15 Books Coming Out in 2024 That We’re Excited About

As we wrap up 2023, some people are rushing to complete their ambitious reading goal for the year while others are simply trying to find time to finish that one book they’ve been reading for months. No matter what kind of reader you are, a new year is an opportunity to look forward to new book releases and set new goals for what you want to read in 2024. Whether you’re hoping to read the latest novel from an author you already love or expand your horizons with something new, there are plenty of great books coming out next year. For ideas on what to add to reading list, below are the 2024 book releases we’re most excited about.

1. Greta & Valdin by Rebecca Reilly

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This sibling story is being billed for fans of Schitt’s Creek and Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Rebecca Reilly’s Greta & Valdin follows a sister and brother (the titular characters) as they navigate queerness, multi-racial identity, and the messy dramas of their Maaori-Russian-Catalonian family. It’s already an international best-seller in New Zealand, but it’s set to release in the U.S. in February.

2. Splinters by Leslie Jamison

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From a writer who’s been compared to greats like Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, Leslie Jamison’s first memoir is sure to be a worthwhile and thought-provoking read. In Splinters, Jamison covers the story of her life after divorce alongside her experience with motherhood, art, and new love. The book is set to release in February.

3. Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange

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Tommy Orange is a Pulitzer Prize-finalist and author of There There, his bestselling first novel. Wandering Stars offers a follow-up to his beloved debut, meeting the characters where they left off and tracing their stories back to the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The novel winds readers through the interconnected stories of three generations of a Native American family, highlighting the institutional violence that follows their bloodlines.

4. There’s Always This Year by Hanif Abdurraqib

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Basketball is at the center of this memoir from Hanif Abdurraqib, who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, in the 1990s—the golden era of the game. There’s Always This Year weaves together personal storytelling and reflections on success, what it means to make it, and the notion of role models. Abdurraqib is also the author of the National Book Award finalist A Little Devil in America. His new book is set to release in March.

5. You Like It Darker by Steven King

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Classic horror fans will want to add this new Stephen King release, coming out in May, to their list. You Like It Darker is a collection of 12 stories, including tales that follow a psychic flash that upends lives, a grieving widower who receives an unexpected inheritance with strings attached, and a Vietnam vet who answers a job ad that leads to some dark twists.

6. Margo’s Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe

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This June 2024 release has already been picked up for an A24 film adaptation by both Nicole Kidman as well as Elle and Dakota Fanning’s production companies. Margo’s Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe, releasing in June, follows the story of Margo Millet who, after enrolling in junior college has an affair with her English professor, gets pregnant, and develops a plan to get cash by starting an OnlyFans account.

7. Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

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This new novel from Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, the New York Times-bestselling author of Ace of Spades, is a great choice for fans of young adult mystery. The story follows Sade Hussein, the new girl at a prestigious boarding school who discovers dark secrets after her roommate disappears. The book is set to release in March.

8. Rebel Girl by Kathleen Hanna

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Fans of female-fronted punk bands of the ’80s and ’90s will want to scoop this new memoir from Kathleen Hanna, front woman of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and Julie Ruin. The memoir, out in May, will follow Hanna’s story from childhood through her college years, on to her life as a performer and her battle with Lyme disease.

9. Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez

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Anita de Monte Laughs Last, out in March, is a new novel from Xochitl Gonzalez, the New York Times-bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming and a 2023 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her forthcoming book follows Raquel, a first-generation Ivy League art student, who uncovers the work of a female artist (Anita de Monte) decades after her mysterious death. The story goes back and forth in time to tell the stories of both woman, interweaving their experiences.

10. Like Love: Essays and Conversations by Maggie Nelson

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If you’re a fan of Maggie Nelson’s work, including the books Bluets and The Argonauts, this essay collection will give you a more intimate view into her life and mind. The essays are drawn from twenty years of the author’s work and cover a wide range of topics, from love and friendship, feminist and queer issues, and even other artist subjects, from Prince to Kara Walker. The collection of essays is set to release in April.

11. Be a Revolution by Ijeoma Oluo

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Ijeoma Oluo is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race—which provides readers with a vital guide to discussing issues of race and racism—and Mediocre, which discusses the impact of white male supremacy on American culture and history. Now, with Be A Revolution: How Everyday People are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World—and How You Can, Too, Oluo highlights the ways in which people already are and can enact positive change in American institutions. Be A Revolution is out in January—and it’s a perfect read to reference as you make your New Year goals.

12. The House of Hidden Meanings by RuPaul

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Drag Race fans, this one’s for you. The House of Hidden Meanings (out in March) is a more stripped down look at the international drag superstar RuPaul’s life. The memoir follows the now pop culture icon when he was growing up Black, poor, and queer in a broken home and illustrates how discovering the power of performance and self-acceptance led him to where he is now.

13. Grief is for People by Sloane Crosley

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Sloane Crosley’s memoir Grief is for People explores multiple kinds of loss following the death of the author’s closest friend to suicide. For a book with such a heavy subject matter, the memoir (out in February) is being billed as a category-defying story that is witty, darkly funny, and a challenge of our notions of mourning during grief-stricken times.

14. Victim by Andrew Boryga

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Victim, the debut novel by Andrew Boryga out in March, is a satire about a hustler from the Bronx who uses his on story of hardships to cash in on identity politics and get closer to his dream of becoming a famous writer. Xochitl Gonzalez, writer previously featured on this list, reviewed the book, saying: “You will burn through Victim and find your hands scalded when you are done. It’s not just because of the tight, engaging prose and pitch perfect voice of our narrator, Javier—but because no one is innocent in this stinging satire that turns everything about meritocracy and success on its head. Boryga pulls no punches, and leaves you alternating rolling with laughter and cringing as a result.”

15. Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar

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Kaveh Akbar’s Martyr! follows the story of a newly sober orphaned son of Iranian immigrants who embarks on a journey to uncover a family secret, all while guided by the voices of artists, poets, and kings. Tommy Orange, another writer featured earlier on in this list, calls Akbar one of his “favorite writers ever.”

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