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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: Shiny New Releases I Can't Wait to Read (Part Two)


I'm a little late to the party today, but I didn't want to miss my favorite weekly book blogger event. Today's prompt is an appropriate one for the start of a new year—Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2024—but I had so much fun with last week's topic—Top Ten Most Anticipated Reads Releasing in the First Half of 2024—that I decided to make a Part Two. (If you missed Part One, click here.) In addition to the up-and-comers on my TBR list that I didn't mention last week, I added a bunch more titles from your lists, and now I'm even more excited for 2024's exciting lineup of books.

Before we get to my list, be sure to click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl and give our hostess, Jana, some love.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Reads Releasing in the First Half of 2024 (Part Two)
- in order of release date -  


1. Trapped in Yosemite by Dana Mentink (available February 1)—I'm not a big fan of romantic suspense, but this one sounds exciting. When Yosemite National Park is leveled by a massive earthquake, a K9 handler and his ex-fiancee are thrown together to save the life of her young daughter. With dangers both natural and human throwing roadblocks in their way, they are quickly running out of time to save the child and themselves.


2. Embers in the London Sky by Sarah Sundin (available February 6)—When a young widow escapes to London after the Nazis invade The Netherlands, she becomes separated from her 4-year-old son. While working to help a British agency evacuate children to safety, she enlists the help of a handsome journalist to help her locate her lost boy. With bombs and a series of murders causing chaos in London, it's becoming increasingly clear that they are running out of time and into more danger than either one of them bargained for. 


3. Sisters of Fortune by Anna Lee Huber (available February 20)—You all know I can't resist a Titanic book! Based on a true story, this historical novel concerns the Fortune sisters, three siblings returning home to the U.S. from their Grand Tour in Europe. Their voyage on the grandest ocean liner ever built changes all of their lives in irrevocable ways.


4. The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson by Ellen Baker (available February 20)—Billed as Orphan Train meets Water For Elephants, this historical novel concerns a young orphan who finds unexpected acceptance and belonging when she is sold to a traveling circus at four years old. Almost 100 years later, she receives a DNA kit as a gift, the results of which open up old secrets and new questions about her family, her past, and herself.


5. Baby X by Kira Peikoff (available March 5)—In this futuristic thriller, DNA from anyone can be used to create babies. Celebrity DNA is especially desirable, creating a thriving black market for eager fans who are also prospective parents. In an effort to prevent the theft of his biological matter, singer Trace Thorne hires Ember Ryan, a bio-security guard, to protect his interests. Despite Ember's strict protection, a pregnant woman claims to be carrying Trace's child. Is it true? What are Trace and Ember going to do about it? 


6. These Tangled Threads: A Novel of Biltmore by Sarah Loudin Thomas (available April 2)—Almost a decade ago, the friendship between Lorna Blankenship and two of her friends was torn apart by a betrayal. Now, Lorna, a master weaver, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to design a gown for Cornelia Vanderbilt's society wedding. In order to do it, she will have to face past secrets and hurts in order to reunite the women and enlist their help in accomplishing her monumental, life-changing task.  


7. The Widow Spy by Megan Campisi (available April 9)—Based on a true story, this historical novel tells the story of Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective. Also a Union spy, she's tasked with befriending a Confederate socialite. With a working-class background and secrets of her own that must stay hidden, that may be more difficult than it seems. If she can succeed in her mission, it could mean the end to America's bloody Civil War. 


8. That Night in the Library by Eva Jurczyk (available June 11)—On the eve of their college graduation, seven students sneak into their school's rare books library to perform a Greek-inspired ritual asking for wisdom from the Gods. Minutes after they start, the lights go out and one member of the group drops dead. As more students die, the others must root out the murderer before it's too late for them all. 


9. The Nature of Disappearing by Kimi Cunningham Grant (available June 18)—Emlyn is happy with the simple life she lives as a hunting and fishing guide in the wilds of Idaho, far away from her past life. When an old flame seeks her out to enlist her help in finding a mutual friend, who seems to have disappeared, Emlyn is reluctantly pulled back into a world she's desperate to leave behind. She can't deny that her survival skills make her especially suited for the task, so she reluctantly agrees to follow the man she once loved into the woods to search for her former best friend in spite of the increasing danger.


10. Secrets of Rose Briar Hall by Kelsey James (available June 25)—In Gilded Age New York City, a beautiful young woman marries a wealthy stockbroker and moves into his luxurious mansion. Everything changes after the party she throws for her husband's powerful associates goes awry somehow. Millie can't recall what happened at the event, but it must have been horrible for her friends to have shunned her, leaving her alone and bewildered in her cold, empty house. What really happened on the night of the party? 

There you go, ten more 2024 releases I'm looking forward to reading. Do any of them strike your fancy? What new releases are you excited to crack open? What are your bookish goals for 2024? I'd 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 (although I am a week behind at the moment).

Happy TTT!

63 comments:

  1. Baby X sounds so good!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    Lydia

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    1. Doesn't it? I hope it's as good as it sounds!

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

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    1. I hope so too! They all sound like ones I will like, but you never know :)

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

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  3. Susan, I already had a couple of these on my radar and have added the one set in Yosemite as well. I always get great ideas from you!

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    1. Right back at ya! I love that our reading tastes are so similar. It's fun to be able to recommend books to each other :)

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

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  4. I tend to look backwards and then just get hit on the head by new books when I'm still looking backwards at old ones. Sigh.

    Happy New Year and good luck on your reading goals. My 2024 Bookish Goals
    -Anne

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    1. Ha ha. I'm usually fairly up on the new releases, but I don't always read a ton of them. It depends. There are a bunch I'm looking forward to reading this year. We'll see how many I actually get to.

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

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  5. Another great list, Susan! I am looking forward to Dana's book as well.

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    1. I have an e-ARC of TRAPPED IN YOSEMITE. Hopefully, I can get to it sooner rather than later. I always like a dystopian/survival/mystery story. I hope we both enjoy it!

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

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  6. Lots of these look great. I'm particularly intrigued by The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson.

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    1. Same! I'm a genealogist, so I love stories about DNA tests and family secrets.

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

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  7. Embers in the London Sky caught my attention just last night, and I'm hoping to get a copy of it soon. Several others on this second list are intriguing, too, especially Baby X. The plot of that one is one of those "why didn't I think of that" ones, and it should be fun.

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    1. Right? BABY X has a clever premise that I've never seen done before. These days, it seems like EVERYTHING has been done over and over and over. Hopefully, this book will feel fresh and original. The publisher is sending me a copy of it, so hopefully, I'll be able to read it soon.

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

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  8. Wowee so now 20 books in your sights, it is so exciting to find books you really want to read.

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    1. Honestly, I probably could have made a Top 100 list on this topic! LOL. There are a lot of great-looking books on the horizon and I'm sure there are still a bunch out there that I'm not even aware of yet that I will want to read. The struggle is real, especially since I have SO many unread books already on my bookshelves!

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

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  9. All of these sound good, but I really like the sound of That Night in the Library. I hope you love all of these.

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    1. Right? It sounds so intriguing. I can't wait to read it!

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

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  10. That Night in the Library sounds like a good one! I'm a sucker for anything library related though. I would have to make so many of these posts for new releases! haha. I hope you have a wonderful week, Susan!!

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    1. Same! I see the word "library" in a title and I'm in :) LOL. I hope the book is as good as it sounds.

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

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  11. A lot of these sound so good but That Night in the Library is intriguing! I'm definitely adding it to my list! :)

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    1. I hope we both enjoy it!

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

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  12. So many good books releasing this year! Good luck reading all these amazing-sounding stories. 😀

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    1. There really are a lot of intriguing-looking new releases coming this year. I'm excited (if you can't tell)!

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

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  13. I loved last week's TTT too and added so many new books to my TBR with all the great books everyone listed. I can't believe you would do this to me again! Lol! No, not really, thank you for sharing these. I see a couple more I wanna add to my TBR...

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    1. Ha ha. Sorry/not sorry! My TBR pretty much exploded last week, so I feel your pain :)

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

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  14. Ooh nice picks! These are all totally new to me ones. I hope you enjoy them all this year!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

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    1. I hope so too. It's always disappointing when you're really excited for a certain book and it's just...not good. Hopefully, these will all be winners for me.

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

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  15. The Widow Spy sounds so intriguing! I may have to add that to my TBR!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/goals-for-2024-book-and-blog-goals/

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    1. I agree! I'm so curious about Kate's story. It sounds like she was a fascinating woman.

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

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  16. The Widow Spy and That Night in the Library are both calling my name. Two more for my never-ending TBR, lol.

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    1. Ha ha. It feels like every time I check one book off my TBR, I add ten more! I'll never catch up.

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

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  17. There are so many great sounding books coming out this year. All of these sound so good! I haven't heard of many of these yet, but they are going on my wish list. I really like the sound of That Night in the Library, The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson, and The Widow Spy especially. I hope you enjoy all of these when you read them!

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    1. That's what I love/hate about this prompt. It has helped me find a bunch of new releases to get excited about, but it also made my TBR list explode! Ha ha.

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

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    1. Same! I will be very disappointed if at least some of these aren't winners for me :)

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

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  19. I'm going to have to check out That Night at the Library.

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    1. It sounds super intriguing, doesn't it? I hope it lives up to its very compelling premise!

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

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  20. That looks like a good list. Baby X intrigues me!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

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    1. Right? The premise is definitely unique and intriguing. I can't wait to see what it's all about!

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

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  21. I have a couple of these, but they all sound so good. I am going to put them on a wishlist for more time. I am especially interested in That Night at the Library. I love books set in libraries and this sounds perfect.

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    1. I'm a sucker for any kind of bookish book. Mysteries set in libraries are especially appealing to me. Hopefully, this one is as good as it sounds!

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

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  22. Great list! None of these are on my reading lists at the moment, but I do love a good wilderness adventure, so the Yosemite book and the one set in Idaho both appeal to me. Hope you enjoy!

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    1. Same! I'm not a very outdoorsy person, but I do love a good wilderness survival tale. Probably because I know I would never make it out of that kind of situation, so those kinds of stories are extra tense and scary for me.

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

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  23. These sound fun, I hope you enjoy them!

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    1. I hope so too!

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

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  24. That Night at the Library sounds so intriguing. A ritual asking for wisdom. What could go wrong? Hope these are all amazing for you

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    1. A lot, apparently! Ha ha. I'm intrigued by the many tantalizing possibilities...

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

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  25. So many great looking titles. Hope you enjoy them all!

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    1. I hope so too. They all sound like books I'll love. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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

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  26. The Pinkertons were fascinating -- The Widow Spy sounds like fun! Hope you enjoy all these once they're out!

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    1. I agree. I've read a few novels about the Pinkertons, but I'm always up for more!

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

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  27. Wow, these all sound so good! I didn't realize that Dana Mentink wrote suspense novels - I've been reading her cozy mystery series and love it. Enjoy all of these.

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    1. I'd never heard of Mentink until I saw the Yosemite book. I like a cozy mystery, though, so I'll definitely check out her series, especially since you enjoy it.

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

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  28. All of these books are going to find their way to my TBR... and I am loving these covers too..

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you found some titles to pique your interest. I hope we both love them :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lady in Read!

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  29. Me: I'm not gonna look, I'm not gonna look...
    Me 3 days later: I can never resist a post so I have Looked despite attempting to curtail my tbr and OOH! Here for the new Kimi Cunningham-Graham, that sounds right up my alley.

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    1. Bwahahahaha! Sorry/not sorry :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting (and making me laugh), RS!

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  30. The Anna Lee Huber looks really good and is one I'm looking forward to reading. I really like the look of The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson. I can't resist anything that involves a DNA test.

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    1. Same! I love anything having to do with genealogy, family secrets, DNA, etc. I'll never not be fascinated with those subjects. Glad I'm not the only one :)

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

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  31. These sound really good. I hope you enjoy them all!

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    1. I'm excited about all of them. Hopefully, they're as good as they sound!

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

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  32. Sarah Sundin's books are always amazing. I hope to read her latest in February and it's been a long time since I read about any of Dana's new books. Also, Megan's looks interesting. Hope you enjoy all of these... and thanks so much for visiting my list/website on this week. :)

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