November is speeding by and although the end of the year is approaching we've still had a healthy selection of books to share with you this month. Whether you're a keen bookworm and want to keep up to date with the latest releases, or you're looking out for gift ideas for that special someone, take a look at the books we've loved reading this month. You can shop all the titles at the bottom, or add them to your Wishlist and send them to anyone that might need a hint about what to get you this festive season.
Out Fiction Books of the Month for November sees the end of the historical fiction series The Wolf Den Trilogy, as well as a brand new release from Barbara Taylor Bradford, crime fiction at its most compelling and from Rebecca Yarros the sequel the whole of social media won't stop talking about.
Eleven Liars by Robert Gold - "A satisfying crime thriller that sucks you into the vortex of a close-knit community jolted by lies and violence."
City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky - "City of Last Chances is filled with beautiful, colourful imagery, rich narrative and intricate world building. A challenging but rewarding read."
The Temple of Fortuna by Elodie Harper - "Evocative and edge-of-your-seat thrilling, this concludes the wondrous Wolf Den trilogy in explosively satisfying style."
White Cat, Black Dog by Kelly Link - "Reader beware - seven fabulously reinvented fairy tales live in this book, some might bite!"
The Wonder of It All by Barbara Taylor Bradford - "Barbara Taylor Bradford returns for her fortieth book, a sweeping family drama against the backdrop of World War One and its aftermath."
The Unspeakable Acts of Zina Pavlou by Eleni Kyriacou - "Moving, tense and morally haunting, this 1950s true-crime thriller centred on two women from the Greek diaspora sees a court interpreter become emotionally enmeshed in a murder case."
The Door-to-Door Bookstore by Carsten Henn - "Highlighting the joy of books and friendships this truly lovely novel is a hug in book form."
Gaslight by Femi Kayode - "This thrilling murder mystery set in Nigeria bursts with impressive energy, Gaslight sits as a particular favourite with our LoveReading staff."
Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood - "The queen of geeky romcoms has played another winning move with these rival chess champions"
Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros - "Cadets, take your seats and hold on as you embark on the rollercoaster journey that is Violet’s second year at Basgiath War College."
The Twelve Days of Murder by Andreina Cordani - "A Christmas murder mystery game in a remote snowed-in hunting lodge turns deadly in this absolute romp of a read."
The Winter Spirits by Bridget Collins, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jess Kidd, Elizabeth Macneal, Laura Purcell - "These twelve ghostly stories set over the Christmas period are hauntingly exquisite, and would make a beautifully creepy present for you or those you love."
If you're a reader who likes their books more firmly grounded in reality then look no further than our Non-Fiction Books of the Month. From a compilation of wisdom from David Attenborough to an informative atlas of imaginary locations, take a look at what our experts had to say about this handful of non-fiction picks.
Seventy Times Seven by Alex Mar - "A story of crime, punishment and forgiveness, in a literary non-fiction work that reads like a thriller."
From Mohair Suits to Kinky Boots by Geoff Deane - Geoff Deane’s unique take on the world is only matched by his extraordinarily rich use of language, with a smattering of Cockney rhyming slang, Yiddish and Polari.
Collected Essays: 15th Anniversary Edition by The School of Life - "A greatest hits collection of essays from the School of Life, helping people understand their emotional life better."
The Wit and Wisdom of David Attenborough by Chas Newkey-Burden - "A lovely and inspiring little book full of quotes, facts, and tributes celebrating Sir David Attenborough, it really would make a perfect gift."
Atlas of Imagined Cities by Matt Brown, Rhys B. Davies - "Take time out to explore this beautifully informative atlas featuring the imaginary locations from fiction, games, and films, set within 14 world cities."
This trio of debuts include the new adaptation edition of the book that took us all by storm, a dazzling coming-of-age tale of tangled family dynamics and a stirring debut about losing and re-establishing identity.
The Illuminated by Anindita Ghose - "Set in contemporary India, this captivating, quietly stirring debut explores losing and re-establishing identity, and the rise of religious fundamentalism, through a mother and daughter who lose their anchor."
All That It Ever Meant by Blessing Musariri - "From London to Zimbabwe, this dazzling coming-of-age tale of tangled family dynamics, loss and grief tingles with road-trip transformations and the soulful magic of love."
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus - "Fizzing with feminist humour and romance, this radiant, life-affirming novel sees a brilliant chemist and single mother switch to presenting a hit TV cooking show that challenges 1960s social norms."
Each month Liz Robinson delivers a selection of books from across the genres that are certain to wow us and November has been no different. From thoughtful and funny to provocative and compelling, take a look at the books that made Liz Robinson's list this month and read her reviews to discover why.
Vita and the Birds by Polly Crosby - "An elegant yet earthy tale dancing between two timelines and two women trapped within the memories of the past."
Shadow Baron by Davinia Evans - "Hugely entertaining, full of action, and surrounded by magic and alchemy, this fantasy novel has it all."
Joe Nuthin's Guide to Life by Helen Fisher - "We absolutely love this thoughtful, funny and kind novel, it sits as one of our books of the year."
The Mantis by Kotaro Isaka - "A fabulously amusing and engaging novel that excels in exploring the family life of an assassin as he attempts to retire."
Jungle House by Julianne Pachico - "Provocative and compelling, this speculative novel flames into being as it explores the relationship between humanity and artificial intelligence."
She's A Killer by Kirsten McDougall - "One of our novels of the year featuring an unforgettable protagonist as she finds herself on the brink of radical action. Just brilliant!"
It may be the penultimate opportunity for us to add our favourite reads into our Best Books of the Year collection, but that doesn't mean that we're scrimping on the selections. With new editions of books that blew us away to brand new titles already featured higher up this piece, behold these latest Star Books and make sure these are the first to be added to your Wishlist.