Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Arty Reader Girl. Each week, we are given a bookish topic to discuss. This week’s theme is Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2024. I will admit, I don’t pay much attention to book release dates unless it’s from a series I am actively reading. So, much of this list will be sequels that I cannot wait to add to my TBR and read.
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Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2024
Releases June 4, 2024
Shirayuki is an herbalist famous for her naturally bright-red hair, and the prince of Tanbarun wants her all to himself! The prince from the neighboring kingdom, Zen, rescues her from her plight, and thus begins their love story.
The remaining villains loyal to Toka Bergat have been exposed and dealt with, and Shirayuki and company have at last received permission from Lord Eisetsu to spread the light-bringing phostyrias plant. Back in Lilias, as the team prepares for the next phase of the plant propagation plan, Ryu makes a major decision of his own! And it seems that a job offer has been posted in the City of Academics—one seeking an herbalist with very particular qualifications!
April 2, 2024
The story of Kimi ni Todoke continues in this sequel starring Sawako and her former rival Kurumi in college.
With her jet-black hair, sinister smile, and silent demeanor, Sawako “Sadako” Kuronuma always had trouble fitting in during high school. But with help from her friends, her boyfriend Kazehaya, and even her rival-turned-friend Kurumi, Sawako came out of her shell. Now in college, Sawako and Kurumi have become incredibly close, but Kurumi longs for a romance of her own.
Despite considering herself unlovable, and despite feeling deeply satisfied with Sawako’s companionship, Kurumi decides to put herself out there and try dating. When she’s pestered by a persistent suitor after a party, a handsome stranger comes to her rescue. He looks suspiciously like Sawako…or not so suspicious, considering that he is actually Sawako’s cousin! When Kurumi starts to feel drawn to him, could it be love?
Releases April 30, 2024
Zetian must balance dangerous politics with a new quest for vengeance in the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Iron Widow, a blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction.
After suffering devastating loss and making drastic decisions, Zetian finds herself at the seat of power in Huaxia. But she has also learned that her world is not as it seems, and revelations about an enemy more daunting than Zetian imagined forces her to share power with a dangerous man she cannot simply depose. Despite having vastly different ideas about how they must deconstruct the corrupt and misogynist system that plagues their country, Zetian must join this man in a dance of truth and lies and perform their roles to perfection in order to take down their common enemy, who seeks to control them as puppets while dangling one of Zetian’s loved ones as a hostage.
With political unrest and perilous forces aiming to undermine Zetian at every turn, can she enact positive changes as a fair and just ruler? Or will she be forced to rely on fear and violence and succumb to her darker instincts in her quest for vengeance? Find out in this highly-anticipated sequel to Iron Widow, a #1 New York Times bestseller!
Releases January 9, 2024
The journey to 100 friends begins with a single conversation.
Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi’s greatest dream is to make some friends, but everyone at school mistakes her crippling social anxiety for cool reserve. Luckily she meets Tadano, a timid wallflower who decides to step out of his comfort zone in order to help her achieve her goal of making 100 friends.
Now that Komi and Tadano are an official couple, Komi’s dad wants another chance to bond with his daughter’s boyfriend, this time on a sauna date! It’s just as awkward as it sounds, but Tadano manages to make things even more cringe when heat-induced delirium prompts him to ask Komi’s dad the worst question in the history of questions—how do you kiss a girl?
Releases May 7, 2024
A red-haired princess loses her family and her kingdom… Now she must rise and fight for her throne!
Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Su-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when tragedy strikes her family!
Yona and friends embark on a dangerous mission to get Meinyan back—by sneaking into an enemy camp where the Dromos assassins await! Val must battle his former South Kai comrade General Hittan for Meinyan’s sake, but the rescue effort backfires once the cruel Emperor Chagol draws near!
Releases January 9, 2024
Exorcise your destiny in an era-spanning supernatural adventure from manga legend Rumiko Takahashi!
When Nanoka is transported back in time to a supernatural early 20th century, she gets recruited by aloof exorcist Mao. What thread of fate connects them? Together, they seek answers…and kick some demon butt along the way!
Just when it seems that the mystery of Sana’s death has been solved, surprising details come to light that change everything. The identity of the zombie body that Byoki revived is finally revealed. Then, the gang helps Kamon investigate the peril that befalls his fiancée and tracks the dissemination of his creation, the Seed of Haku.
Releases March 12, 2024
Since his parents died, manga artist Ichiro has barely scraped by, forced to support his two younger siblings on just a middle school education. He doesn’t even have time to learn how to use a computer, which forces him to keep wrestling with pen and paper. When his art assistants quit to strike out on their own, on top of juggling deadlines, family, and the constant fear of losing his job, Ichiro feel close to a total breakdown. But then a new assistant pops into Ichiro’s life, and his prospects immediately start to brighten! She’s an incredible artist, she always finishes on time, and she’s beautiful, to boot! But she also seems to know an awful lot about him, and, soon, she makes a confession that bends Ichiro’s mind beyond the confines of Earth…
I hope you enjoyed my Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2024. What book releases are you looking forward to?