With hundreds of books hitting the shelves every month, it can be difficult to sift through new releases for the best finds. There are only so many hours in a day, and you want to spend your evenings curled up with a book that's worth your time. That’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you! Here are ten of the most popular novels that were published in November.
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Young Nahri doesn't believe in magic, but she is a master of tricks. Her skills as a performer earn her a living on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, but she knows her power comes only from herself. When she accidentally summons a sly djinn warrior, she's forced accept a magical world she never knew existed. Full of deadly political intrigue, dangerous wishes, and tempting magic, The City of Brass is a wild fantasy from start to finish.
“It’s hard to describe just how gorgeous and intricate this fantasy novel is.” - SYFY Wire
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Bestselling YA author Marissa Meyer returns to the world of literature with this action-packed novel. Renegades, humans with unbelievable abilities, overthrew the villains that ruled their world, and now the losing side wants vengeance. Nova hates the Renegades for what they did, but her new friend Adrian believes in justice. Will she side with the villains she knows or adopt Adrian's love for the Renegades?
"A fully realized new world with compelling characters and just enough edge-of-your-seat action to rival the biggest on-screen adaptation." - Bustle
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Many readers have anxiously awaited this sequel from Sanderson, and the bestselling fantasy author brings his A-game. This third book has it all: a monumental evil force, impending war, ancient kingdoms, and knights who hope to save their crumbling world. If you haven't checked this series out, do so now because it just got better.
"It's rare for a fiction writer to have much understanding of how leadership works and how love really takes root in the human heart. Sanderson is astonishingly wise." - Orson Scott Card
A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake
When Kate Drayton's mother suddenly dies, she abandons her life as a Harvard graduate student and flees in search of answers to her many questions. She returns to South Carolina, where her parents met many years ago, in hopes of understanding her dysfunctional family. While there, she becomes intrigued by her mother's unfinished research on a failed slave result that occurred in 1822. Told in two separate tales separated by hundreds of years, A Tangle Mercy addresses what makes humans forgive and hope.
“A novel of secrets, racial tensions, family, and a love that withstands the passage of time, A Tangled Mercy is truly enthralling.” - Historical Novel Society (Editor’s Choice)
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
Raised by wolves, the orphan Weylyn Grey always knew he was strange, but when he discovers that he has hidden powers, his life is turned completely upside down. He struggles to control his newfound abilities, and the story introduces the many people in Weylyn's life who love him despite his strange story, and his character quickly blooms. Original and full of heart, this book will make you believe in the magic of everyday life.
"This enchanting title mixes magical realism with romance, humor, and adventure, delighting readers who enjoy strong fantasy populated with quirky characters and events." - Library Journal
Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell
Known for her quirky tales of self-discovery and lovable characters, Rowell introduces two short stories that are perfect for a wintery evening. Accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, the stories will earn your heart and leave you believing in the magic of New Year's Eve.
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
In the future, humans can change their bodies at the touch of a button. Genetic advancements have made it possible to cure diseases and alter anyone's DNA. When one of the renown geneticists is kidnapped by an organization called Cartaxxus, his daughter is left to fend for herself in a world becoming overrun by a dangerous disease. However, things start to change when she receives a message that contains information on a life-saving vaccine. Can she trust her father's kidnappers in order to save thousands of lives?
"This Mortal Coil redefines 'unputdownable.' A thrilling, exhilarating read that's crackling with intelligence. Compelling characters and incredible twists come together perfectly—I loved this book. This is brilliant science fiction." - Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
After his wife died, Arthur's days all began to look the same: he'd tend his rose garden, care for his cat, and visit his wife's grave. When he meets an 18-year-old girl in the cemetery, a surprising friendship begins to blossom. Together, they begin to work through their heartbreaks and start new lives. Beautifully written and full of deep themes, The Story of Arthur Truluv will move you.
"Redemptive without being maudlin, this story of two misfits lucky to have found one another will tug at readers’ heartstrings.” -Booklist
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
Young Laylee spends her days cleaning dead bodies and preparing the souls for the afterlife. Her work is lonely, and it takes a toll on her body and social life. When a pair of familiar strangers appear, Laylee's world becomes a little brighter as she embraces magic and a powerful friendship. Bestselling YA author Tahereh Mafi is known for her gorgeous writing style, and she doesn't disappoint in her newest novel.
“Brimming with color and magic… [Mafi’s] prose is as fresh and fragrant as the flowers her characters eat, the descriptions so vibrant that at times one can practically smell the words on the page." - New York Times Book Review
Insurrection by Sherrilyn Kenyon
In Kenyon's dangerous world, the air has become diseased and killed most of Earth's population. Almost everyone is gone, except those under the age of twenty. The young people are still alive, but their bodies are changing. They have abilities that are dangerous, and they're ready to fight for the planet that was invaded by an unseen foe.
"Kenyon boldly goes where no author has gone before and claims yet another genre as her own. With her League series, she has created a new, addictive universe and proven herself the undisputed master of the cross-genre novel." - Publishers Weekly