While we wait for this bleak and frosty winter to end, it's always a good idea to curl up in the quaint little corner on that perfect couch and pick a new read. And we've curated a list of the best 2024 has to offer (already) to help you pick which one is going to be your Roman Empire! Expect a careful selection, delivered with a critically fresh perspective—think absolute art on paper.
The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan
Starting with a debut author who explores Malay (present day Malaysia) in an unapologetic and authentic historical fiction. A devastatingly beautiful and impactful narrative, the books follows the lives of four through changing timelines set in the backdrop of a war torn region. While we cherished the character of the mother, like so many others, who is living in extreme guilt because past decision, we cannot recommend this one enough for anyone who wants an unputdownable, fast paced story backed with multilayered characters.
This Is The Honey: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets by Kwame Alexander
With February being black history month, what's better than Kwame's new release, considered the next most powerful poetry collection of the decade. A special anthology of pride, hope, and heritage, this curation by Kwame includes poets like the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rita Dove, one of the foremost author of Black Arts Movement Nikki Giovani, Morgan Parker, Ross Gay, and Terrance Hyaes to name a few.
Only If You Are Lucky by Stacy Willingham
If you are someone who wants to satisfy your morbid curiosity, then Willingham's next book should be on your radar. Her book is about a college freshman named Margot, a shy and withdrawn person, who is unable to crack out of her shell. Until, of course, she is approached by the confident and charismatic Lucy. And soon enough Margot is drawn in her dangerous orbit and finds herself amidst investigation for a murder and other mysteries.
The Cooking of Books- A Literary Memoir by Ramchandra Guha
The Indian historian and public intellectual described his next book as the shortest one yet and traces his relationship with his editor and literary confidant Rukan Advani. He calls it a book about the publishing world before social media, where editors and writers would develop deep and mercurial relationship through correspondence. This vast archives of letter is definitely on our TBR list!
Grief is For People-by Sloane Crosely
Crosely's memoir about the shocking and violent death of her best friend of 20 years encapsulates the overwhelming and complicated nature of loss and grief. A mix of humour and empathy perfectly balances Sloane's writing style and the book's serious subject matter. It's a story about finding a purpose amidst loss but also sparks a warm remembrance that is sure to resonate with anyone who has experienced loss.
Splinters- Another Love Story by Leslie Jamison
Another book releasing this February is a piercing, page turning memoir by the bestselling author of The Recovering and The Empathy Exams. This book embodies the struggles and joys of single parenthood while balancing an ambitious career, grieving the departure of an old love, and making space for the arrival of new one as well. If you want to immerse yourself in a book that promises nothing but a fascinating and hilarious story, pick this one!
The Last Days of Lilah Goodluck by Kylie Scott
If you are in the mood to read something delightful and light but also crave the emotional depth, Kylie Scott's next book is the answer. Lilah unexpectedly saves the life of a clairvoyant, and as a thank you she shares a series of fun yet increasingly upsetting prophecies about Lilah's future. This book is definitely for quirky romance lovers whose ultimate dream is to read a fairytale with a red hot romance trope.