INSIDE : Read along with me this year! Check out the Best 2024 Fiction Books to Read and see my quick reviews of each of them. From mystery to thriller and romance, I love reading a wide variety of books and I’d love hearing which are your favorite!
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Reading has become such a beautiful escape to me over the last few years. I have found when life feels too busy and overwhelming, being able to sit down and find myself lost in a good fiction book is such a gift.
I also dove deeply into audio books last year. Being a mom to two middle school kiddos means I am in the car more than ever before, so having a good book to listen to on Libby or Audible has been such fun.
My Best Fiction books to read in 2023 went viral for a good part of last year. It was fun to see my post rank right under Barnes and Noble, Vogue, The New Yorker and THEN ME (Delineate Your Dwelling)!!!!
I’m in two bookclubs and think it’s such a fun way to encourage a vary of reading!
Want to check my favorite books from previous years?
- Best Fiction Books to read in 2021 (read 23 books)
- Best Fiction Books to read in 2022 (read 35 books)
- Best Fiction Books to read in 2023 (read 65 books)
If you want to see all my recent books in one place, you can check out my Amazon Book page.
Here are all the books I’ve been reading so far in 2024 and I’d love you to comment below with your favorite reads, too!
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Reviews of the Best Fiction Books in 2024
1. Go as a River by Shelley Read
Tori is a 17 year old girl who had to learn at a young age how to run the home after her mother dies. She’s the lone girl on her family’s peach farm in rural Colorado. All around her are troubled men, her father, uncle and brother – until she meets a young man named Wilson Moon.
Wilson is all alone, wondering displaced from his tribal lands and meeting Tori alters both of their lives forever. When heartbreak strikes, Tori becomes Victoria and digs deeper than she ever has for strength to do the unthinkable… she strikes out on her own, leaving all she’s ever known.
This story has love, heartbreak, strength building, living on the land, moving as a river, finding a way forward even when you simply can’t face the future.
I felt like there were sections that felt slow and long, but overall really liked this book. 3.75/4 out of 5 for me. Go as a River by Shelley Read
2. Where the Forest meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
I read this book with my online bookclub for January. It sounded like an unusual premise, but I tell you what if you stick with the book… it all comes together and is really a fun read.
One day while in Jo’s Illinois backyard, a disheveled little girl shows up from the forest claiming to be from another planet. The girl calls herself Ursa and says she was sent to witness five miracles before she can return.
Jo tries to reason with her to explain where she came from and even tries calling the police to report a missing child… but the girl runs away immediately. Reluctantly Jo agrees to let her stay, just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.
Slowly Ursa works her way into Jo and Jo’s neighbor (Gabe’s) heart – however there are many difficult decisions to be made as Ursa’s mysterious past can’t go completely unanswered.
I actually really enjoyed this book. 4 out of 5 for me. I love a good twist in a book and this one does it perfectly. Where the Forest meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
3. Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
This is the story of Julia Cates, a child psychiatrist and “Alice” the little 6 year old girl who wild wonders into a small town from deep in the Pacific Northwest’s, Olympic National Forest. And she’s no ordinary little girl, she acts more animal like than human and doesn’t speak.
Julia is willing to do whatever it takes to get “Alice” to communicate and free her from her silent past. This is a hard, but great read.
4 out of 5 for me. I really enjoyed this book! Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
4. Sugaring Off by Gillian French
I was gifted this book a few years ago and just got around to reading it. It was an interesting read about a girl named Owl who lives in a remote Maple tree farm in the mountains with her Uncle and Aunt after an abuse incident with her father.
After a boy named Cody is hired to help with the season’s sugaring off, Owl can’t decide to who trust until she finds out her father is being released from prison and she turns to Cody. She later finds out he has quite a checkered past himself and finds herself in the middle of his trouble.
3 out of 5. I enjoyed this read, but wouldn’t say I was wildly in love with it. It held my attention and I loved the cover imagery, being a tree lover myself. Sugaring Off by Gillian French
5. Take my Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
I am reading this book with my local bookclub for January and can’t stop. It gripped me immediately. I am only halfway through it, but I could tell almost instantly this was going to be a powerful book. I think I held my breath during the entire chapter 5.
It takes place in 1973 in Montgomery, Alabama with two young Black girls, Erica and India who are loving far out in the country on a sharecropping shack in squaller. Civil Townsend’s first job, a nurse at a local family planning clinic is full of compassion to help young women have safe options – that is until she realizes two of her patients are mere children (11 and 13).
This book is historical fiction but touches on numerous topics I should know more about. I have since been researching Depo-Provera shots, Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and other similar topics. This is the type of book that puts me to shame. Humans need to do better. Humans are all humans. Compassion for all is so wildly important. I can’t wait to finish this book, but I also don’t want it to end.
Pretty sure this is going to be my first 5 out of 5 for me. YUP, 5 out 5! Hard read, but a good one. Take my Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
6. How Can I Help You by Laura Sims
This is a darker read… dark as in YIKES at the darkness of people, but not scary. It’s written in a “light hearted” manner, but the main character a “sweet” librarian (Margo) is ANYTHING but light hearted. I’m about 50% done reading it and I have to say it’s a page turner! I have absolutely no idea how this book is going to end, but I am thrilled to find out.
I really liked this book, it was dark but also I couldn’t stop reading. The introduction of Patricia as a supporting character was perfect. I would have given this book a 5 star rating, but I never found out what made Margo/Jane and Patricia REALLY tick and I was waiting for that. Regardless, a great book.
4 out of 5 stars for me, fun read. How Can I Help You by Laura Sims
7. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Sometimes you just need a light easy read and that’s what this book was. I have enjoyed many of TJR’s books. I think they are well written, about love… but not a typical romance book type of love.
This book starts off in chapter 1 with Elise and Ben being married just 9 nine days and while Ben is out riding his bike, he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. The rest of the book is flashbacks to their whirlwind love affair and her coming to terms with how she will deal with the rest of her life without him… let alone the fact that her mother-in-law doesn’t even know Ben was married to her!
It was light and quick to read. 3 out of 5 for me. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
8. The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters
This book was excellent. It follows the story of a 4 year old Mi’kmaq girl who goes missing from the blueberry fields of Maine in 1962. Her family is distraught trying to find her, but because of the color of their skin – no one comes to help.
In Maine, a young girl named Norma grows up as the only child of a family of many quiet secrets. Her father is very emotionally distant and her mother is wildly overprotective, getting headaches over seemingly everything.
Norma often wakes from recurring dreams of a completely different life, but is told they are only dreams. However, as she grows older she realizes clearly things are not as she was told.
This book touches on love, race, brutality and forgiveness. I really enjoyed it. 4.5 out of 5 The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters
9. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG
What to say about this book… if you would have asked me like 2 or 3 chapters before it ended, I would have given it almost a 5/5! I loved the story line and just knew there was going to be a great ending. However, when I finished the book I thought wait – did I miss the chapter where things resolved, there were consequences for actions taken (HELLO SETTING FIRE TO A HOUSE) and the characters had any type of truth realization or understanding of themselves and the people around them???! I ended it really loving the book, but feeling irritated and that’s not how you typically want to leave a book.
I think the message of the book was rich white people get to do what they want and goodness, I think that’s more true than I would like to believe.
3 out 5 because it felt like unfinished business and I can’t stand books without justice… but I suppose it did make me think Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG
10. Honor by Thrity Umrigar
This is my local bookclub’s February read. It wasn’t an easy read and felt very heavy for most of the story. This book looks at the tension between Muslims and Hindus – which I admit I knew nothing about. It also delves into the huge sexism that women deal with in India.
Honestly, this book was good but I was not in the head space to really savor it. It felt a bit like a chore to read because it was so intense and I think you need to be ready for that. I never have had to skip sections of a book, but the scene with the children in the street (no spoilers) was so difficult for me to read, that I simply skipped pages. I could not read it.
It was written well and a storyline that really pulls on your heart of the issues of the world. 3.5 out of 5 for me because although well written and beautiful characters, I just struggled reading this one. Honor by Thrity Umrigar
11. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
This is my online bookclub’s February read. A friend of mine RAVED about it… can’t wait to get started on it! Also can we talk about the graphic on the cover of Fire Keeper’s Daughter – it’s by acclaimed artist Moses Lunham and absolutely gorgeous.
This book was beautiful and full of meaningful symbolism, but also I did have some issues with it.
Things I didn’t love about it first – numerous character’s dialogue felt long winded and too drawn out. The author wove such detail into Daunis and her feeling behind things, but it felt like it could have still be explained in a more succinct way. I think in general, I am not a huge fan of young adult books and although this one hit on some more mature topics (drug use, murder/suicide, rape) things like repeated saying, “hells no” felt juvenile to me.
Things I did love – I listened to this book and loved hearing the narrator speak Ojibwe words from the Anishinaabe language. It was beautiful how connected Daunis was to not only her culture, but the Earth and I loved how each day and many circumstances in life had specific prayers or rituals connected to them. I also liked how they are tied so closely to their heritage and is such a huge part of who they are.
I need to let it sit a while, I can’t decided if this book was a 3 or 4 for me… some parts were excellent, but it felt like it dragged on too long for me. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
12. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
13. Lies and Weddings by Kevin Kwan
14. Mother-Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon
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Other genres of books I’m reading…
- Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequest – I read this book a few years ago, but felt like the subject matter would be good for me to read again. Shauna is a high feels person, but I love everything she writes.
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown – Brene always shares such truths… the ones that sometimes are hard to hear, but so good. Great book.
- The Spare by Prince Harry – I don’t know what to say about this memoir. I didn’t really want to read it, but it came highly suggested by a few friends. I hate feeling bad for people of royalty, but it does appear like the Royal family in general is pretty dysfunctional and have very closed off thinking. It was an interesting read, but I would have been fine without reading it also – to be honest, ha.
- Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey – Let me start by saying I’m not a wildly huge fan of Matthew, but had heard there were quite a few bits of wisdom sprinkled in his book… so I gave it a try. I actually enjoyed it, ha. It was very entertaining, I listened to it and goodness he is a good narrator. Don’t know if I think more or less of him after this book, still pretty indifferent. But I do appreciate someone who has worked hard to get where they are. I shockingly liked this memoir better than Prince Harry’s – ha.
- The Whole and Healthy Family : Helping your kids thrive in mind, body and spirit by Jodi Mockabee – So this was an interesting book. Honestly some parts were wonderful and great concepts to think on, but it was pretty intense in regards of no chemicals in foods, only spending your time meditating on the scriptures, etc… If you can filter out some of the very intense Christian themes and hear the over arching goodness and truths, then this is a decent book.
- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
I’d love to hear what you are reading these days! Let me know below in the comments.