November’s Most-Anticipated Books

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Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming but we’ve rounded up ten of the buzziest books coming out this November—no matter what genre you’re interested in. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review on the book’s pub date!

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

A Minneapolis bookstore is haunted over the course of a single year in Louise Erdrich’s latest novel. The Indigenous booksellers aren’t sure how to rid the shop of Flora, the spirit of a white woman who in life lied about her heritage. But as the new year—2020—arrives, the bookstore’s team faces a global pandemic, joins the protests against police brutality, and tries to figure out how to keep their store in business.

Miss Moriarty, I Presume? by Sherry Thomas

Mystery fans, rejoice: ​​Sherry Thomas is back with another installment in the Lady Sherlock series. Charlotte Holmes doesn’t know what to think when Moriarty shows up at her door asking for help. She agrees to search for his missing daughter and tracks her last whereabouts to a religious retreat in Cornwall, all the while wondering if her nemesis is leading her into a trap.

The Fastest Way To Fall by Denise Williams

The FitMe app is Britta Colby’s ticket to proving that she’s worthy of being a full-time staff member for the lifestyle website she writes for. She’s eager to write about her experiences with the app and its built-in coaching, especially when she meets her trainer: company CEO Wes Lawson. The more they train together, the harder it becomes for them to deny the sparks flying between them.

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Named one of the debuts NetGalley members should read before the end of the year, Natasha Bowen’s YA fantasy draws inspiration from West African mythology. Simi is a Mami Wata, a mermaid who serves the gods by helping guide souls who died at sea. But when she sees a boy thrown overboard, she violates her ancient decree and decides to save him instead of letting him die and now must travel to the Supreme Creator to face whatever fate awaits her.

Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee

Saying goodbye to a series is always bittersweet, but that won’t stop us from devouring the final installment in Fonda Lee’s Green Bone Saga. The No Peak and Mountain clans have fought for generations for control over the island of Kekon, and the magically imbued jade that exists there. But when outsiders learn of the jade’s power, the No Peak’s Kaul family must find allies or risk losing their way of life.

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak’s novel uses a fig tree, brought from Cyprus to England, to explore one family’s history in the aftermath of the Cypriot Civil War. Kostas and Defne once met in secret on Cyprus under a fig tree, and though they were separated by the war, they reunite decades later and decide to travel to London. After Defne’s death, their 16-year-old daughter Ada meets with her aunt Meryem and starts to unravel the history of her family, including the secrets and trauma buried in their past.

All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris

Corporate attorney Wanda M. Morris is making her debut this fall with a gripping legal thriller. Ellice Littlejohn is a Black attorney working in Atlanta and engaging in a casual relationship with her white boss, Michael. But when she discovers Michael dead and is immediately promoted to replace him, she begins to grow suspicious. Her fears are confirmed when she discovers buried secrets at the company.

An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire by Manda Collins

Miss Caroline Hardcastle loves secretly writing a crime column that’s captivated England. But the job hits close to home when her friend is kidnapped and Caro is forced to seek help from Lord Valentine Thorn. Val knows that he broke Caro’s heart, and he’ll do just about anything to make amends—whether it’s helping find her friend or even arranging a hasty marriage of convenience to save her father’s business.

The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath

Featured in our historical fiction roundup earlier this year, this YA debut from Carly Heath transports readers to Norway in the early 1900s. Asta Hedstrom never wanted to marry Nils, the boy her mother betrothed her to, but when Nils attacks Gunnar, her best friend, Asta decides to take fate into her own hands. Together with Gunnar and his boyfriend, Erlend and Asta begin plotting a way to win an upcoming village competition and, more importantly, the prize money that could mean freedom and independence for each of them.

Noor by Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor returns this fall with another must-read work of Africanfuturism packed with sharp critiques of capitalism. Over the years, AO’s undergone body augmentations through Ultimate Corp, where robotic limbs and organs are produced, and finds herself struggling to feel connected to both the human and mechanical parts of her identity. When an attack on her in the market leads to accidentally killing someone in self-defense, AO must go on the run to evade both the Nigerian government and Ultimate Corp.

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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