November 2021 update: Anarchy and the abominable snowman

Data from last month’s reddit comments is in, here’s the analysis of books shared on reddit in November 2021.

(And quickly before we get started, Reddit Reads gained a bunch of new users in the last week so welcome everyone!)

Newly tracked books

First up, as always, are the books that were mentioned in a comment for the first time in November. Usually these are new releases, though sometimes old books making a revival pop up.

For the 4th month in a row, a gay romance novel takes the top spot. The jungle theme of this month's Wed to the Barbarian is little more vanilla than October's ice hockey inspired Puck Drills & Quick Thrills and August's bovine-based Morning Glory Milking Farm. Thankfully, we have the backpacker-snowman romance Yuri & the Yeti too this month for more adventurous readers.

Love Life Walk are the memoirs of Steve Fugate, who has walked across the US 8 times wearing a "Love Life" sign. The book was self-published in back in 2016, but was mentioned a few times recently in a r/nextfuckinglevel post about Steve's journey and positive message.

Rounding out the new books is the first Christmas novel I've seen in the results this year (Duke, Actually), a programming book, and Red Roulette about the Chinese Communist Party. There's also San Fransicko - Why Progressives Ruin Cities from the climate-change denying author of Apocalypse Never.

Overall Top books

Reddit’s most-mentioned books don’t change much month-to-month, and November is no exception:

There are some more interesting books outside this month’s top six: here’s a few that caught my eye.

How to Blow Up a Pipeline is largely what it sounds like: a manifesto arguing that peaceful non-destructive protest isn't enough to fight climate change.

The beautifully-illustrated Immune is a guide to the immune system written by the creator of Kurzgesagt (which is also well worth checking out).

New subreddits

There are 4 new subreddits in the Reddit Reads dataset: these subreddits may have been around for a while, but only now have enough data for statistically significant results.

r/LateStageCapitalism is a group critical of capitalism:

r/TheMotte is a little less scrutable: the subreddit consists of some thoughtful discussion, but the book recommendations seem to have a slight red pill lean to them:

Finally, I feel books give a great overview to new hobbies. Here’s r/Ceramics


Thanks for reading! If you have any comments, suggestions, or grievances, send me a message to [email protected]!