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May’s biggest books


May 01, 2023

Much like the changing season, this month’s most anticipated books are heating up. Life just seems to slow down when the temperatures turn up, and this makes for perfect reading conditions. Luckily, there’s plenty to borrow to make it through the dog days without breaking the bank, thanks to your library and the Libby app.

If you’re planning to entertain this summer, find inspiration in Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Table, Volume 3, out May 2. On the other hand, if you want to be entertained, there are plenty of riveting romances to choose from: Danielle Steel's The Wedding Planner (May 2), The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren (May 16) and a “Most Anticipated Book by”, Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune (May 2).

A trip to Florida (or even a damp day on your patio) calls for a read of Swamp Story by Dave Barry (May 2), a dark adventure about a Florida caper full of oddballs and more twists and turns than a snake slithering away from a gator. Don’t miss Tom Hanks’ The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece (May 9) about the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film and the humble comic books that inspired it. Much the like author and legendary actor himself, it’s been called funny, touching and wonderfully thought-provoking.

And what summer reading would be complete without Summer Reading by Jenn McKinlay (May 16)?

🌞 💡 Summer reading tip 💡 🌞
Did you know that you can adjust your holds to deliver later so they’re ready for you at the start of your vacation, slow weekend or beach day? It’s a great way to ensure you’ll have the book you want to read when you want to read it.

There’s plenty more, so get your summer “booked” now and check out the list below. Subscribe to Libby Life for more of the hottest books, delivered to your inbox weekly.

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About the Author

Annie Suhy has been working in the book industry since 2006. When she’s not working, practicing yoga or petting cats, she’s doing paint-by-numbers or buying more plants. An avid poetry fan, her favorite collection is "The Splinter Factory" by Jeffrey McDaniel.


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