Books I Want to Read in November 2022
How has November crept up on us?
I swear my concept of time is either really bad, or there is some cosmic mercury retrograde type of voodoo that is making me feel like the days are flying by. Although, the other day I did feel like the start of 2021 felt so long ago… maybe it is me?
Either way, I am sooo excited for the books I have decided to read this month. Some all brand new released that I have been waiting to get my hands on and some are books that I have put on previous TBRs and never got to them.
Here is my November TBR:
A Kingdom of Fire and Flesh by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This is the second book in the Blood and Ash series. I have a review coming up very soon on the first book. I am so excited to continue reading the series and start on the second one!
Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.
Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.
But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Now this book has been on my TBR for the absolute longest time. I even put it in one of my TBRs on my blog – possibly my December one – and I have yet to get to it.
I don’t know why I am putting it off because something in me says this will be one of the best books I read and I will instantly regret not picking it up sooner, but November is the month I will read it and review it right here on the blog!
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
The Luminaries by Susan Dennard
I have loved Susan Dennard for a long while. She was part of the reason I felt like I could be an author because of how real she was about the process. She is possibly the only author, at least that I have seen, who actively tries to assist other aspiring authors to believe they can achieve their dreams through her tips and tricks.
I absolutely loved her Truthwitch series and knew I just had to pick this one up!
Also – this is a unique book because it started off as a ‘pick your own adventure’ book on Twitter, I still remember voting on some of the choices so I am so excited to see what became of the story.
Hemlock Falls isn’t like other towns. You won’t find it on a map, your phone won’t work here, and the forest outside town might just kill you.
Winnie Wednesday wants nothing more than to join the Luminaries, the ancient order that protects Winnie’s town—and the rest of humanity—from the monsters and nightmares that rise in the forest of Hemlock Falls every night.
Ever since her father was exposed as a witch and a traitor, Winnie and her family have been shunned. But on her sixteenth birthday, she can take the deadly Luminary hunter trials and prove herself true and loyal—and restore her family’s good name. Or die trying.
But in order to survive, Winnie enlists the help of the one person who can help her train: Jay Friday, resident bad boy and Winnie’s ex-best friend. While Jay might be the most promising new hunter in Hemlock Falls, he also seems to know more about the nightmares of the forest than he should. Together, he and Winnie will discover a danger lurking in the forest no one in Hemlock Falls is prepared for.
Not all monsters can be slain, and not all nightmares are confined to the dark.
A Thousand Heartbeats by Kiera Cass
When I found out Kiera Cass had a new book coming out, it immediately went into my TBR.
I loved The Selection series that she wrote and won’t lie, upon seeing this one, I had a bit of nostalgia as I read that series when it had first come out .
I am excited for this royal romance book to read on the cooler November nights when everything is so cozy and lit up.
“Love has a sound. It sounds like a thousand heartbeats happening at the same time.”
Princess Annika has lived a life of comfort—but no amount of luxuries can change the fact that her life isn’t her own to control. The king, once her loving father, has gone cold, and Annika will soon be forced into a loveless marriage for political gain.
Miles away, small comforts are few and far between for Lennox. He has devoted his life to the Dahrainian army, hoping to one day help them reclaim the throne that was stolen from them. For Lennox, the idea of love is merely a distraction—nothing will stand in the way of fighting for his people.
But when love, against all odds, finds them both, they are bound by its call. They can’t possibly be together—but the irresistible thrum of a thousand heartbeats won’t let them stay apart.
Better than Fiction by Alexa Martin
Based on the synopsis, this is the ultimate bookish book there is.
I found this book by chance, just scrolling through Goodreads and I am so glad it caught my eye because it seems like it will be such a good book especially around the cozy and holiday season.
As a self-proclaimed book hater and a firm believer that the movie is always better, Drew Young didn’t anticipate inheriting her grandma’s bookstore, the Book Nook. She’s in way over her head even before the shop’s resident book club, comprising seven of the naughtiest old ladies ever, begin to do what they do best–meddle.
Bestselling author Jasper Williams is a hopeless romantic. When he meets Drew at his Book Nook signing event, he becomes determined to show her the beauty of reading. He curates a book bucket list in exchange for her help exploring the local Denver scene for his current manuscript. From river rafting to local restaurants, Drew begins to connect with Jasper in a way she only thought happened in fiction.
When messy family ties jeopardize the future of the Book Nook, Drew is caught between a bookshelf and a hard place. She’s reminded that real life isn’t always big dreams and sweeping romance. But Jasper is the plot twist she never saw coming and he’s writing a happily ever after just for them.
The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park
I had to include a holiday themed book to read this November to get me in the festive mood.
While I do not celebrate Christmas myself, I adore reading books centered around that time of year because they are always so cozy and utter fluff.
I was drawn to this one specifically because of the storyline and the diversity of the book.
Chloe Kwon can’t stand Peter Li. It’s always been that way. Their families don’t get along either: their parents operate rival restaurants in the Riverwood Mall food court―Korean food for the Kwons and Chinese food for the Lis. Now it’s the holiday season and Chloe’s the photographer at the mall’s Santa Land, and Peter works at the virtual reality North Pole experience right across the atrium. It’s all Chloe can do to avoid Peter’s smug, incredibly photogenic face.
But it turns out the mall is about to be sold to a developer and demolished for condos. Eviction notices are being handed out right before Christmas. Their parents don’t know what to do, and soon Chloe and Peter realize that the two of them need to join efforts to try to save the mall. Just when it seems like they can put aside their differences and work closely (very closely) together, they discover that the Kwon and Li feud goes far deeper than either of them realize…
And that is my November 2022 TBR!
While I loveeee the September/October bookish reads and the entire autumnal vibes of that month, I do also find I have a deep love for November as it is that time where things slow down just before picking back up and I manage to always get a lot more reading in.
What books are you planning to read? If you’ve read any of the ones in the list above, let me know how you liked them!
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