May 2021 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read

Hello everybody! Today, I’m doing my anticipated releases for May post a couple of days early, because I have some really exciting posts planned for next week, including an author interview. Onto the post!


Otherland– I haven’t read Louie’s younger MG, but this is her first upper middle grade title and it sounds like a lot of fun’ it’s about a fantasy world that is pretty unpleasant, and features lots of different fantasy creatures.

Harklights– I have to admit I don’t know a huge amount about this, but I’ve seen some very intriguing things said about it on social media and it sounds like a very classic middle grade fantasy vibe, so I reckon I’ll enjoy it. Plus I’m absolutely confident Waterstones will pick it as Children’s Book of the Month.

By Ash, Oak and Thorn- this is a fantasy, but also has strong themes of conservation, so I’m really looking forward to picking it up. I first noticed this because of its cover, which is absolutely stunning.

The Nightsilver Promise- this is the debut of someone I’ve followed on Twitter for absolute years, and I’m so happy for her that it’s getting published! It’s about a girl named Paisley and her brother, and a fantasy quest they must go on together. I’m getting Nevermoor crossed with Vashti Hardy vibes from the synopsis and I’ll be very surprised if this isn’t a favourite of 2021 for me.

The Life and Time of Lonnie Quick– I think this is about a boy with the power to heal any living creature, but with the drawback that it takes years off of his own life. I don’t know the exact details of the plot, but I’ve enjoyed Kirsty’s books very much in the past and this concept just sounds incredible.

The Swallows’ Flight- if you’ve heard me talking about the Skylarks’ War, you won’t be shocked this is on here. This follows the same characters’ children as they navigate the challenges of the Second World War, and if it is even half as warm and funny and tragic as its predecessor it’ll be an absolute winner.

The Yearbook– I am a DIEHARD Holly Bourne fan. I’ve been reading her since I was like 12 (although would not recommend that 12 year olds pick up some of her work!!), and this sounds amazing. I know very little about it (I would buy Holly’s shopping list, tbh) but I think it focuses on a girl called Paige who is trying to prevent malicious lies being published in her school’s yearbook. I believe it also tackles domestic abuse, which Holly writes about so sensitively and well.

Love Me Not- I’m Holly Smale’s number one fangirl, and the Geek Girk series quite literally saved my life at high school. Her new series the Valentines is aimed a wee bit older and is a bit darker, but I absolutely adored the last book about Faith, and I can’t wait to get to know the oldest sister Mercy after the bombshell revelation at the end of the last book.

Bookishly Ever After– the Paper and Hearts Society is such a gorgeous contemporary series, and while I’m GUTTED this is the last book, I’m so thrilled this focuses on my all time fave of the gang, Ed. He starts working in a bookshop, and ends up involved in his very own love story. This is just going to be a joy.

The Boyband Murder Mystery- as someone with a known obsession with music and murder mysteries, I lowkey feel like I’m destined to fall in love with this book. I know next to nothing apart from the title, but I’m beyond buzzing to get stuck in.

The Secret Bridesmaid– I really loved Katy Birchall’s teen books, especially the It Girl trilogy, so I’m really excited to get my hands on her debut adult title. The concept is a bit mad, but so fun, as it’s about a woman who is a professional bridesmaid, and her forbidden romance with someone involved with a huge society wedding, I think.

The Village Green Bookshop– you’d be hard pressed to find lovelier small-village romances than Rachael Lucas’s, and I’ve adored all her previous books, so I’m very happy to be getting my mitts on a new one soon. This takes place in the same village as her previous book, so I’m hoping for cameos of familiar characters, and I love that it has a bookish slant again too.

Malibu Rising– I have become a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid this past year, so this is an absolute autobuy. It’s set in Malibu in the 1980s and I think it has something to do with a dramatic house fire? It’s going to be a brilliant, addictive read to get stuck into over the summer.


Thank you so much for reading! Which May releases are you most excited for? Do we have any in common on our lists? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Author: goldenbooksgirl

Middle grade/young adult book blogger

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