Exciting New Book Releases: May 2020

Five new book releases will be boosting my Goodreads Want-to-Read list! May is in full swing, the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and our lives are still restrained by Covid-19. But books keep on coming out as usual.

Why Care About New Book Releases?

I’ve come to the realization that I cope better with standalone books, when not all of the books in a series have been released. I simply forget what I should be waiting for, unless it’s touched me so deep I can’t forget. Like the work of Pierce Brown.

That’s why new book releases can be very helpful. Often times, they help with reminding me what’s to come out. They are also a great place to find new books and authors to read.

New Book Releases From May I’ll Add to My TBR

I thought I could throw together a list of new book releases, some exciting, and others – not as much, to see how my TBR pile is going to grow. Maybe it will help you find your next read, as well! Let’s dive!

1. House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

    • Released May 12th

house-of-dragons-jessica-cluessAscending the throne decided by a tournament? A hick-up that throws in 5 outcasts to complete the Trial? Five POVs? Dragons? Sign me up, please.

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess is said to be a young adult epic fantasy that I really want to get my hands on. I’ve never read books by the author, but that cover is stunning.

I also have a slight suspicion it will be the featured book in my book box subscription. I’ll let you know when it arrives at the end of the month. Fingers crossed it is the one.

2. Network Effect by Martha Wells

    • Released May 5th

network-effect-by-martha-wells-coverMartha Wells is a genius. I’ve read her Books of the Raksura, falling in love with the world. Two years ago I also read All Systems Red – the first of the novellas in The Murderbot Diaries. Murberbot stole my soul and it’s still in its hands.

The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells are four novellas following the existence of a SecUnit that refers to itself as Murberbot and all it wants is to be left alone to enjoy time on itself. Let me say that clearly.


Now, we’re getting a full-length novel about Murderbot. Yes, please. I have 3 novellas waiting for me before that, but they are extremely quick and engaging reads. I’m planning on fitting Network Effect, #5 of The Murderbot Diaries, in the summer that awaits us.

3. Firewalkers by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    • Released May 12th

firewalkers-adrian-tchaikovskyI’ve never read anything by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Firewalkers gives me a great opportunity to correct that. It is a science fiction novella dealing with class discrepancies and climate change. A rag-tag team of kids (kids?!) is the only one that can fix what technology can’t, they are the only ones who go into the merciless desert as the Firewalkers.

Firewalkers by Adrian Tchaikovsky is a sci-fi novella that promises pain, drama, and an emotional deep-dive I can’t wait to get around to. It’s quickly climbing my To-Be-Read pile! I’ll be keeping you updated!

4. Age of Empyre by Michael J. Sullivan

    • Released May 5th

age-of-empyre-michael-j-sullivanAlright, Age of Empyre by Michael J. Sullivan is book #6 The Legends of the First Empire series. I haven’t read those. Yet. Then why would I bother to feature it here and even recommend it?

I’m making a general recommendation to read Michael J. Sullivan if you’re a fantasy fan. I’ve read all the books in The Riyria Chronicles and The Riyria Revelations. I love Sullivan’s worldbuilding and characters. If you’re looking for a great and quick fantasy read to fuel your summer, do go for his works.

Age of Empyre is also set in the world of Riyria, in the distant past. I definitely recommend starting with the books in The Riyria Revelations and go from there. The Chronicles are a direct prequel in the form of anthologies, and The Legends take you to the distant past. Thank me later!

5. Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

    • Released May 5th

I read Aurora Rising thanks to Illumicrate. They had it featured in one of their boxes. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the biggest fan. I had serious problems with the underdevelopment of the characters. It is a challenge when you have so many POVs.

It was somewhat engaging and interesting, but nothing too exciting. I liked Finian the best. Maybe the problem was that I had huge expectations given the authors’ track record. Still, I will be reading the second book. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are an amazing duo, they deserve the readers’ support, even if they botch it sometimes.

And who knows, maybe Aurora Burning is going to be much, much better!

What New Book Releases Are You Excited About?

It’s really hard to follow the new book releases each month. What I mean is that too many books come out and some fall between the cracks. Those are the titles I’ll be adding from the May new book releases to my TBR pile. I really wish I wouldn’t just pile them but actually get around to reading them.

That might happen one day. There are just too many books and too little time, and, of course, my budget is not unlimited. Sadly. I’ve also been in a sort of a reading slump for a while now. But these new book releases won’t go unnoticed, and I’ll be ticking them off as Want-to-Read.

What are the new book releases of May 2020 you’re most excited about? Are you excited about something in the fantasy and sci-fi genres or something else floats your boat? If you think I’ve missed a book worth mentioning, just drop it down in the comments! Let’s explode those TBR piles!

I’m a copywriter by work, reader by heart, writer by night & a daydreamer all year round. I dabble in graphic design whenever time’s left. I breathe words and try to weave worlds.
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