The Best Books I Read in November 2022

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It’s officially December, the month of Christmas and holiday cheer! Even though I’m not a cold weather fan, I do enjoy all the twinkly lights this time of year. 

November was a decent reading month, where I didn’t really pressure myself and had enough downtime to really settle in to some of my reads. I seem to be keeping up with the trend of getting through about four or five books a month, but I felt less frustrated about it than I did during October. 

A decent reading month naturally means I’ve got a few good picks for the best books of the month! 

(Full disclosure: This post uses Bookshop.org affiliate links. Books marked with an asterisk were recieved as complimentary review copies).


The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

This is one of those books that I was so excited about, I avoided reading it for several months. I’m not entirely sure why this happens sometimes, but I think it’s because I like looking forward to a book and don’t want to be disappointed. 

I was not disappointed by The No-Show. Even though I was told there would be a twist, said twist still took me by surprise. This book is a real emotional ride, with a good dose of humor throughout. My full review went up earlier this month, and you can check it out here: “The No-Show” Kept Me Guessing


Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow* by Gabrielle Zevin

I received a digital review copy of this book ages ago, but didn’t get around to it before the book came out and began receiving a ton of positive attention. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow* is the Book of the Month book of the year, and it will be on my list of best reads for 2022 as well. 

This book isn’t what you’d necessarily call a feel good story. It’s the years-long story of a close and contentious friendship between two gamers who design a wildly popular game together during college. It explores all the complexities of love and friendship and what it means to build a life around creative ventures. 

I can’t seem to wrap my head around writing a full review for this one because it had such an emotional impact and so much happens that I wouldn’t want to spoil by discussing. Suffice it to say, this one lives up to the hype for me. 


Honorable Mentions


In all, November was a pretty good reading month. I feel like my reading year improved in the back half, and I look forward to reflecting on the year as a whole. But first, I’ve got another month’s worth of reading to do! 

I hope you’ve had a good reading month in November, and I’d love to hear about your favorite reads this past month!


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The Best Books I Read in September 2022

T.S. Eliot may say that April is the cruelest month, but for me, it’s September. Don’t get me wrong — I love those back to school vibes and the crisp promise of fall. But September is my busiest month at work, so I don’t really get to slow down and enjoy this time of year like I want to. 

This year, I’ve done a better job of carving out intentional ways to enjoy the weekends and weeknights than in previous years, but work has still given me quite the pummeling. 

Books are here to help me relax in my non-work hours, particularly audiobooks now that my commute is longer due to colleges being back in session. This has been a pretty good reading month for me overall, with some standout books and some okay ones, as well. Let’s get in to the best of the best. 

(Full disclosure(s): This post uses Bookshop.org affiliate links. Titles marked with an asterisk were received as complimentary review copies.)


The Family Compound* by Liz Parker

Format Read: Paperback

Why I Read It: For the virtual book tour 

Liz Parker excels at telling a compelling story from multiple perspectives. Even if I don’t like every character or their choices, I feel like I understand where they’re coming from. The Family Compound* had me rooting for them to find a way to keep the property, even if I couldn’t see any answers. My full review of this one went up earlier this month, and you can check it out here: Secrets and Lies Abound in “The Family Compound”


I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy

Format Read: Audio

Why I Read It: The buzz & the iCarly of it all 

This may be one of the buzziest books I’ve read in recent memory (and I do read a decent number of hyped books). I’m Glad My Mom Died 100% lived up to the hype for me. This is a tough hang, a really raw and graphic depiction of McCurdy’s difficult childhood, controlling mother, and her eating disorder. Approach with caution, but if you’re in for the difficulty, you’re in for a powerful read. My mini-review went up earlier this month: Mini Review: I’m Glad My Mom Died


Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

Format Read: Audio

Why I Read It: A Recommendation From… Someone? 

I love when an essay collection makes me think and makes me laugh all at once. Irby’s writing is hilarious and relatable and also sneakily insightful, too. She writes frankly and honestly about growing up poor, having a chronic illness, and being a person just trying to make ends meet in this thing we call life. My review will be out later this month, so stay tuned!


Honorable Mentions


Considering how busy I’ve been, I’m really pleased with the amount of reading I accomplished this month! I read some phenomenal books and got back into audio, which always makes reading feel a little more exciting. 

Next up — Witchtober 2022! I can’t wait to dive in deep and read all witchy books for the month of October. Do you have any special reading plans for the month of October, or is it business as usual for you? 


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