10 Book Recommendations This November

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As 2021 draws to a close, there’s no better way to escape the busy ‘end of year rush’ than by reading an enthralling book outside in the sun or inside curled up on the couch. Carry A Book members always share book recommendations and insights on the best reads each month, so we’ve gathered a list of our favourite books for you to dive into this month. 

Whether you’re a bookworm or read a few books each year, our top 10 books include a variety of genres from romance to thriller and fantasy. Now is the perfect time to captivate your mind and transport yourself into another world. Read on to find out!

  1. Beautiful World, Where Are You – Salley Rooney 

From the best-selling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends, this book is Salley Rooney’s latest literary fiction masterpiece. The story follows four young friends exploring their journey into adulthood. Set in the present time, this book is reflective of the confusing world of young millennials and the challenges they encounter, both real and imagined. If you’re interested in books that explore the changing dynamics within a friendship group, add this to your reading list.

2. Treasure and Dirt – By Chris Hammer

Well-known author Chris Hammer’s latest book is a thriller that will keep you on your toes. Set in the desolate Australian outback, law and order has been recklessly abandoned as police struggle against thieves, dangerous religious fanatics, and powerful billionaires. However, when a murder of a miner is brought to the town’s attention, two Sydney detectives are sent to uncover the truth. The detectives soon realise they’ve gotten more than they bargained for as the truth continues to elude them and more sinister secrets come to life. If you’re a true crime junkie, then this one’s for you.

3. The Wish – By Nicholas Sparks 

Acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks’ most recent romance provides a moving and uplifting love story that will enthral the romantic at heart. The tale surrounds travel photographer Maggie Dawes in 2019 as she recalls a lost love that changed the course of her life in 1996. As Dawes retells her story, she explains how her surprise love opened her eyes to a new passion that would come to define her life. If you’re a romance reader, like many of us at Carry A Book, this story will get you hooked and keep you wanting more. 

4. The Man Who Died Twice – By Richard Osman 

Osman’s book will take you on an entertaining read that we think is better that The Thursday Murder Club. The story follows four elderly friends living in a retirement village who have regular meetings, where they look into cold cases and try to solve them. As two people are murdered in short succession, the four friends embark on the live case. They decide to team up with The Thursday Murder Club, to solve the mystery of stolen diamonds and the murders that recently occurred. This book is a thrilling read and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat questioning what will happen next.

5. Three Sisters – By Heather Morris 

Morris’ final installation in her gripping trilogy, ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz,’ tells the true story of three sisters determined to stay together and fight for their survival as they face unfathomable circumstances. After being taken by the Nazis, the three sisters reunite in Auschwitz and promise each other that they will survive. Morris’ heart-breaking storyline will take you on an uplifting journey as they fight for their survival and build themselves a new life from the ground up.

6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – By Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is a unique character who is very intelligent and well-spoken with impeccable grammar, however, she lacks the ability to filter what she says and therefore will tell you precisely what is on her mind and often cause awkward situations. As her seemingly mundane lifestyle is upturned when circumstances force her to interact with the bumbling IT man from her office, Raymond, she also opens her heart to a new person. As Eleanor begins to unravel her past, she discovers that there is more to life than she first realised. If you’re looking for an insightful read, Eleanor Oliphant will keep you entertained, bouncing from one emotion to the next.  

7. The Sleep In a Sea of Stars – By Christopher Paolini

Another top book recommendation regularly discussed on Carry A Book is The Sleep In a Sea of Stars. Kia Navárez is fascinated by the outer worlds, particularly the life on other planets, and has dreamed of what life would be like in a new world. Kia has spent her life traveling to the edges of the known universe to learn about microbes and other creatures, and her next mission is to go to an uncolonised planet for research. As she comes across an ancient alien relic, her life changes as war breaks out. Get invested in new world of companionship, humour, and emotions. 

8. The Queen of Nothing – By Holly Black

A popular read on Carry A Book about love, being loved, and the fine line between love and hate. The book explores the relationships between Jude and Cardan and how the two protagonists are on the same page to discover feelings of compassion and care. When Cardan becomes King of Faerie and Jude becomes Queen, they realise how difficult it is to manage power while maintaining personal ambitions and humanity. A book that explores curses, the impacts of power and how to learn from your mistakes.

9. Clap When You Land – By Elizabeth Acevedo

When Camino and Yahaira Rios discover the tragic news of their father’s plane crash, the unexpected accident forces them to discover the truth about each other – leaving both sisters responsible of navigating the worlds without their father. This book covers the themes of sisterhood, cultural identity, family, and grief. Clap When You Land is a book that explores the intricacies of love and mourning.

10. The Vanishing Half – By Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett creates a story that is both a gripping, emotional family drama and a fascinating examination of America’s passing history. Looking beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half explores the lasting impact that the past has on shaping a person’s decisions, goals, and expectations, as well as some of the many reasons why people are occasionally drawn to live as someone other than themselves. Following the story of identical twin sisters, separated by miles and lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. It’s a book with so much to unpack that you’ll need to discuss with a friend.

This eclectic mix of books is sure to keep you busy this month as you are taken on a variety of genres including romance, thriller, mystery, and more. Whether you choose to start with Sparks’ romance or Hammer’s thriller, you will be immersed with each book. Join us on the Carry A Book app to connect with other like-minded readers and discuss the books that truly resonated with you. Reading no longer needs to be a solitary activity. Instead, you can make new friends and expand your world, both figuratively and literally.