We’ve been reading up a storm the first 3 months of 2024. Although we have enjoyed the majority of what we have read, when it came to picking the standouts only five made the cut. These are the best books we read in the first quarter of 2024, in no particular order. 

Ps. Yes, 1/4 of 2024 is already behind us ?

The Book of Fire by Christy Lefteri

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Recommended by Zissy

The book of fire is inspired by the wildfires that have broken out across the globe in recent years. In this novel, the wildfire, started by one man, destroys the majority of a small Greek village. Dozens of homes are destroyed and lives ruined. Among them are Irini, Tasso and their daughter Chara. The book of fire follows them as they each need to come to peace with the destruction, hurt and loss and rebuild their lives. 

Read the full review here

American Mother by Colum McCann with Diane Foley

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Recommended by Feige

American Mother is a biography and personal account of the life and death of American Journalist, James Foley. 10 years ago he was killed by ISIS in a public beheading that shocked the world. Colum McCann takes us into the world and mind of his mother Diane and her extraordinary journey of fighting for her son’s return and eventually fighting for others, to keep his memory alive.

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Recommended by Zissy

Published 20 years ago, the Kite Runner proves to be a timeless historical novel, worthy of its best-seller title. It follows Amir, who grows up in the Wazir Akbar Khan district in Kabul. Cared for by his father Babba and their servant Ali, he grows up flying kites with Ali’s son and his best friend – Hassan. Their friendship is destroyed in the aftermath of an incident following the local kite flying competition. Years later, Amir and his father flee Afghanistan following the Russian invasion and build new lives in America. Decades later, Amir is pulled to return to Afghanistan, now under Taliban rule, to seek the one thing his new world in America cannot give him – redemption.

Read the full review here

Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody

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Recommended by Zissy

A psychological thriller that will have true crime fans obsessively falling down a rabbit hole, this book follows Teddy as she uncovers her late fathers investigations into the mysterious disappearance of her older sister Angie. Fueled by a conspiracy-loving Reddit community and the appearance of internet sleuth Mikey, Teddy unravels as she falls into the rabbit hole of trying to solve the decades-long disappearance. 

Read the full review here

Clear Thinking by Shane Parrish

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Recommended by Feige

Clear thinking is a New York Times bestseller by Shane Parrish. It is a practical guide to mastering clear thinking, which enables you to turn ordinary moments into extraordinary results. It’s an exceptionally good book that is well written and will teach you a lot. In my review I’ve chosen to share the four defaults that prevent us from thinking clearly. 

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