This month we have the latest from some LoveReading faves as well as moving non-fiction and remarkable new authors to discover. Keep scrolling to find our fiction and non-fiction highlights for May. Add the ones you've earmarked for your summer reading to your wishlist or straight to your basket. 

Fiction Books of the Month

Whether you're looking for wondrous tales, banter-filled mysteries or quirky coming-of-age stories, you'll find a recommendation for you in our May Books of the Month. Click to find out more about the books, why we love them, and get 10% off your order while supporting UK schools.

Second Chance Summer by Phillipa Ashley - "Escape to the Scilly Isles, where romance, family, friendship, and second chances combine to create the most lovely relationship story."

The Light Between Us by Elaine Chiew - "An emotionally astute and provocative speculative romance set in Singapore detailing the connection between a photographer from the 1920’s, and a modern day archivist."

The Temple of Fortuna by Elodie Harper - "Evocative and edge-of-your-seat thrilling, this concludes the wondrous Wolf Den trilogy in explosively satisfying style."

The Revenge Club by Kathy Lette - "A slicing, piercing, irreverently funny story of revenge, join four women as they attempt to turn the tables on the men who destroyed their lives."

The Last Devil To Die by Richard Osman - "A heartwarming, banter-filled, tear jerking thrill of a fourth adventure from the Thursday Murder Club."

Yellowface by Rebecca F Kuang - "Envy, ambition, arrogance, appropriation and racism — this smokin’ hot story of literary subterfuge cuts to the core of contemporary culture and human behaviour."

Cold People by Tom Rob Smith - "Completely and utterly fabulous, this thrilling novel thrusts you into the near future with chilling yet vibrant intensity."

A Game of Lies by Clare Mackintosh - "Smart as heck with a plot that zings along, this fabulous crime mystery bursts onto the reality show scene with aplomb."

Queen Macbeth by Val McDermid - "A wondrous tale of courage, subterfuge, and resolve set among Kings and Queens, war and passion in tenth century Scotland."

After That Night by Karin Slaughter - "Powerful, provocative and painful while being full of compassion, this is an utterly addictive and unforgettable thriller. Her best yet."

The Unspeakable Acts of Zina Pavlou by Eleni Kyriacou - "Moving, tense and morally haunting, this 1950s true-crime thriller centred on two women from the Greek diaspora sees a court interpreter become emotionally enmeshed in a murder case."

Eddy Eddy by Kate De Goldi - "Heartachingly original and quirkily humorous, this Christchurch-set coming-of-age story is a multi-layered masterwork to savour and return to."

Non-Fiction Books of the Month

Our non-fiction selections for May offer guides for healing and reconnecting with nature as well as an ode to travel and a vivid, readable, important account of the challenged of reporting on the war in Ukraine. 

The Healing Power of Sound by Janie Everett - "A descriptive and enlightening beginners guide to sound which helps reconnect to and explore the healing and therapy sound can offer."

A Year in Story and Song by Lia Leendertz - "A treasure in book form, glistening with songs and shining with folk stories, this inclusive celebration of the seasons is just gorgeous."

Blue Machine by Helen Czerski - "An absolutely beautiful book, exquisitely written and opening up a whole new world of information about our oceans."

Night Train to Odesa by Jen Stout - "When Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, millions of lives changed in an instant. During the exodus to escape the military invasion, reporter Jen Stout left her job in Moscow and headed to Romania where she began to cover the human cost of Russian aggression. Her first-hand, vivid reporting brought the war home to readers in Scotland as she reported from front lines and cities across Ukraine. Night Train to Odesa is her highly readable account of that challenge."

The Garden Against Time by Olivia Laing - "An enchanting, informative, and absolutely fascinating walk with the author through the history and mystery, and pleasure and pain of gardens."

Wild Treasures by Hannah Stitfall - "Wild treasures abound in this absolutely gorgeous ‘love-letter’ to Cornwall and the wild and plant life found there."

Why We Travel by Ash Bhardwaj - "Beautifully written by a leading travel journalist, this wise and moving ode to the transformative power of travel melds memoir with anthropological and psychological insights."

Debuts of the Month

Our Debuts of the Month feature challenging and suspenseful mysteries, complex relationships, queer and gothic historical novels and more. Click to find out more, read opening extracts and add any book that catches your eye to your wishlist.

Sugar, Baby by Celine Saintclare - "Sugar baby lifestyles, complex family relationships, and coming-of-age epiphanies are explored with page-turning aplomb in this devastatingly gripping debut."

Not Like Other Girls by Meredith Adamo - "Challenging and suspenseful mystery which raises some important feminist questions."

Spitting Gold by Carmella Lowkis - "Family secrets cannot be buried, even after death, in this queer gothic novel about sister mediums in 1866 Paris"

The List by Yomi Adegoke - "A topical rallying and remarkable read about the patriarchy and toxic masculinity, all debated between friends, colleagues and on the social media stage."

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month

May has seen our Editorial Expert Liz Robinson read some truly unforgettable reads. Whether you're looking for fiction or non-fiction; thriller, gothic or family stories, keep reading to see which books made Liz's recommendations this month.

She's A Killer by Kirsten McDougall - "One of our novels of the year featuring an unforgettable protagonist as she finds herself on the brink of radical action. Just brilliant!"

Looking Glass Sound by Catriona Ward - "This LoveReading Star Book is a superbly plotted, acutely atmospheric and suspense-filled novel about twisted friendship, murder, and revenge."

Moon Road by Sarah Leipciger - "An emotionally astute and eloquent tale of love, loss, and family as estranged parents take a road trip across Canada."

Before We Say Goodbye by Toshikazu Kawaguchi - "Moments in time are explored alongside regret and hope in this truly magical book set in a cafe in Japan."

Hunted by Abir Mukherjee - "An intelligent, thrilling, firecracker of a read set during presidential elections in the USA and deep-diving into the reasons behind a suicide bombing."

Love is a Curse by Keith Stuart - "A beautifully eloquent and thoroughly modern gothic tale slicing its suspenseful way through the generations of a family and their relationships."

Brotherless Night by V. V. Ganeshananthan - "An unforgettably provocative and emotionally charged novel that delves deeply into a family torn apart by civil war."

Star Books

We might have had a chance to see the Aurora Borealis over the UK, but here at LoveReading we've been stargazing all month with these brilliant new additions to our Star Books category. With books from all genres joining our ever growing galaxy of recommendations, take a look at this month's delightful constellation.