I love the start of the year – for setting goals and planning my yearly TBR. In this blog post, I am sharing my 24 priority books for 2024. My 24 in 2024 challenge!

This year, I have also tried to be more strategic in setting this TBR. The first 15 books are also my TBR for my Books & Bibles Reading Challenge. Plus, the books I have chosen for this TBR will also help me to achieve my other 2024 reading goals – to read more Christian books, and to read more translated books.

24 books I want to read in 2024

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River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer

Prompt: Noah – a book with animals on the cover

A historical fiction following a woman searching for her children after escaping from slavery. Set in Barbados, British Guiana and Trinidad.

Call of the Penguins by Hazel Prior

Prompt: Anna – older characters

Sequel to Away with the Penguins, following 87-year-old Veronica and her friends, and their love for penguins!

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Prompt: Joseph – random colour generator

A light-hearted romance about a Hollywood actor and his bodyguard.

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

Prompt: Zacchaeus – a short book

A Japanese Classic (and translated from Japanese) following the interactions of a professor with a memory of only 80 minutes – and his housekeeper.

The Confession Room by Lia Middleton

Prompt: Mary – a highly anticipated book

A mystery/thriller following an online forum where people confess to things they’ve done wrong – until someone confesses to murder… ( I LOVE Lia Middleton’s previous books which is why this is so highly anticipated for me).

Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali

Prompt: The Good Samaritan – an author who is different to you

A YA romance between two Muslim teenagers who meet in Dohar – exploring religion, islamophobia, disability and more.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Prompt: Esau – a second chance author

I really didn’t enjoy The Last Family in England by Matt Haig, so I’m hoping this book is better! A contemporary with a touch of fantasy – imagining a library that shows what would have happened if you had made different decisions in your life.

The Institution by Helen Fields

Prompt: Jonah – water on the cover

A mystery/thriller following a detective going under cover in a maximum security prison.

Strong Female Character by Fern Brady

Prompt: Woman at the well – a recommended book

Comedian Fern Brady’s autobiography, looking at her experience of Autism, childhood, mental health and more.

How We Disappeared by Jing Jing Lee

Prompt: James – a book with themes of conflict, oppression, injustice etc.

A historical fiction looking at the experience of people in Singapore and Malaysia during the invasion of the Japanese during WWII.

Yinka, where is your huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Prompt: Ruth – a book with strong family dynamics

A romance following a 30-something year old single woman and the expectations and responses of her Nigerian family.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Prompt: Lydia – a place name in the title

Ingo by Helen Dunmore

Prompt: Daniel – reminds you of childhood

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Prompt: Heman – a book you expect to make you cry

How to hear God by Pete Greig

Prompt: Habakkuk – a book about prayer

Killers of a certain age by Deanna Raybourn

A mystery/thriller about a group of assassins trying to retire.

Dear Henry, Love Edith by Becca Kinzer

A Christian contemporary romance

Before the Memory Fades by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Book three in the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. Translated from Japanese and set in a time-travelling cafe.

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

A Christian non-fiction based on Lewis’ lectures given during WWII on the Christian faith.

The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain

Following a British-Muslim family through grief, life and change.

Babies and Toddlers by Rachel Turner

Looking at how we can support the spirituality of our babies and toddlers, as Christian parents.

Without a Country by Ayse Kulin

Translated from Turkish, we follow a family of German Jews who flee as Hitler is taking power. We see their life in Turkey, and what happens when antisemitism threatens their new life there too.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

A hockey-obsessed town in Sweden is rocked by a terrible event and we follow the repercussions and ripple effects.

We Died Before We Came Here by Emily Foreman

The true story of a family of Christian missionaries, when the father is killed by Al-Qaeda extremists.

What books are you planning to read in 2024?

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