2024 Reading List

It wouldn't feel like a new year without a fresh new list of books to read. Most of the books on my list this year have been recommended to me by a friend, a blogger, an article, or one of my own children. 

Fifteen of my choices are sequels or additional books written by authors who I have already enjoyed. Too often I have "saved" these books for some future date when I have time to be frivolous. But it isn't frivolous to enjoy what you enjoy. Maybe it is even necessary and healthy!

On to the list . . . 

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Acceptance: A Memoir by Emi Nietfeld
The Woman in Me by Britney Spears
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
When the world didn't end by Guinevere Turner.
Maid by Stephanie Land

Fiction, including Victorian literature and classics
Murder Your Employer by Rupert Holmes
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
River Thieves by Michael Crummey
Phantom by Jo Nesbo
The Running Grave by Robert Galbraith
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
The Pit-Prop Syndicate by Freeman Wills Croft
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 
The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Warden by Anthony Trollope

I'll also be finishing two of my books from last year's reading list:
Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset translated by Tiina Nunnally
The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott

The Forger's Spell by Edward Dolnick
Captain James Cook by Richard Hough
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Indra's Pearls: The Vision of Felix Klein by David Mumford, Caroline Series, David Wright

I only own six of these books. All of the rest will be either borrowed as an ebook through Libby or Hoopla or downloaded for free from Project Gutenberg. I'm so thankful for ebooks because my reading life is so much richer for it. 

Another long list! But this year it feels like the choices are more doable. I predict the most challenging reads will be Captain James Cook because I usually shy away from adult biographies and Annals of the Former World, which is a long, dense, science read. 

I would love to be the type of person to write regular updates about what I'm reading, so we'll see if that happens. I've already read Britney Spear's memoir, which had me watching her videos in bed one morning with tears streaming down my face. And I've also finished Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes which my older kids had recently enjoyed. They were both a breath of fresh air after all the brainy books I finished in December. 

Any of these you have already read and loved or hated? Any you'd like to recommend? I keep a list of titles running for future years and I love recommendations!


  1. Jane of Lantern Hill feeds my soul. My teen girls feel the same way. It's an absolute favorite, and it will be a joyful, easy read.

    I've gotten some good ideas from your list. Thanks!

    1. I'm glad to hear you say that about Jane of Lantern Hill. That is how I felt about the Blue Castle so I'm sure I will not be disappointed!`