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Books I'm Looking Forward To: May



It's the end of another month! That means it's time to start talking about the books we can look forward to for May. Like I said last month, release dates are rapidly changing. Many books are getting pushed farther into the summer or fall, so I've had to change up the list a little since I first started collecting titles. There's a chance there will still be changes, but these are updated to the best of my abilities. Unfortunately, this means that there aren't many books on this list, but the next few months are bursting with new titles. I'm still looking forward to all the books I've had to move.
Just like the April post, I encourage you to place preorders or library requests for the books you're adding to your TBR if you can. This time around, I'm adding links to each author's website (just click on their name) because many authors are partnering with specific bookstores to offer special incentives or signed books. It's also a great way to learn about more indie bookstores if you're interested or don't have a local one. Author websites are great resources to learn about online launches and social media links as well. Do you have books you're looking forward to in May? Let me know in the comments what's on your reading list.
Cover of The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly
Design: @novellapixel; Illustration: @theminaprice

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly
May 5
Kit has always had a hero complex. She always wants to be the one to save the day, whether it's helping to pay the mortgage or her brother's medical bills. She has a job at a medieval themed restaurant where she's stuck being a waitress- a job that's not nearly as fun or well paying as her brother's job as a knight. But that position is only for men. One night, while in disguise, she takes her brother's place and gets tons of internet attention when she reveals her own identity. While her fight against the unjust policy at work causes problems, she's more focused on figuring out how to monetize her online fame to keep her family afloat. 
I love books centered around restaurants, which is what initially caught my eye. The fact that it's medieval themed makes it even more interesting. I also love a story about someone working to stand up against sexist policies and fight for what they believe in. Sounds like the perfect mix of cute contemporary antics and thought provoking moments. This is Pacton's YA debut.
By The Book Cover by Amanda Sellet
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By The Book
May 12
For all the Jane Austen lovers out there, this one's for you. Mary is a lover of classic novels and has learned a few things about the pitfalls of love from them. She's dismayed to see how many of her classmates can't recognize classic bad tropes and red flags when they see them. To rectify that, she starts working on the Scoundrel Survival Guide to compile and share everything she's learned. The catch? It's much harder to follow your own rules when you find yourself falling. Maybe life doesn't exactly take after the books. 
This book sounds adorable! While I'm not a huge classics fan, I do have a soft spot for Jane Austen, and Mary reminds me of Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. I'd love to see the Elizabeth-Darcy dynamic re-explored in modern times. Also, this cover is super eye catching! I love the illustrations and the gorgeous colors, and I can't wait to dive in. This is Sellet's debut.
Cover of Breath Like Water
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Breath Like Water
May 19
Susannah is a competitive swimmer on a mission to reach her full potential. Setbacks, though, have threatened Susannah's place at the top. With a new coach with revolutionary training ideas, her future seems within reach again, and a new fellow swimmer, Harry, proves to be good for her spirits. As she faces struggles in training and in romance, she's faced with difficult choices between her career and her personal life.  
This is another book with an amazing cover. I was also was excited to see a book about a competitive swimmer. My best friend is on tons of swim teams and is always telling me about what it's like, but I'm excited about getting to read this book to have a true look at what it's like. The promised romance also sounds like exactly what I'm looking for at the moment. I can't wait to read it as part of the blog tour.
Cover of Parachutes by Kelly Yang
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Parachutes
May 26
Claire never thought she'd be a parachute, a teen sent to live with an American family and attend school while their parents stay in Asia. But once she's in California, she's determined to make the most of her newfound freedom. Dani, Claire's host sister, is determined not to let the new competition derail her plans to go to Yale. While they start out completely opposed, their lives keep twisting together in a way that will impact both of them forever.
This book sounds like a complete whirlwind. I'm looking forward to getting to read my e-ARC. I'd never heard of parachutes before, but it was fascinating to read a couple articles about it. I'm looking forward to learning more as I read the book. It also sounds super fast paced and consuming. And, like with the other books, I have to give major props to the cover artists. This has to be one of my favorite selections of covers this year. 

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