Book Log Highlights: 2024 Reading Challenges

Each month, we take the ratings you submit on the reading challenge book logs and gather them into highlights of the highest-rated books. It’s always fun to see which books rise to the top, and we always bump books up our own TBR lists after seeing the results.

2024 Book Log Highlights

The Read Around the USA and Lifetime of Reading Challenges are self-paced for 2024. Since you can read books for these challenge prompts in any order throughout the year, there are no book logs for the Read Around the USA and Lifetime Challenges this year, and therefore no book log highlights.

Readers’ Favorites From Our Guided Reading Challenges

MARCH 2024

GET THE BOOKS: The Martian by Andy Weir; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman; The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens; and The Storied Life of AJ Kikry by Gabrielle Zevin

SEE THE FULL LIST OF BACKLIST BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2014
GET THE BOOKS: Tisha by Robert Specht; The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore; The Forty Elephants by Erin Bledsoe; One Summer by Bill Bryson; and Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor.

SEE THE FULL LIST OF BOOKS SET IN THE 1920s
GET THE BOOKS: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi; I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka; The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré; The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan; and Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew

SEE THE FULL LIST OF BOOKS SET IN AFRICA

FEBRUARY 2024

GET THE BOOKS: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline; Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain; Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger; The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown; The All-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

SEE THE FULL LIST OF BACKLIST BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2013
GET THE BOOKS: The Phoenix Crown by Kate Quinn and Janie Chang; The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray; The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman; A Night to Remember by Walter Lord; The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner.

SEE THE FULL LIST OF BOOKS SET IN THE 1900s & 1910s

GET THE BOOKS: From Scratch by Tembi Locke; Beartown by Fredrik Backman; The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer; The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman; and The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

SEE THE FULL LIST OF BOOKS SET IN THE WESTERN EUROPE

JANUARY 2024

Book Log Highlights from ICYMI Challenge: Best Backlist Books of 2012
GET THE BOOKS: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler; Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple; The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel; The Rent Collector by Camron Wright; A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

SEE THE FULL LIST OF BACKLIST BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2012
GET THE BOOKS: The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore; The Address by Fiona Davis; The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin; Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard; Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang

SEE THE FULL LIST OF BOOKS SET IN THE 1880s & 1890s

FIND YOUR PERFECT BOOK LIST

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  1. Renate Pennington says:

    Thank you Angela & Melissa. This retired high school English, Journalism, Creative Writing and German teacher enjoys your Reading Challenges. Since I receive weekly newsletters from a variety of publishers and our local library and independent bookstore posts weekly New York Time best seller lists, your selections are spot on. This is the first year I am taking the Book Voyage Challenge seriously. I love statistics, so the Book Log Highlights are fantastic. Besides seeing what people are reading. I find the Fun Facts interesting – especially the diversity of readers across the nation and world. Best wishes. Happy Spring and Happy Reading.

  2. Luanne Bender says:

    I love the Book Log Highlights! It gives me a better sense of what I might have missed that month that I’d like to revisit. For example, Calling Me Home from the January ICYMI List didn’t jump out at me, initially, but I’d like to read it now. Thanks for an easy to digest synopsis.