6 Great Books Hitting Shelves This Week

Posted by Cybil on November 17, 2020
Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.

To create our list, we focused on the books Goodreads members can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. All these top titles are now available in the United States! Which ones catch your eye?
 


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You should read this book if you like: Presidential memoirs, the 44th President of the United States, inside looks at high-pressure situations, reflections on the state of the country


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You should read this book if you like: Epic fantasy / science fiction hybrids, human resistance fighters, enemy invasions, Windrunners, Knights Radiant, The Stormlight Archive series


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You should read this book if you like: Literary fiction, magic realism, feminist allegory, famous Argentinean authors, ladies who eat the soil of the earth and have mystical visions


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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, stories about love and death and loss, the terrible weight of dark secrets, Sally Rooney, Sheila Heti, Ottessa Moshfegh


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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, Jewish literature, coming-of-age stories, intense adolescent experiences, the friendships forged in youth, crazy mixed-up kids


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You should read this book if you like: Epic fantasy, historical fiction, Chinese mythology, 20th century Asian history, dragons, monsters, heroes, The Poppy War series


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message 1: by Cendaquenta (new)

Cendaquenta Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but it seems unfair for it to be dubbed a "best book of the year", when nobody has actually been able to read it yet.


message 2: by Valliya (new)

Valliya Rennell RHYTHM OF WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 3: by Mehrzad (new)

Mehrzad M. Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

Exactly.


message 4: by Andor (new)

Andor Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

Same with Rhythm of War.
Sanderson is my favorite author but it's weird seeing his book there when it's only coming out this week.

Though GR Choice awards is a popularity contest, nothing more, so it really doesn't matter too much.


message 5: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine The Orchard sounds like my cup of book !!


message 6: by Denise (new)

Denise Obama’s book: he has a popularity bonus, you are right!


message 7: by Ve (new)

Ve Fa Obama is my cap of books.


message 8: by Strzelba (new)

Strzelba Waiting for my delivery, can’t wait to read Rhythm of War! :)


message 9: by Javin (new)

Javin Ohara Why is Obama's book on there when no one even read it


message 10: by Whitney (new)

Whitney The GR awards does this every year. Books that are released up until the final day of voting are eligible, which makes zero sense. It’s unfair to late October/early
November releases. No one has had time to read it unless they had an ARC. The cutoff should be end of September.


message 11: by Lindi (new)

Lindi M yes i don‘t get the Obama book mentioned here as well.


message 12: by Dhyey (new)

Dhyey Soni Javin wrote: "Why is Obama's book on there when no one even read it"

Because it is obama's book..rhetorical question buddy


Gizem-in-Wonderland Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

My thoughts exactly. There were many books on the list that weren't even published. Atwood's poetry book was on the list before it was published, as well.


message 14: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Manchester It's been two weeks and I'm back. Good job, Goodreads. Thank you. Nice to see Sanderson up front and highlighted.

Also big showing for Kuang's Burning God!


message 15: by Janet (new)

Janet Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."your opinion is not fact. because a book has not been released does not mean it has not been read.


message 16: by Gjertrud (new)

Gjertrud F Andor wrote: "Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very p..."

At least there's been 19 preview chapters of Rhythm of War available (one every week from summer till release day), so the most eager have been able to read a little over 20% of it already.


message 17: by Hope (new)

Hope Willis Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."


message 18: by Dilini (new)

Dilini Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

IKR!


message 19: by Katsumi (new)

Katsumi Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

They do this with books all the time for The Goodreads Choice Awards. The Choice Awards don't even make sense because unless you've actually read all the nominated books, how can you vote on the best one? People will just vote for the 1 book they've read in each category. It's just a popularity contest and this is why authors like Sarah J. Maas always win when they're nominated, even if their book came out close to the cutoff to be considered for that year.


message 20: by Sherri (new)

Sherri I love Brandon Sandersons Books!


message 21: by Mr. (new)

Mr.  X Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

agreed. ofc that's kind of how the choice award always ends up working tho. i just vote by author/cover/synopsis anyway (pls don't hate lol)


message 22: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

Partly true... I have no doubt that this is, in part, a popularity vote. Okay, MOSTLY a popularity vote.

But you can't claim no one has read it. There are hundreds, if not thousands of us who work as professional book recommenders (librarian here!) who have had access to an advanced reader copy.

Just sayin'... you're not entirely wrong, but you're not entirely right either. :)


Silver  - Have a great day, you're loved I'm kind of disappointed Shannon Messenger's middle grade Unlocked isn't here... I'm waiting anxiously for my copy to arrive sometime this week!


Silver  - Have a great day, you're loved Eartheater's "if you like" section is very specific... can't say I've read much about ladies who eat the soil of the earth and have mystical visions.


Silver  - Have a great day, you're loved Eartheater's "if you like" section is very specific... can't say I've read much about ladies who eat the soil of the earth and have mystical visions.


message 26: by Jake (last edited Nov 17, 2020 10:25AM) (new)

Jake Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

Same goes for Rhythm of War. It just came out TODAY and is already one of the frontrunners in its category for the Goodreads Choice Award, beating out titles that came out much earlier.

I know the GCA is one big popularity contest, and doesn't mean anything, but take a look at the votes sometime. The winner, runner up, and maybe third place almost always have more votes than times added to a user's shelf.

There needs to be an earlier eligibility cutoff date or condition users have to meet before they can cast a vote. A horse winning a race before the starting gun is fired is a race in name only.


message 27: by Laura (new)

Laura Steinert Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

If you look at the pre-sales (even just the number of pre-sales at Amazon) there can be no doubt that this is one of the best sellers of the year. The select "pre-readers" all rave about it. Do I need to have read it before I voted for it? No. I am going to love it because it will be truthful, filled with facts, and the honesty of his thoughts and hopes will be there--as they were in his previous books. If I could vote the second volume as book of the year 2020, I would. After four years of insanity, thoughtful intelligent people who deal only in reality are desperate to read this.


message 28: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Allard On this list, I only want to read R.F. Kuang's The Burning God.

Not on this list but also published today, I want to read These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong.


message 29: by Kariann (new)

Kariann Lamon Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

Agreed!


message 30: by Emerald (new)

Emerald Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

Fully agree, political move.

Rhythm of War is my thing.


message 31: by Erianna (new)

Erianna Richardson Love it so much peole


message 32: by Manuel (new)

Manuel Garcia Valliya wrote: "RHYTHM OF WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss


message 33: by ✨Danna✨ (new)

✨Danna✨ Eartheater it's a beautiful book. I really enjoy it


message 34: by Patrick (new)

Patrick I'm sorry why did somebody write a book about geophagia and make it sound "mystical"? Not a very light subject, not intriguing in the least- it is a serious condition. Maybe I'm just looking at the surface level, any insight? I know its been talked about in magical realism novels before but why...


message 35: by Joe (new)

Joe G Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

Yes.


message 36: by ABookGirl1 (new)

ABookGirl1 Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

You are 100% right. No reason it can't make it to the 2021 list of nominees.


message 37: by Diana (last edited Nov 17, 2020 02:48PM) (new)

Diana Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

This is somewhat inaccurate. Everyone who is anyone in the lit world probably got an advanced copy of this book so they could read and rate it/talk about it. Also journalists, celebs, talk show hosts etc. Many many people have already read the book even though it was just released to us plebes today.

Also, went to buy this audiobook on Play Books today and it was 50 d*mn dollars. Lol, no.


message 38: by ABookGirl1 (new)

ABookGirl1 Hannah wrote: "Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very p..."

All readers should be able to vote on a book they can access and read, not just those that have the ability to access advanced copies.


message 39: by Mariah (new)

Mariah Crabtree Isn't every book on this list brand new? That's why it's on the list as books people are excited to read? I don't get why people are saying Obama's book shouldn't be on here since no ones read it.....but no ones read the others either unless you received an advanced copy. I'm just confused. If I'm wrong could someone explain it to me, i'd appreciate it. Thank you!


message 40: by John (new)

John Hey Mariah, people are commenting on A Promised Land's presence in the later rounds of the 2020 Goodreads awards. Not on its presence in this list, which is where it belongs.


message 41: by Mariah (new)

Mariah Crabtree John wrote: "Hey Mariah, people are commenting on A Promised Land's presence in the later rounds of the 2020 Goodreads awards. Not on its presence in this list, which is where it belongs."

Ahhh, now I get it, thank you for the answer John!


message 42: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Pretty much everything in the Goodreads Choice Awards is stuff that hasn't been released, they should reschedule these awards for the beginning of the next year.


Amy "the book-bat" If you like true crime, the new John Douglas book is out today.
The Killer's Shadow: The FBI's Hunt for a White Supremacist Serial Killer
I am about 35% finished and it is interesting and about a case I was unfamiliar with.


message 44: by Pine (new)

Pine Cendaquenta wrote: "Obama's book should not be a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee this year. It's made it all the way to the final round before even being released. I've no doubt it will be a very powerful memoir but i..."

Absolutely correct.


message 45: by Pristine (new)

Pristine Unlocked by Shannon Messenger was released today!! My copy will be here soon. I can't wait to read it!


message 46: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Whitney wrote: "The GR awards does this every year. Books that are released up until the final day of voting are eligible, which makes zero sense. It’s unfair to late October/early
November releases. No one has ha..."


Exactly. How about waiting until March or so to start voting?


message 47: by Everydayreader1 (new)

Everydayreader1 I began reading A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama, Tuesday morning. As expected, I'm finding it to be an excellent read. It will certainly be among my top reads of 2020.


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