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43 books we can't wait to read in 2024

From romantasy to sweeping historical fiction, there's a book here for everyone.

For a book lover, the new year is the definition of a blank page. Now’s the time to set your reading goals, if that’s your thing. Or, it’s a moment to gaze ahead at all the wonders this year brings — literary wonders, specifically.

The books of 2024 offer escapes of all kinds. For a thrill, look no further than “The Fury,” Alex Michaelides’ anticipated latest, set in a private Greek island. Romance readers will enjoy the return of Emily Henry or “A Love Song for Ricki Wilde” by “Seven Days in June” author Tia Williams. For another look at relationships, Ursula Villareal-Moura offers a moving portrait of the vulnerabilities of young womanhood in “Like Happiness.”

Kelly Link, known for her magical short stories, will be publishing her first novel, much to her fans’ delight. On that note, literary megastars Julia Alvarez, Tana French, Leigh Bardugo, Lev Grossman and Kristin Hannah all have new books out — and surely, romantasy fans already have the release date of Sarah J. Maas’ next book set in their calendars.  

And that’s not even mentioning all the Read With Jenna books that TODAY’s resident book maven Jenna Bush Hager will be selecting for her monthly book club. 

Below, TODAY staffers and bookstagrammer Lupita Aquino nominate the books we can’t wait to read in the new year.

January

“The Waters” is an instantly transfixing voyage into a small town and the women keeping its people alive, literally. Hermine “Herself” Zook has been a herbalist and healer for the residents of her corner of the Great Massasauga Swamp for generations. The book follows generations of her own family. (—Elena Nicolaou)

"Dead in Long Beach, California" by Venita Blackburn (Jan. 23)

From the author of the short story collection "How to Wrestle a Girl" comes a heartbreaking novel that explores the depths of grief. Coral, an author of a popular dystopian novel, has discovered that her brother has taken his own life. Overcome with denial, Coral slowly begins to lose grip on reality. (—Lupita Aquino)

"House of Flame and Shadow" by Sarah J Maas (Jan. 30)

Sarah J. Maas is back with the third book in her Crescent City series, “House of Flame and Shadow,” and — spoiler alert! — this book is expected to be SJM’s big crossover moment between her three fantasy series. The last Crescent City book ended in a cliffhanger as protagonist Bryce Quinlin winds up in another world and meets a group of people who are strangers to her, but oh-so-familiar to readers. (Bryanna Cappadona)

"Good Material" by Dolly Alderton (Jan. 30)

Dolly Alderton is a British author known for her women characters navigating the travails of love and dating. This time, Alderton focuses on a man — Andy, a comedian — in the wake of a breakup that turns his life upside down. Funny and full of depth, Alderton does it again. (E.N.)

More books releasing in January:

  • “The Storm We Made” by Vanessa Chan (Jan. 2): A mother will do anything to keep her family from destructing in 1945 Malaya, even if it means reprising her former life of espionage for the Japanese occupation. (Anna Kaplan)
  • "The Fury" by Alex Michaelides (Jan. 16): Alex Michaelides follows up “The Maidens” and “The Silent Patient” with another thriller — in “The Fury,” former movie star Lana Farrar takes her yearly trip to her private Greek island, but the idyllic beach trip with her friends gets turned upside down when someone is murdered. (A.K.)
  • "American Girls" by Jessica Roy (Jan. 16): Two sisters. Two wildly different life paths. Journalist Jessica Roy expands on previous reporting on Lori and Sam Sally. One sister followed her husband when he joined ISIS, and the other tried to get her out of Syria.
  • "The Bullet Swallower by Elizabeth Gonzalez James (Jan. 23): The Sonoro family has a cosmic debt each one of them has to pay off, due to their horrific actions. A bandit and his descendants face what is coming to them differently. (E.N.)
  • "How We Named the Stars" by Andrés N. Ordorica(Jan. 30): Daniel de La Luna is a first-generation Mexican college student carrying the dreams of his family as he matriculates into a well-known university in the East Coast. Struggling to adjust to this new environment he finds solace in his roommate Sam, who helps Daniel discover what love for him could look like. (L.A.)

February

"The Women" by Kristin Hannah (Feb. 06)

Author of "The Nightingale" and "The Great Alone," Kristin Hannah focuses on women in the throes of history with her sweeping historical novels. This time, Hannah ventures to a moment in history she told TODAY.com has haunted he since childhood: The Vietnam War. The book focuses on the women who enlisted as nurses.

More books releasing in February:

  • "A Love Song for Ricki Wilde" by Tia Williams (Feb. 6): Time travel and romance? Check. Tia Williams’ latest is about a florist who moves to Harlem and falls for a soulful man who might not be what he seems. (E.N.)
  • Nightwatching by Tracy Sierra (Feb. 6): She's sure an intruder tried to kill her and her kids. Everyone else thinks she's crazy. Where do you stand? You'll be kept guessing throughout the book. (E.N.)
  • "The Book of Love" by Kelly Link (Feb. 13): Kelly Link, a Pulitzer Prize nominee known for her off kilter and magical short stories, makes her novel debut at long last. (E.N.)

March

"The Great Divide" by Cristina Henríquez (March 5)

The Panama Canal changed the world — and changed these characters' lives. Cristina Henríquez' epic is about how the engineering marvel had an impact on the grand and the immediate. Omar, 17, joins other Panamanians to help build the canal in what is practically his backyard. Ada, 16, from Barbados is one of the many who have arrived to Panama in search of work. Told through the lens of multiple characters, this novel gives a panoramic view of what it could have been like to live during that time and navigate identity, belonging, love, and loss. (L.A.)

"Anita de Monte Laughs Last" by Xochitl Gonzalez (March 5)

From New York Times bestselling author of "Olga Dies Dreaming" comes a new captivating novel that explores othering, erasure, power, and legacy through the lens of two women of color navigating the art scene years apart. Anita de Monte was a rising in the art world in 1985 but was tragically found dead. Raquel, an art student in the 1990s stumbles across de Monte’s work and story and begins to ask questions as well as see eerie connections between her own life and de Monte’s. (L.A.)

More books releasing in March:

  • "Women of Good Fortune" by Sophie Wan (March 5): When Shanghai’s most eligible bachelor asks for her hand in marriage, Lulu realizes his family’s fortune could solve her financial issues — and her relatives' and friends', too. While Lulu isn’t ready for marriage, she and her two best friends devise a plan to steal the cash gifts on the big day. As the plot becomes increasingly difficult, they start to take in that they might be in too deep. (A.K.)
  • "The Hunter" by Tana French (March 5):  For her next book, this master of the detective novel returns to the small town in the west of Ireland where “The Searcher” took place. Cal solved one mystery, and is about to be dragged into another, this one concerning his beloved, semi-adopted daughter. (E.N.)
  • "Say Hello to My Little Friend" by Jennine Capó Crucet (March 5): Think “Scarface” meets Moby Dick” when describing this novel, following a failed Pitbull impersonator with his sights set on becoming Miami’s next Tony Montana. This novel folds in the power of nature and the impact love or lack thereof has on the human spirit. (L.A.)
  • "The Divorcées" by Rowan Baird (March 19): The women at the Golden Yarrow hotel in Nevada are waiting, and waiting, and waiting until they can file for divorce. This 1950s-set novel shows the lengths women went to, and had to go, for independence. (E.N.)
  • "Like Happiness" by Ursula Villarreal-Moura (March 26): After spending a decade in New York City navigating a complicated relationship with a famous author, Tatum Vega has moved on — that is, is until a reporter reaches out to her hoping to interview her about the author she once knew, setting off an examination of their relationship. (L.A.)

April

"The Husbands" by Holly Gramazio (Apr. 2)

Lauren opens the door to find her husband waiting for her. But the last time she checked, she didn't have a husband. Holly Gramazio's magical debut is about a woman who discovers her attic is producing an infinite supply of dream men, forcing her to consider how and when to pick one. (E.N.)

"Real Americans" by Rachel Khong (Apr. 18)

Three generations in one family narrate this novel, starting with a grandmother's decision to marry so that she can lave China for the U.S.. Her move has more effects than she can imagine. (E.N.)

More books releasing in April:

  • "The Cemetery of Untold Stories" by Julia Alvarez (April 2): What should happen to stories untold? In this imaginative new novel from critically acclaimed literary icon Julia Alvarez, untold stories are buried in a graveyard and laid to rest … until the characters decide to revolt. (L.A.)
  • "The Wives" by Simone Gorrindo (April 9): What would you do for love? Simone Gorrindo uproots her life when her boyfriend decides to join the army. They get married and Gorrindo has to acclimate to the life and hierarchy of an army wife while living in Columbus, Georgia. (E.N.)
  • "I'll Give You a Reason" by Annell Lopez (April 9): This Newark, New Jersey-set collection centers themes of race, identity, connection, and belonging through powerful characters, whose vibrancy pop from the page. (L.A.)
  • "The Familiar" by Leigh Bardugo (April 9):  Leigh Bardugo’s next transfixing read is a standalone historical fantasy set in Spain, where a servant with the ability to weave miracles creates some for her employers, and welcomes in a host of problems. (E.N.)
  • "Funny Story" by Emily Henry (Apr. 23): Daphne has moved to her fiancé Peter’s lakeside hometown in Michigan to begin their life together — until he realizes he’s still in love with his childhood best friend Petra. Daphne ends up moving in with Petra’s new ex Miles. This roommates-to-fake friends plot is perfect for established fans of Emily Henry and rom-com lovers alike. (A.K.)

May

"Exhibit" by R.O. Kwon (May 21)

From the author of "The Incendiaries" comes a new novel following two women unexpectedly drawn to each other. Packed with an exploration into desire, secrets, ambition, and identity, this novel promises to be as page-turn-worthy as Kwon’s first. (L.A)

More books releasing in May:

June

"Swift River" by Essie Chambers (Jun. 4)

Ever since her father disappeared, Diamond Newberry has felt alone in her small town, especially as the only Black person. Her mother is more concerned with collecting his life insurance money. Diamond wants to know where he went. (E.N.)

"Bear" by Julia Philips (Jun. 25)

Sam and Elena know it’s time to leave the island off the coast of Washington State where they were born and raised. But when a bear starts turning up around the two sisters, their longtime exit plan is thrown into danger. (A.K.)

More books releasing in June:

  • "Margo's Got Money Troubles" by Rufi Thorpe (June 11):  A teenager is forced to get creative to deal with life after an unplanned pregnancy. Her story is told without self-pity, but with ingenuity and humor, thanks to Thorpe’s writing. (E.N.)
  • "The God of the Woods" by Liz Moore (June 11): Moore, author of "Long Bright River," is back with another literary thriller, this time set at a summer camp. (E.N.)
  • "The Sons of El Ray" by Alex Espinoza (June 11): Spanning from 1960’s Mexico City to modern-day L.A., a father and son come to terms with their identity and legacy in this multi-generational novel. (L.A.)
  • “All the Colors of the Dark” by Chris Whitaker (June 25): Blending elements of a heist novel, police procedural, high school romance and more, this book is impossible to categorize, and impossible to put down. (E.N.)

July

"The Wedding People" by Alison Espach (Jul. 30)

When her life falls apart, Phoebe Stone heads to her dream destination to enjoy her final few days, deciding she can't go on. Instead she becomes wrapped up in the wedding that has taken over the Rhode Island hotel, making her the only guest not officially part of the wedding party. Acerbic and life-affirming, the book will appeal to anyone looking to root for a heroine. (E.N.)

More books releasing in July:

August

"The Palace of Eros" by Caro de Robertis (Aug. 13)

Fans of Greek retellings will love this feminist take on the myth of Psyche and Eros, written by an author known for her lyrical prose and three-dimensional women, full of longing and love. (A.K.)

September

"Blue Sisters" by Coco Mellors (Sept. 3)

Colo Mellors' debut "Frankenstein and Cleopatra" was about a complicated marriage; her next book is about four complicated sisters. When their beloved sister Nicky dies, the three remaining sisters are left floundering. (E.N.)

More books releasing in September:

  • “First in the Family” by Jessica Hoppe (Sept. 10): This memoir reckons with the stigma of addiction and the true struggle of recovery, making it a powerful and much-needed meditation on substance abuse and mental health from a sharp new voice. (L.A.)
  • "Madwoman" by Chelsea Bieker (September): Chelsea Bieker's next novel is a riveting, devastating page-turner about a daughter attempting to survive the cycle of domestic violence that traps her mother. (E.N.)