There may still be a chill in the air, but book love is in bloom. Each new season brings in a fresh batch of romance reads, memorable memoirs, pulse-pounding thrillers and more. These are the books to keep an eye out for in March, April and May of 2024!
The Great Divide by Cristina Henriquez (3/5)
The Panama Canal is one of the manmade marvels of the world, and during its construction, the lives of three very different people are brought together. Omar, a local, takes on a job in excavation. Ada, a teenager stowaway from Barbados finds Omar passed out from exhaustion. And a doctor researching Malaria sees her kindness and hires her to help in his home. The three lives intertwine in an epic tale.
This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan (3/5)
Soledad is a perfectionist who has planned her life to the last detail. She reigns supreme in her domestic duties. But when the life she’s meticulously crafted goes up in flames and the man she thought she’d spend forever with is gone, she’s struggling just to keep a roof over her daughters’ heads. As she resembles her life in unexpected ways, a man she shouldn’t want, but can’t resist shakes things up. Can she learn to trust again?
Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice by Elle Cosimano (3/5)
Finlay Donovan is back for another romping, fun adventure Elle Cosimano fans can’t get enough of. This time set in a seedy Atlantic City casino, Finlay and her P.I.C., Vero, are there to negotiate with a loan shark in order to save Vero’s boyfriend. But when Finlay’s ex-husband and her mom decide to tag along, four is a crowd in this high-stakes road trip.
Not Your China Doll: The Wild and Shimmering Life of Anna May Wong by Katie Gee Salisbury (3/12)
During the Jazz Age in Los Angeles, Anna May Wong rose to stardom when she was cast in The Thief of Bagdad. Audiences begged for more, but when she was repeatedly typecast, she went abroad, starring in films across Europe and dazzling royalty in her attempt to shape the future for Asian American actresses. This biography of a groundbreaking performer is both a perfect slice of history and a timely account.
The Morningside by Téa Obreht (3/19)
In a near future, Silvia and her mother are cast from their ancestral home and forced to live in a decrepit tower apartment that’s partially underwater. Her mother refuses to talk about the past but Ena, the superintendent of the building will. As Silvia unravels some secrets and gets obsessed with the reclusive penthouse resident, a journey to discover the truth unravels.
Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun (4/2)
Logan and Rosemary were childhood friends, rebelling against their small town, until an incident tore them apart. After almost ten years without speaking, they both end up as teachers at their alma mater, though they still avoid each other if they can. When their favorite English teacher gets a terminal diagnosis, the two band together to deliver his dying wish of a final road trip. As they make the trek the two must finally confront one another and hopefully heal their wounds in a sweet, queer rom-come road trip read.
Rebel Rising: A Memoir by Rebel Wilson (4/2)
From a comedy icon comes a daring and hilarious peek behind the curtains. Rebel Wilson talks about her meteoric rise in Hollywood while sharing intimate details about her weight loss journey, fertility issues, and a fun story about Brad Pitt. If you loved her in Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, you’ll love getting to know her better in this laugh out loud memoir.
She’s Not Sorry by Mary Kubica (4/2)
A fan favorite thriller writer is at it again! Meghan, a single mom and full-time nurse, has always tried to keep a distance from her patients. But when Caitlin comes in, Meghan finds herself entangled in a way that could be deadly. Caitlin supposedly jumped from a bridge and is in a coma, but when new details suggest she may have been pushed, the nurse finds she and her daughter could be in danger.
How to End a Love Story by Yulin Kuang (4/9)
From the screenwriter of Emily Henry’s adaptation of People We Meet on Vacation and the director of the forthcoming Beach Read film, comes a can’t-miss debut. When a tragic accident ripped Helen and Grant apart, thirteen years without talking changed a lot. Helen is a bestselling novelist working on an adaptation of her YA series in L.A. and Grant is a screenwriter on the rise who knows he shouldn’t have taken a job on her show, but did anyways. As the two are reminded of all they adored about each other, the past creeps up. Though their ending may not be the stuff love stories are made of, perhaps the present is what will heal them both.
The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo (4/9)
Renowned fantasy author Leigh Bardugo strikes again with a magical, Spanish Golden Age-set story. Luiza is the poor servant of a scheming mistress. Her magical gifts are little more than a parlor trick for the mistresses guests until she catches the eye of a former secretary to the king. Desperate to regain favor, he takes Luiza with him where she’s thrust into the royal world of seers, alchemists and holy men. As she navigates her deceptive new company she fights to hide her Jewish heritage that could threaten her life.
One of Us Knows by Alyssa Cole (4/16)
Kenetria Nash is finally recovering after being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. When she gets the chance to be a caretaker to a historic home, it feels like a fresh start for she and her alters. But soon, the new opportunity turns into a disaster when she becomes trapped with strangers and the man who brought her down in the first place turns up dad. As the prime suspect, Ken has to work with her alters in order to save them all.
Days of Wonder by Caroline Leavitt (4/23)
Young love turns into disaster when Ella goes from falling for Jude to being accused of trying to murder his father. Sentenced to prison and soon after discovering she’s pregnant, Ella chooses to give up her child. But when she’s released after six years, holding only an address, she sets off to get her daughter back and uncover the truth.
Funny Story by Emily Henry (4/23)
The queen of rom-com returns with her fifth banter-filled book. Daphne loved the way her fiancé told their story, until he dumped her for his childhood best friend, Petra. She wasn’t the only one cast aside though, Petra’s ex, Miles, has also found himself alone. Stranded in a town with no connections, the two become roommates. Though they are complete opposites they hash a plan to post misleading photos of a budding relationship. It’s just for show though… right?
The Backyard Bird Chronicles by Amy Tan (4/23)
From the bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club comes a delightful book on birding that includes sketches, daily accounts and thoughtful insights. From a literary legend, this book strikes a quiet, contemplative tone that invites readers to turn away from the mayhem of our current society and towards the beauty that lies within nature.
Real Americans by Rachel Khong (4/30)
Lily Chen and Matthew fall in love in love despite being polar opposites. He’s easygoing and charming and the heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. She’s the broke child of immigrants who fled Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Two decades later, Nick is being raised by his single mother, Lily, and sets out to find his biological father. This story explores class, family and inheritance as it weaves the past and present together.
This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune (5/7)
If you fell in love with Meet Me at the Lake, your next big beach read is here! Lucy’s Prince Edward Island fling should have been just that, unfortunately, Felix is her best friend’s younger brother. Every year she says it can’t happen again. And every year… it does. When Bridget flees her wedding, Lucy follows her, but now she has to fight day in and day out to avoid the flirty, irresistible Felix.
One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware (5/21)
Lyla’s life has plateaued, so when her boyfriend Nico gets the chance to be on a couples, competition reality show, she figures, why not. After the first even leaves everyone rattled, a storm roles into the isolated island and the stakes get real. With no phones and dwindling supplies, fun and games turns into survival mode in this twisty thriller.
Lies and Weddings by Kevin Kwan (5/21)
Form the iconic author of Crazy Rich Asians comes a drama-filled story readers will delight in. Rufus is the heir to his Hong Kong supermodel mom’s fortune… the problem is there is no fortune left. His marriage will secure his family’s future or condemn them to ruin. With a selection of heiresses and royalty, it’s up to Rufus to turn the ship around, but his heart is with the girl-next-door who offers nothing in riches.
The Guncle Abroad by Steven Rowley (5/21)
In a follow up to the beloved novel The Guncle, Patrick is back and he’s headed overseas for his brother’s wedding. His professional life is great, his personal life is… okay. The niece and nephew he looked over after their mother’s death are now adjusting to a new normal, his sister is Clara is flirting with every guest in sight and he’s feeling some competition from the kids’ charming soon-to-be lesbian aunt. As the wedding festivities get off to a rocky start, Patrick tries to balance the mayhem with his steady, humorous charm and love.
The Bump by Sidney Karger (5/21)
Biz and Wyatt are complete opposites, but it works for them. On the verge of becoming fathers via surrogacy, they decide to go on an impromptu road trip to travel cross country for the birth of their child. In this fun and fresh road trip read, Biz and Wyatt go on hilarious adventures, but also come face-to-face with lingering issues and buried secrets that call into question their family unit.