November 2021 | BOTM Predictions

It’s time for my favorite guessing game of the month! Predicting what our November Book of the Month picks will be. November is Non-Fiction November, and as someone who doesn’t read a ton of non-fiction, I like to use November to get caught up on some of the best non-fiction books of the year. I’m also hoping that BOTM plays into the theme and gives us some great non-fiction picks!

Traditionally November isn’t the biggest publishing month. The holidays are coming so generally I feel publishing companies want to get new books out before the holiday rush. Even will a slower publishing month, there are so many great books coming out in November, especially additions to some series I love, think Outlander. Check out my November Most Anticipated List to get a good idea of what else is coming out soon.

With that said, I have a feeling we may some series add-ons this month! Which is ideal for those of us wanting to keep our series the same! There are also a couple BOTM repeat authors I could see reappearing this month, as well as quite a few fantasy options I think would be right up BOTM’s alley.

Whether or not these are actually picks, only time will tell. Even if they are not, all or most of these are on my November Most Anticipated New Releases list, which you can see HERE! When the picks are announced and you find you have space in your box still, make sure to also check out my most recent version of BOTM Add-On recommendations HERE, because who couldn’t use even more books!

Keep in mind that these are simply predictions and books I hope get chosen. I could get these completely wrong but the anticipation and guessing is part of the fun right?!

Mystery & Thriller

Both All Her Little Secrets and The Hidden are typical BOTM Thrillers.

All Her Little Secrets is a debut that explores race and the legal system. It’s suppose to be fast paced, and with BOTM looking to diversify their choices, I think this would be a perfect BOTM pick.

Melanie Golding, would be a repeat author for BOTM. Her debut, Little Darlings was a BOTM pick a year or two ago, and I loved it. It’s sold out on BOTM but I’d still recommend giving it a read. However, I’ll be honest and say I started an advanced audio of The Hidden and I hated it. I just couldn’t get past the narrators voice for the little girl in the story. It was pretty terrible. I wasn’t far enough in to give an opinion on the actual story itself, but I feel this one just might be better read than listened too.

Literary & Contemporary Fiction

I know alot of people will say that Lily King’s newest release Five Tuesdays in Winter may be a BOTM pick since King is a repeat author. But I didn’t like Writers & Lovers so it wouldn’t be my first pick for this month.

Instead Kyle Lucia Wu’s Debut Win Me Something is a coming of age story and a debut. I feel that this book would speak to a lot of BOTM readers, especially those looking to understand how they belong in the world.

Historical Fiction

Two very unique Historical Fictions that caught my eye this month were The Island of Missing Trees and The Sisters Sweet.

Every review I have seen for The Island of Missing Trees have been singing this book’s praises. It’s said to be a masterful story that tells the turbulent history of Cyprus during the 70s and beyond. I believe it’s a Reese Bookclub pick for November as well.

Another Debut, The Sisters Sweet is being compared to both Evelyn Hugo and The City of Girls. I adored both of those stories and I also love a good sister story as well. I’m currently reading this one, so I won’t add anything additional, but this sounds very much like it could be a November pick.

Fantasy & Science Fiction

I could not decide on my Fantasy selection for this month. I’m a huge Fantasy fan and I’m really enjoying BOTM putting out more from this genre.

Our Violent Ends while I don’t think it will be a main pick, this would be a great add-on. This is the second book in the Our Violent Delights series, and well I need it to be an add-on so it can match my copy of Our Violent Delights!

The Sentence first off, this one takes place in a bookstore, I love bookstore stories. Secondly, it’s a haunted bookstore. Third, there is a mystery involved. What is not to love???? While Louise Erdrich is well known as a Pulitzer Prize winner, this book screams BOTM to me. She is generally recognized as one of the most significant writers of the second wave of the Native American Renaissance. With November being Native American Heritage month, I think it fitting for one of her books to end up as a main pick.


The Singles Table, once again I’m hoping for this to be an add-on pick to match the rest of my Sara Desai book. Her books are such fun and well written romantic comedies that I would love to see her as a repeat author once again.

The first in a new historical romance series, Never Fall for Your Fianceé, give me very strong Bringing Down the Duke vibes. BOTM loves to showcase a good historical romance, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one pop up in November.


The genre I’m hoping for the most this month! I’ve highlighted a memoir, a true crime, and a non-fiction dealing with mental health. All three of these types of non-fictions have been offered on BOTM in the past so I feel strongly that one of them could be a main pick.

The Least of Us follows the Opioid epidemic across the US. I read Dopesick a few years ago, which wasn’t a BOTM pick but gave an in-depth look into the opioid crisis a prescription perspective, it’s a fascinating and sad read about the reality of the crisis. I’m interested to see how Quinones differs his perspective on the crisis.

These Precious Days are Essays by the beloved author Ann Patchett. I really enjoy her writing, and I’m so interested to see her view of own life.

White Hot Hate a true crime story that follows three men as their hate leads them to plan a deadly retaliation on all Muslims in small Kansas’ town. I’ve heard that this book has a lot of ugly in it, though it’s a fitting story to read now as the immigration debate is more controversial than ever. The reviews I’ve seen say this one is written extremely well and the writing is being compared to I’ll be Gone in the Dark, which was a BOTM add-on a few years back.

I hope you found a book that you are truly excited about in this post. Let me know which other new releases you are excited for this month or that you’re hoping are BOTM picks, by commenting below or by messaging me on Instagram @speakingof_books. Don’t forget to follow me to get weekly updates and new reviews!

Happy Reading!

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. CLS says:

    Interesting books. Not sure which one I would like to read. Hummm?

  2. Ann says:

    I don’t think Reese would pick the Elif Shafak book because she usually chooses debut authors. Looking forward to Ann Patchett’s new one, but not sure it will be BOTM. Would be great if it is! Their selections have been lacking somehow this year. They no longer have a collaboration with ReadwithJenna, but have coincidentally still carried her picks.

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