Wondering what to read now? Here are all the hot new January 2024 book releases for you. I’ll let you know what I’ve read, what I can’t wait to read, and what’s getting all the attention this month.
In case you’re new to Booklist Queen, every month I cover all the hottest new book releases. I try to read as many new book releases as I can to give you an honest perspective on what to read and what to skip.
However, I realize that my to-read list might not exactly match yours. That’s why I’ve also included some of the most popular January 2024 book releases from your favorite authors.
Enough from me. Let’s get on to the January 2024 book releases so you can fill up your to-read list.
Top January 2024 Book Releases
Sarah J. Maas
In the third Crescent City book, Bryce Quinlan struggles to find her way back to Midgard. Stranded in a new world, she must decide who she can trust. Meanwhile, Hunt Athalar is in the Asteri’s dungeons, again, with no clue what happened to Bryce. If he wants to find her, he must first escape the Asteri’s leash.
Kate Alice Marshall
Emma has purposely kept her husband in the dark about her past. But when they get evicted, laid off, and Emma finds she is pregnant, Emma is forced to reveal that she jointly owns her parent’s estate with her estranged sisters. The house where her parents were murdered and Emma was the prime suspect. As Emma is forced to reconcile with her sisters, she worries that long buried secrets will threaten to ruin her new family.
Reclusive former movie starlet Lana Farrar invites her closest friends to her private Greek Island every Easter. Yet bitter resentments between old friends come to a head, resulting in a cat-and-mouse game that ends in a murder. Told through the enigmatic narrator Elliot Chase, The Fury is sure to contain Alex Michaelides’s trademark twist you didn’t see coming.
Ruby McTavish was not only North Carolina’s richest woman, but also its most infamous. The survivor of a childhood kidnapping, Ruby was married four times and each husband died suspiciously. When Ruby passes away, she leaves her fortune to her adopted son Camden, who rejects the inheritance. Ten years later, Camden and his wife are called back to the McTavish estate and are sucked back into the family’s drama.
When a Russian magnate tries to restore his nation to greatness again, he ticks off a series of events that will spiral the world out of control. Only the CIA’s legendary spymaster Frances Coffrey can save the day. But she needs the help of Argylle, a troubled man with the exact set of skills needed to save the day. In a twist for a debut novel, Argylle is releasing just a month before its high-budget film adaptation. To make things more meta, in the movie, writer Elly Conway discovers her spy novels are hitting a little too close to the truth and she and her cat find themselves in a covert world she thought she was just inventing.
The Most Anticipated January 2024 Book Releases
While promoting her latest movie, actress India Allred sparks a media firestorm when she complains that the project only shows the tragic side of adoption. India knows the blessings adoption can bring as both an adoptive mom and as a teenage mom who gave up a child for adoption. Now that child is sixteen, excited to meet her birth mother and willing to help. But she has secrets of her own, reminding us that family is always complicated.
In modern-day Greece, Irini lives a happy life as a musician with her husband and their daughter. Until a wildfire sweeps through destroying everything they hold dear. Now her husband is mourning the loss of his ability to paint after burning his hands and searching for his missing father. When Irini stumbles on the dead body of the land speculator who started the blaze, she makes an impetuous decision that will come to haunt her.
Over the last few years, antiracist literature has helped teach about the history of racism and explained the systems of oppression. But what can you do about it? In her newest book, Oluo highlights ways we can change our structures to create positive lasting change to help inspire you to become the change the world needs.
Olivia has always dreamed of visiting Antarctica, a far-off dream for an actuary. When her art dealer boyfriend announces he’s holding an art auction on a luxury Antarctic cruise, Olivia is thrilled. Yet among the glitz of the wealthy patrons and the shambles of the struggling cruise line employees, something feels off. Although the first deaths could be an accident, Olivia begins to fear that she is trapped on the boat with a killer bent on revenge.
Following the success of her debut novel, Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid returns with another look at class and race. Agatha Paul arrives at the University of Arkansas as a visiting professor. Looking to interview women for her research about weddings, Agatha meets Millie Cousins, a resident advisor. But as Agatha interviews the residents in Millie’s hall, she wonders how she can use what she finds about their views on class and race to her advantage.
There’s no other way to say it. Come & Get It is a hot mess. Which is highly disappointing because Kiley Reid had all the right pieces to create a masterpiece. The opening chapter hooks you with fascinating characters and an implication that the story will collide into a powerful look at race and class. Instead, the novel goes nowhere, wandering into unnecessarily complicated backstories without any discernible plot. Yet, when a major event does finally happen at the 80% mark, the story just fizzles out, leaving you completely unsatisfied.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from G. P. Putnam’s Sons through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
At the end of her freshman year of college, Margot rashly agrees to become roommates with Lucy Sharpe, a larger-than-life girl in her freshman dorm. Having spent the last year reeling from the death of her best friend, Margot is desperate to have someone to bring her back to life. Living in a cheap house next to a fraternity, Lucy quickly becomes the ringleader of Margot, Sloane, and Nicole. But by midyear, a boy from next door will be dead, Lucy will be missing, and Margot and her roommates will be hiding secrets of their own.
Having loved Willingham’s previous two thrillers, I was completely disappointed in Only If You’re Lucky. Most of the novel is a mind-numbingly slow tale of drunk college girls. So much so that I ended up skimming the middle portion of the book. At about 70% through, the story picked up with a few good twists. But by then I really didn’t care anymore.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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What January 2024 Book Releases are You Most Excited to Read?
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