Most Anticipated Books of 2024

Hello, all!

I don't know what's in the waters over in the publishing world, but there are so many great releases coming out next year. Let me know what books you have on your radar, or if any of these pique your interest!

*Typical disclaimer: some of these pub dates might vary, but I went by whatever was noted on GoodReads when I put this together over the last few months. 


Wisteria- Adalyn Grace: This is the third book in the Belladonna series, which follows a young woman who can't die and her connection with Death. I think this book will follow a different set of characters that were introduced in the previous book, but I could be wrong. 

Ne’er Duke Well- Alexandra Vasti: This historical romance follows a debutante who secretly runs an erotic lending library and tries to help a newly inherited Duke find a proper wife. I'm assuming hilarity ensues as they both fall in love with one another.

Business Casual- B.K. Borison: This is the fourth and last installment in the Lovelight Farms series. It follows two characters who are total opposites, not looking for romance, but who decide to have one night together to get them out of each other's systems. I adore this series, but I'm so sad it's over!

Nothing Like the Movies- Lynn Painter: I believe this is a sequel to Better Than the Movies, and we're following Wes and Liz during their college break. I'm also not sure when this is coming out because GoodReads says January but the graphics say fall, but either way, I'm pumped for it.

The Undermining of Twyla and Frank- Megan Bannen: This is described as a fantasy best friends-to-lovers When Harry Met Sally but with dragons, and I'm intrigued. I enjoyed this author's previous book set in the same world, so I have no doubt this will be just as charming.

Divine Might- Natalie Haynes: Get ready for the first of quite a few Greek mythology books on this list. This one focuses on all female Olympians and their stories.

Mislaid in Parts Half-known- Seanan McGuire: This is the ninth installment of the Wayward Children series. Each book typically follows a different character and world, but this one follows the same character as the previous book, and you get to see her story come full circle.
Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands- Heather Fawcett: This is the second in a cozy fantasy series following a curmudgeonly female professor of faerie lore and her infuriatingly charming academic rival-turned-lover who set out on a quest to map the realms of the fae while trying to dodge assassins. 

The Bride Bet- Tessa Dare: I feel like I've been waiting for ages for this next installment of the Girl Meets Duke series. This follows two enemies who made a pact long ago that if they were still single in ten years, they'd marry each other and one comes to collect.

The Longest Autumn- Amy Avery: This is said to be a spellbinding fantasy about a young woman who gets trapped with the god of Autumn, bringing him life-threatening danger and forbidden romance. I heard this is loosely inspired by Persephone, so I'm sold.

House of Flame and Shadow- Sarah J. Maas: This is the third book in the Crescent City series and after the major cliffhanger of the second book, I'm not sure if I'm emotionally ready to handle it.

Mrs. Quinn’s Rise to Fame- Olivia Ford: This follows an elderly woman who decides to enter a baking competition after her husband's passing, and not only finds new-found independence, but long-buried memories. It sounds like it's going to be cozy and heartwarming, which I love.


Fangirl Down- Tessa Bailey: This is the first in a new sports romance series by Bailey following a hot-headed golfer and his sunshine-y caddy. I'm a sucker for a grumpy/sunshine trope, so this should be fun.

The Tainted Cup- Robert Jackson Bennett: This is the start of a new fantasy/mystery series in which an eccentric investigator and her assistant must unravel a dangerous scheme that threatens their entire Empire. I really enjoyed Bennett's Foundryside series, so I'm looking forward to yet another unique magic system.

To Woo and to Wed- Martha Waters: This is the final installment of the Regency Vows series, and it follows the heir to a dukedom and a young widow who were once in love reuniting years later to fake an engagement. I love this series and have been dying to get West and Sophie's story, so I'm excited.

A Love Song for Ricki Wilde- Tia Williams: This is said to be a swoon-worthy love story between two artists drawn to the magic, romance, and opportunity of New York City, and whose lives are irreversibly linked. I've read one other book by Williams that I thought was stunning, so I have high hopes for this one.

What Feasts at Night- T. Kingfisher: This is the follow-up to What Moves the Dead, and we're following Alex as they find themselves on yet another horrifying adventure. Kingfisher is one of my favorite authors, so I'll pick up whatever she comes out with. 

An Education in Malice- S.T. Gibson: This follows a young woman at a remote boarding school who gets thrust into an academic rivalry with another student. Both are drawn in by an enigmatic professor and become entangled in a web of politics, magic, and the hunger for knowledge. I love dark academia and this sounds like it's going to be super atmospheric.

The Warm Hands of Ghosts- Katherine Arden: This takes place during the Great War and follows a combat nurse searching for her brother who is believed to be dead in the trenches, but eerie signs suggest otherwise. I've only read one book by Arden that I thought was okay, but this sounds too good to pass up.

Medea- Eilish Quin: This is one of two Medea retellings on this list, and it's--you guessed it-- about the titular witch from Greek mythology. 

Boy of Chaotic Making- Charlie N. Holmberg: This is the third installment in the Whimbrel House series, which has captivated my heart this year. We're following our cast of characters as they embark on a transformative journey to England that will change one of them forever.

A Tempest of Tea- Hafsah Faizal: This is the start of a fantasy duology about an orphan girl and her crew who get tangled up in a heist with vampires. A fantasy heist story with vampires? Sign me up.

Disciples of Chaos- M.K. Lobb: This is the sequel to Seven Faceless Saints, and it follows Roz and Damian as they are faced with confronting their own destinies and the crumbling world around them. 

The Temple of Persephone- Isabella Kamal: This follows a young woman who agrees to marry a roguish rake known as the Lord of Death after being caught in a scandalous situation. The tagline for this was Bridgerton meets Greek mythology, and I mean, say less! 

The Bad Ones- Melissa Albert: In this, four people vanish from a small town overnight, and one girl must piece together the clues to what happened before it's too late. It sounds creepy and chilling and perfect for wintertime.

Heartless Hunter- Kristen Ciccarelli: This is the start of a new fantasy series said to be a steamy cat-and-mouse game between a witch and witch hunter set against a glamorous and bloody backdrop. I love a good romantasy and books about witches, so I'm interested in checking this out.

Island Witch- Amanda Jayatissa: This is inspired by Sri Lankan folklore and follows the daughter of a traditional demon-priest, who is bullied and accused of witchcraft, trying to solve the mysterious attacks terrorizing her coastal village. I don't think I've ever read anything based on Sri Lankan lore before, so I'm excited to try this out.

The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson- Ellen Baker: This is a multi-generational story of family, love, and one woman's remarkable determination to survive. Part of this takes place in the 1920s at a circus, and one thing about me is that I will eat up that setting every time.

Right On Cue- Falon Ballard: This follows a former actress turned screenwriter who finds herself back in the limelight, only for her romantic lead to be the one man she can't stand. Who doesn't love a celebrity rom-com?

The Partner Plot- Kristina Forest: This follows two former high school sweethearts who decide to get married to help their careers, but neither was prepared for the old feelings to come bubbling back to the surface. I can never say no to the marriage of convenience trope.


Happily Never After- Lynn Painter: This follows two love cynic professional objectors (like, they're hired to stand up at weddings and say, "I object to this union!") who end up falling in love. I adore Lynn Painter's writing, so I'm sure this will be a good time.
Murder Road- Simone St. James: This follows a young couple who find themselves haunted by a string of gruesome murders committed along a deserted old road. St. James is one of my favorite thriller authors, and I love how she mixes paranormal elements with her plots. 

Peril in Pink- Sydney Leigh: This follows a young woman opening up her new inn and everything is going great up until a murder occurs on opening weekend. It's described as Schitt's Creek meets Only Murders in the Building, and I can't pass that up.

A Deadly Endeavor- Jenny Adams: This follows a young woman and a recently returned soldier from the Great War working together to get to the bottom of a string of missing women in Philadelphia. I can never resist a historical murder mystery.

Lady Charlotte Always Gets Her Man- Violet Marsh: In the same vein, this one follows a young woman who is betrothed to a man said to have murdered his last two wives, so she enlists the help of his brother to get her out of it. It gives off the feeling that it's going to be a little kooky, and I'm into it.

A Grave Robbery- Deanna Raybourn: This is the ninth installment of my all-time fave series, Veronica Speedwell, and we're following Veronica and Stoker as they discover the wax figure they've been given is really a well-preserved body, and they're once again on the hunt for a killer. I will never shut up about this series, so expect to always find it on this list.

A Botanical Daughter- Noah Medlock: This is said to be a captivating tale of two Victorian men hiding their relationship away in a botanical garden who embark on a Frankenstein-esque experiment that has unexpected consequences. I'll always pick up any sort of Frankenstein retelling.

Where Sleeping Girls Lie- Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé: This follows a young girl who gets sent to a boarding school and discovers dark secrets after her roommate goes missing. Give me all the boarding school mystery vibes.  

Medea- Rosie Hewlett: Like the previously mentioned Medea, this one is another retelling of the famed with from mythology. I'm jazzed to finally be getting more retellings of different characters from Greek mythology rather than the same ones over and over again.

Royal Scandal- Aimee Carter: This is the second book in the Royal Blood series in which we're following a young American girl who threatens the British royal family by exposing all their dark secrets. I enjoyed the first book and thought it had a What a Girl Wants but make it murder-y vibe, so I'm interested enough to keep going with the series.
Icarus- K. Ancrum: This is a queer YA-romance retelling of the story of Icarus following a young art thief and the son of the man he's been stealing from. Again, I love any sort of Greek mythology-inspired story, and this sounds like it's going to be pretty heavy.

How to Solve Your Own Murder- Kristen Perrin: This is about a woman who spends her whole life trying to prevent her foretold murder only to be proven right sixty years later when she's found dead in her country estate, and now it's up to her great-niece to catch the killer. It's said to be for fans of Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club, so I'm expecting this to be cozy and fun.


Old Flames and New Fortunes- Sarah Hogle: This is said to be a steamy second-chance romance between a magical florist and her high school sweetheart as she fake dates his soon-to-be stepbrother. I've read one other book by Hogle that I thought was cute, so I think this will be a fluffy time.

The Rule Book- Sarah Adams: This is a companion novel to The Cheat Sheet following one of the other characters as he reunites with his college sweetheart who is now hired to help his NFL career. Adams is one of my favorites and an auto-buy author for me, so I know I'll be obsessed with this one.

Just for the Summer- Abby Jimenez: This follows two people who believe they're cursed since all of their partners break up with them only to find their perfect match right after, so they decide to date each other thinking the same will work for them. Only it seems Fate has other plans. Jimenez is another author whom I'll pick up whatever she puts out, so I'm really excited for this one.

The Monstrous Misses Mai- Van Hoang: This follows a determined young woman in 1950s Los Angeles who finds the city much darker than she imagined and the lengths she'll go to make her dreams come true. It sounds eerie and twisty and I'm intrigued. 

The Book of Thorns- Hester Fox:
This takes place during the Napoleonic Wars and follows two sisters separated at birth but bound together by a secret language of flowers taught to them by a mother they never knew. I think Fox is such an underrated author. She writes such atmospheric and magical stories, and I'm sure this one will be no exception.
Ghost Station- S.A. Barnes: This is a sci-fi horror following a crew that needs to survive on an ancient abandoned planet. I'm not a huge sci-fi reader, but after reading Barnes's previous book, turns out I am a fan of horror sci-fi.

Dragonfruit- Makiia Lucier: This follows a young girl who is banished from her village after her father steals a sea dragon's egg, and one day she encounters a female dragon that offers her the chance to return home and right a terrible wrong. I loved Year of the Reaper by this author, so I'm excited to read more from her.

Only and Forever- Chloe Liese: This is the seventh installment of the Bergman Brothers series and is basically a romance between a golden retriever hopeless romantic and his black cat grumpy roommate. 

A Sweet Sting of Salt- Rose Sutherland: This follows a young woman who discovers a dangerous secret about her neighbor and his wife that could put her and the woman she loves in danger. This is supposed to be a reimagining of the Selkie Wife folktale, so I'm hoping for some creepiness.

A Short Walk Through a Wide World- Douglas Westerbeke: This follows the incredible and adventurous life of a woman as she journeys across the globe trying to outrun a mysterious curse that will destroy her the moment she stops moving. I've been loving historical fantasy lately, so this sounds right up my alley.

The Living Force- John Jackson Miller: This takes place a year before the events in The Phantom Menace and follows Yoda, Mace Windu, and the entire Jedi Council as they confront a galaxy on the brink of change. I've been working my way through all the canon Star Wars books, so I had to add this to my list.

The Familiar- Leigh Bardugo: This takes place during the Spanish Golden Age and follows a maid with a talent for magic who is used by her employer and finds herself enmeshed in a dangerous game. I feel like this is a different lane than I'm used to from Bardugo, so I'm interested to see what I'll think of it.

Bless Your Heart- Lindy Ryan: This takes place in Texas in the '90s and follows a family of women who run a funeral home and then have to save their town from vampires. It sounds campy and fun and I'm into it.

The Kiss Countdown- Etta Easton: This is a fake dating romance between a struggling event planner and an astronaut, and honestly, I don't need to know anymore.

Kill Her Twice- Stacey Lee: This is a YA murder mystery noir set in 1930s Los Angeles's Chinatown. We're following a trio of sisters who expect foul play after the body of one of their childhood friends turned famous actress turns up, and they take it upon themselves to investigate. Again, I love a historical murder mystery and it's set in the golden age of Hollywood? Yes, please.

Funny Story- Emily Henry: This follows two opposites who move in together after their exes dump them to be with each other and decide to fake a relationship of their own. It's Emily Henry, of course, I'm going to read it.

The Stranger I Wed- Harper St. George: This is the start of a new historical romance series following sisters who must each marry a respectable husband to inherit their dowry. I enjoyed St. George's previous series, so I'm looking forward to reading more from her.

A Letter to the Luminous Deep- Sylvie Cathrall: This is set in an underwater world and is a fantasy romance between a recluse and a renowned scholar who must work together to save their home. It's said to be for fans of TJ Klune, so I'm assuming it's going to tug at the old heartstrings.

Happy Medium- Sarah Adler: This follows a clever con woman who must convince a skeptical farmer of his property's genuine ghost. It just sounds cozy and cute. 


This Summer Will Be Different- Carley Fortune: This follows a woman who spends her summers on Prince Edward Island and finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn't: her best friend's brother. I really like Fortune's writing style, but I've had an issue with a specific trope she's used in her previous books, so I'm hoping this won't be the case here.

Summer After Summer- Lauren Bailey: This is a retelling of Persuasion and follows a woman coming back to her family's Hampton beach house for the last time and getting a chance at the love she once lost. It sounds sweet, and I love a book set on Long Island.

When Among Crows- Veronica Roth: This is a fantasy novella set in a world where monsters feast on human emotions, knights cleave their souls to make weapons, and witches take more than they give. I've only read the Divergent series by this author which was meh, but this sounds pretty cool.

The Honey Witch- Sydney J. Shields: This follows a witch who's cursed to never find true love, but sparks fly when a mysterious woman who doesn't believe in magic lands on her island. Sounds like it's going to be a cozy romantasy.

The Paradise Problem- Christina Lauren: This is a second-chance romance between a stuffy heir of a grocery chain and his free-spirited ex who must fake a relationship to receive an inheritance. I'll read anything Christina Lauren writes, and a fake dating romance is just icing on the cake.

The House That Horror Built- Christina Henry: This follows a single mother working in the gothic mansion of a reclusive horror director who stumbles upon some terrifying secrets. Henry's books are always perfect for when I'm craving something a little creepy, and this one sounds a little Riley Sager-ish.
Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places- Claire Kann: This is about a parapsychologist and an actor working together to uncover the truth behind a haunted film set. Paranormal romance with a haunted house? Yes, please.

Evocation- S.T. Gibson: This follows a former teen psychic turned lawyer who must try to outrun the Devil who has come to claim him as payment for an ancestral deal. Gibson's writing is very Gothic and dark, so I think it's going to make for a really good story here.

All’s Fair in Love and War- Virginia Heath: This is the start of a new Regency historical romance series about a governess whose belief in cultivating joy in her charges clashes with the children's uncle who hired her. I adored Heath's previous series, so I'm looking forward to starting another. If you like a more modern feeling of historical romance, her books are perfect. 

Flawless Girls- Anna-Maria McLemore: This follows two sisters who are enrolled in a prestigious finishing school. One leaves after a day, but the other returns months later vastly different. I love a boarding school setting and this sounds like it'll be pretty creepy.


Summer Romance- Annabel Monaghan: A woman whose life is a mess meets a charming man and decides to have a summer fling, but what happens when the feelings last longer? 

Storm: Dawn of a Goddess- Tiffany D. Jackson: This follows Storm from the X-Men when she was a teenage thief on the streets of Cairo until her powers caught the eye of a powerful villain. Storm is one of my favorite X-Men, so I knew when I saw this that I had to read it.
The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye- Briony Cameron: This is based on the true story of one woman's rise to power as one of the few female pirate captains to sail the Caribbean and a forbidden love story that will shape the course of history. I love stories based on true events/people, and this sounds so good.

All the Summers in Between- Brooke Lea Foster: This historical fiction is set in two different periods and follows two girls who meet at a summer job in the Hamptons and the dangerous secret that ties them together. As if I could pass up a historical fiction/mystery set on Long Island!

Barely Even Friends- Mae Bennett: This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and follows a woman hired to restore a mysterious manor house while dealing with its grumpy heir. 
Not in Love- Ali Hazelwood: This is a secret forbidden affair between a biotech engineer and the man whose company is trying to buy her start-up. Since it's Hazelwood, I'm expecting a very tiny female MC to fall for a very large broody love interest, a bunch of science terms that will go over my head, and some Tumblr-level writing, but that won't stop me from picking it up.

That Night in the Library- Eva Jurczyk: This follows seven students on the eve of their graduation who perform a ritual in their university's library only for one to drop dead, and the rest must survive the night while trapped with a killer. A murder mystery set in a library? It's like it was written just for me. 

Middle of the Night- Riley Sager: This follows a man who must face the long-ago disappearance of his childhood best friend and the dark secrets lurking just beyond his picture-perfect neighborhood. I'm iffy when it comes to Sager's books, but this is his first book with a male MC so I'm hoping I'll like it more.

The Cautious Traveller’s Guide to the Wastelands- Sarah Brooks: This follows a group of travelers on the Great Trans-Siberian Express, an impenetrable train built to carry cargo across the shadowy Wastelands, as they fight to survive the trip. It sounds dark and kinda spooky.

Tangled Up in You- Christina Lauren: This is part of the Meant to Be series which is where a bunch of romance authors reimagine Disney stories, and this is a Tangled retelling. Seeing as how that's one of my favorite Disney movies, it's a no-brainer that I have to pick it up.


The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love- India Holton: This follows rival ornithologists as they hunt through England for a rare magical bird, and I'm sure fall in love along the way. Holton has quickly become one of my favorite historical fantasy authors. Her writing is brilliant and bonkers and I have such high hopes for this one.

Masquerade- O.O. Sangoyomi: This is set in a fantastical version of 15th-century West Africa and follows a woman's fight for freedom and self-discovery and the lengths she'll go to secure her future. Honestly, this is mostly a cover draw for me, but the premise sounds pretty good, too.

The Spellshop- Sarah Beth Durst: This is a cottagecore cozy fantasy following a woman who sets up an illegal spell-selling market in her home on a remote island to help its inhabitants. This had me at "cottagecore."

The Sky on Fire- Jenn Lyons: This is a fantasy standalone featuring dragons, high-stakes politics, a heist, and a little bit of romance. I've never read anything by Lyons before, but I can't pass up a fantasy with dragons.

Daughters of Olympus- Hannah Lynn: This is a retelling of Demeter and Persephone and their relationship. Persephone is probably my favorite Greek goddess, so I'll read anything involving her.

The Au Pair Affair- Tessa Bailey: This is the second in Bailey's sports romance series, and it follows a surly single-dad hockey player and his quirky live-in nanny. I think it's also an age-gap romance, but I could be wrong.

Hera- Jennifer Saint: This is a retelling of the story of Hera, and again, I'm so excited to be getting more mythology books based on new characters. I've loved all of Saint's previous books, so I have high hopes for this one.

The Grandest Game- Jennifer Lynn Barnes: This is the next installment in The Inheritance Games series and follows a new competition to win millions. It's kinda giving me twisty Willy Wonka vibes.
The Blonde Dies First- Joelle Wellington: This follows a group of friends who must try to survive a demonic force that enacts horror movie rules a la the Scream movies. It sounds a bit ridiculous and campy but fun. 


The Singer Sisters- Sarah Marian Seltzer: This follows a mother and daughter as they navigate the ups and downs of the music industry at different points in time and the sacrifices women must make within the industry. It's giving a family drama episode of Behind the Music.

Mace Windu: The Glass Abyss- Steven Barnes: This follows Mace Windu as he travels to a remote planet to fulfill Qui-Gon Jinn's last wishes. Mace is one of my favorite characters, so I'm super excited about this one.

The Revenge Club- Kathy Lette:
This is about a group of women at the top of their game, who find themselves all pushed to the side by less-qualified men, but they're not going down without a fight. It almost gives me First Wives Club vibes, and I adore that movie.

Dance of the Starlit Sea- Kiana Krystle: This is said to be a lush and sinister blend of paranormal mystery and mythology about a young girl's hard-earned journey of self-love. It's described as being Hades and Persephone meets The Phantom of the Opera, and I'm intrigued.

The Break-Up Pact- Emma Lord: This follows two best friends who haven't spoken in ten years but agree to fake date after break ups with their respective exes go viral. I've read one of Lord's YA books and I thought it was adorable, so I have high hopes for her adult debut.

The Palace of Eros- Carolina De Robertis: This is a queer retelling of the story of Psyche and Eros, which is one of my favorites. 

Haunted Ever After- Jen DeLuca: This follows a woman who moves into a cottage in a small Florida town that may or may not be haunted, so she teams up with the grumpy coffee shop owner to get to the bottom of it. I loved DeLuca's other series, so I was excited to find out about this one.

A Sorceress Comes to Call- T. Kingfisher: This is a dark retelling of the Brothers Grimm's Goose Girl. Kingfisher is the best at doing dark fairy tale retellings, so I have no doubt this is going to be creepy but whimsical.

Love and Other Conspiracies- Mallory Marlowe: This is a romance between a paranormal conspiracy theorist and a web series producer as they investigate the unknown and unearth feelings for one another. I've realized that there's a theme with this list and it's paranormal romances, so maybe I'm entering a new era?


Somewhere Beyond the Sea- TJ Klune: This is the sequel to The House in the Cerulean Sea, and while I don't necessarily think that book needs a sequel, I'll take it.

Percy Jackson: Wrath of the Triple Goddess- Rick Riordan: This is the next in the newest Percy Jackson series where Percy needs to complete certain tasks for the gods to get college recommendations. 

Where the Library Hides- Isabel Ibañez: This is the sequel to What the River Knows which was one of my favorite reads of this year, and I'm convinced it's going to break my heart.

So, those are all the books I've seen announced so far that I can't wait for. Let me know which ones you're excited for!


  1. What a great list!! I added a couple of the Greek myth retellings that weren't on my radar to my goodreads list!


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