Friends, this is a list of books to read in May. As always, I will try my best to add books derived from all genres.

If by the end of going through this list you do not come up with any book to read, do not worry. We have other lists of monthly books to read.

A list and reviews of books to read in May

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Books to read in may: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
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A moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers.

Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television.

Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture.

With humor and intelligence, she scrutinizes the lives of the building’s tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.

Then there’s Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius.

She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday.

Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave.

A mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.

Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them.

They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building.

Only he is able to gain Paloma’s trust and to see through Renée’s timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her.

This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

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The American Girl

The American Girl
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A riveting psychological thriller about an American exchange student in France involved in a suspicious accident and the dark secrets a small town is hiding. . .

On a quiet summer morning, seventeen-year-old American exchange student Quinn Perkins stumbles out of the woods near the small French town of St. Roch.

She is barefoot, bloodied, and unable to say what has happened to her.

Quinn’s appearance creates a stir, especially since her host family, the Blavettes, has mysteriously disappeared.

Now the media, and everyone in the idyllic village, are wondering if the American girl has anything to do with the missing family.

A Boston reporter named Molly Swift travels to St. Roch, prepared to do anything to learn the truth, and score the ultimate scoop.

After Quinn is arrested and a trial by media ensues, she finds an unlikely ally in the young journalist.

Molly unravels the disturbing secrets of the town’s past in an effort to clear Quinn’s name.

But, even she is forced to admit that the American girl makes a compelling suspect.

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The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden
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This list of books to read in May would not have been complete without this masterpiece.

A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, an aristocratic family, a love denied, and a mystery. 

The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric, and compulsively readable story of the past, secrets, family, and memory from the international best-selling author Kate Morton.

Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving.

Her much-loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her.

But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra’s life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace—the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century.

She takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past.

This little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.

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Lion of Babylon

Books to read in May: Lion of Babylon
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Marc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments, most of them rather routine, until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq.

They have been kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the region.

Two others also drop out of sight–a high-placed Iraqi civilian and an American woman providing humanitarian aid.

Are the disappearances linked? Rumors circulate in a whirl of misinformation.

Marc must unravel the truth in a covert operation requiring utmost secrecy–from both the Americans and the insurgents.

But even more secret than the undercover operation is the underground dialogue taking place between sworn enemies.

Will the ultimate Reconciler between ancient enemies, current foes, and fanatical religious factions be heard?

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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
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Scandalized and celebrated by Parisian society, Lou Villars is an extraordinary athlete who is confident that one day she will be an inspiration for her gender.

She’s also a lesbian and cross-dresser who finds a safe haven in the Chameleon Club, a louche nightspot.

As the exuberant 1920s give way to the depression of the 1930s, Lou abandons her work as a server and performer at the Chameleon Club.

This to become a talented race-car driver, hovering on the brink of success.

She falls in love with a German driver, Inge, and is soon ensnared in a web of flattery and lies that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister.

A collaboration with the Nazis.

Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes Paris with brio, humor, and intimacy.

A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose’s finest novel yet. 

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