Spring Intern’s Most Anticipated Reads of 2024

By Katerina Rettino | January 26 2024 | AdultGeneral

When the new year rolls around, there’s a lot to be excited about: Renewed goals (with “reading more” surely on everyone’s list), a fresh agenda, exciting plans, and – best of all – a new lineup of books!

Penguin Random House has a pretty full roster, but I’ve done a deep-dive and come up with the top seven new books I’m most excited to read in 2024. Mystery, memoir, and literary fiction are consistently some of my most-read genres, and this year won’t be any different.

Get ready to add some titles to your To-Read Pile!

 

7. A Twisty Debut Thriller

While We Were Burning
978-0-593-71495-9

Description:

Parasite meets Such a Fun Age in a scorching debut that is as heartbreaking as it is thrilling, examining the intersection of race, class, and female friendship, and the devastating consequences of everyday actions.

 

What I’m excited about: 

I love stories where a character’s “perfect” life unravels a bit (you’ll see this in some of my other picks, too). Couple that with two mysterious deaths and a double-agent? I know there will be plenty of surprises in this title.

 

$28.00 US
Apr 16, 2024
Hardcover
304 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons
US, Canada, Open Mkt

6. Frances Perkins' Journey to Becoming an American Political Icon

Becoming Madam Secretary
978-0-593-43705-6

Description:

She took on titans, battled generals, and changed the world as we know it…New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray returns with a captivating and dramatic new novel about an American heroine Frances Perkins.

 

What I’m excited about: 

This book strays a little from my regular reads, but I’ve been looking to get more into historical fiction lately. This seems like a perfect place to start, telling the story of the first woman to ever serve in a presidential cabinet. If that wasn’t interesting enough, her time in office spanned from the Great Depression to World War II, and she formed a historic partnership with FDR. I’m sold.

 

$29.00 US
Mar 12, 2024
Hardcover
528 Pages
Berkley
World

5. A Woman Consumed by the World of High Finance

Private Equity
978-0-593-65499-6

Description:

A gripping memoir of one woman’s self-discovery inside a top Wall Street firm, and an urgent indictment of privilege, extreme wealth, and work culture.

 

What I’m excited about: 

I have a soft spot for memoirs – an opportunity to embody new people, perspectives,lifestyles and experiences. I also have soft spots for getting the inside scoop on the ultra-rich and the trope of people losing themselves in their work. Naturally, Private Equity is my perfect storm. One sentence from its description really hooked me: “Carrie’s story illuminates the struggle for balance in a world of extremes: efficiency and excess, status and aspiration, power and fortune.” I can’t wait for this read, which is surely as thrilling as it is reflective.

 

$29.00 US
Feb 13, 2024
Hardcover
352 Pages
Penguin Press
US, Canada, Open Mkt

4. Did She Do It? Even She Doesn't Know.

You Know What You Did
978-0-593-47385-6

Description:

Annie “Anh Le” Shaw grew up poor, but seems to have it all now: a dream career, a stunning home, and a devoted husband and daughter. When Annie’s mother, a Vietnam War refugee, dies suddenly one night, Annie’s carefully curated life begins to unravel. Her obsessive-compulsive disorder, which she thought she’d vanquished years ago, comes roaring back—but this time, the disturbing fixations swirling around in Annie’s brain might actually be coming true.

 

What I’m excited about: 

Remember when I said I liked when “perfect” lives unravel? The trope is back in this debut thriller, but in a much different way. The protagonist deals with a mental health spiral that leads her to the center of a police investigation. Even she doesn’t know what happened, but she knows she needs to protect her daughter from whatever will happen next. Personally, I haven’t read something similar to this before, and I can’t wait for the story to unfurl.

 

$28.00 US
Apr 16, 2024
Hardcover
384 Pages
Dutton
World

3. A Classic, Revisited

James
978-0-385-55036-9

Description:

A brilliant, action-packed reimagining of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim’s point of view • From the “literary icon” (Oprah Daily) and Pulitzer Prize Finalist whose novel Erasure is the basis for Cord Jefferson’s critically acclaimed film American Fiction

 

What I’m excited about: 

I’m committed to giving more classics a shot this year, and what better motivation to finally read Huckleberry Finn than getting to follow it up with a modern retelling by such a celebrated author? The raving reviews have convinced me to add this to my list, including: “One of the noblest characters in American literature gets a novel worthy of him” (Kirkus), “Who should read this book? Every single person in the country” (Ann Patchett) and “Percival Everett is a giant of American letters, and James is a canon-shatteringly great book” (Hernan Diaz, author of Trust)

 

$28.00 US
Mar 19, 2024
Hardcover
320 Pages
Doubleday
US, Canada, Open Mkt

2. Kevin Kwan Returns With Scandal Up His Sleeve

Lies and Weddings
978-0-385-54629-4

Description:

Rufus Leung Gresham, future Earl of Greshambury and son of a former Hong Kong supermodel has a problem: the legendary Gresham Trust has been depleted by decades of profligate spending, and behind all the magazine covers and Instagram stories manors and yachts lies nothing more than a gargantuan mountain of debt. The only solution, put forth by Rufus’s scheming mother, is for Rufus to attend his sister’s wedding at a luxury eco-resort, a veritable who’s-who of sultans, barons, and oligarchs, and seduce a woman with money.

 

What I’m excited about:

Kevin Kwan’s previous works – the Crazy Rich Asians series and Sex and Vanity – have completely enraptured me before, and I have a feeling he’s going to do it again with Lies and Weddings. Kwan is a master of mixing up money, love, and scandal to create the ultimate rom-com. Need I say more?

 

$29.00 US
May 21, 2024
Hardcover
448 Pages
Doubleday
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)

1. Wall Street Money or Your Sanity? You Only Get to Choose One.

The Trading Game
978-0-593-72721-8

Description:

A vivid, blistering memoir that takes readers inside the high-stakes drama and hubris of the trading floor, a rags-to-riches tale of Citibank’s one-time most profitable trader, and why he gave it all up—a Liar’s Poker for a new generation.

 

What I’m excited about:

For everything I said I was looking forward to in Carrie Sun’s Private Equity, double it for The Trading Game. It’s description reads more like a thriller than a memoir, with phrases like, “Soon you are dreaming of numbers in your sleep—and then you stop sleeping at all” and, “You want to stop, but you can’t. Because nobody ever leaves.” Author Irvine Welsh described it as “The Wolf of Wall Street with a moral compass,” which sounds pretty good to me.

 

$30.00 US
Mar 05, 2024
Hardcover
352 Pages
Crown Currency
US,CAN,OpnMkt(no EU)