November's Most Anticipated New Books

Posted by Cybil on November 1, 2019
November is the honored month of Thanksgiving, when we gather with our loved ones, attend requisite family rituals, and then—with any luck—hide in the back room with a good book.

There truly is something for everyone this time around: Erin Morgenstern offers modern fantasy with The Starless Sea; Rivers Solomon conjures underwater sci-fi in The Deep; Lisa Jewell delivers the mystery thriller The Family Upstairs; and author/activist Lindy West returns with The Witches Are Coming, the follow-up to her bestseller Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman.

Each month the Goodreads Editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., readers' early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.


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From the acclaimed author of The Night Circus comes a new and sprawling contemporary fantasy about an underground world both metaphorical and delightfully literal. When Vermont graduate student Zachary Rawlins finds a mysterious book hidden in the library stacks, stunning revelations lead to an adventure through lost cities, underground libraries, and a curious masquerade party in New York City. Pirates! Painters! Lovers! Liars!

Release date: November 5

Read our interview with Morgenstern here.




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From the ruins of an abusive same-sex relationship comes an autobiography that expands the very notion of the memoir format. A National Book Award finalist for her debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, Machado tinkers with the fundamental architecture of the memoir, using a series of narrative tropes (horror movies!) to create a unique memory machine.

Release date: November 5

Read our interview with Machado here.




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Twenty-five years ago, police found an abandoned baby in a mansion on the banks of the Thames, along with three dead bodies dressed in black and a quickly scrawled note. Twenty-five years later, Libby Jones finally learns the identity of her birth parents—and inherits an abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames. Meet The Family Upstairs in this new mystery thriller from the author of Then She Was Gone.

Release date: November 5

Read Jewell's recommended domestic suspense novels here.




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Author, activist, and comedian Lindy West (Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman) returns with a new collection of essays and reporting from the edge of the 21st century. The Witches Are Coming tracks the roots of modern misogyny and toxic patriarchy through the pop culture detritus of the last 50 years, revealing the barely hidden rage and resentment buried in our movies, music, and memes.

Release date: November 5




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A startlingly new and imaginative science fiction vision, The Deep tells the story of Yatu, appointed historian of an underwater species descended from the pregnant African women thrown overboard by slave owners. Haunted by the memories she's tasked to keep, Yatu surfaces to discover the world her people left so long ago.

Release date: November 5





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Lillian needs a job, and her old boarding-school friend Madison has an offer—she needs a caretaker for two twin children with, um, special needs. It seems the kids, when agitated, tend to spontaneously combust into flames. Over a long, hot summer, Lillian tries to keep the kids cool and learns that she needs them as much as they need her. Wandering the edges of magical realism, author Kevin Wilson has cultivated a parable on the ferocity of parental love.

Release date: October 29



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One of the most underrated screen performers of her generation, actor and comic Jenny Slate (SNL, Parks and Recreation) has quietly built an indie film portfolio of considerable awesomeness—look for Obvious Child, Landline, Gifted, and Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, her series of online short films. Her new book of comic weirdness promises more goofy fun, including “emotional horniness, the ghost of a sea captain, and a French-kissing rabbit.” Can't argue with that.

Release date: November 5

Read our interview with Slate here.


Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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The Masked Reader They all sound good!


message 2: by Taya (new)

Taya Iv I had no idea Jenny Slate was writing a book! So exciting to see her on this list.


message 3: by Simone (new)

Simone Starless Sea and Then Witches Are Coming’ look very interesting.


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Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhourse

Supernova Marissa Meyer

Starsight Brandon Sanderson


message 5: by chantel (new)

chantel nouseforaname Lindy West! Can't wait.


message 6: by Philip (new)

Philip The One Who Watches (The Knox and Sheppard Mysteries Book 4)
by Emerald O'Brien . Nov 12/19
The Confession: An Elizabeth Monroe Novel
by Tom Lowe . Nov 16/19


message 7: by Haley (new)

Haley Wofford The tenth anniversary edition of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, The Starless Sea, and The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White


message 8: by alya Qabeel (new)

alya Qabeel Looks good


message 9: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Tucker Hell Divers 6 - Allegiance
Wolf Hunt 3


message 10: by Rachel (new)

Rachel The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, Cold Falling White (the Nahx invasions) by G.S. Prendergast, The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand.


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message 12: by Kat (new)

Kat Can't wait for The starless sea! If it's anything like The night circus I'll love it!


message 13: by Calvinist (new)

Calvinist Batman deleted user wrote: "Starsight by Brandon Sanderson"

THIS. All the thises. Still feeling Goodreads has something against promoting Sanderson.


message 14: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Campbell The Family Upstairs love Lisa Jewell


message 15: by Angel (new)

Angel Every single one of these books sound so amazing. Added them all and I can't wait to read them!


message 16: by Arturandey (new)

Arturandey chantel wrote: "Lindy West! Can't wait."

супер книга должна быть


message 17: by Sophy (new)

Sophy H Simone wrote: "Starless Sea and Then Witches Are Coming’ look very interesting."

Definitely, they both stand out for me


message 18: by Marie (last edited Nov 06, 2019 06:26AM) (new)

Marie Such a great month for releases! Can't wait to read Nothing to see here, The witches are coming, In the dream house and The family upstairs! I also really love the cover for Little weirds.


message 19: by Sophy (new)

Sophy H I know, at least I have plenty of books to add to my Christmas wish list off the husband! Woop woop!


message 20: by Greg (new)

Greg Weiler An Uncommon Bond just published by Amazon


message 21: by Donald (new)

Donald Curtis A collection of true short stories that will make you LOL one minute then wipe a moist eye the next.
":Bullets, Blades & Badges:' by D.L. Curtis Adventures of an Adrenaline Junkie|44591784]


message 22: by Elaine (new)

Elaine cripe have read so many nice and different authors since joining 2 yrs ago so here are some others


message 23: by Tonya (new)

Tonya I'm really looking forward to Anything for You by Saul Black which came out today and The Rise of the Magicks by Nora Roberts which comes out near the end of the month.


message 24: by Bella (new)

Bella Trying to Score by Kendall Ryan 11/12


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