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November TBR additions - so many potential great reads

Each month I share the books that made my TBR list. Some are recommended by friends, some by a reading list or a blog post or a podcast. There's a wealth of sources and once you find a couple that suit your reading taste, your TBR will never be the same. That's why mine grows so darn much each month! This month I read 10 books and only added 12, make a net addition of only 2 books - not too bad at all.

You can see my complete TBR list, separated by genres, on my Pinterest board "Terrie's TBR List".

Where We Come From by Oscar Casares

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2019, 272 pages

Added because: saw it on a book list about immigration books worth reading

Synopsis: a 12 year old Mexican boy is hidden by a family in TX as they try to help him avoid human traffickers and the border patrol. Suggested as a companion/alternative to American Dirt.

Bang by Daniel Pena

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2018, 200 pages

Added because: from same list as above

Synopsis: debut; an undocumented family in south TX is torn apart when brothers inadvertently get involved with the wrong people

The Law of Innocence #6 by Michael Connelly

Genre: Legal Drama

Published November 2020, 432 pages

Added because: new release of a fave author

Synopsis: attorney Mickey Haller is pulled over by a cop who discovers a body in his trunk; he's arrested for murder and must prove his innocence while being held in jail

**ED: Review here

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo

Genre: General Fiction

Published November 2020, 416 pages

Added because: another favorite author, and it's a standalone

Synopsis: tale of two brothers from a remote Norwegian town, one leaves, one stays. When the brother returns with a new wife, trouble ensues and secrets come out.

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Published 2019, 576 pages

Added because: promised to be evocative of time/place on Bookbub list

Synopsis: saga of three intertwined families over generations in Zambia

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published Aug 2020, 370 pages

Added because: loved Orphan Train and enjoy books about Australia

Synopsis: sent to Australia from British prison, the story of 3 women in the 1840s as they face hardships and opportunities, oppression and hope.

When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Publish Date April 2021, 385 pages

Added because: I received as an ARC (advance reader copy)

Synopsis: a detective retreats from the world after a tragedy but when she discovers a series of disappearances, she finds she wants to help. Can solving the case help her heal?

The Berlin Girl by Mandy Robotham

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published Dec 2020, 400 pages

Added because: on sale for Kindle, good GR reviews

Synopsis: young woman and man, British reporters, are assigned to Berlin in early days of Naziism and how the witness the deterioration of the city and enter a darker world than they expected

**ED: review here

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Genre: Thriller

Published July 2020, 285 pages

Added because: saw it on the 2020 NY Times Notable 100 list and it sounded interesting

Synopsis: in this gritty noir crime story, a man's failing auto shop returns to his earlier life of crime for one last "big score" as the talented wheel man; but, things go awry.

The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey

Genre: General Fiction

Published August 2020, 257 pages

Added because: NY Times 100 Notable list

Synopsis: three teen siblings find a boy in a field beaten unconscious and save his life; how that discovery and action changes each of their lives

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Genre: General Fiction

Booker Prize 2020 winner

Published February 2020, 430 pages

Added because: NY Times 100 Notable list; recommended by YouTuber Jack Edwards

Synopsis: a debut novel, a young boy in 1980s Glasgow, Scotland trying to survive poverty, a drunk mom and absent dad, while dealing with his confusing sexuality; a story of pain, addiction, sexuality and love.

The Lake House by Kate Morton

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2015, 495 pages

Added because: recommended by Ann at #ModernMrsDarcy blog/podcast

Synopsis: two women, decades apart, become embroiled in the same mystery - the disappearance of a little boy.

Do any of these books push your buttons? Something sound right up your alley? How many books got added to your list this month?

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