The old saying goes “Don’t judge a book by the cover” but that’s what we are here to do.
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.
May has ALL the pretty releases, so it was super hard to choose! Let’s get into it.
1. Once Upon an Eid edited by Aisha Saeed and S.K. Ali
Why I love the cover: This cover brings me so much joy. I just look at it and feel happy. I love the soft tones of the cover, and I LOVE the color palette in general. Plus the illustrations are lovely.
Why I love the blurb: This is a short story collection showcasing Muslim authors and with stories centered around Eid. I think it’s amazing that a short story collection like this is coming out, and I cannot wait to check it out.
2. Girl Serpent Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Release Date: May 12th
Why I love the cover: This cover is SO PRETTY. The YA snake makes a comeback and it looks GOOD.
Why I love the blurb: This is a fairytale-esque story inspired by Persian mythology in which a girl is cursed to be poisonous to the touch and her journey to find power in her curse. It’s also queer and I cannot wait to check it out.
3. The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Patel
Release Date: May 12th
Why I love the cover: .This cover! Look at the colors! I love the frame that goes around the edge, I love the pink and yellow combo, and the illustration of these characters just promises a great romance.
Why I love the blurb: We love a good romance novel! The setup here is that Liya’s parents stage a dinner party for her to meet the man they want her to marry, so she flees as soon as she realizes what they are trying to do. Imagine her surprise when the guy turns out to be the lawyer who is hired to save her company. And he’s mad that she ran away from dinner. I am ready for the office banter and love!
4. Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup
Release Date: May 19th
Why I love the cover: I want to frame this.
Why I love the blurb: This is a novel of epic proportions – we follow a large cast of characters (?), whose lives start interconnecting. The book is set across India, and we follow some very interesting perspectives, from a scientist who studies trees and a clairvoyant who speaks to them, to a yeti who seeks human companionship, and even a turtle that transforms into a ship? I DON’T KNOW, but I am so eager to find out. This has received one of the most prestigious awards in India and it’s a story that looks at the relationship between humanity and the earth itself and I am really excited for it.
5. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Release Date: May 26th
Why I love the cover: This is one of my favorite covers of 2020! I just love the teal background with the gold ornaments and I think there’s something super powerful about the way this looks.
Why I love the blurb: I am always up for a new YA Fantasy. This is a West-African inspired world, in which girls attend a blood ceremony to become members of their village. We follow Dekka, whose blood runs gold on the day of her ceremony, a sign of impurity. She is then approached by a mysterious woman, who proposes that she travels with her to the capital to become a warrior that fights for the emperor. It sounds amazing and exciting and I am super jazzed about it.
And those are this month’s pretty new releases. Let me know your favorite one and as always, let me know about pretty books you found recently!
In the meantime, happy reading
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