5 Books to Read This November

With the temperature starting to drop and the sun setting earlier, November is the perfect month to curl up and get lost in a good book. It can sometimes feel impossible to read for leisure during the semester, but I enjoy setting aside the time for literature. Below is my list of 5 books–new and old–to read this fall.

For a thought-provoking novel…Americanah

I’m currently reading Americanah, and it’s easily becoming one of my most treasured books. This powerful work from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a tale of race, immigration, love, and society.

For an intriguing memoir…Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

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If you’re into medical mysteries, this one is for you. I tore through this memoir about a New York reporter who suddenly faces a rare disease, which leaves her in a hospital for a month with little to no memory of her stay.

For a suspenseful page-turner…The Girl on the Train

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Read this psychological thriller before the movie comes out next year. It’s frequently compared to Gone Girl, and easily readable in one sitting. Expect plot twists and dark characters.

For remarkable investigative reporting…Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

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I think about this book all the time. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael Moss exposes the disturbing truth about processed food in this riveting nonfiction work. American readers: maybe wait until after Thanksgiving to pick it up?

For laughing out loud…Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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Maria Semple’s 2012 satirical, heartwarming, and clever novel is so much fun to read from start to finish. It tracks a neurotic Seattle architect who goes missing before her family trip to Antarctica. The author was a screenwriter for “Arrested Development” if you need any more convincing.

I’d love to hear your fall favorites. What are you currently reading?

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