It’s almost November and a lot of people have been asking: “What to read in November?” Or “What should I read in November?”
There are a lot of exciting things around the corner! Christmas is only two months away, which means the holidays are around the corner. There’s no better way to spend the holidays than by finding a great 10 books to read in November!
So if you’re looking for what to read in November, here’s a list of November books that are worth every read:
1. Hero of the struggle
In 2018, an explosive expose revealed that South African newspapers were disseminating fake news. This came as no surprise to the prescient political satirist Will Powers, who first uncovered the false newspaper headline that led to the arrest of Jacob Zuma. So, Will Powers struck back at the fascist press by revealing the notorious Spy Tapes, recorded phone conversations proving media and political intrusion into a court case, forcing the National Prosecuting Authority to drop all charges against presidential incumbent Jacob Zuma. The Spy Tapes were initially posted on the Friends of JZ website, also a vehicle for Will Powers to provide a platform for Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy president. Through his writing, Will addressed the problems of Southern Africa. While the myopic opposition leader Helen Zille harangued President Mbeki to invade Zimbabwe, Will convinced Thabo Mbeki to mediate a unity government. Which paved the way for the ultimate removal of Robert Mugabe. Then Will Powers replaced war-mongering Helen Zille with Mmusi Maimane.
In order to accomplish this, Will Powers had to brace his own blood father, who refused to recognize his mixed-race son. Racist editor Pen Powers of the pearly white Partisan newspaper had been bribed by media mogul and presidential hopeful Harry Hiroshima, whose hated rival Jacob Zuma must be brutally put to the sword. With savage satire, Will Powers thwarted the presidential aspirations of Harry Hiroshima, so Cyril Ramaphosa replaced Jacob Zuma as president. Will then urged his father to focus his Partisan newspaper on racial imbalances in platinum mines, but Will Powers was ignored, resulting in strikes leading to the Marikana Massacre. Undeterred by this, Helen Zille continued to practice her racist politics. Now known as Illez the Witch, she removed all black leaders, including Mmusi Maimane from the Democratic Alliance opposition. The witch then convinced the ruling Kritarchy of Judges to jail Jacob Zuma without trial. This resulted in a massacre more deadly than Marikana. Only Judge Piet Koen can now stay the blood tears of Themis, the Greek Goddess of justice.
2. Round Leather
Definitely worth number two on the list of 10 Books to Read in November. Fourteen years old, Musa is a maverick football talent from the city of Jos. He is caught up in the middle of abject poverty in his home and domestic abuse. Just like every other young football prospect, he hopes that his exceptional talent will be discovered, and he can deliver his family from their suffering.
Meanwhile, a program introduced by the government to sponsor low-income communities creates conflict in the state, which leads to a full-blown riot, and Musa’s home isn’t spared in the chaos. The Round Leather covers the broad ground, from domestic abuse to rape, political corruption, and violence. Musa struggles through these, with football as his escape, until his motivation is terminated. You can preorder Round Leather now before the publishing day.
3. Behind the Moon
Still on what to read in November, Behind the Moon is number three on the list of books you should add to your TBR. Left to fend for herself from a tender age, Tara moved to Park Street, a dirty-dark secret town where she met Ahmed, a misogynistic playboy with a doleful past.
With time, they develop a trusting relationship which, in turn, builds Tara’s confidence.
Behind The Moon is a slice of a bittersweet tale of survival, loss, love, and moving on. Want a quick read this November? Behind the Moon is the one!
Emeka and Ikechukwu: Inseparable friends
Life goal: Get dream jobs and be rich.
Ikechukwu’s motive: the ability to take care of his widowed mother and his two siblings.
Emeka’s motive: To be the god of his clan
The means to achieve their dreams (Emeka and Ikechukwu): Nestle Company.
Envy, competition, backbiting, and hatred take center stage as both friends struggle through life, on the journey of finding themselves and attaining the highest heights they can.
5. A Touch of Reality
On her way to Aso Rock for an interview, Kelechi is kidnapped and her otherwise meticulously organized life is turned upside down.
Only her captors aren’t interested in money. Every day, her life is filled with uncertainty. Lives are taken right in front of her. Every breath could be her last, and if she dies, hell is her next destination.
But is Kelechi willing to go to hell and back to save her own life? A touch of reality is one hell of a book and you can’t help but question what happens next. You can order your copy as soon as possible.
6. Fib and The Axe of Fury
“Never take your glasses off outside the walls of our home.”
When Fibikemi loses her glasses and inadvertently breaks her mother’s rule, she encounters something strange, and it is only the beginning of a weird and terrifying journey; in a matter of time, someone dangerous will come for her.
Her friend Aaron Oni has just two more months to live, and Fib’s obsession with saving Aaron pushes her to do the unimaginable.
Eventually, she discovers exactly why she must never take off her eyeglasses outside her home.
Fib and the Axe of Fury is an enthralling blend of vibrant fantasy and exotic African mythology.
If you need something to read in November, then this African mythology is worth it.
7. These Violent Delights
The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.
A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it, all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.
But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability, culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
8. A Deal with the Elf King
Three thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.
To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark, nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.
That is until the Elf King appears unexpectedly… for her.
Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen by a cold yet blisteringly handsome elf king. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.
The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.
9. Skin of the Sea
A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.
Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata–a mermaid–collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.
But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable–she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.
To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But something is amiss. There’s the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail…
Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn’t, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.
10. Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone
Although the past appears to be the safest place to be… it is also the most dangerous time to be alive…
Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same. It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.
Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s teakettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep. Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the twentieth century might catch up to them. Sometimes they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s—among them disease, starvation, and impending war—was indeed the safer choice for their family.
Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity—and thus his own—and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make and dangers to meet… on his son’s behalf and his own.
Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. And with the family finally, together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.