My Diverse Picks for the November Reading List

November Books To Be Read – TBR

We’re almost in the middle of the month and I’m clearly off to a slow start in sharing what’s in my TBR (to be read) pile this month.

I’ve decided to be a bit ambitious and try for four books this month; a YA indigenous novel I’m excited about, one about a person with a multiple sclerosis (MS), one about a small town and an encounter with an LGBTQ+ task force, and one about triplets in a small town. I mean, talk about a variety of diverse stories! It’s looking like November’s reading list is going to be one worth saving!

Let’s check out the titles, shall we?

Fire Keeper’s Daughter – Angeline Boulley

This is a debut YA novel by Boulley about 18-year-old Daunis Fontaine who decides defer going away to college so she could be close to home and take care of her mother. This decision to stay sets off a series of events; a murder or three, a handsome love interest for Daunis who she doesn’t know if she can fully trust and Daunis going undercover in an FBI investigation of a drug ring on the reservation.

It will leave Daunis’s world turned upside down, torn between finding those responsible and protecting her community. It will also be a time of personal discovery as Daunis spends more time with the elders in her Ojibwe community, learns about her family’s past, and learns what it means to “a strong Anishinaabe kwe” (Ojibwe woman).

Under the Rainbow – Celia Laskey

An LGBTQ+ task force called Acceptance for America lands in Big Burr, Kansas, a place identified by a national nonprofit as the most homophobic town in America. As you can imagine, things get interesting really fast for the residents of Big Burr and the volunteers of the task force who have to live and work together in the community for two years.

In Under the Rainbow you get to meet a collection of characters both from the task force and residents from Big Burr, each with their own issues, secrets, fears, desires and dreams.

It’s a smart and funny novel that brings out the question about our shared experiences and common humanity even in the face of what may seem like two extreme ways of being and seeing the world.

So Lucky – Nicola Griffith

“So Lucky” is about Mara Tagarelli, the head of a multi-million dollar AIDS foundation and an experienced martial artist, who is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) the same week her wife leaves her for someone else and she has to say goodbye to her best friend and new love interest who is heading off the the other side of the world for work.

Mara finds herself in a new reality, grappling not only with the changes to her mind and body from MS, but also with what it really means to be strong and to face your fears. She soon realizes this is a battle she may lose because how do you fight back against this particularly enemy? What do you do when your attempts at fighting back gets people with MS killed? How do you not become a victim when your body and the medication you are taking trying to kill you?

It’s fiction but it also highlights not only Mara’s experience whit MS but how people with disabilities and of chronically illnesses often treated.

One, Two, Three – Laurie Frankel

This story is about the small town called Bourne, the Mitchell triplets and teenagers, Mirabel, Monday and Mabs and buried secrets being uncovered.

I’m looking forward to this one because Frankel’s book, “This is How it Always Is” is a favourite of mine

Hope you enjoyed the titles this month! Book recommendations are always welcome. You can drop at comment with your suggestions on Instagram @swaggerandgreys


About cassandra mcd.

World's coolest aunt (so I've been told). I'm all about personal growth and living a healthy lifestyle that prioritizes self-care and mental wellness. I want to embrace aging with swagger (and less gray hair), living life more mindfully and filled with an abundance of gratitude.
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