someday (the background is actually just a stock photo)

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      1. Hahaha my NetGalley percentage is pitiful because I requested an insane number of books not thinking I’d get approved, now I have 66 books to read 😳

        You are too kind re: my review pictures 😊 I like how you have your rating in the picture itself! I may have to steal that idea 😉

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  1. Zero K has an interesting premise, I never heard about it before but I added to my wishlist. 🙂
    May is such a great month for book releases! I received four books from Netgalley that rae being released in May that I just can’t wait to read. Those books are Too Like The Lightning by Ada Palmer, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy volume 10 edited by Jonathan Strahan, Central Station by Lavie Tidhar and Children of Earth and Sky buy Guy Gavriel Kay. I have started the first two and so far, they both are great!
    Also I’m intrigued by A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, I didn’t especially like A Court of Thorn and Roses but I am curious to see if the sequel will be better or not. I don’t have high hopes but I’ll give the book a try.

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    1. Hi Maryam! Ooo, Children of Earth and Sky, I DID mean to read that, thanks for reminding me 🙂 Too Like the Lightning sounds awesome too, GR says it’s a ‘political sci-fi’ which is pretty much my favorite kind. As for sequels.. I’ve not had a great success rate with a second if I didn’t like the first, but I always try anyway, hoping… 🙂

      Thank you so much for sharing your recommendations with us!!

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      1. You’re welcome. 😛
        Yes the description of Too Like the Lightning is wonderful, I also love political SFF! So far it’s indeed very political and complex so I probably wouldn’t say that it is a book for everyone but at least, I am really enjoying it!
        Yeah, I am going to give it a try but I have lowered my expectations quite a bit…

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  2. Your blog is mouthwateringly beautiful!! I cannot get over how crisp and professional your images are. Haha

    Are you a fan of Delillo in general? I read The Names in college and was not a fan haha. So I never picked up one of his books again. I feel like I’m missing out, though.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much.
      You know, I’d never heard of DeLillo before this year, when I got into the whole ‘new release’ thing and looked up lists of anticipated books. He seemed to be on all of them, and I also learned he was quite prolific. Funny what you miss when your entire fiction reading life is books that are 50 yrs old + (me, prior to now).


  3. Found you via Rowena, you have a lovely blog 🙂 I’m always behind with new releases but I do love looking at these lists! The non-fiction books sound especially great, looks like Live Canal and Toxic River need to go ony endless tbr. I’m looking forward to reading Ana Castillo’s memoir which comes put this month!

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    1. Hi Bina, thank you so much for stopping by! Yes, those non-fiction books were very good, I learned so much!
      Thank you also for telling me about Castillo’s new memoir, I did not realize she had something out this month. It’s been a while but Massacre of the Dreamers is a favorite of mine. I will definitely have to add that to MY endless tbr.. 🙂

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