Add These Books to Your 2024 Reading List in Delaware

Trying to read more in 2024? From highly-anticipated releases to compelling stories with Delaware roots, these books will spice up your reading list.

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If one of your goals for the coming year is to read more, the first step is finding the books that pique your interest. Whether you’re drawn to topics like local history, interesting facts or an intriguing fictional story, there’s something for everyone on this 2024 reading list.

Delaware is also home to plenty of independently owned and operated bookstores. The owners and staff at these shops are sure to have plenty of recommendations for you based on your interests. If you want to get back into the habit of reading for pleasure in the coming year, these titles are sure to draw you in.

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(Purchase on Amazon, or check out our list of new and used bookstores in Delaware for local independent bookstores.)

Showtime – Jeff Pearlman

If you loved HBO’s Winning Time, this book is a must-add for your 2024 reading list. A University of Delaware graduate and former editor at UD’s student newspaper wrote the story that inspired the series. Jeff Pearlman is a renowned sportswriter and author of 10 books about various athletes and the sports industry. Showtime focuses on the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. Whether you’re a sports fan or just love a good success story, Showtime is a page-turner and certainly worth the read.


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The Things We Don’t See – Savannah Brown

This young adult mystery is perfect for those looking for a page-turner. The story takes place on a fictional island off the coast of Delaware, where a teen decides to investigate a decades-old mystery and record her findings for her podcast. While the island town is fictional, the setting still feels familiar and is reminiscent of Delaware’s existing quiet resorts.

Savannah Brown—a poet originally from the Midwest—writes compelling and beautiful prose, even at the young adult level. This is a great read for all ages, with relatable characters, an intriguing mystery and a quaint and charming setting. Delawareans will especially enjoy this story with its faint whispers of the beach towns we all know and love.

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The Daughter of Man – L.J. Sysko 

The Daughter of Man, is “poetry for people who think they hate poetry or at least find it unapproachable,” according to Delaware author L.J. Sysko. The title was inspired by René Magritte’s painting The Son of Man. The painting shows a plain, gray-suited figure whose face is obscured by an apple—a faceless industrial-era man. Sysko describes the book as a feminist retort, asking, “If that’s what happens to men in our society, what happens to women?”

Lies and Weddings – Kevin Kwan

Remember Crazy Rich Asians? The author of the trilogy, Kevin Kwan, has another outrageous comedy coming in the spring of 2024. TIME magazine describes the coming novel as “a hilarious, richly detailed family affair that takes place around the world, from Hawaii to Venice to Los Angeles to the English countryside.” When it comes to satirical comedy with undertones of social commentary, Kwan never disappoints. It’s no surprise this is one of the most highly-anticipated novels of 2024, and it will certainly be on our reading lists this year.


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We Dream of Space – Erin Entrada Kelly

Another young adult novel, We Dream of Space follows an unforgettable fictional Delaware family as they navigate their own anxieties, friendships and lives during 1986. At the center of this story is the launch of the space shuttle Challenger. Erin Entrada Kelly alternates between three points of view, making the story a quick page-turner. If you’re a lover of science, exploration and earnest storytelling, add this quick novel to your reading list.

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The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir – RuPaul 

We already know RuPaul as the Queen of Drag, a supermodel and a super-mogul. In his 2024 memoir, RuPaul will reveal what’s underneath the flashy and fabulous exterior. The House of Hidden Meanings promises to explore topics like race and identity, family dynamics, love, sobriety and more as RuPaul recounts the story of his life. With his signature wisdom and wit, this is bound to be a compelling read for the super-fan and casual reader alike. Pre-order on Amazon ahead of the March release.


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Thirty-Three Cecils – Everett De Morier

When Everett De Morier of Dover first penned Thirty-Three Cecils, which meshes the fictional journals of two men—one from Binghamton, New York and the other from Erie, Pennsylvania—he found the story to be cathartic. 

“It’s really about turning-point moments,” he says. “Everyone has them, and they can quickly change the course of a life.” 

Dustin Hoffman will star in the film adaptation of this novel. If you’re the kind of person who likes to read the book before seeing the film, add Thirty-Three Cecils to your reading list to get a head start.

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