Book Club: 10 New releases to read this November

From in-their-own-words stories to fictional favourites, these new releases will keep you busy throughout this cold November (and may be perfect Christmas gifts too).

Faye’s picks:

1. Spellbreaker

Charlie N. Holmberg

This all-new fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician, is sure to be a success. The orphaned Elsie Camden learned that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But she’s unlicensed and her gift is a crime. Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man – very Robin Hood.

2. A Promised Land

Barack Obama

In his highly-anticipated first volume of his memoirs, previous president Barack Obama tells the story of his life from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world – describing in personal detail his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency. It’s sure to be an interesting read.

3. How To Be A Complete and Utter Blunt

James Blunt

That three-minute, thirty-second pop song about a girl he saw on the underground is forever stuck in our mind when anyone says ‘James Blunt.’ But he’s really a sensation on Twitter these days, fighting back against the haters. Now, in this book, he tells you how you can do the same.

4. Cuthbert’s Way: A DCI Ryan Mystery

LJ Ross

We’re so excited for LJ Ross’ next mystery. After the theft of a priceless artefact from Durham Cathedral, everyone believes DCI Ryan and the team were able to recover and return St. Cuthbert’s cross to its rightful home. But Ryan knows the cross he recovered was a fake and that’s just the start of their problems.

5. The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries in Turbulent Times

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber was editor of the Financial Times for the tech boom, the global financial crisis, the rise of China, Brexit, and mainstream media’s fight for survival in the age of fake news – this story takes a look behind the headlines.

Candice’s picks:

6. Ready Player Two

Ernest Cline

I have pre-ordered this book and I’m so excited to read it.

Following from “Ready Player One” days after Oasis founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vault lies a technological advancement that will change the world and within it a new riddle and quest – one last Easter egg from Halliday hinting to a mysterious prize. The future of the Oasis is once again in turmoil as a new rival steps onto the scene, who will kill anyone who stands in his way.

7. The Cipher

Isabella Maldonado

FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera escaped a serial killer’s trap when she was 16. Years later, she’s jumped in a Virginia park and a video of the attack goes viral. The man who abducted her 11 years previous sees the video and determined to reclaim his “lost prize” he commits a grisly murder designed to get her attention and uses the internet to invite members of the public to play along. Working alongside the FBI’s preeminent mind hunter, Dr. Jeffrey Wade, Nina tracks the killer across the country while the world watches.

8. Instant Karma

Marissa Meyer

Overachiever Prudence Daniels is quick to cast judgment on the residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with friends, she wakes up with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her. She makes quick use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person her powers don’t seem to work on: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed, love and hate.

9. We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence

Becky Cooper

In 1969, universities seek to curb the unruly spectacle of student protest and the winter that Harvard University would begin the process of merging with Radcliffe, its all-female sister school; and the year that Jane Britton, a 23-year-old graduate student would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment.

Forty years later, Becky Cooper will hear the first whispers of the story. In the first telling the body was nameless. The story was this: a Harvard student had an affair with her professor, and the professor had murdered her because she’d threatened to talk about the affair – the rumor proves false, but the story that unfolds, is one that Cooper will follow for ten years and is even more complex. A tale of gender inequality in academia, a “cowboy culture” among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions, and our compulsion to rewrite the stories of female victims.

10. Girls of Brackenhill

Kate Moretti

When Hannah Maloney’s aunt dies in a car accident, she returns to her family’s castle in the Catskills for the first time since her sisters disappearance 17 years ago. While desperate to start a new life with her fiancé, Hannah begins to question the events of her last summer at Brackenhill when her sister went missing and when a human bone is found on the property, fuelled by guilt Hannah becomes obsessed and will stop at nothing to figure out what happened that summer. Uncovering disturbing details about her past, Hannah realised some mysteries are better left unsolved but it’s too late to stop looking.

Faye Dixon

Lifestyle Journalist and Blogger from the North East.

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