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. With that said I generally find that November is the month were an older release is snuck into the lineup. These are generally a book that was released in the spring or summer, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a March -June 2022 release in this month’s mix.
I have read a few of my predictions so far and have ARCs of many of the others waiting to be read. Be sure to come back in the upcoming weeks to see reviews for these.
Whether or not my predictions 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 and my Fall 2022 Most Anticipated List.
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 & Thrillers
I had really high hopes for mystery and thriller releases coming out in November, with these three being my most anticipated. They all sound right up BOTM’s alley. While The Resemblance seems to be more of a traditional mystery/thriller, both The Cloisters and Small Game ended up being more atmospheric reads. Neither were ‘amazing’ reads for me, but they do seem like something BOTM has been picking up more lately.
Before I Let Go is the only upcoming romance release that really spoke me to. This one has a blurb from Colleen Hoover, so with BOTM featuring CoHo recently it’s possible they’ll pick this one up. Either way, I’m planning to grab a copy.
I had a super hard time narrowing down my Historical Fiction predictions this month. All four of these options are distinctly different. If BOTM stays with a safe bet, The Brilliance of Stars as a WW I story would be my pick. If they opt out of traditional historical fiction, Factory Girls is said to be hilarious and has Derry Girl vibes, and I think would make a perfect November pick. My top picks though would be The Lindbergh Nanny, which adds a mystery element, or Gilded Mountain.
I have ARCs of three of these, so be sure to check back for my full reviews soon.
Contemporary & Literary Fiction
I love Kevin Wilson’s books, and as a repeat author, I’m really hoping to see Now is Not the Time To Panic. Like all his books it’s a little quirky and a fast read.
I’m currently reading None of This Would Have Happened If Prince Was Alive. It’s a debut that is said to be for Jennifer Weiner fans. Since Weiner is a previous BOTM author, I think this one has a good shot at being a pick.
Aesthetica is another debut that I currently have an ARC of. It sounds amazing and timely, so I would love to see it as a November pick.
Fantasy & Science Fiction
My only fantasy pick is actually the second in N.K. Jemisin’s The Great Cities series. Book 1The City We Became was a BOTM pick last year. I know they don’t always offer sequels or complete series, but since I have a BOTM copy of book 1, I’d love to see this one as an add-on.
Previous BOTM Authors With Books Releasing in November
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!
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