The Best Books of 2024 (so far)

The Best Books of 2024 (so far)

Here are the books that really grabbed my attention this week—whether for their brilliance, surprise factor, or thought-provoking content. While some of these books may have been published this year, many of them are timeless classics that have left a lasting impression on me. Keep an eye out every Wednesday for my latest fiction and nonfiction recommendations! I’ve chosen a dozen of essential reads in fiction and non-fiction, basically the best books of 2024.

By Lisanne. Last updated: February 10, 2024

Best books I’ve read in 2024 so far

Letters to a young poet

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Non fiction — This Letters to a Young Poet reads like a beautiful and heartfelt conversation between a wise mentor and a budding poet, offering timeless advice on life, creativity, and self-discovery. Rainer Maria Rilke, the seasoned poet, shares his profound insights and gentle encouragement with Franz Kappus, a young aspiring writer. Through a series of intimate letters, Rilke delves into the essence of the creative process, urging Kappus to embrace solitude, embrace uncertainty, and trust in the transformative power of art. As Rilke’s words unfold, they resonate deeply, offering not just guidance for writing, but for navigating the complexities of life itself. With its lyrical prose and profound wisdom, Letters to a Young Poet is not just a book, but a cherished companion on the journey of self-discovery and creative expression.

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Letters to a young poet

Poor Things

by Alasdair Gray

Fiction Poor Things by Alasdair Gray is a richly layered narrative set in Victorian Scotland, where Bella Baxter, brought back to life by the unorthodox methods of surgeon Archibald McCandless, grapples with the complexities of her existence. As Bella navigates through a society rife with manipulation and power struggles, she confronts questions of identity, agency, and morality. Gray intricately weaves together elements of science fiction, historical fiction, and satire to offer a nuanced exploration of Victorian society’s norms and contradictions. Through Bella’s journey, the novel delves deep into themes of gender, power dynamics, and the consequences of scientific experimentation, inviting readers to ponder the intricate interplay between fate and free will.

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Poor Deer

by Claire Oshetsky (Ecco)

Fiction “Poor Deer” is a poignant coming-of-age story set in the heart of a small rural town. The narrative follows the life of Mia, a young girl who navigates the complexities of family, friendship, and identity against the backdrop of her picturesque yet troubled community. As Mia grapples with the challenges of adolescence and the weight of family expectations, she finds solace in the companionship of a wounded deer she discovers in the nearby woods. Through her bond with the deer, Mia learns valuable lessons about empathy, resilience, and the power of connection in the face of adversity. With richly drawn characters and evocative prose, “Poor Deer” is a tender exploration of the human spirit and the universal quest for belonging.

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