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As we head into the second half of the year, let’s recap some of the most popular books of the year so far.



A family vacationing encounters a remote villa just as dark and dysfunctional as they are.

Written by Jennifer Marie Thorne, 296 pages.

Rated 4.09/5.00 stars (Goodreads)

First published March 26, 2024

Genres: Horror, Gothic, Fiction, Adult, Thriller, Ghosts, Mystery, Contemporary, Paranormal


Speculations in Sin A Below Stairs Mystery #7

An amateur sleuth is faced with exposing a high-profile financial scam in Victorian-era London.

Written by Jennifer Ashley, 320 pages.

Rated 4.37/5.00 stars (Goodreads)

First published March 5, 2024

Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction, Historical, Historical Mystery, Fiction, Romance, Cozy Mystery

Science Fiction

The World That Was

A physicist discovers time travel after the largest solar flare hits Planet Earth.

Written by Jay Pelchen, 324 pages.

Rated 4.40/5.00 stars (Goodreads)

First published March 29, 2024

Genres: Science Fiction, Fiction


The Painter’s Daughters

The story of one of England’s most famous painter’s daughters’ love, madness, sisterly devotion, and control.

Written by Emily Howes, 352 pages.

Rated 4.01/5.00 stars (Goodreads)

First published February 27, 2024

Genres: Historical Fiction, Art, Romance, Family, Adult


Rabbit Heart: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Story

Follow the story of author Kristine S. Ervin’s self-discovery after the loss of her mother at just 8 years old.

Written By Kristine S. Ervin, 304 pages.

Rated 4.30/5.00 stars (Goodreads)

First published March 26, 2024

Genres: True Crime, Memoir, Nonfiction, Crime, Biography, Adult


Somehow: Thoughts on Love

New York Times bestseller Anne Lamott shares her wisdom on the glue to all of life: love.

Written by Anne Lamott, 204 pages.

Rated 4.12/5.00 stars (Goodreads)

First published April 9, 2024

Genres: Nonfiction, Essays, Memoir, Spirituality, Philosophy, Self Help, Love

Be sure to browse Goodreads to discover more books by genre, and create a list or two to share.

Happy reading!

Osa is a researcher and writer from Detroit, MI. She bases her work at the intersections of media, information, technology, and philosophy. As the worldliest experiences become magnified by new technology, she takes interest in the way ideas are exchanged, the inventions behind it, and their influence on society. Bearing witness to the digitalization of communication— the rise of the Internet, smartphones, and social media— she knew life would never be the same as before. This is what inspires her. Her mission is to serve in researching secure, innovative, and accessible information solutions. Music, languages, and nature are amongst her personal interests. When she isn’t drafting her latest report, she is making the best of her time. She is dedicated to living an informed life by reading books, conversing with people, and exploring new areas of the world.