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2024 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

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Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: Shiny New Releases I Can't Wait to Read

Even though I've already got enough books on my shelves, Kindle, and TBR lists to last me several lifetimes, I just can't seem to stop myself from salivating over all the shiny up-and-comers 2024 has to offer. I look forward to today's TTT topic—Top Ten Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2024—and its counterpart for the second half of the year, all year long. If I were smart, I would skip these topics altogether and save myself from getting excited about a bunch of new books when I already have SOOOO many "old" ones to tackle. But alas, I'm a glutton for punishment. Bring on the new releases! 

Before we get to that, though, be sure to click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl and give our hostess, Jana, some love. While you're there, link up your list of anticipated new releases so you can get in on the TTT fun. It's a good time, I promise.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2024

To no one's surprise, my list is a mix of mysteries/thrillers and historical fiction, but I did throw in a non-fiction book and a MG fantasy just to keep you guessing :) Here's my list, in order of publication date:

1. Unsinkable by Jenni L. Walsh (available TODAY)—Violet Jessop is famous for surviving not just the sinking of the Titanic and the Britannic, but also a collision at sea while working on the Olympic. This historical novel tells Violet's story as well as that of a fictional orphan turned secret agent in France during World War II. When the lives of the two women intersect, they form a connection that will change them both forever. 

2. The Foxhole Victory Tour by Amy Lynn Green (available January 23)—Green's newest centers around two women from different walks of life who join a motley collection of performers on a USO musical tour performing for American troops stationed in North Africa during World War II. The group is already having difficulty finding unity when the tour manager announces he will recommend just one of them for a lucrative job in Hollywood. As they move closer to the front lines, it's not just their jobs and their friendships that are in jeopardy, but also their very lives.

3. End of Story by A.J. Finn (available February 20)—I've been waiting for a new book from Finn to come out ever since I read—and loved—his debut, The Woman in the Window. His sophomore novel concerns a reclusive mystery writer who invites his longtime pen pal, Nicky Hunter, to come to his mansion in order to write his life story. Nicky's soon embroiled in the novelist's own mystery, the disappearance of his first wife and their son, twenty years earlier. Did the author get away with the perfect crime? When a corpse turns up at the mansion, it soon becomes apparent that the writer's past has come calling.

4. The Hunter by Tana French (available March 5)—I always look forward to a new mystery/thriller from this Irish author. This is the second installment in her Cal Hooper series, which features a retired American cop who is now living in a rural Irish village. When the estranged father of a local teen returns to the village unexpectedly, with an English millionaire in tow no less, Cal's suspicions are immediately raised. He feels protective of the kid and will do whatever he can to keep him safe. Just what will that entail in this sketchy situation?

5. The Unclaimed: Abandonment and Hope in the City of Angels by Pamela Prickett and Stefan Timmermans (available March 12)—Did you know that the dead bodies of up to 150,000 Americans go unclaimed every year? What happens to them when there are no friends or family members to make sure they're properly taken care of? In this work of narrative nonfiction, two sociologists tackle that very intriguing question, uncovering a hidden world of abandoned dead people and the strangers who work to ensure that their remains are treated with honor and care. 

6. The Underground Library by Jennifer Ryan (available March 12)—I've already mentioned this historical novel because (1) Ryan is one of my favorite hist fic authors and (2) I love a bookish book. As is clear from its title, the story concerns three women from different backgrounds who come together to save the London library that has become their refuge during World War II.

7. Daughter of Mine by Megan Miranda (available April 9)—Hazel Sharp is the daughter of Mirror Lake's longtime detective. When he dies, leaving Hazel his home, she reluctantly returns to her hometown. A drought is drying up the lake, uncovering dark secrets from the town's past, including clues to the truth behind the disappearance of Hazel's mother.

8. The Outlaw Noble Salt by Amy Harmon (available April 9)—When infamous outlaw Butch Cassidy decides to shun his life of crime, he discovers that's a lot easier said than done. Especially when he meets singer Jane Touissant, who asks him to protect her while she goes on a singing tour across America. Butch fears his reputation will put the songbird and her young son at risk and he's not wrong...

9. Kill Her Twice by Stacey Lee (available April 23)—Lee is one of my favorite YA writers, so I always get excited when she publishes a new book. This one revolves around Lulu Wong, a starlet of the silver screen and the darling of the Chinatown community where she grew up. When three sisters, childhood friends of Lulu, discover her dead body, they vow to find her killer, knowing the local police won't lift a finger to help a Chinese woman, famous or not. With the fate of Chinatown hanging in the balance, it's up to the Chow sisters to solve the case and save their beloved home.

10. The Secret Library by Kekla Magoon (available May 7)—Without her grandpa around to liven things up, 11-year-old Dally is left to stew in her grief and boredom. When she intercepts a sealed envelope that her grandpa intended to give her, she discovers a map that leads to an incredible library full of books that act as portals to all kinds of different adventures. As she delves into this fantastical world, she is faced with a host of questions and mysteries about her family, its history, and about her own identity.

There you go, ten new releases I'm looking forward to reading. Do any of these appeal to you as well? Which 2024 books are you most excited about? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog. I also reply to comments left here.

Happy TTT!


  1. I'm really curious about Amy Lynn Green's novels. They always look interesting but I have yet to read one. Also, Jenni's interests me too. Like you, I too should skip these topics in the hope I'd read the books I own, but it's always fun to look at what's coming! :) Thanks so much for visiting my website today.

    1. I've read two of Green's novels so far. I loved THE LINES BETWEEN US and thought THE BLACKOUT BOOK CLUB was just okay. I've been meaning to read THINGS WE DIDN'T SAY, her debut, since it came out, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm hoping her new one will be one I love. It certainly sounds like my kind of book!

      Right? TTT is always dangerous for my TBR mountain chain, but these new release topics are the worst. LOL

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Rissi!

  2. The Underground Library sounds really good. Many of your books do and I hope you do enjoy them all! I am definitely putting The Secret Library on my TBR too!

    1. I can't resist a book with the word "library" in its title! I hope we both love these :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leslie!

  3. That Amy Harmon books looks good! I hope you love all of these.

    1. I'm especially excited for the new Harmon book, so I hope it's as good as it sounds!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  4. I haven't heard of a lot of these! I like that you found different ones from most of the lists! Thanks for stopping by my post @onereadingnurse!

    1. I did find some unique ones, didn't I? I hope they're all good reads :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Athena!

  5. Love that cover for Kill Her Twice! I'm looking forward to Daughter of Mine, too! End of Story sounds good too. I watched the movie adaptation of Woman in the Window and loved it. Hope you love all on your list, Susan! :)

  6. Unsinkable...that cover! So pretty. And the book sounds good. I hope you enjoy all these books. 😀

  7. I added two nonfictions to my list, as well! Just keeping it interesting, lol. Quite a few here I'll have to check out. :-)
    Here's my list :-)

  8. Oooo…I didn’t know that Megan Miranda has a new one coming out soon. I need to add an eleventh book to my list!

  9. What a fabulous list, Susan. I would read all of these. Hope you get a chance to read them this year.

  10. Exiles was good. Foxhole sounds like a possible for me--I'll wait on your review. Have a good week!

  11. Awesome list! I've got an ARC for Daughter of Mine, and I'm sure you're going to enjoy working your way through this great TBR!

  12. I just read a review of Unsinkable a couple of days ago, and it sounded wonderful. I'd really like to read the new Amy Harmon book too. Hope you love all of these!

  13. I'm seeing Unsinkable on a lot of lists this week and it's calling to me!

  14. Kill Her Twice looks gorgeous and sounds fantastic!

  15. I love a bookish book too, and Ryan book is great for your bookish challenge.

  16. I love the cover of Kill Her Twice, and Unsinkable sounds so good! Awesome list:-)

  17. I'm looking forward to reading both The Underground Library and The Foxhole Victory Tour this year as well. I haven't been reading as much historical fiction lately as I used to, but I'm going to try and change that this year. :D

  18. I don't know if Violet Jessop is incredibly lucky or unlucky, I certainly wouldn't get on a boat with her!

  19. So many interesting books here. I remember reading about Violet Jessop, but a full novel, sounds amazing :)

  20. The Underground Library sounds very interesting! I hope you enjoy these reads!

  21. I can't stay away from the shiny new either! lol

  22. I am with you on the Jennifer Ryan book and it does sound good. I like the look of that middle grade one too.

  23. Both The Underground Library and The Secret Library are going on my TBR list after those descriptions!

  24. I missed getting to post this week. I have The Foxhole Victory Tour on my T B R and I'm adding The Outlaw Noble Salt.

  25. I try to scour these lists because I rarely look forward to upcoming releases because I am so busy looking back at all the books I've missed.

    I am so behind on my comments I just decided to pop by and say Happy New Year and I'm so glad we are blog friends. Have a wonderful week!

  26. The Underground Library sounds like one I have to add to my TBR! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  27. Ooh nice picks! These are all pretty much new to me ones! the first one sounds particularly intriguing and that's not usually my genre of choice either! Hope you enjoy all of these this year!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  28. Yayy for bookish books! I'm sort of on a bookish book and historical binge, thanks to Madeline Martin, but definitely on the lookout for more. And how have I never heard of Stacey Lee? I'll have to go check out her books! I hope you enjoy these books!

  29. All of these sound interesting. The two that caught my eye the most, though, are THE UNDERGROUND LIBRARY and THE SECRET LIBRARY. I'll add those to my TBR. :D

  30. The Underground Library sounds so good! Adding it to my TBR for 2024.

  31. Kill Her Twice sounds amazing! I hope you enjoy all these.

  32. There are so many books coming out this month alone that I'm anticipating. A followup from Finn and a new French are both on my list too!

  33. So many wonderful books. i already added a few of these after seeing them on many TTTs this week.. and now adding a couple more.. I want to (and yet don't want to) read Unclaimed..
    My post is here

  34. Oh my! The Unclaimed: Abandonment and Hope in the City of Angels sounds like a fascinating read. I will look for it.

  35. An interesting list! I have so many books to read too so this prompt is dangerous 🤣 I have found a couple of books though that I would have been devastated to have missed!!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  36. The Secret Library and Kill Her Twice look like books that I would definitely enjoy so I guess I'll be adding those to my TBR. 😂 I hope you enjoy all of these reads!

  37. The AJ Finn reminds me that I think I forgot to add one by Alex Finlay to my list!

  38. The Foxhole Victory Tour sounds really neat - I can't recall seeing a book about the USO before. And The Secret Library sounds good, too! Happy reading!

  39. Ooh, there are you several on your list I haven't heard of yet that sound so good, like Unsinkable! I'm also ALWAYS curious about a book that includes "library" in the title! :)

  40. You've got some good books on your list, Susan. Can't believe a new A.J. Finn - it's been years. Also a new Tana French. Bliss!

  41. This list is terrible for my TBR! They're all pretty much new to me and I feel like I need to add the bulk of them to my list!

  42. Ooh, great list. The Cover of Kill Her Twice is especially eye-catching... 👀

  43. We've talked about our shared love of Amy Harmon, so it's no surprise that I'm excited for her April release, too. :) Unsinkable sounds very interesting.

  44. I'm so pleased that I have found your blog as I can see you're a lover of historical fiction, as I am. I have listed some of these books for my TBR. I am reading a Titanic Book at the moment - Unsinkable by Jenni L. Walsh. I'm loving it.

  45. There are some great authors here, ones that I read and enjoy, Susan. I didn't know that A. J. Finn had a new book coming out, so thanks for that. I will watch for it.


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