What are we excited to read? January Morning Book Buzz Hosts’ 1st Reads for 2024 + Librarian Picks from the Chat!

By Jennifer Rubins | January 17 2024 | Morning Book BuzzStaff Picks

New year, new books… and a new season of Morning Book Buzz! Jen, Kate, and Miriam kicked off season 5 with their 1st reads for 2024—and thanks to our lively audience chat, we found out some librarians’ 2024 reading goals such as: “I would love to read more of the ARCs I have.” and “My resolution is to make time every day to read a physical book. So far it’s been a great way to start my day—coffee and a book.”  We couldn’t agree more!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading! Scroll below to check out your MBB hosts’ title selections, and some librarian book picks, too.

What were our book picks to kick off the year? We revealed all on Instagram:

Your MBB Hosts' 1st Reads of 2024

How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection

Jen’s pick!

Talk about a supercommunicator! Jen loves author Charles Duhigg’s accessible writing style; he has a talent for explaining the science behind why humans behave the way we do. There is no better author to communicate to readers and listeners the science of. . . communication itself!

A Novel

Miriam’s pick!

A year in the life of the unforgettable Catalina Ituralde, a wickedly wry and heartbreakingly vulnerable student at an elite college, forced to navigate an opaque past, an uncertain future, tragedies on two continents, and the tantalizing possibilities of love and freedom.

Come and Get It

Kate’s pick!

Also a January 2024 LibraryReads pick! From the celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Such a Fun Age comes a fresh and provocative story about a residential assistant and her messy entanglement with a professor and three unruly students.

From the MBB Chat: Librarian 2024 Reading Picks!

A Novel

A brilliant, action-packed reimagining of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim’s point of view.

The Hunter
A Novel

It’s a blazing summer when two men arrive in a small village in the West of Ireland. One of them is coming home. Both of them are coming to get rich. One of them is coming to die.

Wandering Stars
A novel

The Pulitzer Prize-finalist and author of the breakout bestseller There There delivers a masterful follow-up to his already classic first novel. Extending his constellation of narratives into the past and future, Tommy Orange traces the legacies of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School through three generations of a family in a story that is by turns shattering and wondrous.

Mrs. Quinn's Rise to Fame
A Novel

A huge-hearted, redemptive coming-of-old-age tale, a love story, and an ode to good food.

Funny Story

A shimmering, joyful new novel about a pair of opposites with the wrong thing in common, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry.

Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands

When mysterious faeries from other realms appear at her university, curmudgeonly professor Emily Wilde must uncover their secrets before it’s too late, in this heartwarming, enchanting second installment of the Emily Wilde series.

A novel

A breathtaking and ineffable new novel from the author of the international best sellers Fugitive Pieces and The Winter Vault—a novel of love and loyalty across generations, at once sweeping and intimate.

Who Cries for the Lost

Sebastian St. Cyr must confront a savage killer and save his closest friend from the hangman’s noose in this heart-pounding new historical mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of When Blood Lies.