2024 Book List

It’s time to switch over and start a new yearly book list! As I finish each book, I share it and a mini review in real-time on my Instagram Stories and I also keep an updated list here.

If you’re interested in my previous lists, you can find them here: 2020 Book List, 2021 Book List, 2022 Book List, and 2023 Book List. Feel free to bookmark this page, as I will keep it updated as I finish each book. I’ll also stick a link to this post over on the right sidebar for easy access.

Here are the books I’ve read so far in 2024:

Book #, Information & LinkMini Book Review
Book #1 of 2024:
Freaks, Gleeks & Dawson’s Creek: How 7 Teen Shows Transformed Television 
By Thea Glassman
The untold stories of seven teen shows (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, My So-Called Life, Dawson’s Creek, Freaks and Geeks, The O.C., Friday Night Lights, and Glee) that shaped the course of modern television and our pop cultural landscape forever. A really interesting look into the behind the scenes creation and cultural significance of the shows. However, I did think that it would be a bit more gossipy, rather than a review of the production, casting and story boarding for each show. My favorite chapters were the ones on My So-Called Life, The O.C. and Glee.
Book #2 of 2024:
Between Us by Mhairi McFarlane
A novel about a woman whose life unravels spectacularly after her screenwriter boyfriend uses their relationship as inspiration for his new television show. I usually love Mhairi McFarlane books, but this one just didn’t hit the spot for me. It was messy and sad and I felt like I was living through a long and drawn out breakup. It wasn’t witty or laugh out loud funny or even romantic like I’ve enjoyed from this author previously. And I wasn’t really invested in the new love at the end. 
Book #3 of 2024:
Magical Midlife Flowers (Leveling Up Series 7.5) by KF Breene
The author sent out an email that a kickstarter bonus story just became available and I snapped it up! I love the Magical Midlife series and this little side adventure was super fun. There’s a flower show with murderous flowers, some group bonding, Jessie’s terrible ex and some romance too. If you’re a fan of the series, grab this one ASAP!
Book #4 of 2024:
The Christmas Fix by Lucy Score
A hurricane puts Merry, Connecticut under water and it will take a Christmas miracle to get it put back together. Hot damn. This is like a smutty, sexy Hallmark Christmas movie meets HGTV. A kickass take no crap leading lady and some very steamy scenes that Lucy Score is known for. So, so good and I even teared up a little at the end! 
Book #5 of 2024:
All it Takes is a Goal by Jon Acuff
This book shows you how to plan goals that you’re guaranteed to reach by focusing on your best moments, navigating the three zones of performance, and finding ways to fuel your passions, all while actually enjoying the ride. Yeah. I totally lost interest about halfway though. HOWEVER, I did very much enjoy the idea of building a ‘best moments’ list. The idea is that you make a list of your best moments and then try to make more of them. It helps you have a positive focus and also enhances gratitude. 
Book #6 of 2024:
Thank You For Listening by Julie Whelan
The story of a former actress turned successful audiobook narrator—who has lost sight of her dreams after a tragic accident—and her journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance when she agrees to narrate one last romance novel. A fun take on romance novels and their tropes with a more serious side of overcoming trauma and figuring out what life will look like now. I enjoyed the best friendship and also the quick and then slow burn romance. Free on Kindle Unlimited!
Book #7 of 2024:
What Became of Magic by Paige Crutcher
Living a solitary life until the age of thirty, Aline’s life takes an unexpected turn when she is invited to a town that doesn’t exist on any map. Arriving in Matchstick, Aline learns of a lost magic that desperately needs to be found and only her unique powers can do it. This entire book was like talking to the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. Everything was a damn riddle and nobody made any sense. I finished it because I thought maybe it would make sense at the end. And when I finished the last sentence, I said out loud “wow, I hate this book’
Book #8 of 2024:
Funny Feelings by Tarah Dewitt
Farley Jones is a standup comedian and the only thing she loves more than the rush of telling jokes is her hot older manager Meyer, though he doesn’t have a clue. When the biggest opportunity of Farley’s career comes along and forces the pair to fake-date in order to stir up publicity, it doesn’t take long for their act to bring all those other funny feelings out into the open. A super fun, entertaining and truly sweet romance! If you love friends to lovers and pretending to date turning into romance, you’ll love this book. I enjoyed it so much that I’m planning to hunt down more to read from this awesome author! 
Book #9 of 2024:
The Co-Op by Tarah DeWitt
Still on my Tarah DeWitt obsession! The Co-op is a steamy second chance romance about the never-ending construction project that partnership is, and finding enjoyment at every stage. With that being said, I really disliked LaRynn for the first half of the book. Look, I know she had issues but she was just so mean for no reason. Honestly, they both needed therapy. I did like the last third of the book much more when they both let down their guard. And I totally squealed when a character from Funny Feelings showed up for the perfect moment! 
Book #10 of 2024:
Rootbound by Tarah DeWitt
Another romance from Tarah DeWitt? Don’t mind if I do! Rootbound is set on a rustic ranch in Idaho and centers on family, heartbreak and whether the potential for disaster is worth the risk that accompanies love. Loved Tait and Henry so much. Even if I do hate her name. Their friendship. The family dynamics. The romance. So, so good. 
Book #11 of 2024:
In Rootbound, Funny Feelings, and in The Co-op, we get to see pieces of these characters’ pasts, along with glimpses of their futures. This is a book about their Christmas presents; each taking place the year following “The End.” After reading the authors three books back-to-back, of course I had to finish out the series with this holiday bonus! 
Book #12 of 2024:
Same Time Next Year by Tessa Bailey
With a half brother on the team, Britta has a strict no-dating policy for hockey boys. But she does have a soft spot for one particular player. With his work visa about to expire, Sumner’s only chance to stay in Bridgeport is to marry an American—and get a green card. Oooh this one is sweet and spicy! Tessa Bailey is always awesome and this fun little novella is totally worth the read. 
Book #13 of 2024:
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
By Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benjamin Pasek and Justin Paul
This novel was inspired by the Broadway show, Dear Evan Hansen, and written by the shows creators. While I am a musical theater nerd, I haven’t seen this show (or the movie), so I thought this would be good pre-reading. After reading the first half, I watched a few of the shows performances, so I’m excited to now watch the movie version and see how they line up. With that being said, the book was a heartbreaking coming-of-age novel about mental health and suicide. I’m not sure I’m ready to watch it again, but with singing quite yet. 
Book #14 of 2024:
Hypnotized by Love by Sariah Wilson
Hypnotist Savannah Sinclair is known for helping clients overcome their deep-rooted issues, from anxiety to addiction. But her nontraditional approach also attracts plenty of skeptics―including her high school nemesis and rival, Mason Beckett, who just so happens to be the boy who broke her heart. I really liked the authors other book (Lessons in Chemistry) but this one was a miss for me. I found Savannah so selfish and it drives me crazy how she would so loudly and dramatically jump to the worst conclusions. Every. Single. Time. And Mason was apparently perfect at everything. And forgiving every time.  Glad this was a free February read, because I hated it.
Book #15 of 2024:
No Time Like the Future
By Michael J Fox
In this memoir, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Apparently he has 3 other memoirs, so this book is really more of a snippet of his life and some of the ups and downs he’s seen over the past few years. He’s optimistic and clever and I enjoyed this look into his life. 
Book #16 of 2024:
The Exception to the Rule (The Improbable Meet-Cute Collection)
By Christina Lauren
On February 14, an accidental email to a stranger opens the door to an unexpected relationship in a captivating short story that is part of the Improbable Meet-Cute Collection. Oh my gosh, this penpal meet cute was absolutely adorable and I was rooting for them the whole way! (Collection free right now for Kindle Unlimited!)
Book #17 of 2024:
Worst Wingman Ever (The Improbable Meet-Cute Collection)
By Abby Jimenez
A valentines note on the wrong car leads to this meet cute and OHMYGOD I liked this one even more than the last one. A total swoon from me. Download this one asap! (Collection free right now for Kindle Unlimited!)
Book #18 of 2024:
Rosie and the Dreamboat (The Improbable Meet-Cute Collection)
By Sally Thorne
Rosie and her sister are up for some Galentine’s pampering at a day spa — until she gets locked inside a flotation tank. Enter a firefighter hero determined to pry this luckless pearl out of her high-tech shell. Blegh. Nope. Not this one. Skip it. (Collection free right now for Kindle Unlimited!)
Book #19 of 2024:
Drop, Cover and Hold On (The Improbable Meet-Cute Collection)
By Jasmine Guillory
A Valentine’s Day earthquake traps Daisy and the handsome bakery owner in his shop. I usually love this author, but this short story is another blegh for me. Skip this one too. (Collection free right now for Kindle Unlimited!)
Book #20 of 2024:Audrey Love is cursed to be the person before you find your soulmate, the girl you dump for your true love. So when her best friend disappears hours before his Valentine’s Day wedding, Audrey fears that she did the unthinkable and kissed him at last night’s bachelor party. A cute ‘missing groom’ story but this short story really needed more time to turn into something. It was abrupt and kinda meh. (Collection free right now for Kindle Unlimited!)
Book #21 of 2024:
Royal Valentine (The Improbable Meet-Cute Collection)
By Sariah Wilson
Valentine’s Day becomes a Roman holiday for a princess in disguise in the last of the short stories. While the collection started out strong with two winners, the rest — including this one — was rather lackluster. Moving on. (Collection free right now for Kindle Unlimited!)
Book #22 of 2024:
Keeper of Enchanted Rooms (Whimbrel House Book 1) by Charlie Holmberg
Set in a magical version of 1856, writer Merritt Fernsby is surprised to inherit a remote property that has been uninhabited for more than a century. Oh, and it’s haunted and won’t let him leave. Hulda Larkin has been trained in taming such structures in order to preserve their historical and magical significance. To do that, she’ll need to move in, too. Such a fun start to a new series with some wonderful world building and a very, very bad guy. It reminded me a bit of the Paper Magician series, which made much more sense when I realized it was by the same author. Can’t wait to continue the series with the next book. 
Book #23 of 2024:
Heir of Uncertain Magic (Whimbrel House Book 2) by Charlie Holmberg
Another adventure for Hulda and Merritt and the gang. Merritt’s powers are growing, Hulda’s boss is missing, and somebody has been manipulating their emotions. Loved the mystery and the new adventure, as well as some of the core group’s shenanigans. Loving this series and I’m looking forward to book 3.
Book #24 of 2024:
Boy of Chaotic Making (Whimbrel House Book 3) by Charlie Holmberg
The third and last(?) in the series and it was so much fun! Merritt and Hulda have another adventure, this one in England where they have the opportunity to get Owein his own body. He was previously haunting a house and then shoved into a dog body. It was a whole thing. But he has the chance to become a human again and life the life that was cut so short. A wonderful end to the series, but honestly I’d love some more stories with them!
Book #25 of 2024:…Coming soon…

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