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Shuffling of the Shelves: May Part One

By Anais Aguilera, Katie Norris and Sophie Poirier

Happy May! Let’s start off this month with a selection of exciting reads, from young adult fantasy to Japanese literary fiction. There’s something for everyone.


Following the recent resurgence of love for David Nicholl’s One Day, his new release You Are Here has been flying off the shelves. Meet Marnie and Michael. Both trapped in their monotonous London lifestyles, they hope to find a new path that will lead them somewhere brighter. But finding a new pathway is never easy and there’s a chance they might not make it.

Creeping up the Amazon charts this week is Alice Feeney’s psychological thriller His and Hers. Soon to be turned into a televised series, this novel is experiencing great success. When Jack Harper becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation, it feels like the truth is so deeply buried it might never come out. But what lengths will people go to in order to ensure this stays true? 


Hafsah Faizal, the bestselling author of the Sands of Arawiya duology, recently released her newest young adult fantasy novel A Tempest of Tea. This time she draws readers into a world of vampires and underground crime. Arthie Casimir runs a tearoom by day, but by night the establishment becomes a haven for the city’s vampires. Arthie is forced to fight back when her livelihood is put at risk, initiating a heist that brings together the most unlikely of crew members. A Tempest of Tea has been likened to Six of Crows for its intriguing plot and ragtag-found family.

Another fantasy novel on the WHSmith bestsellers list is Fathomfolk by Eliza Chan. This book draws from East Asian mythology and folktales to create a stunning new fantasy world. It is set in Tiankawi, a city half underwater where humans and the fathomfolk that live in the oceans are at odds. When extremist attacks put fathomfolk at greater risk, a half-siren and an exiled fathomfolk princess must decide if their world is worth saving. 


Yet another fantasy novel hits the charts this week. Sarah A. Parker’s When the Moon Hatched is the first book in the Moonfall series. Raeve is an assassin and things are going well until the Guild of Nobles captures her. Held captive by the fae, she is discovered by a grieving dragon rider named Kaan Vaegor. Their paths intertwine and draw them closer together, leading to something more blooming between them.

For avid travellers, daydreamers and lovers of Japanese culture, Chris Broad’s Abroad in Japan could be the perfect read. Broad chronicles his adventures as a foreigner arriving in Japan with no knowledge of the country and no plans other than to make a living teaching English. From there, readers experience all the ups and downs of learning a new culture with him. He details everything from the fun to the terrifying as he shares his experiences traveling across forty-seven prefectures. By the end of the book, readers will feel like they experienced Japan first-hand.

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Fantasy author Lauren Roberts’ April release is pitched as The Hunger Games meets Fourth Wing, and takes place in the same universe as her hit trilogy Powerless. The gripping new novella Powerful follows best friends Adena and Paedyn through their lives in the slums of their kingdom as they embark on a quest to say goodbye to their loved ones before Paedyn must compete in The Purging Trials – a fight to the death. 

On the romance side of things, fan-favourite Elsie Silver is back this month with Wild Love, the first instalment of her new Rose Hill series. When Rosie moves back to her hometown and is hired by a handsome old friend Ford, she knows she’s in for trouble. Ford is a newly single father and struggling to balance his fame with his dreams of opening a recording studio. This romance has all your favourite tropes: small town romance, billionaire romance, brother’s best friend – it’s another steamy hit from Silver.

Noteworthy Author

This week's noteworthy author is Jenny Erpenbeck. A prize-winning German author, her book Kairos has recently been shortlisted for the International Booker Prize. A chance meeting leads a young student to fall for an older man and what follows is a profound story of love, loss and power during a tumultuous period of German history. As its position of the International Booker Prize shortlist suggests, this novel has struck a deep chord with many who have read it so far.



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