Our TBR May 2019 New Releases

By Sean Frankel

With some many amazing books coming out this year it is definitely difficult to narrow it down to a few that we ABSOLUTELY MUST READ! So here are some of the books being released in May 2019 that we have on our TBR (To be read) list!

1. We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

An Arabic female Robin Hood — who would have thought to hear all of that together?! This looks like an awesome read that is bringing a new twist to the “steal from the rich to feed the poor” story line.

” Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.  “

This book is released May 14th, 2019. So it is still a ways a way, but as soon as it comes out, this is going to be my MUST READ.


2. Romanov by Nadine Brandes

This book is about a girl, Anastasia, who is tasked with smuggling a spell out of the Russian Empire in to Siberia. She only is doing it to save her family. It really looks like a fun read and reminds me a little bit of The Fantastic Beasts by J.K. Rowling mixed with some Romeo and Juliet aspects. Releases May 7th, 2019.


3. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth KeanE

Is it a love story or a story of falling back in love? Either which way –it LOOKS thrilling. It has been described as a book explaining the power of forgiveness, lost of friendship, and the ripple a tragedy can cause. Releases May 28th, 2019.


4. Things My Son Needs To Know by Fredrik Backman

Finally, a book that confirms that I am not alone in the hardships of fatherhood. Fredrik Backman is releasing a book to share his experiences raising children with the intent to help new fathers all over.

” In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life, including:

-How to find the team you belong to
-Why airports explain everything about religion and war
-The reason starting a band is crucial to cultivating and keeping friendships
-How to beat Monkey Island 3
-Why, sometimes, a dad might hold onto his son’s hand just a little too tight “

This book is being released on May 7th and will be the perfect read for new and existing fathers everywhere!


5. Bitcoin Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

From the same author who brought us the book The Accidental Billionaires, which; was the basis for the film The Social Network: we are given a new story on the Winklevoss brothers. Mezrich is telling the story of how these brothers became the very first bitcoin billionaires and the trials they went through.

“Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money after their fight with Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into an eccentric character who tells them about a brand-new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize “crypto” is, in their own words, “either the next big thing or total bulls–t.” There’s nothing left to do but make a bet.”

The book releases on May 21st, 2019.


6. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

This book almost didn’t make the cut for me. But after reading reviews and what other people are saying about it –I decided to put it on my TBR. This book is a multi-generational saga that is exposing a families hidden secrets.


“And when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton appear to have everything—perfect children, good looks, a love everyone envies. But after a tragedy befalls them, Ogden tries to bring Kitty back to life by purchasing an island in Maine. That island, and its house, come to define and burnish the Milton family, year after year after year. And it is there that Kitty issues a refusal that will haunt her till the day she dies.

In 1959 a young Jewish man, Len Levy, will get a job in Ogden’s bank and earn the admiration of Ogden and one of his daughters, but the scorn of everyone else. Len’s best friend Reg Pauling has always been the only black man in the room—at Harvard, at work, and finally at the Miltons’ island in Maine.

An island that, at the dawn of the 21st century, this last generation doesn’t have the money to keep. When Kitty’s granddaughter hears that she and her cousins might be forced to sell it, and when her husband brings back disturbing evidence about her grandfather’s past, she realizes she is on the verge of finally understanding the silences that seemed to hover just below the surface of her family all her life. “

This book is being released on May 7th, 2019.


7. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

It is rare that I do this but… OH MY GOSH I AM SCREAMING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL EVERY DAY IT GETS CLOSER TO RELEASING! This book is going to be so intellectually deep, and so in to the subject matter –that you are not familiar with– that it will keep you engaged! This book is still a mystery on the plot, but from the reviews and what people are saying –it was purposeful.


“Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.”

Releases May 7th, 2019


8. One World Kill by Mark Lawrence

EVERYTHING you love put in one book –horror, fantasy, dungeons and dragons, nerds, and physics! This book is the first in what will be an incredible series that I think will be brought to the big screen.


“In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.

Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. A strange—yet curiously familiar—man is following Nick, with abilities that just shouldn’t exist. And this man bears a cryptic message: Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it yet. She needs Nick’s help—now.

He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics.

Challenge accepted. “

Book releases on May 1st, 2019.

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