15 Most Anticipated 2024 Book Releases

Happy New Year! Now that the holiday season has come to a close, it’s finally time to look ahead into 2024 – and as booksellers, that means we’re looking at a mountain of upcoming books. 

There are so many huge, exciting releases coming up this year, we couldn’t possibly mention everything we’re looking forward to, and I’m sure you feel the same, with new releases from Erik Larson, Ali Hazelwood, Akwaeke Emezi, Salman Rushdie, and so many others coming up this year!  

Here are 15 of our most anticipated releases of 2024 (plus a couple bonuses):

 


Cacophony of Bone
by Kerri ní Dochartaigh

Release: November 14, 2023 
We’ll start with a bonus book that is already out, but which I haven’t gotten to read yet because of the busy holidays! This book caught my eye because it reminds me of Wintering. It’s part nature essay, part covid memoir, part exploration of new motherhood. Plus it’s from Milkweed Editions, which is my favorite press.

Katelynn

 


You Dreamed of Empires
by Álvaro Enrigue translated by Natasha Wimmer

Release: January 9, 2024
This is an alternate history about the Spanish meeting the Aztec Empire in the 1500s, but reimagines the fate of the city of Tenochtitlan. This book is funny and playful, with modern references and fourth wall breaks, while bringing Tenochtitlan vividly to life. I can’t wait to put this one in people’s hands. 

Charlotte 

 


Into the Sunken City
by Dinesh Thirin 

Release:  January 23, 2024
This looks like Oceans 11 but underwater – a heist, but with divers!

Alex

 


Greta and Valdin
by Rebecca K Reilly 

Release: February 6, 2024
Opening up this book was like joining Greta and Valdin's Russian-Maori-Catalonian family after all their worst things had happened. I'm not down at rock bottom, but climbing back up towards the sun with them, and getting insight to all their inside jokes and open family secrets, warm inside their affectionate dysfunction. 

Sarah C

 


Dinner On Monster Island
by Tania de Rozario
Release: February 6, 2024
I’m so looking forward to this! It comes out February 6 and I plan on reading it all over again once I get a print copy. It is a collection of personal essays about growing up (in the author's words) fat, brown and queer in a Singapore that valued none of these traits. Part commentary on Singaporean society, part musings on pop culture, these essays can be read all at once or separately over the course of several weeks. Highly recommending :)

Natalie

 


A Real Piece of Work
by Erin Riley

Release: February 27, 2024
I read this months ago, and it’s really stuck with me. It was a really honest and generous memoir about coming out as non-binary, their own understanding of their gender and sexuality throughout their childhood and young adulthood. I really enjoyed Erin's writing, and I can’t wait to share this with people. 

Kitri

 


Lore of the Wilds
by Analeigh Sbrana

Release: February 27, 2024
This book features:

  • A library that hasn’t been opened for centuries
  • Cottagecore vibes
  • Really fun world building
  • Handsome fae guys with antlers
  • All your favorite tropes 

Sarah B

 


Anita de Monte's Last Laugh
by Xochitl Gonzalez

Release: March 5th, 2024
Based partly on the works, life, and untimely death of Ana Mendieta, this triumphant, funny, and absolutely infuriating novel is a fast and enjoyable read. Told in three voices and over the span of 20 years, Anita de Monte lovingly eviscerates the art world.

Kitri

 


Thunder Song
by Sasha LaPointe

Release: March 5, 2024
I read the first few chapters and it was really good! We love Sasha, she’s an amazing writer and person and her books are only getting better. 

Connor

 


Rainbow Black
by Maggie Thrash 

Release: March 19, 2024
Merricat and Constance Blackwood meets the 80s Satanic Panic. Plus, THIS COVER! We love a menacing neon goat! 

Sarah C

 


There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension
by Hanif Abdurraqib 

Release: March 26, 2024
Hanif Abdurraqib is my favorite writer and I think Lebron James is a fascinating character. I can’t wait to see where this book goes! 

Connor

 


Worry
by Alexandra Tanner 

Release: March 26, 2024
This was a staff favorite, we passed it around to everyone. People are gonna get it for the cover, but they’re gonna stay for the story. If you have a sibling there will be things you can relate to in these two, in a horrifying way. 

Emily

I know several other people are all about this one, but god, I love a good "these characters are so horrible to one another that I want to fold myself into origami from all the second-hand embarrassment, but also slip me between their couch cushions so I can eavesdrop on this delicious sibling drama" book. 

Sarah C


Like Love: Essays and Conversations
by Maggie Nelson 

Release: April 2, 2024
This book is an accumulation of Maggie Nelson’s career so far. It’s about the art and artists that have created her and that continuously impact her work. It shows how everything we consume is in continuous conversation with everything else. It’s gorgeous and it made me a better reader and human. I can’t wait to share it. 

Sofia 

 


Loneliness and Company
by Charlee Dyroff

Release: May 7, 2024
This is for the people who are skeptical about advances in AI and still want to hold on to human connection and interaction.

Emily 

 


Catalina
by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Release: June 18, 2024
An undocumented Harvard senior with no legal way to get a job after graduation, Catalina spends her year observing Harvard’s various elite subcultures like an anthropologist of the ultra privileged. I’ve only read a few pages of this book, but I’m totally sucked into it already. There’s something about the tone that sort of reminds me of the lushness and grandeur of The Goldfinch, but it’s Catalina herself that really drew me in. I can’t wait to see where this goes. 

Allie

 


Docile
by Hyeseung Song 

Release: July 16, 2024
The description for this book struck me because it said that when she was young at school a teacher asked the author if she spoke English, which happened to me, too. It’s about being seen as Asian instead of being seen as Asian American, so I’m really excited to read the rest of the book.  

Alex


Alecto the Ninth
by Tamsin Muir

Releases ???
I’m climbing the walls waiting for this book. I don’t even know if it’s coming out this year, and I’m in agony. There’s no release date, but optimism is my burden to bear. 

Kit