The Best Books of 2024: Mid-Year Roundup

As we approach the halfway point of 2024, it's the perfect time to reflect on some of the standout books that have been published so far. Barnes & Noble has released its carefully curated list of the best books of the year, organized into thirteen thematic collections. This roundup showcases the exceptional titles that have captivated readers and critics alike from January to June 2024.

The Joy of Curating the Best Books

According to Jackie De Leo, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble, "It is always a joy—and a challenge—to curate our Best Books lists, and this year has been an exceptional one for new publishing." This year, Barnes & Noble's approach has been unique, allowing booksellers the freedom to explore a variety of themes, from broad categories like debut novels to the very niche, such as nostalgic horror stories.

"We’ve had a blast pulling these lists together. We hope our customers find them as interesting and fun to browse as they were to create." - Jackie De Leo, Chief Merchandising Officer, Barnes & Noble

Literary Fiction: Let It Linger

For those who love profound narratives that linger in the mind, here are four works of literary fiction that you won't want to end:

Modern Love: Relationships Reimagined

Six novels that have redefined our understanding of modern relationships include:

Diverse Themes and Unique Experiences

While Barnes & Noble's list is extensive, here are just a few of the categories they’ve explored:

  • Debut Novels: Celebrating fresh voices in literature.
  • Nostalgic Horror Stories: A trip down memory lane with a twist of terror.
  • Heartwarming Memoirs: Real-life stories that inspire and move.

If you're an avid reader always on the lookout for new recommendations, trust Barnes & Noble to guide you to some of the best reads this year. Whether you're into literary fiction, modern love stories, or niche categories, there's something for everyone. For a deeper dive into more literary topics, check out this original article that inspired this roundup.

Bookish Merch to Accompany Your Reads

To elevate your reading experience, consider exploring the bookish merch available at From bookmarks to literary-inspired apparel, they have a range of merchandise that resonates with every book lover's heart. Dive into their collection to find the perfect companion for your next great read.

June 06, 2024 — Kristin James