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),