Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books I will definitely* read in 2024!! Because this is a post I definitely* keep every year… *cough*
To make things interesting, the last two years’ posts were themed. In 2021 I unintentionally did Vampire books (well, it started unintentionally, but by the time I got 3 books in I decided to go with it), and then 2023’s post was Fae themed. So, I thought we’d go for another themed year in 2024. TBH I was planning to go ‘dragons’ for this year’s theme, but with all the controversy over Fourth Wing’s author (which is currently unread on my shelf), I have decided to go in a different direction.
I might kick myself later, but we’re going regency romance instead. In a Meeghan Reads regency romance way… (Probably more magical realism historical fiction than actual regency, but it’s FINE.) So, I’m off to find some books that fit, on my TBR. And wishlist.
OH! And before I forget, my usual disclaimer:
* As per every year, by “definitely” I mean “maybe, if I feel like it”. Because I never actually hold myself to account with these (and nor should you if you don’t want to). No promises made through these posts are a contractual obligation. The TBR police won’t come for you if you don’t follow through, and nor will any souls be claimed in punishment. I am not a demon, although I can’t make that same promise for the abyss of black (alleged) cat sitting next to me.
top 5 books I will definitely* read in 2024
A Marvellous Light — Freya Marske
Young baronet Robin Blyth thought he was taking up a minor governmental post. However, he’s actually been appointed parliamentary liaison to a secret magical society. If it weren’t for this administrative error, he’d never have discovered the incredible magic underlying his world.
Cursed by mysterious attackers and plagued by visions, Robin becomes determined to drag answers from his missing predecessor — but he’ll need the help of Edwin Courcey, his hostile magical-society counterpart. Unwillingly thrown together, Robin and Edwin will discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles.
Mortal Follies — Alexis Hall
It is the year 1814 and life for a young lady of good breeding has many difficulties. There are balls to attend, fashions to follow, marriages to consider and, of course, the tiny complication of existing in a world swarming with fairy spirits, interfering deities, and actual straight-up sorcerers.
Miss Maelys Mitchelmore finds her entry into high society hindered by an irritating curse. It begins innocuously enough with her dress slowly unmaking itself over the course of an evening at a high-profile ball, a scandal she narrowly manages to escape.
However, as the curse progresses to more fatal proportions, Miss Mitchelmore must seek out aid, even if it means mixing with undesirable company. And there are few less desirable than Lady Georgianna Landrake — a brooding, alluring young woman sardonically nicknamed “the Duke of Annadale” — who may or may not have murdered her own father and brothers to inherit their fortune. If one is to believe the gossip, she might be some kind of malign enchantress. Then again, a malign enchantress might be exactly what Miss Mitchelmore needs.
With the Duke’s help, Miss Mitchelmore delves into a world of angry gods and vindictive magic, keen to unmask the perpetrator of these otherworldly attacks. But Miss Mitchelmore’s reputation is not the only thing at risk in spending time with her new ally. For the rumoured witch has her own secrets that may prove dangerous to Miss Mitchelmore’s heart — not to mention her life.
Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance — Jennieke Cohen
Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could wish for: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.
But now Vicky must marry — or find herself and her family destitute.
Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.
Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact whether the roguish Mr Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.
Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels — India Holton
Cecilia Bassingwaite is the ideal Victorian lady. She’s also a thief. Like the other members of the Wisteria Society crime sorority, she flies around England drinking tea, blackmailing friends, and acquiring treasure by interesting means. Sure, she has a dark and traumatic past and an overbearing aunt, but all things considered, it’s a pleasant existence. Until the men show up.
Ned Lightbourne is a sometimes assassin who is smitten with Cecilia from the moment they meet. Unfortunately, that happens to be while he’s under direct orders to kill her. His employer, Captain Morvath, who possesses a gothic abbey bristling with cannons and an unbridled hate for the world, intends to rid England of all its presumptuous women, starting with the Wisteria Society. Ned has plans of his own. But both men have made one grave mistake. Never underestimate a woman.
When Morvath imperils the Wisteria Society, Cecilia is forced to team up with her handsome would-be assassin to save the women who raised her — hopefully proving, once and for all, that she’s as much of a scoundrel as the rest of them.
Apprentice to the Villain — Hannah Nicole Maehrer
OK, so this book has no synopsis OR cover, but it’s on my list regardless.
Due out in August 2024, the sequel to Assistant to the Villain is one of those books I will likely devour the moment I get my hands on it. Which may be publication day.
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