Let’s judge some books by the cover, shall we?
Every month, I pick some books with pretty covers and then I show the ones with best blurbs to you.
Basically, I spend a lot of time on Netgalley, and scouring the Internet for new releases, so I am gonna do that, but pick the books based on their cover. Then I’ll read the blurbs and pick my favorites and then I share them with all of you!
So the basic formula of this post is pretty books meets new releases I am excited about.
ALSO, I am doing a new thing this month! Yay, innovation! And I need your help. I am going to be running a POLL in which you can pick which of these books I am going to be reading in June. It’s a fun way to explore these titles and you can then get a review and see if these books are as good as they look and sound. The poll is at the very end of the post!
1. Moonsoon Mansion: A Memoir by Cinelle Barnes
Release Date: May 1st
Why I love the cover: There’s something so magical about it. I think it looks so dreamy and whimsical and I just really love it.
Why I love the blurb: This is a memoir about Cinelle Barnes’ childhood in the Philippines. It’s centered around a house (hence the mansion) and her complicated relationship with her mother after her father leaves them in wake of a monsoon. It sounds like she uses some fantastical elements to either tell this story or to cope with the problems she faced. Either way, this sounds fascinating and I am really looking forward to picking it up.
2. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
Release Date: May 1st
Why I love the cover: IT’S SO ELEGANT. I know I usually go for vibrant, colorful covers, but this one really caught my eye. I love that smoke effect on it and I love that it’s so wispy. I also love that there’s a warrior with a bow who is also a POC on the cover. Yes, please. It’s just a striking cover.
Why I love the blurb: I literally can’t believe that no one has talked about this book and that I haven’t seen it before. It’s compared to N.K. Jemisin and Robin Hobb, both great authors to be compared to. And this is inspired by 20th century China, it has a military school and a kick ass female protagonist and it’s ALL BRILLIANT.
3. Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehel
Release Date: May 8th
Why I love the cover: Quite possibly my favorite one in this post. I just think it’s GORGEOUS. The colors, the sparkles, the very magic of it – I am in love.
Why I love the blurb: This is a Middle Grade novel and it sounds so completely heartwarming and beautiful. It’s about a summer in Alice’s life, when her dad moves out and leaves her with her troubled mother. She focuses all her energy on breaking her swim team’s record and meets a new friend, Harriet, who’s equally obsessed, but instead with a science fair. And Alice gets a babysitting job where she takes care of Piper, who is supposedly mute, until Alice hears her speak. It’s about family and friends and proving yourself AND it’s in a Middle Grade novel, so I have high hopes for this!
4. The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
Release Date: May 15th
Why I love the cover: This is such a me cover. It’s vibrant, it’s colorful, there’s flowers… I can just stare at it. Good stuff.
Why I love the blurb: “The addictive novel about four young friends navigating a cutthroat world and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives.” As with the cover, this is so me. There’s a group of friends and we do a deep dive into their COMPLEX relationships with each other. It’s a trope I thrive on, and honestly, I can’t get enough of these premise. And there’s music. I mean, it’s the perfect book for me.
5. Mother of Invention by Caeli Wolfson Widger
Release Date: May 22nd
Why I love the cover: Because I find it both unnerving and beautiful at the same time.
Why I love the blurb: This story follows Tessa, who is a scientist and she uses technology to transform women’s lives. She develops a program which cuts down pregnancy from 9 months to 9 weeks, and leads to numerous improvements regarding the experience of women during pregnancy. Naturally, something goes wrong. I think it’s a fascinating premise, and I also quite enjoy the twist on the usual futuristic feminist novel, like we saw with The Handmaiden’s Tale or The Power. This really intrigues me and I really want to get to it.
And those are the books! Hope you love the covers and the blurbs as much as I do! Don’t forget to vote on which of these I should read in June and don’t forget to ENTER THE GiVEAWAY I am hosting.
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