Every year I do one of these reading lists – partially to share what books I’m reading (or plan to read) and partially so I have some accountability when it comes to actually finishing the books I want to read. So here it is: my 2024 reading list for you to check out!
As always, this list is a mix of new and older books that are on my radar. Some are because they’re topical, others just something that I heard about recently and felt it was worth checking out. Hopefully you enjoy some of them too!
The Woman in Me
This is one of the big ones from the end of 2023 that I haven’t had a chance to read so it’s definitely at the top of my 2024 list. As a longtime fan of Britney Spears I’m looking forward to hearing her story in her own words. I hear it’s really good (and heartbreaking!)
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Somewhere Beyond the Sea
Finally, the sequel to The House in the Cerulean Sea is coming out! I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for the characters and spending more time in Klune’s whimsical world.
If you haven’t read the first book definitely check that out before reading this one in 2024. As for me; I already have it pre-ordered.
Release date: Sept 10, 2024Buy on Amazon
Normal Women: Nine Hundred Years of Making History
After years of writing historical romance Philippa Gregory is stepping into non-fiction. Here she tells 900 years of women in history, presumably brought on by the research that’s gone into her other books. I love anything that teaches me about parts of history that have been traditionally erased.
Release date: Feb 27, 2024Buy on Amazon
Where You End
This one’s supposed to be a bit creepy and I’m ready for it. Not sure what to expect but it’s giving me Chuck Palahniuk vibes. I mean really, your book has to be good if you can get a cover quote from Paula Hawkins (Girl on a Train), right?
Release date: Jan 16, 2024Buy on Amazon
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir
I’m not a big Friends fan but with the tragic passing of Matthew Perry this book is being talked about everywhere. I heard it was good even before this, but I think it’s going to be a culture touchstone – and one I want to be a part of.
Release date: Nov 1, 2022Buy on Amazon
Another older one, this book seems to be super popular and has won a bunch of awards. Sometimes it’s nice to just read books everyone says are good!
Release date: Mar 14, 2023Buy on Amazon
The Atlas Complex
Third in the trilogy, I’m looking forward to seeing how this fun modern fantasy/alternate history book series wraps up.
Release date: Jan 9, 2024Buy on Amazon
A Crane Among Wolves
YA books can be fun to read and I’ve been expanding my horizons with them lately. What better way to do that than with a unique one like A Crane Among Wolves that’s based on a true Korean story.
Release date: May 14, 2024Buy on Amazon
The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson
Billed as a combo of touchstone books like “Water For Elephants” and “Before We Were Yours:”, The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson promise to be one of those epic, multi-year stories where the characters have to contend with what they hoped would stay in the past.
Release date: Feb 20, 2024Buy on Amazon
The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians: Their Stories Are Better Than the Bestsellers
James Patterson and Matt Eversmann
This one just looks cute. As as former librarian I can’t get enough of these types of stories. And you just know James Patterson and Matt Eversmann are going to do them justice.
Release date: Apr 8, 2024Buy on Amazon
All the World Beside
So much about this book is up my alley. First of all, it’s historical fiction. Second, it’s queer historical fiction – a genre you almost never see.
Release date: Mar 26, 2024Buy on Amazon
The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War
If you’ve never read an Erik Larson book you’re in for a treat if you pick this one up: he’s fantastic. Written like a narrative but completely nonfiction, The Demon of Unrest tells a lesser seen part of history during the dawn of the US Civil War.
Release date: Apr 30, 2024Buy on Amazon
Moon Of The Crusted Snow
I picked this one because I’ve been making more of an effort to read Canadian award winning books. Even better, this one’s a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a small Anishinaabe village that suddenly goes dark.
Release date: Oct 2, 2018Buy on Amazon
The Extinction of Irena Rey
This one looks really interesting – it’s a fiction written by an award winning translator. When a famous author goes missing in a Polish forest it’s up to the eight translators who are there to translate her magnum opus to find her.
Release date: Mar 5, 2024Buy on Amazon
Sex in Canada: The Who, Why, When, and How of Getting Down Up North
This book is basically an analysis of the one-of-a-kind sex survey Tina Fetner conducted to find out the habits of Canadians aged 18-90. It also promises to draw lines between where we live and how we’re intimate -which should prove to be an interesting read, especially for Canadians like myself.
Release date: Feb 14, 2024Buy on Amazon
Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum
I’m a big fan of books on mental health systems and failures of the past, but this one looks to be especially poignant given the subject matter.
Release date: Jan 23, 2024Buy on Amazon
Rae Giana Rashad
In an alternative US history Black women no longer have the autonomy to make choices for themselves, but instead are issued positions based on an algorithm. This book intersects racial issues with feminism in a Margret Atwood-esque fiction.
Release date: Feb 13, 2024Buy on Amazon
House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danieleski
This is one that’s a bit older but my partner is reading it and I’m feeling a bit peer pressured. If you like meta books that make you feel like you’re part of the narrative I think you’ll find this one to be up your alley.
Release date: Mar 7, 2000Buy on Amazon
The Earth Transformed: An Untold History
Who doesn’t love knowing more about the history of the world? I missed this one in 2023 so I’m planning to check it out this coming year. Apparently there’s pictures in the print book so I’m going to grab that over the audio version.
Release date: April 18, 2023 (hardcover), April 23, 2024 (paperback)Buy on Amazon
Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections
Two books about sex this year? Apparently we’re going to be having some fun in 2024! This is the second book by this author, with her first being an eye opening study of female sexuality. Now she’s back with this scientific approach to sexual connection. A must read for anyone who enjoys intimacy with a partner!
Release date: Jan 30, 2024Buy on Amazon
2024 Books Suggestions Based on What I Read in 2023
By the same author who wrote The Orenda (another book I’d recommend), Wenjack is a super short novella about two indigenous boys who escape a Canadian residential school.Buy on Amazon
Be Useful: Seven Tools For Life
I’m a bit biased because I love Arnold but I also really enjoyed this book on its own. He’s the real deal and hearing how his hard work has gotten him so far in life is inspiring, even if you can’t fully apply everything he says to your own life.Buy on Amazon
Counting the Cost: A Memoir
I found this book a little lacking but it was still a great read, and a lot more robust than her sister’s book. If you’ve ever been interested in this family’s inner workings you’re going to love this book – and it’s nice to see some of the kids speaking out about their experiences.Buy on Amazon
The Covenant of Water
This was my favourite book of 2023 and I think it was robbed from the Goodreads best fiction award, if you ask me. It reminded me a lot of 100 Years of Solitude in its scale and, despite being long, had me enthralled from start to finish.No products found.
The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder
I wasn’t prepared for this one and while I’m glad I read it, take heed that it gets pretty graphic at times. What makes it more harrowing is, of course, that everything in this book actually happened.
Apparently this one is going to be made into a movie soon too!Buy on Amazon
The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire
Stephen R. Bown
I picked this book up on a whim and it ended up being one of the best non-fictions I’ve read in awhile. Part history of Canada and the Northern US, part exploration into the world of the fur trade, The Company makes it perfectly clear how the Hudson’s Bay company grew and fell over the years.Buy on Amazon
Momfluenced: Inside the Madding, Picture-Perfect World of Mommy Influencer Culture
I was fortunate enough to get an advanced reading copy of this one so I could write a review, which you can read here. If you don’t want to get into that deep dive just know this is a great look into the world of mommy influencer culture on Instagram, including how easy it is to fall into the trap of being obsessed with other peoples’ lives.Buy on Amazon