Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books of 2022 (so far)

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for April to June see Meeghans page here.

AAAAAAAAAGH!!!! How can I be expected to choose my top 5 books? I’ve read some amazing books this year and picking 5 is just going to be hard.

To narrow it down, I’m going for my top 5 fantasy books that I’ve read this year so far.

Each one of these was a 5 star read for me and they were all by authors that I hadn’t read before this year.

Have you read any of these? What would be in your top 5 so far this year?

Looking forward to May Releases

If my recent Net Galley reading is anything to go by, then May is going to be a bumper month for book releases. Over the past couple of months, I have read 14 books with a May release date with one more to read which is way more than a normal month. They have all been great reads – I’m obviously getting better at requesting books I will enjoy.

Here are the books that I am looking forward to being published this month.

Fantasy

The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna
This is actually the only May release that I haven’t got around to reading yet. It’s the sequel to The Gilded Ones and I am definitely looking forward to reading it this weekend.
Release Date 26th May

The Collar Bound by Rebecca Zahabi
This is an imaginative new fantasy set in a world where mages rule and the non-magical are consigned to practical and menial jobs such as farming or being a servant. It’s a slow burning novel that gradually pulls you into the story.
Release Date 12th May

The Thief by Megan by Megan Whalen Turner
This is actually the rerelease of the first book in a YA series which was first published in the 1990s. It’s a traditional quest story with echoes of the Hobbit as convicted thief Gen is taken out of prison by the King’s Magus and taken on a journey to steal a precious item. It was a fun read.
Release Date 5th May

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
I absolutely loved this fantasy which has been inspired by the Tales of 1001 nights. Again, it’s mainly a quest story but the interweaving of the tales from the Arabian Nights and the characters are brilliant.
Release Date 19th May

When Women were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
The title of this book grabbed my attention as well as the gorgeous cover. As a lover of all things draconic and historical fiction, this book seemed to tick all of the boxes. It’s a feminist story set in alternative 1950’s America. I loved the fact that the story was born out of the author’s outrage at some of the things that are still happening to women in public life to day.
Release Date 3rd May

Crime/Mystery

Requiem in La Rossa by Tom Benjamin
Requiem in La Rossa is a crime novel with an interesting plot and engaging characters which together with a gorgeous setting combine to make this a really enjoyable read. This is the third book in this series featuring private investigator Daniel Leicester but it works perfectly well as a stand alone.

After Dark by Jayne Cowie
Set in a not too distant future, to stop violence against women, all men over the age of 10 are tagged and are subject to a 12 hour curfew. Despite this, a women’s body is found showing that she has been battered to death. I found this an unsettling novel and I’m not entirely sure if I enjoyed reading it or not. What I am certain about is that I found myself thinking about it and the society portrayed in it which means that at the very least, it has grabbed my attention.
Release Date 12th May

Dear Little Corpses by Nicola Upson
 This is Nicola Upson’s latest novel in her brilliant series featuring the novelist and playwright, Josephine Tey and I think it is possibly her best yet. Although it is part of a series, it is entirely possible to read this as a stand-alone. It’s set right on the eve of the declaration of war in 1939 and perfectly captures the feelings and atmosphere of the time. I’m currently going back and reading the stories that I have missed in this series.
Release Date 19th May

The Cook by Ajay Chowdhury
I loved the Waiter which was the author’s debut novel last year and this was just as good. Set in the area around Brick Lane in London, ex-detective turned waiter gets involved with the investigation into the death of one of his customers.
Release Date 5th May

An English Garden Murder by Katie Gayle
This is a definitely in the cosy crime genre. Newly divorced and retired social worker, Julia Bird, moves to the Cotswolds. There she seems to find bodies at every turn. This was a fun read. I liked the character and the plotting of the mystery.
Release Date 5th May

Hungry Death by Robin Blake
This was a historical mystery set in 1747 and featuring Coronor Titus Cragg. It is the latest in a series but I found it perfectly OK as a stand alone read. The level of historical detail is brilliant and the mystery was absorbing.
Release Date 3rd May

Romance/Contemporary

Book Lovers by Emily Henry
This is a funny enemies to friends story set in a very small town in North Carolina. Literary agent Nora is on holiday with her sister but she keeps bumping into Charlie, an editor with who she has a less than friendly history.
Release Date 3rd May

The People on Platform 5 by Clare Pooley
I was excited to see that Clare Pooley had written a new novel after loving The Authenticity Project and this one certainly lived up to my expectations. It’s a lovely, warm-hearted book with a great cast of random characters whose only link is that they catch the same train each day.
Release Date 26th May

Beach House Summer by Sarah Morgan
Any thing by Sarah Morgan is a must read for me and I loved this one. It’s a lovely feel good summery read set in an idyllic seaside town near LA.
Release Date 26th May

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin
This is a Regency romance with very strong echoes of Georgette Heyer but with a more modern tone and a very strong willed heroine. Perfect release time for anyone who has loved Bridgerton.
Release Date 12th May

What are you looking forward to being released this month?