Twelve November 2016 Book Releases I’m Really Looking Forward To

Twelve November 2016 Book Releases I'm Looking Forward To On Novels And Nonfiction

My plan was to publish this post on Monday, but as for most plans, life had a different idea. I’ve been under the weather since this weekend and I’ve had to concentrate all my remaining energy on my daytime job due to a big project that I’m luckily almost done with.

I’m just starting out blogging but I hope that in the future I’ll have posts pre-written so that when situations like this arise, I’m able to still publish on schedule. In the meantime, thank you for your patience ūüôā

I’m definitely very excited for these November 2016 releases and I’m lucky to have received access to two of them already via Net Galley (both the fiction and nonfiction titles on Queen Victoria). But I’ve added all of them to my TBR and hope to get to them sooner or later. Read on to see my November 2016 picks!

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Victoria The Queen Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionVictoria: The Queen by Julia Baird

Published: November 22nd 2016

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I’m notoriously into biographies of female monarchs or other noble female figures from history (see some of my picks¬†here), and I’m hoping that this biography of Queen Victoria will be a great title to add to my favorites from the genre.

Julia Baird certainly had her work cut out for her – as Queen Victoria was an unconventional and inspiring female leader in a time when women were still very much relegated to the domestic sphere. During her 81 years of life, Victoria ruled an empire for over 50 years, giving birth to nine children and presiding as one of the pivotal ruling figures of a deeply and rapidly changing world.

I’m planning on reviewing this biography as part of a Fiction Vs. Nonfiction post that will also include¬†the November 2016 Fiction Release Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, comparing these two accounts¬†of the queen’s life.


At Home In The World Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionAt Home In The World by Thich Nhat Hanh

Published: November 1st 2016

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Thich Nhat Hanh is a peace activist and Zen Master who has published numerous books of life teachings. His most recent work, At Home In The World, is a compilation of thought-provoking and inspiring stories spanning the author’s life, from his childhood to his experiences as a teacher and writer in war-torn Vietnam.

I heard about this book on a Book Riot podcast a few weeks ago. One of the hosts mentioned that she had initially felt intimidated by the idea of reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s work. After¬†reading one of his books, she felt that the way in which the author shared his insights about how to live a peaceful existence was very relatable and applicable to her actual daily life. I’m hoping that the stories in this book will provide a grounding and uplifting influence that will counteract the sometimes harried nature of¬†modern existence.


Bellevue Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionBellevue: Three Centuries Of Medicine And Mayhem At America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

Published: November 15th 2016

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David Oshinsky won a Pulitzer for Nonfiction in 2006 for his history of Polio research –¬†Polio: An American History. In his most recent work, Oshinksy looks at the history of Bellevue, a hospital in New York that has spanned two and a half centuries of medical advances, epidemics and catastrophes.

After being founded as an almshouse and pesthouse in 1739, Bellevue has become a first-class hospital providing top of the line care to its patients. Throughout its history, the hospital has been an ideal trial ground for medical innovations, providing the backdrop for the first civilian ambulance corps and the first nursing school for women, as well as many pioneering types of medical treatment. I think this would be an excellent new pick for all lovers of medical nonfiction.


Game Of Queens Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionGame Of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Gristwood

Published: November 29th 2016

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This month is looking like a good month for lovers of biographies of royal women. In Game Of Queens, Sarah Gristwood explores a century in European history that was unparalleled in the number of female figures that rose to power across different European kingdoms. These queens often stood at opposing sides of armed conflicts, or plotted against each other through religious reformations, royal scandals and alliances forged through arranged marriages.

I think this book would make a good introductory title for those wanting to dip their toes into the lives of many of these admired or reviled women monarchs. Gristwood includes anecodates from¬†the lives of Isabella Of Castile, Catherine De Medici, Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth Tudor among others, so there’s definitely something new to discover for aficionados of female royal biographies like me.


Hi Anxiety Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionHi, Anxiety: Life With A Bad Case Of Nerves By Kat Kinsman

Published: November 15th 2016

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I was instantly interested in this book because I have mild generalized anxiety disorder, and I’m always looking to read memoirs on how others cope¬†with their own anxiety. There’s always something to learn about the way in which anxiety can take on completely different manifestations for different people, and it also helps to know that others are struggling with similar issues when you’re grappling with them yourself. Plus, with a bunny on the cover, I basically had no choice but to add this book to my TBR.

In this memoir, food writer and journalist Kat Kinsman recounts her experiences with depression and anxiety. She writes about how it felt to grow up with anxiety while also dealing with a mother who was afflicted with mental illness herself. Kinsman now has a successful work and personal life but still suffers from different manifestations of her anxiety. She wants to encourage others suffering from mental illness to come forward and speak openly about it, and I fully support her message.


Frantumaglia Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionFrantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey by Elena Ferrante

Published: November 1st 2016

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The first two novels in Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan series have been creeping closer to the top of my reading list for a while now. I am about four books away from finally reading them, and I was very interested to see that Ferrante published a nonfiction memoir-style look into her experiences as a woman and as a female writer in this month’s¬†Frantumaglia.

‘Frantumi’ in italian are small shards or pieces of things, as suggested by the cover image. In this book, Ferrante addresses many of the questions that her readers have been asking themselves about her. For example, why did she decide to remain anonymous (an increasingly important question as an Italian journalist purported to have uncovered her identity last month and was promptly criticized for it). I think I’ll wait to see after I’ve read two of her novels if I feel I need to pick up this book as well, but it’s doubtless an important and clarifying release from a currently extremely popular and equally mysterious author.


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Victoria Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionVictoria by Daisy Goodwin

Published: November 22nd 2016

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This book is the fictional counterpart to the nonfiction biography of Queen Victoria’s life by Julia Baird also coming out this month. In this historical fiction novel, Daisy Goodwin imagines Victoria’s life as a young new queen.

In addition to having published several ¬†bestselling historical fiction novels like¬†The American Heiress¬†and The¬†Fortune Hunter, Daisy Goodwin is also the writer and creator of the new PBS series on Queen Victoria’s Life – Victoria – which is set to take over¬†Downton Abbey’s time period on the channel in 2017. From Daisy Goodwin’s new historical novel about the queen, I’m expecting a romanticized tale of a very young woman thrust into the spotlight of the monarchy and rising to the occasion through her strong character and steely nerve. I’m definitely also planning on watching the series on PBS next year and seeing how it compares.


The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds Book Review On Novels And NonfictionThe Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds by Selina Siak Chin Yoke

Published: November 1st 2016

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I was able to pick this novel as my Kindle First selection for October and get it sent to my Kindle to read for free. If you are an Amazon Prime member, make sure you’re taking advantage of the opportunity to download one advanced release book a month for free on Kindle through your Prime subscription.

In¬†The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds, Selina Siak Chin Yoke takes the reader to the states of Malay, under British control from the 18th to the early 20th century. The novel’s heroine, Chye Hoon, struggles to maintain the traditions of her Malayan and Chinese identity in a world that is increasingly influenced by Western culture. It sounds like the book almost has the feel¬†of a fictional memoir through different generations, comparable to Memoirs of A Geisha or Wild Swans (nonfiction), both of which I loved. I’m definitely looking forward to reading and reviewing this book.


The Sun Is Also A Star Book Review On Novels And NonfictionThe Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Published: November 1st 2016

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I’m not typically a YA reader, but I was intrigued by the premise of this book and I’ve been hearing about it over and over, so I thought I’d include it in this list.¬†The Sun Is Also A Star is¬†by New York Times bestselling author Nicola Yoon who experienced instant acclaim for her first novel¬†Everything, Everything.

In her second book, Yoon explores the story of two star-crossed teenage lovers from extremely different backgrounds РDaniel, son of Korean shopkeepers and Natasha, whose family has illegally immigrated into the United States from Jamaica. After meeting in New York, the two fall in love and their story is told through alternating narrative voices, with Daniel and Natasha switching chapters in recounting their story. The premise has a definite Romeo and Juliet feel to it, with hopefully a less tragic ending.


Swing Time Book Review On Novels And NonfictionSwing Time by Zadie Smith

Published: November 15th 2016

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This is another title that I’ve been seeing pop up just about everywhere, so when doing my research on November 2016 releases, I knew I had to include it. Zadie Smith has enjoyed considerable critical acclaim for her prior two novels¬†White Teeth¬†and¬†On Beauty.

In¬†Swing Time, Smith tells the story of two brown girls, Tracey and Aimee (I wasn’t 100% sure if brown girl was the proper term to use but since it’s what Amazon went with I followed their lead), who as friends share a passion for dance. When their friendship eventually dwindles, as so many friendships do with the onset of adulthood, Tracey and Aimee take different paths, and the story moves from¬†London to West Africa. Dance seems to be deeply enmeshed with culture and racial identity in the novel, which is already receiving early praise. I think it’ll be an eye-opening read for me and I can’t wait to tackle it.


Moonglow Book Cover On Novels And NonfictionMoonglow By Michael Chabon

Published: November 22nd 2016

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The cover of this novel is very tempting. Who doesn’t like to play with matches? And I’m particularly drawn to that lingering sulphuric match smell. In¬†Moonglow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon bases his story on an actual visit he made to his grandfather while he lay on his deathbed in 1989. During the visit, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and stories with Chabon that he had never mentioned before.

In a fictionalized retelling of his experience,¬†Moonglow‘s narrator – referred to only as ‘My Grandfather’ – recounts stories of war, love, adventure, secrets and lies against the backdrop of midcentury technological advancements in America, exploring an entire era through a single character’s experiences. Biography becomes confused with fiction, as a man with ultimate perspective reflects and revisits his life before departing it.


I'll Take You There Book Review On Novels And NonfictionI’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb

Published: November 22nd 2016

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I was also intrigued by the cover of this book, with the 50s style hairdo of the woman depicted and her innocent and in some ways seemingly fabricated confident expression. In¬†I’ll Take You There, the protagonist, film scholar Felix, has a Christmas Carol sort of experience. While operating a projector for the Monday Movie Club he organizes, Felix is visited by the ghost of Lois Weber, a silent film director from the Hollywood Era.

With¬†Lois, Felix is able to revisit the different female figures that have crossed his path throughout his life, from his Gen Y daughter Aliza, to his sister Frances and beauty competition contender Verna. Through¬†the medium of film and the apparition of these female figures and also some Hollywood starlets of the past, Felix is essentially reeducated in his understanding of the trials and travails experienced by the women who have had a part in his life. The premise is very intriguing and I’m hoping that this book will have a great feminist message –¬†deal. me. in. ūüėČ


What November 2016 releases are you looking forward to most?

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  10 comments for “Twelve November 2016 Book Releases I’m Really Looking Forward To

  1. November 3, 2016 at 4:09 am

    The last 3 months of the year are such an exciting time for books, video games, and movies!! aahh. ūüėÄ
    I already have Swing Time selected for Book of the Month and The Sun Is Also A Star will be in November’s My Lit Box package. I’m so excited to read both.

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    • November 3, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      I may not get to those till later so I’ll be looking forward to your reviews ūüôā

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  2. Sarah's Book Shelves
    November 3, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I always participate in Nonfiction November, so don’t really pay much attention to November releases, but looks like there are some good ones coming out!

    And did you hear that Elena Ferrante was supposedly just outed by the media? “She’d” been writing under an alias.

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    • November 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Yes! An Italian journalist thought it was his duty to investigate but he suffered a lot of backlash for it. He may or may not have been right – but I think she has a right to anonymity if she wants it.

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  3. November 4, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    hmm, hard to say what books I am looking forward to. To reading? Getting started on my 7 books around he world challenge, (inspired by a group) which will feature Home going by Yaa Gyasi, The comet seekers, A true novel, Mary queen of Scots, The thorn birds, Sacagawea, and Bel Canto:) one book that is coming out is the fate of the tearling but I am getting paperback copy next year in July.

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