Bookish Things New Book Releases

Releasing in November 2020 (and Sep, Oct 20)

A list of new book releases we are looking forward to in November! (And a few that we missed out on in September and October)

It’s been a while since I’ve been active here. Over 2 months now. Life has happened and like with all things about life, once in a while, things get de-railed.

I’m getting back to my books now. I’ve been reading on and off, but nothing I could review or talk about at length, so I have stayed away.

But now I’m back, and with that, I’m looking forward to the new books coming out in November. Since I missed out on doing an update of new releases in September and October, I’m including them in this post as well.

The books in these lists have been chosen either because the plot description seems interesting, or it falls in a genre I really enjoy reading, or comes from an author I have loved before.

Do you have any of these books on your TBR list? Let us know if you’d like to schedule a buddy read!

(Clicking on the images will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.)

November 2020 Releases


This Magnificent Dappled Sea by David Biro

Releasing: 01 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Two strangers—generations and oceans apart—have a chance to save each other in this moving and suspenseful novel about family secrets and the ineffable connections that attach us.

White Ivy by Susie Yang

Releasing: 03 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Simon & Schuster

A dazzling debut novel about a young woman’s dark obsession with her privileged classmate and the lengths she’ll go to win his love

Historical Fiction

Dark Tides by Philippa Gregory

Releasing: 24 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Atria Books

Set in the poverty and glamour of Restoration London, in the golden streets of Venice, and on the tensely contested frontier of early America, this is a novel of greed and desire: for love, for wealth, for a child, and for home 


Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March

Releasing: 10 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Minotaur Books

In 19th century Bombay, Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes, in Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut.

Little Threats by Emily Schultz

Releasing: 10 Nov 2020 | Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Both a taut whodunit and a haunting snapshot of the effects of a violent crime, Little Threats tells the story of a woman who served fifteen years in prison for murder…and now it’s time to find out if she’s guilty.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

Releasing: 10 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young

Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Best friends Bert and Daisy — embark on a great adventure to untangle the truth and find out where the real monster lies. Features full-colour illustrations by the young winners of The Ickabog competition.

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Releasing: 17 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Tor Books

The eagerly awaited sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Oathbringer, from an epic fantasy writer at the top of his game.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Releasing: 24 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Ballantine Books

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


This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes

Releasing: 17 Nov 2020 | Publisher: HarperTeen

Nothing is as it seems in this chilling, twisting tale by bestselling author Andrea Portes, perfect for fans of Madeleine Roux and Danielle Vega. Rife with dark humor and chilling twists, This Is Not a Ghost Story is American Horror Story meets There’s Someone Inside Your House. It will have readers flipping back to the very first page after the shocking finale.  

Short Stories

The Shortest Day by Colm Tóibín

Releasing: 03 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Amazon Original Stories

In Ireland, a man of reason is drawn to a true mystery older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge in this enthralling story about ethereal secrets by New York Times bestselling author Colm Tóibín.

To Be a Man by Nicole Krauss

Releasing: 03 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Harper

In this dazzling collection of short fiction, the National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love—“one of America’s most important novelists and an international literary sensation” (New York Times)—explores what it means to be in a couple, and to be a man and a woman in that perplexing relationship and beyond.


Dearly – New Poems by Margaret Atwood

Releasing: 10 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Ecco

In Dearly, Margaret Atwood’s first collection of poetry in over a decade, Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature and – zombies. Her new poetry is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived.

What Kind of Woman – Poems by Kate Baer

Releasing: 10 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Harper Perennial

A stunning and honest debut poetry collection about the beauty and hardships in being a mother, a wife, and a woman. 

Graphic Novels

Barely Functional Adult- It’ll All Make Sense Eventually by Meichi Ng

Releasing: 24 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Harper Perennial

From the creator of Barely Functional Adult, a painfully relatable webcomic with over 125k followers on Instagram, comes a hilariously poignant collection of beautifully illustrated short stories that chronicle the ever-evolving perspectives of your twenties on work, therapy, identity, heartbreak, friendship, and more. 


The Boy Between: A Mother and Son’s Journey From a World Gone Grey by Josiah Hartley, Amanda Prowse

Releasing: 01 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Little A

Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one. In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child.

This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear

Releasing: 10 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Soho Press

The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series offers a deeply personal memoir of her family’s resilience in the face of war and privation.

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Releasing: 17 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Penguin Random House

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy


The Best of Me by David Sedaris

Releasing: 03 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called “the funniest man alive” (Time Out New York), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing—quite often at himself—and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.

True Crime

We Keep the Dead Close – A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper

Releasing: 10 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

We Keep the Dead Close is a memoir of mirrors, misogyny, and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman’s past onto another’s present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history.


Fossil Men – The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind by Kermit Pattison

Releasing: 10 Nov 2020 | Publisher: William Morrow

A behind-the-scenes account of the discovery of the oldest skeleton of a human ancestor, named “Ardi”–a find that shook the world of paleoanthropology and radically altered our understanding of human evolution.


What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon

Releasing: 17 Nov 2020 | Publisher: Beacon Press

Advancing fat justice and changing prejudicial structures and attitudes will require work from all people. What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat is a crucial tool to create a tectonic shift in the way we see, talk about, and treat our bodies, fat and thin alike.

Books Released in September 2020


The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

Just Like You by Nick Hornby

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Monogamy by Sue Miller

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

The End of the Day by Bill Clegg

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton

A Girl Is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Historical Fiction

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

The Night Portrait- A Novel of World War II and da Vinci’s Italy by Laura Morelli

The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler

Science Fiction & Fantasy

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Mystery & Thriller

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith


The Invention of Sound by Chuck Palahniuk

Young Adult

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour


Eat a Peach by David Chang

Carry – A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen


Disloyal – The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump by Michael Cohen

Rage by Bob Woodward


Think Like a Monk- Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty


Can’t Even – How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen

The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel


No Rules Rules- Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

Books Released in October 2020


Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The Silence by Don DeLillo

Mystery & Thriller

The Searcher by Tana French

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

The Sentinel by Lee Child


Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey


Kind of Hindu by Mindy Kaling

Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld

Please Like Me [But Keep Away] by Mindy Kaling


Welcome to the United States of Anxiety – Observations from a Reforming Neurotic by Jen Lancaster

Group – How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate

Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics by Lara Parker


A Life on Our Planet – My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough


What Would Frida Do? – A Guide to Living Boldly by Arianna Davis

By Sanskriti Nagar

I'm a storyteller on a journey - to connect people with places, the past with the present, the contemporary with the traditional. I'm just stepping into the shoes of an explorer, aspiring to be a globetrotter, and someday, a novelist. Follow me through my journeys, and if something does resonate with you, or you'd like me to cover a story for you, I'd love to catch up. (PS: I love coffee!)

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