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 so we’ve rounded up ten books coming out next month that both the NetGalley team and members can’t wait for. 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!

The Liberators by E. J. Koh

Memoirist ​​E. J. Koh explores grief, intergenerational trauma, and more in her debut novel. Set in 1980, the book transports readers to South Korea, where Insuk and Sungho, a couple arranged to be married, live under military dictatorship. Before the birth of their son, they make the choice to emigrate to San Jose, California. Using multiple points of view to show life in both the United States and South Korea, Koh crafts a moving narrative about family and loss.

One Night in Hartswood by Emma Denny

Secret identities and vows of retribution threaten the happily ever after between two men in this 1360-set historical romance. William “Penn” de Foucart’s plans of running away from the earldom he’ll inherit and his betrothed are foiled by the fact that he doesn’t have the skills to survive on the run. When a helping hand comes in the form of Raff Barden, his intended’s brother, Penn lies about who he is to save himself from being dragged back to the altar. But once they’re on the road together, Penn can’t deny that he’s beginning to feel drawn to the one person he can’t want.

Blood Betrayal by Ausma Zehanat Khan

We Are Bookish readers may have spied this book earlier this summer featured in our page-turning mysteries roundup. Ausma Zehanat Khan brings readers back to Blackwater Falls, Colorado for Detective Inaya Rahman’s next case. When two young men of color are killed by officers in separate incidents, Inaya must investigate bias and corruption within the force. This one is also available to request as an audiobook through the first seven days of November!

System Collapse by Martha Wells

Is there anything better than a month that includes more Murderbot? In this seventh installment, ships are sent to a colonized planet to rescue the human population. And by ‘rescue’ the Barish-Estranza corporation really means enslave, so they can benefit from a free workforce. But before Murderbot can help anyone, it needs to uncover why its normal operational parameters are suddenly underperforming.

Didn’t See That Coming by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Jesse Q. Sutanto delivers a YA take on You’ve Got Mail in her latest work. Seventeen-year-old Kiki Siregar has a secret. While she’s loudly and proudly herself in the real world, online she games under a pseudonym—posing as a boy to avoid harassment. Even her online best friend (alias Sourdawg) doesn’t know the truth. But when she transfers schools and realizes that they’re now in the same class, Kiki fears what will happen when the truth comes out.

The Butterfly Collector by Tea Cooper

If you’re looking to dive into some historical fiction this season, but crave a touch of mystery as well, consider Tea Cooper’s Australian tale. In 1868, Theodora Breckenridge and her maid Clarrie are documenting the discovery of a never-before-seen butterfly when Clarrie’s son goes missing. In 1922, aspiring journalist Verity Binks receives an anonymous invitation to a masquerade ball. Once there, she’s tasked with investigating the Treadwell Foundation, an organization meant to support unwed women and their children. Cooper weaves the two narratives together as Verity starts to unravel a 50-year-old mystery.

Next-Door Nemesis by Alexa Martin

Alexa Martin is taking readers to the suburbs in her latest contemporary romance. Collins Carter never expected that years of hard work would land her back in her hometown and living with her parents. Her change of circumstances is made worse by her neighbor: Nathaniel Adams, her old high school rival. When they discover they’re both running for president of the homeowner’s association, they set out to sabotage each other in every way possible—realizing too late that they’ve developed feelings along the way.

Good Girls Don’t Die by Christina Henry

Not ready to say goodbye to Halloween? Christina Henry has you covered. This novel intertwines the stories of three women who find themselves in unsettling situations: Celia wakes up in a small town where she’s framed for murder, Allie finds herself at a cabin in the woods with her friends getting picked off one by one, and Maggie is trapped in a maze designed to kill. How will they escape and what trapped them all there? You’ll just have to read to find out.

Warrior of the Wind by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

NetGalley members who loved Suyi Davies Okungbowa’ Son of the Storm shouldn’t wait before picking up this sequel. Drawing inspiration from the pre-colonial empires of West Africa, this installment in the fantasy series picks up with Lilong and Danso on the run from the Red Emperor. They decide to take refuge in the archipelago where Lilong’s home is, only to face harrowing challenges and dangers untold along their way.

Godly Heathens by H.E. Edgmon

Being a teenager is hard, but being a reincarnated god in the body of one is definitely harder. In this duology opener, nonbinary teen Gem Echols’ life seems to change in an instant when Willa Mae, a new girl in town, rescues them from an attack by a stranger. Willa Mae claims to have been looking for Gem, saying that they’re both reincarnated deities who have loved each other over many lifetimes… and made a few enemies along the way who are now out to get them.

Which November release are you most excited about?

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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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