Our Favorite Reads of November 2020

November gave us some really good books.  Most of the reads we recommended in The Fall Reading List had release dates this month and we even discovered some new favorites.  November is also the month that kick starts the holiday season.  While we are helping you with some shopping tips and recommending the year’s best books to gift in our Holiday Gift Guide, we know you need some “you” books too!  Books that will help you escape, provide comfort, keep you centered and grounded, or anything else you may need at any given moment.  In our list, you’ll find historical fiction, literary fiction, psychological thrillers, mysteries, family drama, feel-good reads, and more!  So make space on your bookshelves, make those library requests, reserve these titles, and hopefully, you will find a favorite or two from our favorite reads of November 2020.

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

An uplifting, irresistible novel about two women on a life-changing adventure, where they must risk everything, break all the rules, and discover their best selves–together.

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans

With The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters’ lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history.

White Ivy by Susie Yang

A young woman’s crush on a privileged classmate becomes a story of love, lies, and dark obsession, offering stark insights into the immigrant experience, as it hurtles to its electrifying ending.

Nazi Wives by James Wyllie

Nazi Wives is a fascinating look at the personal lives, psychological profiles, and marriages of the wives of officers in Hitler’s inner circle.

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo, translated by Robert Ferguson

A tense and atmospheric standalone thriller – Two brothers. One small town. A lifetime of dark secrets.

What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

A stunning and honest debut poetry collection about the beauty and hardships of being a woman in the world today, and the many roles we play – mother, partner, and friend.

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten

Before there was Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right. Tsarina is the story of one remarkable woman whose bid for power would transform the Russian Empire.

At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop, translated by Anna Moschovakis 

Peppered with bullets and black magic, this remarkable novel fills in a forgotten chapter in the history of World War I. Blending oral storytelling traditions with the gritty, day-to-day, journalistic horror of life in the trenches, David Diop’s At Night All Blood is Black is a dazzling tale of a man’s descent into madness.

The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton

A modern-day noir featuring a twisty cat-and-mouse chase, this dark debut thriller tells the story of a woman who makes a living taking down terrible men…then finds herself in over her head and with blood on her hands. The only way out? Pull off one final con.

Eartheater by Dolores Reyes, translated by Julia Sanches 

Electrifying and provocative, visceral and profound, a powerful literary debut novel about a young woman whose compulsion to eat earth gives her visions of murdered and missing people–an imaginative synthesis of mystery and magical realism that explores the dark tragedies of ordinary lives.

Barely Functional Adult by Meichi Ng

From the creator of @barelyfunctionaladult, a painfully relatable webcomic with over 130k followers on Instagram, comes a never-before-seen collection of incriminating short stories about exes, murder, friendship, therapy, anxiety, Hufflepuff, sucking at things, freaking out about things, calming down momentarily, melodrama, wrinkles, pettiness, and other wonderful delights.

Oak Flat by Lauren Redniss

A powerful work of visual nonfiction about three generations of an Apache family struggling to protect sacred land from a multinational mining corporation.

What do you think about these books?

Have you read any of these books?  Are any on your TBR?  What are your favorite reads from the month of November?

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