2024 reading list

I do not have a reading goal this year, because this year I’m tired af and the reading challenge is a little bit moot at this point. This year we are reading sporadically and letting the chips fall where they may.

#readmyshelf2024 challenge created by Esther Fung.

Currently Reading

  1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong

#ReadMyShelf2024 Challenge

Quick note on this TBR: While the original challenge set by Esther was to read at least 20 books I already have, I am giving myself a list of 50. This will give me some wiggle room, as my goal is to read 30 of the 50 on the list. On the off chance that anybody actually reading this list is unfamiliar with me, I don’t like being told what to do (even by myself), I like having options, and I love making lists.

In going through my inventory, I have decided to prioritize the books that have been living on my shelves for years, particularly those that are most frequently in danger during unhauls. I am not including books either purchased or received during the last two years. This list is a bare minimum in terms of books I want to finally read; I am not, for instance, including the books of Babel, which would otherwise take up three slots.

Challenge Read Count: 2   |   Challenge DNF Count: 1

  1. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
  2. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
  3. Spill Simmer Falter Wither – Sara Baume
  4. Pond – Claire-Louise Bennett
  5. Daughter of Black Lake – Cathy Marie Buchanan
  6. Dragon Springs Road – Janie Chang
  7. The Library of Legends – Janie Chang
  8. The Widow Queen – Elżbieta Cherezińska
  9. Piranesi – Susanna Clarke
  10. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  11. The Death of Vivek Oji – Akwaeke Emezi
  12. Silence – Shūsaku Endō
  13. Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey – Elena Ferrante
  14. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
  15. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
  16. Jason & Medeia – John Gardner
  17. Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
  18. These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong
  19. Our Violent Ends – Chloe Gong
  20. The Witch’s Heart – Genevieve Gornichec
  21. Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi
  22. Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro
  23. Little Gods – Meng Jin
  24. The Luster of Lost Things – Sophie Chen Keller
  25. The House on the Cerulean Sea – T.J. Klune
  26. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America – Erik Larson
  27. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things – Jenny Lawson
  28. The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Liu
  29. The Mountains Sing – Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
  30. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride
  31. The Mercies – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  32. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  33. She Who Became the Sun – Shelley Parker-Chan
  34. The Forgotten Kingdom – Signe Pike
  35. A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II – Sonia Purnell
  36. Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship – Catherine Raven
  37. Half Sick of Shadows – Laura Sebastian
  38. A Dictionary of Maqiao – Han Shaogong
  39. The Cartographers – Peng Shepherd
  40. The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography – Simon Singh
  41. An Unkindness of Ghosts – Rivers Solomon
  42. I Am a Cat – Natsume Sōseki
  43. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  44. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  45. The Magician – Colm Tóibín
  46. The Color of Air – Gail Tsukiyama
  47. The Bass Rock – Evie Wyld
  48. Madam – Phoebe Wynne
  49. Crying in HMart – Michelle Zauner
  50. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak


  1. Twilight Falls – Juneau Black
  2. An Admirable Point: A Brief History of the Exclamation Mark! – Florence Hazrat
  3. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America – Erik Larson
  4. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
  5. The League of Lady Poisoners: Illustrated True Stories of Dangerous Women – Lisa Perrin


  1. The Widow Queen (Elżbieta Cherezińska) – DNF’d 2/3/24 on page 66, funnily enough a year to the day since my first 2023 DNF. I can’t. I can’t keep up with all these names Cherezińska keeps throwing at me, as if I too am intimately familiar with European politics in the 990s. The five chapters I’ve read can also get very lecture-y when Cherezińska is trying to get us up to speed on how the characters got where they are, and the writing is awful. I don’t know if this is Cherezińska’s usual style or if it’s the translator, but please normalize paragraph breaks. I was so hoping to love this book, but I have to admit this is disappointing rather than surprising. I will not be giving this a second chance, this is going into the unhaul box.
  2. Jade City (Fonda Lee) – DNF’d 2/16/24 on page 73. The book is not bad. I’m just really not feeling it for some reason, and I’m not in the mood to start a new series when I know each of the Green Bone books is so long. I might try again later, but for now this one’s going back to the library.
  3. Godkiller (Hannah Kaner) – DNF’d 2/16/24 on page 78. The reading gods do not smile on me today, I am currently 0 for 2. This one was really a surprise, because I love the premise and I love what I’ve seen of Skedi, I mean, he is literally a rabbit-faced squirrel-sized god of white lies, what a cute thing to be a god of. But I’m bored and I don’t care about anyone or anything that’s happening, and I most likely will not be revisiting this series.