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!

Aesthetica by Allie Rowbottom

Allie Rowbottom’s debut novel explores the impact of social media, autonomy, and the effects of exploitation through the lens of a former influencer. Anna rose to internet fame at the age of 19. Now at 35, she’s seeking to undo the past by undergoing a high-risk surgery known as Aesthetica to reverse all of her plastic surgery. But the night before she’s supposed to go under the knife, her past catches up with her.

Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan

One of our romances to swoon over in the second half of 2022, Before I Let Go offers a divorced couple a second chance at love. Two years after they separated, Yasmen and Josiah still see each other often as they co-parent their two children and manage their soul fusion restaurant. When Josiah begins attending therapy, something he hadn’t wanted in the past, it sets him off on a healing journey that starts to bring him closer to Yasmen once more.

Blackwater Falls by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan kicks off the first book in the Detective Inaya Rahman series this November. The local sheriff of the small Colorado town of Blackwater Falls isn’t convinced that the disappearances of young immigrant girls are anything to be concerned over. But when one of the missing girls is found dead, Inaya Rahman is assigned to the case. At first, she believes she has an ally in Colo. Lt. Waqas Seif of the Community Response Unit, but when he begins questioning her, Inaya realizes he may have ulterior motives.

Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk

Readers looking for a fantasy novella next month won’t want to miss C.L. Polk’s sapphic noir set in the 1940s. Private investigator Elena Brandt made a bargain with the devil ten years ago and now only has three days before she loses her soul. Then a demon makes her a tempting offer: If she can hunt down the serial killer known as the White City Vampire, she’ll be given back her soul and get to live out her days in peace with the woman she loves.

Five Survive by Holly Jackson

October ending doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to spooky season. Keep those thrills coming with this YA novel about a deadly road trip. Six friends pile into an RV for a spring break trip, but one wrong turn leaves them stranded. A lack of cell service seems to be the worst of their problems until a killer lurking in the darkness makes themself known.

Someday, Maybe by Onyi Nwabineli

Onyi Nwabineli’s debut follows a widow in the aftermath of her husband’s death by suicide. Eve’s world was turned upside down on New Year’s Eve when she discovered Quentin’s body. She has the support of her friends and Nigerian family in her corner, but few things seem to help, especially as she loses her job. As she grapples with the parts of her husband’s mental health that she didn’t know about, Eve slowly but surely finds her path forward through her grief.

Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese

Chloe Liese draws inspiration from ​​Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in this romance novel. Despite an instant attraction, Jamie Westenberg and Bea Wilmot are convinced they couldn’t be more wrong for each other. When their friends trick them into going on a date, they decide to team up to get back at their friends. Pretend to date, plot an epic breakup, and convince meddling friends to never matchmake again. The plan seems simple until real feelings get involved.

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

Eighteen-year-old Alice Lee and thirty-six-year-old Ruby Jones both arrive in New York City looking for a fresh start. Their paths cross a month later, when Ruby stumbles across Alice’s body in Riverside Park. There’s nothing on Alice’s person that identifies her and though Ruby is tempted to not get involved, she feels compelled to learn more. The narration shifts from Alice’s spirit having faith that Ruby can help identify her body and Ruby’s as she begins to dig deeper in the hopes of giving the Jane Doe she found a name.

Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell

This standalone space opera is set in the same world as Everina Maxwell’s Winter’s Orbit. Socialite Tennalhin Halkana is known as a reader, gifted with the ability to see into others minds. When he’s forced into military service, he’s put under the control of Lieutenant Surit Yeni, an architect who can influence the minds of others. Architects can sync with readers in order to control them, though when Surit is told to sync with Tennalhin, he refuses to do so without Tennalhin’s consent. Instead, they fake the sync and set off together on a mission that could spark a galactic war.

Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn

Tracy Deonn continues the Legendborn series with Bloodmarked. This YA fantasy picks up with ​​Briana Matthews, a descendant of King Arthur, learning to control her magical abilities. But time isn’t on her side: A war is brewing between demons and the Legendborn Order, the secret society originating from the knights of the round table. When Nick, the boy she loves, is kidnapped, and the Order attempts to hold Bree back, she realizes she has to rely on herself if she hopes to save him.

Which November release are you most excited for?

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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