Look, I'm all about a complicated, deep, character-driven novel that makes you feel a range of emotions, most of them kind of dark, but that's not what May is about. May is about finally being able to be outside (provided you've taken your allergy medicine) and enjoying long walks in the park, drinks in backyards, and light, fun books you can bring to the beach or the pool. And the book you should bring with you this month is Hey Ladies!, a hilarious story from Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss.
Originally a recurring column in The Toast, the concept started as a parody of a bachelorette email chain between friends Katie, Ali, Lily, Hannah, Caitlin, Ashley, and Morgan. Soon, these women were planning group Halloween costumes, "Friendsgiving" dinners, and New Year's Eve. If you've ever been trapped in an email chain, at least something in these notes will strike a chord.
The book, Moss and Markowitz promise, is all original material (350 messages worth), following that same familiar friend group through a year of their lives—and all of the holidays, relationship drama, and brunches that come with it. And it wouldn't be a "Hey Ladies!" story without a wedding to plan.
Once you've laughed your way through these relatable, sometimes cringe-worthy emails, there are a few other brand-new reads to add to your list:
It's time to announce my May book pick for @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine. This month, we're reading 'You Think It, I'll Say It' by #CurtisSittenfeld... it's her first book of short stories! I really loved all the characters in this book. They're so complex and interesting, and in every story, you'll find them going through these pivotal moments in their lives. Oh, and my company @hellosunshine is developing a TV series based on this collection of short stories. Can't wait to hear what you think! (👚: @draperjames)
You Think It, I'll Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld
You know I'm a fan of whatever Reese Witherspoon is reading, and her book club pick this month does not disappoint. Plus, May is Short Story Month (who knew?) and this collection explores women's inner voices in smart, funny ways. Sittenfeld has a talent for introducing you to someone you really don't want to like (she's judgmental, she's considering cheating on her husband, she's still holding grudges from high school) and within a few pages, you're rooting for her, laughing with her, and empathizing with her. And did I mention: Witherspoon has optioned this collection for a TV show?
To buy: $16, amazon.com.
The whole cast and crew is set up perfectly for self care Saturday with an advance copy of @aimeemolloy718's #ThePerfectMother (available 5/1) and a bottle of @onehope. I'm loving that #OneHope donates half of its profits to charity. Each wine supports a different cause. ———————— The cast and crew had a choice to support the following causes with their #PostScandalSurvivalKit wine selection. 🍷 Cabernet (helps children with autism). 🍷 Merlot (helps end global disease). 🍷 Pinot Noir (funds animal adoption). 🍷 Red Blend (supports the troops) #ServeAndCelebrate
The Perfect Mother, by Aimee Molloy
Two words for you: Kerry Washington. What, are those not enough for understanding the book's premise? Okay then, try this: A group of new moms meet for drinks, and before the night is over, one of the infants (Midas) has been kidnapped. In February, Deadline announced that Kerry Washington will be producing and starring in the film adaptation. This is the perfect thriller for your beach trip or summer book club.
To buy: $17, amazon.com.
"Nothing begs question of permanence, of sin, like the power to kill and revive. Nothing promises revival like a fairy tale." 🌲🥀🏰🍂 • On May 8th, this highly anticipated debut from @julia.r.fine goes on sale. @aaniffenegger calls #WhatShouldBeWild "delightful and darkly magical...a beautiful modern myth, a coming-of-age story for a girl with a worrisome power over life and death." Pre-order link is in the bio! 🌲🥀🏰🖤🌾🥀🌲 . . #bookstagram #booksofig #bookishfeatures #bookstagramfeature #bookphotography #bookblogger #booklover #igbooks #igreads #readersofinstagram #readersofig #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #fantasy #intothewoods #enchantedforest #cursed #magicalrealism #feministfiction #literaryfiction #debut #comingsoon #dresslikeabook @electricliterature
What Should Be Wild, by Julia Fine
Maisie has a superpower that no one will envy: her touch can both kill and resurrect. This means, obviously, she's had to live in isolation for fear of what her embrace could do to others. When her father goes missing in the mysterious woods behind her home, Maisie must venture outdoors and into the forest to save him where countless of her cursed female ancestors have also explored, but never returned.
To buy: $16, amazon.com.