10 Great Reads for Spring 2024

Posted May 7, 2024 by Prairie Wife -

As an avid reader (yes, listening to books does count as reading), I’ve read well over a dozen books over the last few months, but for the sake of time, I picked out only ten great reads for Spring 2024!

There is a little something for everyone, so make sure you scroll through all the reviews. I’m sure there will be at least one book that interests you. There are even two books that are part of a series, so if you’re like me and fall in love with the characters, you can keep reading and spending time with them. Of course, let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for us.

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

A newly divorced writer, Finlay Donovan, is at the end of her rope. She has bills to pay and no relief in sight—until a woman overhears her conversation with her literary agent, and that, combined with a sneak peek into her purse, leads to a job as a contract killer. This book is hilarious and captivating. I couldn’t help but root for Finlay, even though I knew she had crossed over to the dark side. While this book doesn’t take itself too seriously, there are some serious topics, and I also enjoyed the underlying themes of friendship and revenge. AND I am so happy that this book is the first in a series of four.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

This thriller was intense, and I admit I didn’t guess what was happening until well past halfway through the book! Amber is in a coma in the hospital. This book is a series of chapters that blend Amber’s impressions of what’s happening while she’s in the hospital, childhood diary entries, and flashbacks to the years before the accident. Each chapter will have you wondering…who IS the villain in this book? Is it Amber, her loving husband, her brilliant/perfect sister, or someone you never considered?

Funny Story by Emily Henry

Henry’s latest novel is everything you’ve come to love about her books. Relatable characters, charming settings, quirky side characters, and, of course, some steamy romance! Daphne finds herself stuck in Waning Bay, Michigan, after moving there to be with her boyfriend (who eventually became her fiancé). What seemed like it would be her happily ever after turned into heartbreak when her fiancé left her to be with his childhood best friend. Daphne moves in with Miles, who was formerly dating the aforementioned “childhood best friend.” Awkward doesn’t begin to cover this mess, but as Miles sets out to prove to Daphne that there are some great things about Waning Bay, they learn more about each other, and sparks begin to fly. This light and fun romance novel is the perfect beach read!

Surrounded By Idiots by Thomas Erikson

I recently read this book to prepare for a private workshop, and I am so glad it was recommended! As someone who works with hundreds of people at a time, often attends meetings and leads small groups, I’m always looking for new ways to communicate effectively. Erikson’s process of identifying four types of human behavior and how to work with each of them effectively made a lot of sense to me. I liked his concrete examples of what you may see in each type, and I agree with his statement that many of us are a mix of more than one color. The activities I led in the workshop based on this book were fun and insightful for the group. This reinforced that this was a valuable tool for leaders and those of you who often work with groups of people (so everyone, lol).

The Paradise Series (3 Books) by Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorite authors. Her books are full of vibrant characters and are easy to read. Her Paradise series (a 3 book series that begins with “Winter In Paradise”) was so much fun to read that I now have St. John on my bucket list of places to visit! This series starts out with a tragedy, the death of Irene Steele’s devoted husband and beloved father to their two boys. Except, he died in a helicopter accident with his mistress! Irene and her sons had no idea about the double life he was leading and were forced to travel down to St. John to try and unravel the mystery. Over the course of the Paradise series, you’ll meet and fall in love with several of the locals from St. John. While you likely won’t ever feel sympathy for Irene’s husband…you’ll find yourself softening towards the daughter that his mistress left behind. Part romance and beach read and part mystery, I 100% recommend this entire series!

The Centre by Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi

This psychological thriller is like nothing else I’ve ever read. I’m trying to think of how to describe it. Maybe it’s a mix of Silence of the Lambs and the 6th Sense? Anisa’s boyfriend, Adam, is a master of languages. When he finally lets Anisa in on the secret of The Centre, where he learns to speak any language he wants fluently, she knows she needs to be a part of it. The repercussions of her time there are both positive and negative. As she feels herself becoming someone different, she mourns the loss of her old relationships. But, her excitement over her new friendships and career success seems to outweigh the negative…or does it?

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson

This Who Done It murder mystery takes place in Australia and is absolutely wonderfully written. Follow the brutally honest narrator (Ernest, Ern, or Ernie) as he shares the complicated story of how everyone in his family has killed someone. The tales are all centered around a family reunion at a ski resort…and as the weekend plays out, tales of the past continue to weave in and out of the current murder mystery. Dry humor and spoiler alerts throughout the novel let you in on some of the secrets in this mystery, but there will still be plenty of gasp-aloud moments as you read.

The Blonde Identity by Ally Carter

Paris, a woman with amnesia, a police hunt, a case of mistaken identity, and an incredibly sexy spy—what’s not to love? If you’re looking for a realistic spy novel, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a light read that will make you laugh, has more than a few plot twists, and has a little bit of past emotional trauma and some steamy romance, this is it!

One Fifth Avenue Candace Bushnell

NYC elitist drama, socialites, broken miserable marriages, wanna-be trophy wives, new money vs. old money, and washed-up old ladies… “One Fifth Avenue” has it all! Fans of the TV show Only Murders in the Building will see some similarities between the show and this book—but only in a way that allows you to picture the characters so much more clearly! Two significant events happen at once and kick off the fast-paced plot of this book. The return of beautiful actress Schiffer Diamond and the death of Louise Houghton, who owned the building’s swankiest apartment. These two events result in an all-out war between the building’s residents and will make you wonder if an apartment is worth all this drama!

Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Torzs

It took me a bit to get into this book, but once I did…I was captivated. This fantasy novel is full of incredibly inventive ideas about magic and has just the right amount of psychological thriller thrown in to keep you turning the pages as fast as you can. Two sisters are left orphaned. One leaves her family home and never stays in one place longer than a year. While the other stays in the house and won’t leave it for more than a few hours at a time. The sisters’ father charged them with protecting the magical books hidden in the house’s basement…while the Kalotay family has been charged with creating new magical books and “guarding” old books. When the two groups collide, they both realize that what they’ve been told isn’t the whole truth. And it’s up to them to decide what to do with this new knowledge!

I hope at least one of my 10 Great Reads for Spring books made it onto your must-read list!

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