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23 November Releases We're Excited About

And what you can read in the meantime

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • October 19, 2023

Reading ahead

Our TBR piles may be dominating every available surface, but we keep finding new books we want to add to the mix. From literary WWII novels to scintillating sequels to swoony romances, November’s most anticipated list is filled with must-reads! Here are 23 upcoming releases across a mix of genres. These titles are available for preorder, but in the meantime, peruse our recommendations for similar reads that you can enjoy now.

Literary fiction 

The Little Liar by Mitch Albom (Nov. 14)

In a coastal Greek city during the Holocaust, a young boy is tricked into convincing his friends and family to board a train to Auschwitz. Only after it is too late, does Nico learn that he has sent his loved ones to their doom. Narrated by the voice of Truth itself, this moving parable explores honesty, survival, revenge, and devotion.

What to read first:  The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

So Late in the Day by Claire Keegan (Nov. 14)

From this award-winning author of short fiction comes three exquisite stories exploring gender dynamics. Each tale probes the dynamics that corrupt what could be between women and men: a lack of generosity, the weight of expectation, and the looming threat of violence. 

What to read first:  Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Before We Say Goodbye by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Nov. 14)

The fourth novel in an internationally bestselling series introduces a new set of heartwarming characters drawn to the magical café in a small back alley of Tokyo. A woman who couldn't bid her dog farewell; a daughter who drove her father away. Who would you visit if you could travel back in time?

What to read first:  Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

We Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren Grodstein (Nov. 28)

Germany, 1940: As a prisoner in the Warsaw Ghetto, Adam Paskow joins a secret group of archivists working to preserve the truth of what is happening inside these walls. Inspired by a true story, this novel offers a piercing portrait of love, determination, and sacrifice.

What to read first:  The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

Mystery, thriller, and horror 

Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly (Nov. 7)

After getting a wrongfully convicted man out of prison, defense attorney Mickey Haller is back, taking the long shot cases, where the chances of winning are one in a million. He teams up with his half brother, retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch to prove the innocence of a woman convicted of killing her husband.

What to read first: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

The Edge by David Baldacci (Nov. 14)

When CIA operative Jenny Silkwell is murdered in rural Maine, the U.S. government knows just the chameleon they can call on. Ex-Army Ranger Travis Devine spent his time in the military preparing to take on any scenario. The 6:20 Man is back. Can he uncover the truth before his time runs out.

What to read first: The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose (Nov. 28)

With her flair for cleaning and proper etiquette, Molly Gray has risen through the ranks to become the esteemed Head Maid of the Regency Grand Hotel. But when a high-profile death threatens the hotel's pristine reputation, Molly knows she alone holds the key to unlocking the killer's identity.

What to read first: The Maid by Nita Prose

The Fiction Writer by Jillian Cantor (Nov. 28)

Olivia Fitzgerald is down on her luck. Her most recent novel—a retelling of Rebecca—was a flop, she just got dumped, and she's got a bad case of writer's block. When a handsome billionaire hires her to write about his family history with Daphne du Maurier, she finds herself drawn into a tangled web.

What to read first: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Sci-fi and fantasy

Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros (Nov. 7)

Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die during her first year at Basgiath War College—Violet included. But she didn't die. Now the real training begins and although Violet's body might be weaker and frailer than everyone else's, she has a will of iron. It's the second installment in the captivating Empyrean series!

What to read first: Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Murtagh: The World of Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Nov. 7)

The world is no longer safe for Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn. An evil king has been toppled, and they are left to face the consequences of the role they played in his reign of terror. In this gripping addition to The Inheritance Cycle, the Dragon Rider must discover what he stands for in a world that has abandoned him.

What to read first: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree (Nov. 7)

Wounded during the hunt for a powerful necromancer, Viv is packed off, against her will, to recuperate in a sleepy beach town. What she finds there may be both exactly what she needs and the seed of changes she couldn't possibly imagine. Part cozy mystery, part queer romance, this fantasy is a perfect comfort read.

What to read first: Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Defiant by Brandon Sanderson (Nov. 21)

As she and her team fight to hold off the Winzik, Spensa must ask herself: how far is she willing to go for victory, if it means losing herself and her friends in the process. It's the final chapter in the Mistborn author's epic series about a girl who has traveled beyond the stars to save the world she loves from destruction.

What to read first: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Historical fiction

Last Night at the Hollywood Canteen by Sarah James (Nov. 7)

1943, Hollywood: New in town, murder mystery playwright Annie Laurence gravitates to the Hollywood Canteen, hoping to make the right connections to get her movie made. But when film critic Fiona Farris is found dead in the Canteen kitchen, Annie discovers that solving a murder is a lot harder than writing one. 

What to read first: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Just Once by Karen Kingsbury (Nov. 14)

It's 1941 and Irvel Holland is torn between two brothers. She's dating Sam, but secretly in love with Hank. When Pearl Harbor is attacked their lives are upended. Sam heads to Europe to fight, leaving Irvel and Hank to take up the battle on the homefront. But soon enough, all three will be swept into the action.     

What to read first: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Romance 

Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood (Nov. 7)

Rook-ie chess player Mallory Greenleaf is as surprised as anyone when she reluctantly enters a tournament and beats "Kingkiller" Nolan Sawyer. What's even more confusing? His desire to cross pawns again. What kind of gambit is Nolan playing? A swoon-worthy YA debut from the author of The Love Hypothesis.

What to read first: Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert

The Good Part by Sophie Cousens (Nov. 7)

Lucy Young is twenty-six and tired. Tired of fetching coffees, disastrous dates, and slacker roommates. Then Lucy stumbles upon a wishing machine and makes her wish. She wakes up the next morning to a handsome husband, adorable children, a high-powered job—and a forty-something face. But what has she missed?

What to read first: This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

Inheritance: The Lost Bride by Nora Roberts (Nov. 21)

When Sonya McTavish inherits the estate from an uncle she never knew she had, it comes with a stipulation. She must live in the clifftop manor (which is slightly haunted) for at least three years. As she explores her new home, it becomes clear that she has inherited far more than a house. The first in a new trilogy.  

What to read first: Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

The Ball at Versailles by Danielle Steel (Nov. 21)

It's the summer of 1959 and the Palace of Versailles is hosting an exclusive dusk-to-dawn ball in which a select group of American and French debutantes will be presented to international society and royalty. Four young women, all with something to prove, receive the invitation of a lifetime.

What to read first: Flying Angels by Danielle Steel

Nonfiction

My Name is Barbra by Barbra Streisand (Nov. 7)

Barbra Streisand is, by any account, a living legend, an icon who has excelled in every area of entertainment. Here, in her own words, she tells her own story, from growing up in Brooklyn and her first appearances in New York nightclubs to her EGOT-winning performances and her happy marriage with James Brolin.

What to read first: Me by Elton John

Teddy and Booker T. by Brian Kilmeade (Nov. 7)

When President Theodore Roosevelt welcomed the country's most visible Black man, Booker T. Washington, into his circle of counselors in 1901, the two confronted a shocking and violent wave of racist outrage. This is the story of how two wildly different Americans helped lay the groundwork for equality.

What to read first: The President and the Freedom Fighter: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, and Their Battle to Save America's Soul by Brian Kilmeade

Class by Stephanie Land (Nov. 7)

Land's first memoir, Maid (adapted into a hit Netflix series), was about her escape out of poverty and abuse in search of a better life. Now she returns with the story of her experience of higher education, grappling with important questions: Who has the right to go to college? What kind of work is valued in our culture?

What to read first: Maid by Stephanie Land

Kids

Warriors: Starless Clan #4: Thunder by Erin Hunter (Nov. 7)

The fourth book in this epic middle grade feline fantasy series continues the story of Frostpaw. A brutal attack has left her gravely injured and she'll need to depend on somebody. When help arrives in the form of a young warrior, she convinces him to protect her on her desperate search for answers.

What to read first: Warriors: A Starless Clan #1: River by Erin Hunter

Cat Kid Comic Club: Influencers by Dav Pilkey (Nov. 28)

The Cat Kid Comic Club is in crisis! After learning that one of their comics will be published, the baby frogs are filled with anxiety. How will they get their groove back? This imaginative, hilarious graphic novel series showcases a wide variety of art styles, providing inspiration for aspiring artists and storytellers of all ages.

What to read first: Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey

Hopefully there’s something here that you want to add to your TBR list! Let us know which new books you’re most excited about this month.

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