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November TBR

Another hefty reading goal for me this month - 17 books total, with a decent proportion of new releases. Tana French's new book The Searcher is out, and I am counting down the minutes till my pre-order arrives on my doorstep; a couple other new releases out this month that have piqued my interest are Fortune Favors the Dead, by Stephen Sellwood - a murder mystery about a female PI company in 1920s New York - and The Flip Side, a romance novel written by James Bailey. It's very rare for a book written by a man to be classified as a romance novel, so I'm looking forward to giving it a gander. The fourth book of the Au service secret de Marie Antoinette series is out as of a couple of weeks ago, so that'll be one I pick up fairly early in this month, as well.

I'm continuing my read-through of the Booker longlist nominees, with Love and Other Thought Experiments, Real Life (my prediction for the ultimate winner), and This Mournable Body. I'm also tackling the Goncourt longlist, with Carole Martinez's Les Roses fauves. I've loved everything Martinez has written, and it was the blurb on the Goncourt longlist that most spoke to me, so I'm looking forward to diving into that with this book (incidentally, the Grand Prix de l'Académie française probably won't be announced till next year, so I've got a bit more time to focus on the Goncourt longlist this year).

I'm going to wrap up with the FictionMatters book club pick for this month as well, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, which is a murder mystery in a 1970s English village told through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl. It's been described as quirky, fun, and sweet without being saccharine, which will be the perfect antidote to what I am sure will be a depressing election cycle on Tuesday.

Anyway, read on for all my planed November reads.

Love and Other Thought Experiments, by Sophie Ward

Real Life, by Brandon Taylor

The Searcher, by Tana French

Louves de France, by Catherine Hermary-Vielle

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin

This Mournable Body, by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Rouge impératrice, by Léonora Mirano

Three-Fifths, by John Vercher

Meursault contre-enquête, by Kamal Douad

Les Prénoms épicènes, by Amélie Nothomb

Les Roses fauves, by Carole Martinez

Star-Crossed, by Minnie Darke

Au service secret de Marie-Antoinette: La Femme au pistolet d'or, by Frédéric Lenormand

Fortune Favors the Dead, by Stephen Sellwood

The Flip Side, by James Bailey

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, by Joanna Cannon

La Fille qui lisait dans le métro, by Christine Féret-Fleury

Let me know if any of these strike your fancy - or if you have read any of them, and what you thought, and etc.

Happy reading (and God save us all tomorrow),

Amélie xx

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I’m Amélie, I love books and reading, and I also love talking about them.

I’m incredibly lucky to be bilingual, so I read books in both French and English, and will talk about both of those on here – although I will do more in English, since I know that’s probably what the majority of the people who ever find this blog will be interested in!

I also like history, traveling, Shakespeare, coffee, cheese, musicals, Italian Baroque art, the ballet, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, flowers, makeup, high heels, and baking. Yes, I’m a walking cliché. I am aware.

Please do tweet at me with any suggestions/book recommendations/thoughts.

In case you’re curious – yes, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time.

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