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Monthly Bookish News Round Up | May 2022 | Book Prizes and Heartstopper Got Renewed!

May 27th, 2022

Hi Readers!

I thought I would do a little experiment here. Try something new. In this post I’ve put together a round up of some of the exciting book news we’ve had in May, including releases, film and TV, book awards and announcements. Hope you enjoy!

Here are my picks for the Most Exciting Books Released In May.

Paperback Releases:

Virgos are huge helpers.

The Essex Serpent AppleTv

Based On The Novel by Sarah Perry
Starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston

This one completely crept up on me. I had no idea this was even being adapted, let alone Tom Hiddleston was at the helm. Unfortunately, I do not have AppleTV but I might have to get it one day just to watch this.

Newly widowed Cora, having been released from an abusive marriage, relocates from Victorian London to a small village in Essex, intrigued by a local superstition that a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent has returned to the area.

Heartstopper Netflix

Based On The Graphic Novel by Alice Oseman
Starring Kit Conner and Joe Locke

The highly anticipated YA adaptation is here! It also technically came out in April, but we did get the news this month that it’s been renewed for two more seasons! I’ve been hesitant because I’m not a fan of graphic novels, but seeing all the excitement has prompted me to reserve a copy at the library, and once I’ve read that, I can finally watch this first series!

Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series.

Conversations With Friends BBC

Based On The Novel by Sally Rooney
Starring Alison Oliver, Jemima Kirke, Joe Alwyn

This one hasn’t quite hit the ground running like Normal People did, but it’s still well worth a watch if you’re a fan of the book.

In the summer before their final year in college, Frances and her best friend, Bobbi, meet an impressive writer, Melissa. Frances finds herself drawn to Melissa’s husband, Nick.

The Time Traveler’s Wife Now TV

The film industry is at it again with adapting the same books over and over. I know the Rachel McAdams one wasn’t the most faithful and missed out a lot of things from the book, but I’m not sure I can spend any more of my time with this story. What do you think?

Henry is an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift, a gene that allows him to travel through time involuntarily. Claire, his wife, finds it difficult to cope with his ability.

Firestarter Theatre and Peacock TV

Based On The Novel by Stephen King
Starring Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong

Another Stephen King adaptation to add to the list. I always see Firestarter being compared to Stranger Things, and we also get a new season of Stranger Things this month. But if that’s not enough, this might be worth giving a go, just for Zac Efron!

A couple desperately try to hide their daughter, Charlie, from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for turning fire into a weapon of mass destruction. Her father taught her how to defuse her power, but as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. When a mysterious operative finally finds the family, he tries to seize Charlie once and for all — but she has other plans.

We also got a trailor for the new BBC series based on Dolly Alderton’s memoir Everything I Know About Love.

This doesn’t have a release date yet but I reckon we’ll be getting it sometime this Summer.

And the trailor for the final season of Love, Victor

This series started strong for me, but I didn’t like the second season. It got a bit messy and tried to do too much in it’s short 20 minute episodes. I probably won’t watch the final season. But it’s back June 15th, if you are interested.

Finally, we got a teaser for Pistol, the book based on Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.

This looks epic and is coming to Disney+ at the end of May.

May is a busy month for book prizes. Here’s everything that went down:

Firstly on May 9th, the 2022 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction
The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen

Corbin College, not-quite-upstate New York, winter 1959-1960: Ruben Blum, a Jewish historian – but not an historian of the Jews – is coopted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish Inquisition. When Benzion Netanyahu shows up for an interview, family unexpectedly in tow, Blum plays the reluctant host, to guests who proceed to lay waste to his American complacencies. Mixing fiction with non-fiction, the campus novel with the lecture, THE NETANYAHUS is a wildly inventive, genre-bending comedy of blending, identity, and politics.

Check out all of the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2022 Here.

The British Book Awards were also this month. Open Water was named best debut, Marian Keyes got author of the year, and Meg Mason’s Sorrow and Bliss was named Best Fiction. But the overall Book Of The Year was given to a football star.

Book Of The Year, 2022
You Are A Champion by Marcus Rashford

‘There is no finish line when it comes to your dreams.’

You Are A Champion will empower young people aged 10+ to develop positive thinking, build mental resilience, learn how to navigate adversity and, ultimately, to achieve their full potential.

Written with journalist Carl Anka, You Are A Champion is the empowering and life changing first children’s book from Marcus Rashford MBE. It is full of practical advice and engaging illustrations and infographics, including input from performance psychologist Katie Warriner.

International Booker Prize, 2022
Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree
Translated by Daisy Rockwell

An eighty-year-old woman slips into a deep depression at the death of her husband, then resurfaces to gain a new lease on life. Her determination to fly in the face of convention – including striking up a friendship with a hijra (trans) woman – confuses her bohemian daughter, who is used to thinking of herself as the more ‘modern’ of the two.

At the older woman’s insistence they travel back to Pakistan, simultaneously confronting the unresolved trauma of her teenage experiences of Partition, and re-evaluating what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a woman, a feminist.

Rather than respond to tragedy with seriousness, Geetanjali Shree’s playful tone and exuberant wordplay results in a book that is engaging, funny, and utterly original, at the same time as being an urgent and timely protest against the destructive impact of borders and boundaries, whether between religions, countries, or genders. 

Stephen King teased his upcoming book ‘Fairy Tale’ on Twitter and, knowing Stephen King, this book will be anything but a fairytale.

Holly Bourne’s upcoming adult novel Girl Friends got a cover reveal.

John Green gave us an update on the Turtles All The Way Down movie:

I’d love to know if you enjoyed this, and what else you’d like to see. This was a fun post to do so I’ll definitely continue doing it. There was so much I didn’t know was happening. Like, since when was Turtles All The Way Down being adapted? I had no idea!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X