The top 9 books to read in November 2022

Here are
The top 9 books
I plan to read in November 2022

Two special events I’ll be participating in this month:
Nonfiction November and Novellas in November:

Nonfiction November 2022  Novellas in November 2022

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And as you can see here below, besides a brand new French audiobook and a book written twenty years ago, my focus is definitely the classics, in various genres.

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Bel-Ami📚 Bel-Ami, by Guy de Maupassant
 French literary fiction
Published in 1885
Reading with French student F.
It counts for The Classics Club

“Guy de Maupassant’s scandalous tale of an opportunistic young man corrupted by the allure of power.
Young, attractive and very ambitious, George Duroy, known to his admirers as Bel-Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on La Vie française and soon makes a great success of his new career. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt society in which he lives – the sleazy colleagues, the manipulative mistresses, and wily financiers – and swiftly learns to become an arch-seducer, blackmailer and social climber in a world where love is only a means to an end. Written when Maupassant was at the height of his powers, “Bel-Ami” is a novel of great frankness and cynicism, but it is also infused with the sheer joy of life – depicting the scenes and characters of Paris in the belle époque with wit, sensitivity, and humanity.”

Les nouvelles enquêtes de Maigret

📚 Les nouvelles enquêtes de Maigret,
by Georges Simenon

Mystery – short stories collection
Published in 1944
Reading with French student E.
It counts for The Classics Club

This is the first collection of short stories in the Maigret series.

These are 20 short stories written between 1936-1938.
It’s really neat to see that Simenon displays the same quality of writing, in his plots and his way of creating bleak atmosphere, than in his novels.


📚 Respire, by Niko Tackian
French Mystery
Published on January 5, 2022
Reading with French student S.

“The very white sand, the turquoise ocean. This is what Yohan discovers when he wakes up. A heavenly place where he will start a new life. Have a second chance to be happy. To arrive on this unknown island, he signed up with a mysterious company that promised to make him disappear and erase all traces of his past.
During the first few days, Yohan savored his rediscovered carelessness. Even if little by little, a feeling of strangeness gets over him. The island is home to a dozen inhabitants, each more enigmatic than the next. Yet the abandoned houses, the deserted stalls in the windswept streets, suggest that they were once much more numerous. Where have the others gone?
Yohan wants to understand. But he should never have looked behind the scenes. Because it is well known that knowledge can shatter Paradise…”

Wanderlust📚 Wanderlust, by Rebecca Solnit
Nonfiction / History and Travel Essays
Published in 2001

I bought this book a long time ago, and am finally reading it!
I was actually planning to read it with another blogger, but I didn’t write down who was talking about a read-along on this, and I can no longer find who it was! Let me know if you know who!

“This volume provides a history of walking, exploring the relationship between thinking and walking and between walking and culture. The author argues for the preservation of the time and space in which to walk in an ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.”

The Lifted Veil📚 The Lifted Veil,
by George Eliot
Gothic, Horror
Published in 1859
Reading it for Novellas in November
and for The Classics Club

I have already read a good chunk of it, so far it’s definitely more gothic than horror per se, though psychological horror might be a good way to look at it — so far.

“Quite unlike the realistic fiction for which Eliot is best known, The Lifted Veil explores themes of extrasensory perception, the essence of physical life, possible life after death, and the power of fate. ”


The Snow Goose📚 The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico
Novella, Historical fiction
Published in 1941

I will be reading it
for Novellas in November.
It counts for The Classics Club.

“Classic storytelling from a bestselling author. Gallico’s most famous story, The Snow Goose,
is set in the wild,
desolate Essex marshes and is an intense and moving tale about the relationship between a hunchback and a young girl. ”

Scarlet Sails

📚  Scarlet Sails, by Alexander Grin
Novella, Classic Russian fiction
I don’t know yet the translator
Published in 1922
It counts for The Classics Club
And I will be reading it
for Novellas in November.

“In this Russian classic of romance and adventure at sea, Arthur Grey falls in love with Asole without ever having exchanged a word with her.
Also known in English translation as “Crimson Sails.”

These are just two of several (possibly 8??) novellas I’m planning to red this month.


  Unbeaten tracks in Japan  The Story of the Treasure Seekers

🎧 Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, by Isabella Lucy Bird
Nonfiction, Travel, Japan
Published in 1885
It counts for The Classics Club

I am very happy I am able to listen to this one.

“This classic travel book details Isabella Bird’s 1878 trip, where she set out alone to explore the interior of Japan – a rarity not only because of Bird’s sex but because the country was virtually unknown to Westerners. The Japan she describes is not the sentimental world of Madame Butterfly but a vibrant land of real people with a complex culture and hardscrabble lives.”

🎧 The Story of the Treasure Seekers (Bastable Children #1),
E. Nesbit
Children classic
Published in 1899
It counts for The Classics Club

It’s about time to discover this great classic.
If I like it, I may go on and listen to the 4 books in the series, we’ll see.

“When their father’s business fails, the six Bastable children decide to restore the family fortunes. But although they think of many ingenious ways to do so, their well meant efforts are either more fun than profitable, or lead to trouble…”

Eiffel Tower Orange



22 thoughts on “The top 9 books to read in November 2022

  1. I forgot about non fiction November. Thanks for the reminder. I’m between books and your post influences my picks. Now up for consideration are: Wine & War by Don and Petie Kladstrup, and Solito by Javier Zamora.


    • Am definitely looking forward to it. I picked this cover, but I don’t have the book. I own very few books, too expensive and not much room in my small house. So I’ll pick whatever edition I can find at my awesome public library, either in print or in digital format


    • I devoured it in one go yesterday. I wasn’t expecting the turn it took, and was very impressed, and ended up with a lot of tears.
      I need to read more by him. Would you recommend some other titles by him?


      • I made the mistake of reading it aloud & was a blubbering mess by the end of it.
        My copy had another novella with it – The Small Miracle which was very sweet.
        He wrote a few ‘Mrs Harris’ books – I have Mrs Harris goes to New York but haven’t read it yet. Mrs Harris goes to Paris which sounds good & one you might like with the French connection. 🙂 IT has recently been made into a movie.
        I’ve only read one other – Trial by Terror, very different to The Snow Goose, set during the Cold War & has a North Korean feel to it – an American journalist is captured while in Hungary, broken through psychological torture. I didn’t mind it but not anywhere near as good as Snow Goose.
        I just discovered that he also wrote The Poseidon Adventure which was made into a movie.


  2. Yes, I’ve read (and enjoyed) the Nesbit and the Gallico titles, but would like to try the Eliot which I see has garnered mixed reviews. Maupassant I haven’t tried since the 60s or 70s though I may have a selection of stories somewhere on my shelves… Good luck with completing all those you have planned to read!


    • I read Gallico’s yesterday and was VERY impressed. I need to read more by him.
      Eliot’s is good, but it’s definitely not horror as we see it today.
      Maupassant also impresses me more and more. Amazing study of characters

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  3. If I weren’t so drawn to modern thrillers I’d go back to reading the classics, which I abandoned, just about, after reading too much literature, too fast, in grad school!


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