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2024 Book Recommendations Spring Recap
2024 Book Recommendations Spring Recap

2024 Book Recommendations Spring Recap

2024 Book Recommendations Spring Recap

Half way through 2024 and I am still working on my goal of a 120 total books; audio, digital and paper books for 2024 to match my 2023 goal. The first quarter of the year started off strong with 38 total books, check out my book recommendations winter recap for 2024. April and May continued to be great months of books with many continued series and second books by some of my favorite authors. Unfortunately in June, I hit a bit of a book wall and didn’t have much time for reading or listening to books while traveling for a month with my students. As the first half of the year comes to an end, I am just over halfway to my goal with 65 total books. Here are my 2024 book recommendations spring recap.

My Book Ranking System

  • Grade A = I highly recommend it.
  • Grade B = I liked it and would recommend it.
  • Grade C = It was okay but I wouldn’t put it on my next reading list.
  • Grade D = I didn’t enjoy it and wouldn’t recommend it.

April – 10 Books

1. Hidden Potential by Adam Grant – B
2. Thicker than Water by Kerry Washington – B
3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – B
4. The Inn on Harmony Island by Anne-Marie Meyer – D
5. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan- B
6. Babel by R. F. Kuang – B
7. The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall – A
8. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben – C
9. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – B
10. One in a Millennial by Kate Kennedy- A

May – 12 Books

  1. A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost – A
  2. The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson – B
  3. The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose – B
  4. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson – B
  5. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan – C
  6. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – B
  7. One Summer in Savannah by Torah Shelton Harris – B
  8. The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma – D
  9. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – A
  10. The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston – B
  11. The Humans by Hatt Haig – B
  12. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan – C

June – 5 Books

  1. The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods – A
  2. The Teacher by Freida McFadden – C
  3. The Heiress by Rachel Hawkin – C
  4. The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters – B
  5. The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan – C

Table of Contents

Book #1 – One in a Millennial by Kate Kennedy

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From the host of the podcast “Be There in Five,” Kate Kennedy, One in a Millennial is a hilarious commentary on growing up as a girl in the 80’s and 90’s. Whether you are a woman of this time period or you know a woman growing up during this time period, you will definitely be able to relate to one or more of the essays in this book.

Kennedy’s humorous commentary on girls toys in the late 80’s and early 90’s brings up a nostalgia for simpler but strange times. It is amazing to look back on pop culture that helped shape our world today and not wonder what producers were thinking. Think back to games like “Girl Talk” and “Mall Madness” and I am sure you will just have to laugh like me.

This collection of short essays will having you laughing out loud, tearing up and maybe even stamping your foot in anger. For all women born in the 80’s or early 90’s this is definitely a book to pick up for your next read.

Book #2 – Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

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Tiny Beautiful Things is a series of letters from the advice column, now podcast Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. Although when I say advice column, it is not really advance. What it really is, is a reaction of empathy and understanding to the authors’ of the letters. Instead of providing advice “Sugar” provides anecdotes from her life to put writer’s question in perspective.

As humans we all struggle in various ways, Strayed recognizes that everyone’s struggle is different but not less or less important. While some may consider another’s worry to be inferior, Sugar acknowledges that we are all longing for life of joy with people who love us. Her advance generally focuses on life lessons that she has learned through her experiences, instead of what the author of the letter “should” do next.

If are looking for a little bit of hope and love or you need a little pick-me-up, Tiny Beautiful Things will fill you with bit of joy and faith. For more letters of love, subscribe to the Dear Sugar blog or podcast.

Book #3 – The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods

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The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods made it on to my top 5 books of Spring 2024, because of its sweet story of hope and love. It reminded me of a cross between The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner and Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. The idea of a bookshop being lost to the world and given human characteristics, is so just a lovely thought. Who wouldn’t want to stumble onto a little shop of hope and joy.

Throughout the novel, the story jumps between three main characters; Opaline, Henry, and Martha. Opaline is a young British woman of a wealthy family who runs away from an unwanted marriage in the 1930s. After being tracked down in France by her evil older brother, she escapes to a small town in Ireland, where she runs a book store. After years of happiness, her brother tracks her down again. He then has her committed to an insane asylum, her shop and an original Bronte manuscript go missing.

The other two main characters Martha and Henry come into contact in the early 2010s as Henry is researching Opaline for Doctoral Thesis. Henry comes to Ireland in search of the lost bookshop and the missing Bronte manuscript. There he meets Martha, a young Irish woman working as a house maid in home that shares an address with the missing bookshop. Martha and Henry develop a relationship as they research Opaline’s story together.

In the end, the whimsy and magic of the missing bookshop ties all three of the stories together. If you love books, a bit of fantasy, and a spark of joy, then The Lost Bookshop should be added to your reading list this summer.

Book #4 – A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost

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Are you a fan of “Saturday Night Live (SNL)?” Do you like Weekend Update? If you don’t, you might not enjoy A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost. Jost is co-headwriter for SNL and co-host of the Weekend Update with Micheal Che. A Very Punchable Face is humorous autobiography that will have you giggling throughout the entire book.

If you listen to the book like I did, you will get to listen as Jost narrates his life story in his uniquely sarcastic way. His humorous take on growing up on Staten Island will give you belly laughs. While his start at SNL and his adventures with his co-stars might even have you in tears of laughter.

Like “Bossypants” by Tina Fey and “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler, you will be entertained with wit and bits for days. If you enjoy autobiographies of actual stars, you might also enjoy a fictionalized story of a sketch-show writer in the book Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld, a top read for me in Fall of 2023.

Book #5 – The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall

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If you enjoy stories of magic like the Practical Magic series by Alice Hoffman or The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young, you will definitely enjoy The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall. This half novel, half cook book will leave you with a warm heart and delicious recipes.

Sadie a young woman who loves to bake, uses her magic to heal with food. She is fortunate to have inherited all of her family’s magic, while her twin brother has received no obvious gifts. However, Sadie’s love of magic is tested once her family curse is revealed and she faces losing both her grandmother and her brother. She must decide what is more important to her, a life with magic or a life with love and happiness.

As Sadie tests various ways to retain both her magic and her family, she devises many delicious recipes with her grandmother that are shared at the end of each chapter. Grab a copy to enjoy, but keep it for the treats later.

2024 Book Recommendations Spring Recap – Conclusion

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My latest hall while traveling!!!

There are many great books out there and it is always hard to choose my top five each quarter. Honorable mentions include The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose (Molly the Maid series), The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters, and The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.

For young readers out there, I definitely recommend The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

As always, please leave your recommendations in the comments. My current line-up of books contains the following:

  • The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon
  • The Perfumist of Paris by Alka Joshi
  • Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
  • Supercommuicators by Charles Duhigg
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Hopefully the summer brings more time for reading and relaxing for you and me both! ~KiteBikeVan

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