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November 2020 Book Releases I’m Excited About

Hello, lovely people!
This November Book Releases post is the first post of its kind, but it was requested by so many of you.

November seems the perfect month to start this. It’s my birthday month, and usually a month where I’m excited about many things. Mostly, my birthday presents. But also winter. Usually it snows in November in Macedonia, and I am hoping it might snow in the UK as well. And also – November is just one month away from Christmas, so that makes me excited too!

But this time, we’ll talk about books. Books that are going to be published in November that I am personally excited about. I will be reading a few of these in November, so stay tuned for my updates. Let’s get to the list, shall we?

1. The Searcher by Tana French

Publishing Date: 05th November 2020
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Why I’m Excited: I haven’t read a Tana French book before, but I already have two on my shelves, and this book has been receiving a lot of hype, and it makes me wonder why people love Tana’s mysteries so much. Also, the setting of a remote Irish house in the mountains seems like a perfect setting to start a cold day wrapped it a blanket.

Synopsis:

Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a remote Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force, and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens.

But then a local kid comes looking for his help. His brother has gone missing, and no one, least of all the police, seems to care. Cal wants nothing to do with any kind of investigation, but somehow he can’t make himself walk away.

Soon Cal will discover that even in the most idyllic small town, secrets lie hidden, people aren’t always what they seem, and trouble can come calling at his door.

Our greatest living mystery writer weaves a masterful tale of breath-taking beauty and suspense, asking how we decide what’s right and wrong in a world where neither is simple, and what we risk if we fail.

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK |Amazon US |

2. The Silent Stars Go By by Sally Nicholls

Publishing Date: 5th November 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
Why I’m Excited: I don’t always read historical fiction, but this synopsis captured my heart. I love emotional stories and they are my way of escapism. The cover is also beautiful, and I think this will be a truly lovely read, full with emotions!

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Margot Allan was a respectable vicar’s daughter and madly in love with her fiance Harry. But when Harry was reported Missing in Action from the Western Front, and Margot realised she was expecting his child, there was only one solution she and her family could think of in order to keep that respectability. She gave up James, her baby son, to be adopted by her parents and brought up as her younger brother.

Now two years later the whole family is gathering at the Vicarage for Christmas. It’s heartbreaking for Margot being so close to James but unable to tell him who he really is. But on top of that, Harry is also back in the village. Released from captivity in Germany and recuperated from illness, he’s come home and wants answers. Why has Margot seemingly broken off their engagement and not replied to his letters? Margot knows she owes him an explanation. But can she really tell him the truth about James?

Purchase Links:
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3. Ready Player Two (Ready Player One #2) by Ernest Cline

Publishing Date: 24th November 2020
Genre: Science fiction, Young-Adult, Fantasy
Why I’m Excited: I loved Ready Player One and at first I was surprised there was a second book coming. Read my review of Ready Player One HERE. The first book could easily go as a standalone. But this also means there’s another opportunity to five into the virtual world Ernest Cline made, and the gamer in me screams YES!

Synopsis:

An unexpected quest. Two worlds at stake. Are you ready?

Days after Oasis founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vault, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the Oasis a thousand times more wondrous, and addictive, than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle and a new quest. A last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who will kill millions to get what he wants. Wade’s life and the future of the Oasis are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.

Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, fun, action packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK |Amazon US |

4. How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5) by Holly Black

Publishing Date: 24th November 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Why I’m Excited: This book is a spin-off from the Folk of the Air series. I loved the Cruel Prince so much – read my review HERE! And this is a book that features our loved/hated character Cardan, and I just cannot miss this one.

Synopsis:

Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone . #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK |Amazon US |

5. The Awakening (The Dragon Heart Legacy #1) by Nora Roberts

Publishing Date: 24th November 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
Why I’m Excited: I have read a couple of books from Nora Roberts, and she never fails to impress me. I don’t recall reading fantasy books by her before, but the synopsis looks promising, and I already know I love her writing style. I am extremely excited about this one!

Synopsis:

In the realm of Talamh, a teenage warrior named Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword—representing both power and the terrifying responsibility to protect the Fey. In another realm known as Philadelphia, a young woman has just discovered she possesses a treasure of her own…

When Breen Kelly was a girl, her father would tell her stories of magical places. Now she’s an anxious twentysomething mired in student debt and working a job she hates. But one day she stumbles upon a shocking discovery: her mother has been hiding an investment account in her name. It has been funded by her long-lost father—and it’s worth nearly four million dollars.

This newfound fortune would be life-changing for anyone. But little does Breen know that when she uses some of the money to journey to Ireland, it will unlock mysteries she couldn’t have imagined. Here, she will begin to understand why she kept seeing that silver-haired, elusive man, why she imagined his voice in her head saying Come home, Breen Siobhan. It’s time you came home. Why she dreamed of dragons. And where her true destiny lies—through a portal in Galway that takes her to a land of faeries and mermaids, to a man named Keegan, and to the courage in her own heart that will guide her through a powerful, dangerous destiny…

Purchase Links:
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6. These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) by Chloe Gong

Publishing Date: 17th November
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
Why I’m Excited: This is a Romeo and Juliet re-telling set in Shanghai, and something about this makes me eager to read it. Also – the cover is beautiful!

Synopsis:

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule. 

Purchase Links:
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7. One by One by Ruth Ware

Publishing Date: 12th November 2020
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Why I’m Excited: The setting of a rustic mountain chalet – we already established how much I love this. And then, on top of it, we have a corporate mystery – and I am so intrigued.

Synopsis:

Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?

When an off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?

Purchase Links:
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8. Spellbreaker (Spellbreaker Duology #1)  by Charlie N. Holmberg  

Publishing Date: 1st November 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic
Why I’m Excited: I don’t know why, but this book gives me The Night Circus vibes. There’s magic, two sides of the story, good versus evil and a possible romance. And I’m all here for it.

Synopsis:

A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in the newest fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.

Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind.

For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves?

Purchase Links:
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And there we have them – books coming out in November 2020 that I am excited about! Please note that these are my thoughts, and among these titles there are also many others coming out next month as well. These are just a few that I’m excited about, based on my preferences.

What books are you excited about? And also – what other details would you like included in the next month’s edition? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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Books · Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Read Based on the Cover

Hello, lovely people!
For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here.

I have to admit – I love this Top Ten Tuesday prompt. There has always been that time when you see a cover of a book, and you immediately pick it up, or add it to your Goodreads list, without even checking the synopsis. It has happened to me many times. Even though I always try to choose my books carefully, there are always those times when I just can’t resist.

1. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

From the moment I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. The cover is so beautiful and symmetrical. It has red and gold. It has a crown and a sword. And I don’t need to know anything else. My copy of this book also contains deckled edges, which is part of a very fun blog post I did recently, where I try to find books for a challenge. Check it out here.

2. The Illustrated Child by Polly Crosby

I love the art on this cover. The pink paint scattered behind the title. And the girl with the red hair that appears to be carefree and happy. It gives me good vibes, and I like it.

3. Wonderland by Juno Dawson

The neon style captured my attention straight away. Then, the rabbit reminded me of Playboy – I won’t lie. So I was intrigued. And then I read the title – which instantly corrected me that it was something to do with Alice in Wonderland. And I was sold.

4. The Flight by Julie Clark

I have a thing for planes and deserted islands. Perhaps I think it all started with the series “Lost”. I am the person that will watch plane crashes one hour before boarding a plane. That person that listens to plane crash podcasts – it’s me. So, unsurprisingly, when I spotted a plane and a beach, I had to request it from NetGalley.

5. Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

I love reading about the sea, and I love mermaids. I think this cover is beautiful and very artistic, and I couldn’t resist to add it to my TBR.

6. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

The orange and brown combination, and the simplicity, but accuracy of the design is something I can’t resist. I immediately knew it was to do with magic, and I am ready. I will be reading A Deadly Education at the end of the month.

7. Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

I mean – just look at that cover! It’s so beautiful. Need I say more?

8. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The winter theme, the lovely warm cottage and the artistic style immediately gave it away for me that this is a Russian setting. And being Slavic, this theme is very familiar to me, and I am always drawn to it.

9. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Witchcraft, spiritual things, tarot reading are things I enjoy in my own time, for just myself, as it helps me relaxes and find my inner peace. When I saw this cover, I was immediately intrigued and interested.

10. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Sea, witches, possibly mermaids? Yes, please? The illustration is fantastic and I can already sense danger and mystery. Of all the books listed, I thing this one may be the one I am most excited to read.

And there we have them – the Top Ten Tuesday books I want to read, only based on the cover. I didn’t include their synopsis on purpose, because they might appeal to you as well based on just the cover. And if they intrigue you enough to search for them, maybe they should be your next read too. 🙂

Let me know in the comments some of the books you want to read based on the cover, or if you have read any of the books I mentioned above. And if you could choose one to read, which one would it be? If you have your own Top Ten Tuesday post, let me know – I would love to check it out!

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Do I Have That Book? Tag

Do I have that book tag

Hello, you lovely people! I recently came across a YouTube video from Book Browsing Blog , where Maddie did the Do I Have That Book Tag. It looked like so much fun, so I decided to try it out. My living room was a mess afterwards and I had to re-arrange my bookshelves, but it was worth it. If you want to do this challenge as well, consider yourself tagged, and let me know when your post/video is up, so I can see it. <3

Do You Have a Book With Deckled Edges?

I have “Furyborn” by Claire Legrand, the first book in the Empirium trilogy. A book I am yet to read, but it is on my TBR List.

Do You Have a Book With 3 or More People on the Cover?

This was a very fun question, because it took me a while to find a book with 3 people on the cover. Finally, I got Clash of Empires by Ben Kane. It is the first book in the series, and I received it as a Giveaway from Goodreads, back in the day when they were available in the UK. I need to get to it soon.

Do You Have a Book Based on Another Fictional Story?

I have Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, which I have read and loved. It is a story based on Cinderella, and it follows Cinderella’s stepsister Isabelle. I gave it 5 stars – here’s my review in case you want to read more.

Do You Have a Book With a Title That’s 10 Letters Long?

I found Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz, which is the 4th book in the Gatekeepers Series. I own all the books in the series, but haven’t started any of them yet.

Do You Have a Book With a Title That Starts and Ends With the Same Letter?

I got Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, which is one of my all-time favorites. When Liz dies, she goes to this land Elsewhere, where you age backwards before returning to Earth again. Amazing concept. I need to re-read this book and write a proper book review soon.

Do You Have a Mass Market Paperback?

I actually have a lot of mass market paperbacks, but the first book that I noticed was The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden. This is a book based on the popular game World of Warcraft, and while I played this game the lore was something I admired the most. The book is beautifully written and very adventurous. Here’s my review.

Do You Have a Book Written by an Author Using a Pen Name?

I know if you know this, but Cassandra Clare is a pen name. I knew this a long time ago, and felt like cheating for this question, but then I thought that it might be a cool fact if some people don’t know this. So I chose Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy. I still haven’t read it, but it is definitely on my TBR list. Cassandra Clare co-authored this book alongside Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman.

Do You Have a Book With a Character’s Name in the Title?

I was going to go with Harry Potter, but then I though that is too easy. So I chose Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout. It is the second book of the Olive Kitteridge series, and I haven’t read either books (yet). I need to purchase the first book though.

Do You Have a Book With Two Maps in it?

I found this book by sheer luck. I just started reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, and it contained a lot of maps of Europe, Sweeden and Stockholm, which caught my attention. So when I read this question, I didn’t even had to look, I already had my book. I am currently half-way through and I am loving it so far!

Do You Have a Book That Was Turned Into a TV Show?

I have the whole Game of Thrones collection, written by George R.R. Martin, and I loved the TV Show (up until the last season). I have only read the first book in the series though, and I need to continue the rest. Read my review of A Game of Thrones.

Do You Have a Book Written by Someone Who is Famous For Something Else?

I just recently read The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, and I loved it. It’s a mystery that follows a group of elderly people that have their own club on Thursdays. When a murder happens, they investigate it. It’s very British and very funny, but the mystery element of it was incredible as well. Richard Osman is a TV Presenter, mostly known for hosting Pointless. I knew him as “that guy from the telly” before I read his book. 🙂

Do You Have a Book With a Clock on the Cover?

I actually thought that my edition of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern would have a clock on the cover, but it didn’t. So I chose A Clock of Stars by Francesca Gibbons. It’s a Middle Grade adventure coming out in October, that I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for. I am reading it in September, and I am excited for it.

Do You Have a Poetry Book?

Even though I don’t read a lot of poetry, I recently read It’s Getting Harder and Harder to Tell the Two of You Apart by Casey Renee Kiser and Johnny Scarlotti. It was dark and horror-esque and I enjoyed it.

Do You Have a Book With an Award Stamp on it?

I thought this would be a very easy question, but I struggled the most with it. I think that’s because most of the books I own are ARCs. So I had to choose the easy option here and go for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowlings.

Do You Have a Book Written by an Author With the Same Initials as You?

My initials are I.A. and I tried to find a book with such an author. Didn’t find any. I tried A.I. as well. No luck again.

Do You Have a Book of Short Stories?

I got Dangerous Women Part 1 by multiple authors, one of which is George R.R. Martin. I haven’t read it yet, but I really want to. I hope that I will get to it soon.

Do You Have a Book That is Between 500-510 Pages Long?

This was a fun adventure. I found 3 books that were 514 pages long. Oh, the irony. But then, I did find a book that matched the prompt. It is Christmas at Claridge’s by Karen Swan. I read two books from Karen Swan in the past two months and loved the both. My mum had three more books from her on her shelves that she let me borrow and I need to read them. I am sure I will get to this one soon, right in time before Christmas.

Do You Have a Book That Was Turned Into a Movie?

The first book I saw was Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. I love both the book and the movie, and I think Nicholas Sparks is a go-to author when it comes to romance. I also love the movies that were made based on his books, they always make me cry though.

Do You Have a Graphic Novel?

A recent graphic novel that I read and enjoyed is The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. This is a story of Satrap’s childhood; growing up in a loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. We also follow Marjane in her high school years in Vienna. It is an interesting journey of a young girl becoming an independent woman. 

Do You Have a Book Written by Two or More Authors?

I recently won this book in a giveaway. Ted Bundy: Conversations With a Killer by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth. I have always been interested in true crime, especially the psychology behind the most evil people that ever existed, and this book really intrigues me. I can’t wait to get to it.

And there we have it – 19 out of 20 books. Not bad at all, in my opinion. I think the one question I missed was purely based on luck, which will probably made me actively search for authors with my initials, just to full fill it in the future.

Let me know in the comments if you have also done the Do I Have This Book tag, if you have read any of the books, if you know any authors with my initials. I would love to see your results. I had a lot of fun doing this tag, and I will try to do more in the future.

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Books · Down The TBR Hole Tag

Down The TBR Hole #9

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Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

#9

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

I remember someone recommending this book to me at the start of the year, but it’s a book #6, so I am deleting it. I went back to book #1 to see if I might be intrigued, and I wasn’t…

Verdict:  REMOVE ✖

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

A classic, that I am always eager to read, and never do…

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

A Book About The Classic Avis Advertising Campaign Of The 60s by Henri Holmgren

This books stays, as I was given it, to help me understand marketing in the past.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon

I can see my younger self loving this book. My current self – naah.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon

So much romance, so much wow. What was going on in my life back then? Why is this in my TBR?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Heal Me: In Search of a Cure by Julia Buckley

I won this book as a giveaway, and as I have mentioned in some previous posts, I always keep my promise, if I get given a book, I read it, or try to.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

A classic, that I wanted to read since I was a kid. I don’t know why, but it always reminds be of my dad, and I have no memory of my dad mentioning it to me. I asked him a few days ago, and he still has no clue. I need to read it.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

More romance? Really? Secretly I am also afraid I might start wanting to read romance again, and I will regret removing all these books 🙂

Verdict:  REMOVE ✖

Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1) by Jacqueline Winspear

I love stories about women that become detectives. I am keeping this one, even though I don’t know when I might get my hands on it.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

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I love all books that involve post-it notes, letters, or postcards involved in them. It makes the reading seem so much interesting. I am hopeful this will be a great read!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

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My TBR is getting smaller, step by step. I managed to remove 4 this time, which is a great progress.

Let me know if you have read any of these, and if you want me to keep or remove any of these books from my list! I look forward to see what you think!

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Books · Down The TBR Hole Tag

Down The TBR Hole #8

down the tbr hole book books blog diary of difference

Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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Which ones am I keeping this time?

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