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May's Fresh Picks For Spring Reading

May 28 2014 - 3:05am

There's only one way to get through Spring showers, wedding [1] season, and vacation travel — and that's having a good book to read. We're particularly excited about May's hot new books, which include confessions of a serial wedding guest [2], a Hollywood-set YA novel about two girls in love [3], and the first paperback books in two very saucy new series: Christina Lauren's Sweet Filthy Boy [4] and Kresley Cole's The Professional: Part 1 [5]. Get the scoop on all of May's most promising reads now! And be sure to check out more great new books on POPSUGAR Entertainment [6].

Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest

As someone who has been to countless weddings, Jen Doll knows all the ins and outs of attending and taking part in someone else's big day . . . for better or worse. She's written about these experiences in her upcoming memoir, Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest [7], in which she shares some thoughtful (and funny) insights into dating relationships, marriage, and friendship. Read our interview with the author here [8]!

Out May 1

Love and Other Foreign Words

If you're a fan of John Green and Rainbow Rowell, you need to check out Erin McCahan's coming-of-age love story Love and Other Foreign Words [9]. The smart, funny YA novel stars a 16-year-old girl who is trying to prevent her sister from marrying her unsuitable fiancé while balancing her own relationships to her best friend and boyfriend.

Out May 1

Sweet Filthy Boy

From the authors of the Beautiful Bastard books — Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who go by the pseudonym Christina Lauren — comes the first in their new steamy Wild Seasons [10] series, Sweet Filthy Boy [11]. Ansel is a Vegas fling who whisks away college grad Mia to France for a hot Summer tryst. But what if this wild romantic entanglement becomes something more than a short-lived affair? You'll have to read the series to find out.

Out May 13

The Untold

Set in the Australian outback, Courtney Collins's historical fiction The Untold [12] follows a female horse thief being chased by both her lover and the law. Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert writes, "This extraordinary novel — propelled by the dark, rich talents of a truly brilliant writer — dazzles, staggers, and amazes."

Out May 29

The Secret Life of Violet Grant

A New England Summer sets the scene for Beatriz Williams's The Secret Life of Violet Grant [13], a historical romance about a scandalous love triangle and family secrets that's mysterious, passionate, and engrossing.

Out May 27

The Professional

What happens when a bestselling paranormal, YA, and historical romance author takes on erotica? You get a steamy Fifty Shades of Grey meets the Russian mafia series about an affair between a young woman and the hit man protecting her. Kresley Cole returns with the first novel in The Game Maker [14] series, The Professional [15]. "Are you ready to play?"

Out May 6

Since You've Been Gone

In Morgan Matson's touching YA novel Since You've Been Gone [16], the play-it-safe heroine embarks on an adventurous Summer of firsts when her wild best friend disappears, leaving her 13 tasks to tackle in her absence.

Out May 6

Troika

Adam Pelzman's cross-cultural modern love story Troika [17] is described by Love and Treasure author Ayelet Waldman as "f*cking fantastic" as well as "poignant, painful, impeccably realized, and ultimately joyful."

Out May 1

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage

Molly Wizenberg writes about how opening a restaurant with her husband affected her young marriage in her honest, humorous, and endearing memoir Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage [18].

Out May 6

Everything Leads to You

After writing books on teen suicide and a coming-of-age road trip, YA author Nina LaCour is tackling a new topic in her latest novel, Everything Leads to You [19]: when two girls fall in love working in the Hollywood film business. Check out our interview with the author here [20]!

Out May 15

Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

Best friends Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale write about their true tales of post-collegiate excitement, disappointment, love, and heartache in their epistolary memoir Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults [21]. Perfect for anyone who has been through or is currently going through a quarter-life crisis.

Out May 6

Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story

Asa [22] Akira opens up about her life as a stripper, sex dungeon dominatrix, and porn star in her memoir Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story [23]. Tampa author Alissa Nutting writes, "Akira is the Galileo of women's sexuality, shifting our culture from the 'Dark Ages' of slut-shaming into an enlightened celebration of female desire. Hot, hilarious, and engrossing, this book is a path toward greater freedom for us all: read it and evolve."

Out May 6

The Memory Garden

Mary Rickert's mystical novel The Memory Garden [24] is described by The Jane Austen Book Club author Karen Joy Fowler as "a potent brew of guilty secrets and tragic histories, but also of enduring friendship and love. Add a pinch of the botanical. Serve on a luminous night faintly reminiscent of a Midsummer Night's Eve. A totally charming, totally engaging story told by Rickert, a magus of the first order. Magic in every line."

Out May 6

The Vacationers

Marriage, infidelity, first times, babies, and breakups. Emma Straub's funny and tender novel The Vacationers [25] explores several relationships in their various stages of drama and distress as it follows an American family's two-week stay in Mallorca. It's the perfect lighthearted beach read.

Out May 29

The One & Only

Something Borrowed author Emily Giffin returns with her latest chick lit novel The One & Only [26] about a small-town football-loving Texan heroine whose life gets shaken up by an unexpected tragedy.

Out May 20


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