books i read the first quarter of 2024

books i read the first quarter of 2024

Y’all. We’re seriously already at the end of March. How?! I feel like the first three months of this year in Alaska have been simultaneously so fast and soooo slow, but we’re just trucking along, rapidly approaching the end of our second year of homeschool, and prepping for a summer of fun with our friends. I made a goal as we wrapped up 2023 to make a conscious effort to read more this year – for fun – and I’m excited that I’ve stuck to that goal thus far. I’ve found a lot of bloggers and instagrammers with similar tastes, which has helped keep my TBR full, and I’ve loved the escape. So, in the spirit of sharing the wealth, I’m sharing all the books I read the first quarter of 2024.

Books I Read the First Quarter of 2024

Judging by my list of books I read in the first quarter of 2024, I think it’s safe to say that I’m pretty partial to series. I love a good standalone novel here and there, as well, but especially with fantasy, which is my favorite genre, I prefer to invest myself in a whole series. I’ve had a few series that hooked me in the first few months of 2024, and I love that when I find those, it opens up some new series to me, as well. I’m sharing a few thoughts on each of the books I’ve read thus far below…

books i read the first quarter of 2024

The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent – Usually, I’m not a big fan of vampire-focused books, but Oraya’s story is intriguing, the world-building is amazing, and the dynamic of the Kejari was ruthless and awesome to read about.

The Ashes and the Star-Cursed King by Carissa Broadbent – This was the second book in the Crowns of Nyaxia series, and I love that it picked right up where we left off from book one. After the Kejari, surrounded by enemies, the lies from book one unravel and make for a thrilling extension of the series.

Daughter of No Worlds by Carissa Broadbent – I stumbled on this series, and I devoured it. The magical orders felt reminiscent of those of The Witcher, and reading the story from Tisannah’s POV was amazing. If you loved ACOTAR, you’ll love this series.

Children of Fallen Gods by Carissa Broadbent – Max and Tisannah’s story continues, and we begin to unravel the absolute mess of the Orders, the hierarchies of magic, and we discover that it was all rooted in one original sinister plot. I think I read this in three days.

books i read the first quarter of 2024

Mother of Death and Dawn by Carissa Broadbent – We truly meet Aefe in this novel, and we get to experience the story from all sides now, which makes the conclusion of this series even more incredible than the first two books. I loved the finale of this one, and it’s one of the few series where I felt like it ended at the right point.

The Ever King by LJ Andrews – Think: pirates, magic, elves, Vikings, and more. This series has it all, and I loved that nobody in this story was powerless. I stumbled on this one based off a recommendation I found on Instagram, and I was immediately invested in the story of Erik and Livia, as well as their respected families.

The Ever Queen by LJ Andrews – Picking up where book one left off, we get to see just how badass Livia actually is. As war looms, we get to see old bonds tested and reforged, as well as a younger generation coming into their own power, which was so cool.

Six Scorched Roses by Carissa Broadbent – Okay, I didn’t know this one was a novella when I started it, but it’s 1.5 in the Crowns of Nyaxia series. It’s short – at just 200 pages – but the story never felt hurried and sort of added elements to the series, as a whole, even with different characters.

books i read the first quarter of 2024

The Endless War by Danielle L. Jensen – I read the first three books in the Bridge Kingdom series last year, but I forgot the fourth book came out at the end of 2023. Following Zarah and Keris this time, rather than Lana’s story, I wasn’t sure I’d like it as much, but I did, and it was just as magical as before. Combine magic, piracy, wars, and more, and you have this series.

Powerless by Lauren Roberts – This is the only book of the ones I’ve read thus far that I liked, but I didn’t love it. It felt formulaic. The characters were interesting enough, and I liked both Pae and Kai, but it felt a lot like The Hunger Games, and it just felt too forced in places. The best part, to me, was the cliffhanger ending.

My 2024 Reading Goals

I have a goal of 50 books this year, which is fewer than back in my book reviewing days, but it’s more than I’ve read in a long time. I speed read (not sure how I learned), so if I’m invested in a book, I can finish it really fast. I’ve had a few DNFs this year though, so I’m hoping I find more that I love and want to power through soon!

Tell me – what have you read and loved thus far this year?