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If you're not sure what to read in May, read the books your local booksellers are loving! Whether you like literary fiction, crime, young adult novels or even children's books, you will find something that you won't be able to put down.

 

DON'T FORGET by Anna Walker

Emily, Dymocks Marketing Coordinator

Emily, Dymocks Marketing Coordinator

"Another exquisite picture book from wonder-team Jane Godwin and Anna Walker. It never ceases to amaze me how much magic these two much-loved Aussie authors are able to capture in their picture books, from the layered and evocative artwork to the simple but profound words. The take-away: sometimes it's important to remember all the things we do to be a part of the world - big, and small."

 

SECOND PLACE by Rachel Cusk

Kate, Dymocks Category Manager

Kate, Dymocks Category Manager

"Rachel Cusk is an author after my own heart - entirely unique and quietly affecting. She has a way of making you feel seen. I just really don't know how she does it! There's a reason she's admired by so many writers. Second Place is the kind of book you can't stop underlining."

 

HOW STELLA LEARNED TO TALK by Christina Hunger

Janelle, Dymocks Toowoomba

Janelle, Dymocks Toowoomba

"As a dog lover who is keen to learn more about dog traiing, I couldn't wait to read this book and I was not disappointed! This story is truly groundbreaking and an amazing insight into just how clever dogs are. As a speech therapist, Christina Hunger was curious to try using her expertise and tools to see if her new puppy could communicate by using programmable buttons. Stella eventually exceeded all expectations and uses her buttons in new ways every day. Every chapter has tips on how you can teach your dog to communicate their wants and feelings (the 'love you' button is the cutest!)."

 

PAWCASSO by Remy Lai

Gina, Dymocks Neutral Bay

Gina, Dymocks Neutral Bay

"I was absolutely delighted by this truly fun book, and I was caught laughing out loud quite a few times! This story also has a nice reminder: we don't always know what someone's story is, so be kind."

 

BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME by Jacqueline Bublitz

Karina, Dymocks Canberra

Karina, Dymocks Canberra

"This is a very different spin on the usual crime novel; a beautiful, sad and powerful story of what happens when a woman dies and nobody knows who she is, told from the perspective of the victim. I absolutely adored reading this in Alice's voice. It's a story that will stay with the reader long after they've finished."

 

THE ROAD TRIP by Beth O'Leary

Jess, Dymocks Rouse Hill

Jess, Dymocks Rouse Hill

"The Road Trip is my second read by Beth O'Leary and boy did I enjoy it. There would be nothing worse than being stuck in a car with your ex for a long period of time, however from the beginning you could tell that there was unfinished business between Addie and Dylan. There are flashbacks throughout the book that show the start of their relationship all the way to the end. Now throw in a protective big sister, a random guy they meet on Facebook, and Dylan's best friend that did everything in his power to break Addie and Dylan up! This was such a fun read, and I would highly recommend it to everyone."

 

LIGHTFALL: THE GIRL & THE GALDURIAN by Tim Probert

Emily, Dymocks Marketing Coordinator

Emily, Dymocks Marketing Coordinator

"A seriously enchanting start to a new graphic novel series, set in a beautifully realised, evocatively rendered fantasy landscape, featuring charming protagonists and teaching us lessons about friendship and facing fear. There's something in the glowing hues of Tim Probert's illustrations that makes your heart beat a little faster while you read... it's simply magical."

 

THE END OF MEN by Christina Sweeney-Baird

Bree, Dymocks Chermside

Bree, Dymocks Chermside

"Christina Sweeney-Baird's The End of Men asks: what if there was a pandemic that was even more scary than the one we are in the midst of? What if it only affected men? This book examines gender roles in society and how much the world around us has been shaped by them. It forces you to look around at the ones you love and imagine life without them. A thought-provoking read perfect for 2021. I loved every moment of this book!"

 

HOUSE OF HOLLOW by Krystal Sutherland

Jess, Dymocks Joondalup

Jess, Dymocks Joondalup

"Dark and ethereal, House of Hollow is perfectly balanced on the border of the real and the fantastical. It is the wolf in sheep's skin. This novel is my new obsession."

 

GIRL, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke

Julie, Dymocks Waurn Ponds

Julie, Dymocks Waurn Ponds

"Psychological thrillers and crime are my jam at the moment and this debut is outstanding. It fits right in with the established authors in this genre who have been keeping me enthralled over recent weeks. This book is told from the perspective of a true crime podcast investigator. Her last couple of seasons have resulted in arrests and Ellie hopes that this new one will be no different. There are twists and turns that will keep you on your toes. Highly recommend this book if you are a super fan of the psychological thrillers. I look forward to reading Amy Suiter Clarke's future books."

 

BILA YARRUDHANGGALANGDHURAY by Anita Heiss

Heather, Dymocks Albury

Heather, Dymocks Albury

"Anita Heiss brings to life the colonial past of Wiradyuri country through the eyes of Wagadhaany, a young Indigenous woman. Based on true events, the story is one of love, courage and heartbreak. The inclusion of Indigenous language gives the reader an even stronger connection to the main characters. A heartbreaking story that must be read."

 

PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir

Erin, Dymocks Rouse Hill

Erin, Dymocks Rouse Hill

"I went in with zero expectations (I've never read anything by Andy Weir before) and a little trepidation as the 'waking up in a strange place with no memories' trope is pretty overdone. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! The first section of the book is really well written, with plenty of humour and of course a lot of mystery. And then comes the...?? I can't tell you! It will spoil too much, but it's when the book really comes alive! The characters and their relationships and motivations; I just couldn't put this one down."

 

CAN'T SAY IT WENT TO PLAN by Gabrielle Tozer

Kristi, Dymocks Waurn Ponds

Kristi, Dymocks Waurn Ponds

"A sweet book showcasing the roller coaster of emotions felt at the junction between finishing school and beginning the rest of your life. Can't Say it Went to Plan puts you right there in that moment, perfectly capturing the angst, the joy, the disappointments and the thrills, with characters we can all relate to. You'll be cheering for them, crying for them and turning pages to find out what happens to them. A great read for any modern YA fan."

 

KATE IN WAITING EXCLUSIVE EDITION

Tanaya, Dymocks Marketing Coordinator

Tanaya, Dymocks Marketing Coordinator

"Reading a Becky Albertalli book is like spending an afternoon with your best friends, and Kate in Waiting is no exception. I'm always blown away with how relatable her books are, and even though it's been a few years since I was in high school, she managed to transport me right back there. I loved this book for its charming characters, its exploration of both platonic and romantic relationships, and all its cute and wholesome moments!"

 

HOW TO MEND A BROKEN HEART by Rachael Johns

Jess, Dymocks Joondalup

Jess, Dymocks Joondalup

"A beautifully written novel which follows recently divorced taxidermist Felicity Bell, a character from Johns' previous novel The Art of Keeping Secrets. An insightful mother-daughter story of self-discovery and finding love and friendship in the most unlikely of places, this book is the full package!"

 

THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET by Catriona Ward

Gina, Dymocks Neutral Bay

Gina, Dymocks Neutral Bay

"Ted is something of a recluse; he lives in a tumbledown house right beside a spooky forest on Needless Street, he has his cat Olivia for company, and occasional whirlwind visits from his daughter Lauren. You might think you see where this story about a serial killer, a stolen child and revenge is going, but you have no idea. Catriona Ward writes in a rather unsettling yet addictive way. This is a totally absorbing standout book and an utterly unforgettable read that will seize you and hardly let you go until the very end."

 

For more books we love in May, check out our Books of the Month.

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