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60+ Can’t Miss Books To Read In 2024

We love to read here at GenTwenty, and I personally get excited for new releases when each new year comes around. So today we are talking about all the books to come this year. By the end of this post you’ll walk away with a longer To-Be-Read list and maybe even a few more reading goals for the year.

Why Reading Is Important

If you’re not a reader you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Why are there TikTok and Instagram communities full of people who love reading, why do people spend so much money on books, and where do you even start if you want to start reading more? Those may be just some of the questions you have right now.

Reading can mean something different to everyone. What’s one person’s escape from reality is another person’s way to learn more about the world. For me reading became a great self care activity during a time where I was motivated to do little else. The key is to just start reading and discover what it means for you.

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What Should You Read

There are a plethora of genres for you to discover, and even sub genres if you want a combination. I recommend reading a variety of different ones until you find the ones that you connect with. Or, if you are starting to read for a specific purpose, just dive right in. I would be wary of staying stuck in a reading comfort zone though.

You miss out on some real gems if you dismiss a book because it doesn’t fall into your typical reading. A great way to begin to read a more variety of books is to join a reading challenge. That brings us to the next point.

5 Reading Goals That Aren’t Based On The Number Of Books You Read

It can be motivating to set goals in any area of life and reading is no exception. There is more to reading goals than how many books you want to read by the end of the year. Here are some other goals you may want to consider as you fill up your To-Be-Read list and start reading.

  • Complete a reading challenge: These are a fun way to get out of your comfort zone. There are many big well known ones, like the Popsugar reading challenge, but doing a simple search on Pinterest and Instagram will get you loads more ideas too. However, I’ve got one for you right here if you don’t want to search. This is a bit of a shameless plug because I created it myself. If you love Taylor Swift, you’ll love this themed challenge.
  • Pages read: If you are a numbers person and don’t want to sway from them, another fun stat that could challenge you is setting a goal for how many pages you want to read.
  • Read more diverse books: This is a great goal to have. It’s something we should all strive to do. Reading diversely means reading books that are either written by or have characters that are BIPOC, have a disability, are part of the LGBTQIA community, and more. Reading more diverse books gives you a greater understanding of others and gets you outside your own world. I’m personally challenging myself to read 24 diverse books this year. Will you be joining me?
  • Read An Author’s Backlog: As you start reading this year you may discover an author that you connect with. That was the case for me last year when I read my first Abby Jimenez and Lucy Score series. This year I plan on reading their older books. Check out the authors you love and see if they have older books you can read. 
  • Track Your Reading: Tracking your reading can be fun at the end of the year when you look back on all you’ve done. You can do it through an app like Goodreads and StoryGraph, your own personal spreadsheet, or through a reading journal. 

Now enough talking about reading, let’s get to the books!

60+ Books To Read In 2024

Here are 65 books that I’m keeping my eye out for this year. They are categorized by genre so you can go straight to whatever genre you like most. 

Nonfiction: Memoir/Biography

There are lots of great memoirs that are being released this year. From athletes to actors and everything in-between. There is a story for everyone in this list. I’m excited to read Rebel Wilson’s memoir.

  1. Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice by: Ben Rothenberg – releasing January 9
  2. Resilient: The Untold Story of CrossFit’s Greatest Comeback by Brooke Wells – releasing January 16
  3. And Then We Rise: A Guide to Loving and Taking Care of Self by: Common – releasing January 23
  4. Only Say Good Things: Surviving Playboy and Finding Myself by: Crystal Hefner – releasing January 23
  5. Flip Your Life: How to Find Opportunity in Distress―in Real Estate, Business, and Life by: Tarek El Moussa – releasing February 6
  6. The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir by: RuPaul – releasing March 5
  7. There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension by: Hanif Abdurraqib – releasing March 26
  8. Our Fight: A Memoir by: Ronda Rousey – releasing April 2
  9. Rebel Rising: A Memoir by: Rebel Wilson – releasing April 2
  10. You Never Know: A Memoir by: Tom Selleck – releasing May 7
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Nonfiction: Personal Development & Misc.

In other nonfiction releases we’ve got a new book from my favorite pastor, Steven Furtick, a book about slowing down (because hustle culture is out this year), and much more.

  1. Slow Down: Degrowth Manifesto by: KOHEI SAITO (Author), Brian Bergstrom (Translator) – releasing January 9
  2. One in a Millennial: On Friendship, Feelings, Fangirls, and Fitting In by: Kate Kennedy – releasing Jan 23
  3. Untangle Your Emotions: Naming What You Feel and Knowing What to Do About It by Jennie Allen – releasing February 13
  4. Do the New You: 6 Mindsets to Become Who You Were Created to Be by: Steven Furtick – releasing February 13
  5. Worthy: How to Believe You Are Enough and Transform Your Life by: Jamie Kern Lima – releasing February 20
  6. Grief Is For People by: Sloane Crosley – releasing February 27
  7. Over the Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls – And How We Can Take it Back by: Kara Alaimo – releasing March 5
  8. Think This, Not That: 12 Mindshifts to Breakthrough Limiting Beliefs and Become Who You Were Born to Be by: Dr. Josh Axe – releasing April 2
  9. Love Life: How to Raise Your Standards, Find Your Person, and Live Happily (No Matter What) by: Matthew Hussey – releasing April 23
  10. Nobody Cares About Your Career: Why Failure Is Good, the Great Ones Play Hurt, and Other Hard Truths by: Erika Ayers Badan – releasing June 11
  11. Be a Revolution: How Everyday People Are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World―and How You Can, Too by: Ijeoma Oluo – releasing January 30

Fiction

In the fiction category we’ve got new historical fiction from Kiristen Hannah, a new book from Alex Michaelides, and that’s only a sneak peak of all that’s to come. I’m excited to read The Life Impossible. Matt Haig knows how to make you sit and think about life, The Midnight Library is a prime example. This book sounds like it’s going to have the same vibe.

  1. The Fury by: Alex Michaelides  – releasing January 16
  2. Come & Get It by: Kiley Reid – releasing January 30
  3. The Women by: Kristin Hannah – releasing February 6
  4. Greta & Valdin by: Rebecca K Reilly – releasing February 6
  5. A Wild and Heavenly Place by: Robin Oliveira – releasing February 13
  6. Anita de Monte Laughs Last by: Xochitl Gonzalez – releasing March 5
  7. Women of Good Fortune by: Sophie Wan – releasing March 5
  8. Real Americans by: Rachel Khong – releasing April 30
  9. Long After We Are Gone by: Terah Shelton Harris – releasing May 14
  10. The Life Impossible by: Matt Haig – releasing September 3

Mystery/Thriller

This is a genre I’ve been diving into more recently. If you are a fan of the puzzling, frightening, and mysterious, here are some books you may enjoy this year.

  1. The Heiress: A Novel by: Rachel Hawkins – releasing January 9
  2. Only If You’re Lucky: A Novel by: Stacy Willingham – releasing January 16
  3. No One Can Know: A Novel by: Kate Alice Marshall releasing January 23
  4. The Teacher by: Freida McFadden – releasing February 6
  5. End of Story: A Novel by:A. J Finn – releasing February 20
  6. The New Couple in 5B: A Novel by: Lisa Unger – releases March 5
  7. Off the Air: A Mystery by: Christina Estes – releases March 26

Fantasy

I’ll admit, fantasy isn’t my genre. It seems like there are some great series continuations and possible new favorites being released this year. If you read fantasy let me know what you are excited to read in the comments below.

  1. House of Flame and Shadow (Crescent City, 3) by: Sarah J Mass – releasing on January 30
  2. Bride by: Ali Hazelwood – releasing February 6
  3. The Book of Love: A Novel by: Kelly Link – releasing February 13
  4. Kindling by: Traci Chee – releasing February 27
  5. The Prisoner’s Throne (The Stolen Heir) by: Holly Black – releasing March 5
  6. The Familiar: A Novel by: Leigh Bardugo – releasing April 9
  7. Somewhere Beyond The Sea by: TJ Klune – releasing September 10
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Young Adult

Young adult has some gems being released this year. This list features many different subgenres so there should be something for all YA readers. I’m personally looking forward to The Reappearance of Rachel Price. It’s by the same author that wrote A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder series and I loved that series last year.

  1. Shut Up, This Is Serious by: Carolina Ixta – releasing January 9
  2. Dungeons and Drama by: Kristy Boyce – releasing  January 9
  3. Where Sleeping Girls Lie by: Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé – releasing March 19
  4. The Reappearance of Rachel Price by: Holly Jackson –  releasing April 2
  5. The Breakup Lists by: Adib Khorram – releasing April 2
  6. We’re Never Getting Home by: Tracy Badua – releasing April 16
  7. Love Requires Chocolate (Love in Translation) by:Ravynn K. Stringfield – releasing Aug 20

Romance

Romance has an endless amount of great titles being released this year. From big names like Emily Henry and Tessa Bailey to newcomers, and a friend of mine, KC Leonard with her debut novel Peer Reviewed. There is something for every type of romance book lover.

  1. The Breakup Tour by: Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka – releasing January 23
  2. ASAP by: Axie Oh – releasing February 6
  3. How You Get The Girl by: Anita Kelly – releasing February 13
  4. Fangirl Down: A Novel (Big Shots, 1) by: Tessa Bailey – releasing February 13
  5. This Could Be Us by: Kennedy Ryan – releasing March 5
  6. Just For The Summer by: Abby Jimenez – releasing April 2
  7. Only and Forever (The Bergman Brothers Book 7) by: Chloe Liese – releasing April 2
  8. The Rule Book: A Novel by: Sarah Adams – releasing April 2
  9. The Kiss Countdown by: Etta Easton – releasing April 9
  10. Funny Story by: Emily Henry – releasing April 23
  11. This Summer Will Be Different by: Carley Fortune – releasing May 7
  12. The Rom-Commers: A Novel by: Katherine Center – releasing June 11
  13. Peer Reviewed by: KC Leonard – releasing September 5

More Books That The GenTwenty Team Recommends

As I said before, we love to read. If you want to check out some of our previous recommendations while you wait on these books to get released, here are some of our favorite lists. 

What will you be reading this year? Let me know in the comments.

About the Author

Kelly Clark

Kelly graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Journalism. Even though it took her a little while to find her career path, she was always meant to be in Communications. She remembers writing poems and songs when she was a little girl and pitching to my parents the reasons why I should have a cell phone when I was a teenager. She currently has a blog (budding-joy.com) where she talks about her weight-loss journey, mental health and personal development. Her hope is to encourage and inspire readers and let them know they are not alone. Reading blog posts like that are what helped her in tough times and she wants to pay it forward. She loves dance fitness, listening to music, and creating layouts in her bullet journal. She's a big fan of planning, especially when cute notebooks and pens are involved. Her dream job has changed so much over the years; right now she'd love to co-own a dance studio.

Website: budding-joy.com