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2024 Reader Survey - Book Recommendations

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2024 Reader Survey - Book Recommendations

The results of our first SBC Reader Survey are in! We asked Silent Book Club members to share the last great book they read and more than 1200 readers replied. AMAZING!

In total, there were 818 books recommended across all genres and eras from classics to new releases. Readers shared fiction, non-fiction, works in translation, poetry, YA, graphic novels, thrillers, horror, self-help, memoirs, and much more. 

Many of the most popular books were installments in series (Fourth Wing and Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros led the pack), and many readers voted for series as a whole (like ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas). To take this into consideration, we divided the Top 10 into two categories: Top 5 Books and Top 5 Series, with the most recommended titles in each.

Did your favorites make the list?

Below, we included every title that was nominated by more than five SBC members. You can browse all of these recommendations on, and we'll be sharing out more book lists in the future to help you pick your next read!

Top 5 Books

  1. The Women - Kristin Hannah
  2. Demon Copperhead - Barbara Kingsolver
  3. Remarkably Bright Creatures - Shelby Van Pelt
  4. The Midnight Library - Matt Haig
  5. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store - James McBride

Top 5 Series

  1. Empyrean series (Fourth Wing, Iron Flame) - Rebecca Yarros
  2. Throne of Glass series - Sarah J Maas
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses series - Sarah J Maas
  4. Crescent City series - Sarah J Maas
  5. Heartstopper (graphic novel series) - Alice Oseman 

Honorable mentions

  • Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus
  • Babel - R.F. Kuang
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Butcher & Blackbird- Brynne Weaver
  • Verity - Colleen Hoover
  • Yellowface - R.F. Kuang
  • The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow - Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Berry Pickers - Amanda Peters
  • Starter Villain - John Scalzi
  • Piranesi - Susanna Clarke
  • One Dark Window - Rachel Gillig
  • North Woods - Daniel Mason
  • The Frozen River - Ariel Lawhon
  • None of This is True - Lisa Jewell
  • Circe - Madeline Miller
  • Chain Gang All Stars - Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
  • Beartown - Fredrik Backman
  • They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us - Hanif Abdurraqib
  • Bookshops and Bonedust - Travis Baldree

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