Cover Here are the best new books to read this month (Art: Raphael Quiason/Tatler Hong Kong)

From romance novels to edge-of-your-seat thrillers, here are the best new books to read in May 2022

Happy May! Summer is slowly making its way to Hong Kong and it’s time to start planning your summer reading list. This month, there are plenty of new books across various genres that are hitting the bookshelves.

If you’re looking for a lighthearted read, Emily Henry’s Book Lovers is a must. For those who are more into edge-of-your-seat reads, try This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub, City of Orange by David Yoon or Hide by Kiersten White.

Looking for more books to read this month? Read on to find out what our top picks are.

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1. Book of Night by Holly Black

Renowned young adult writer Holly Black makes her adult debut with the Book of Night, a dark fantasy set in a world where shadows can be altered and manipulated for entertainment purposes or to gain power or influence. But doing so comes with a cost—it takes hours or days from your life.

The novel follows Charlie Hall, a low-level con artist who distances herself from the powerful yet dangerous underground world of shadow trading. But things change when a figure from her past returns. Determined to survive, she must navigate the secret world that she’s desperately trying to run away from.

Release: May 3

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2. Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Author Emily Henry returns with a new romance novel this summer. Book Lovers tells the story of Nora Stephens, a bibliophile who’s probably read about all kinds of heroines. She knows for a fact that she isn’t one. Looking for a breath of fresh air, she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls in North Carolina for a month together with her sister, Libby.

Over there, Nora can’t help but bump bookish yet brooding editor Charlie Lastra. It would’ve been romantic or fate—except none of the encounters have been pleasant. But as the coincidences keep piling up, they start to grow fond of each other, especially of their shared love of books.

Release: May 3

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3. Trust by Hernan Diaz

From Pulitzer Prize finalist Hernan Diaz comes Trust, a new novel set in the 1920s. It revolves around Benjamin and Helen Rask, a legendary Wall Street tycoon and the daughter of aristocrats.

There’s nobody in New York who hasn’t heard of the two especially given their rise to the top of the most elite. But rumours start circulating about their wealth, inciting gossip. At what cost have the two acquired their fortune?

Release: May 3

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4. Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

Siren Queen tells the story of Luli Wei, a beautiful and talented woman, desperate to be a star. But she knows how dangerous the movie business is during the pre-Code Hollywood—a brief freewheeling period of widespread adoption of sound in pictures before the enforcement of censorship guidelines known as the Hays Code—especially as a Chinese American woman. But she wants to defy the odds.

Release: May 10

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5. This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

Emma Straub’s newest novel asks, “What if you could take a vacation to your past?”

Alice is mostly content with life. Her job is fine, she’s happy with her apartment and her romantic status. But her father is sick and something still feels missing. When she wakes up on her birthday, she finds herself back in 1996—on her 16th birthday. Not only does she see her high school crush but she also reunites with her father. Is there anything she’d change if she could?

Release: May 17

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6. You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

National Book Award finalist Akwaeke Emezi is back with a new novel about a woman seeking joy while healing from loss. Five years after an accident that killed the love of her life, Feyi Adekola is ready to feel alive again. She’s an artist with her own studio, living with her best friend Joy and she’s even dating again.

But just as she starts to settle, her new life also starts to get more complicated. More importantly, is she really ready to embrace this new version of herself? Can she accept the past and her grief while embracing her future?

Release: May 24

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7. City of Orange by David Yoon

This science fiction novel from David Yoon follows a man who wakes up in an apocalyptic landscape. He can’t remember his name and only has fragments of his memories. Injured and alone, he must learn to survive.

Later, he meets a boy and learns that nothing is what he thought it was.

Release: May 24

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8. Hide by Kiersten White

Kiersten White’s Hide offers a challenge: spend a week hiding in an abandoned amusement park and don’t get caught. In return, you will receive enough money to change everything. Everyone is desperate to win especially Mack. Hiding is easy—that’s the reason she’s alive and her family isn’t.

But the competition takes a dark turn when people start disappearing one by one. Mack realises that the challenge is much more dangerous and sinister than she imagined. Now, people’s lives are at stake.

Release: May 24

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