To-Read Book List for 2024

'Tosin Adeoti
5 min readDec 31, 2023

As promised in my last post where I provided an overview of the 30 books I read in 2023, this post will contain the list I have curated on the books I intended to pick from in 2024. I got them from different places — Twitter, Facebook, podcasts, books, etc. Here were the ones for 2023, 2022, 2021, and 2020.

Once again, I share these lists every year for three reasons:

  1. To encourage others to read. I will not get tired of saying we need to read more as a people. Joining a book club like the Naija Book Club may not be a bad idea.
  2. To provide a list for those who don’t know where to start. With 53 books, there is a lot of options.
  3. To document my own personal book history. I take writing seriously because I know that a pen is many times better than the best memory.

So, here you go:

BIOGRAPHY / AUTOBIOGRAPHY / MEMOIR

  1. Why Beethoven: A Phenomenon in One Hundred Pieces, by Norman Lebrecht
  2. How to Say Babylon: A Memoir, by Safiya Sinclair
  3. Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom, by Ilyon Woo
  4. A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality, by David Edmonds (Author)
  5. The Chile Project: The Story of the Chicago Boys and the Downfall of Neoliberalism, by Sebastian Edwards (Author)
  6. The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer &Brené Brown

BUSINESS

  1. Truth, Lies, and Advertising: The Art of Account Planning, by Jon Steel
  2. Subprime Attention Crisis: Advertising and the Time Bomb at the Heart of the Internet, by Tim Hwang
  3. Winning the Right Game: How to Disrupt, Defend, and Deliver in a Changing World (Management on the Cutting Edge), by Ron Adner
  4. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company, by Robert Iger & Joel Lovell
  5. Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth, by Gabriel Weinberg &Justin Mares
  6. Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t, by Jeffrey Pfeffer
  7. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, by Kim Scott (Author)

FINANCE & ECONOMICS

  1. Follow The Money: How much does Britain cost?, by Paul Johnson
  2. The Two-Parent Privilege: How Americans Stopped Getting Married and Started Falling Behind, by Melissa S. Kearney
  3. The Emperor’s New Road: China and the Project of the Century Hardcover, by Jonathan E Hillman
  4. The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street, by Justin Fox
  5. Cashing Out: Win the Wealth Game by Walking Away, by Julien Saunders (Author), Kiersten Saunders (Author)
  6. Finance for the People: Getting a Grip on Your Finances, by Paco de Leon
  7. What the Happiest Retirees Know: 10 Habits for a Healthy, Secure, and Joyful Life, by Wes Moss
  8. Same as Ever: Timeless Lessons on Risk, Opportunity and Living a Good Life, by Morgan Housel
  9. Social Justices fallacies, by Thomas Sowell

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  1. Being Mortal Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande
  2. The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet, by Jeff Goodell
  3. The AI Revolution in Medicine: GPT-4 and Beyond, by Peter Lee & Carey Goldberg & Isaac Kohane
  4. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, by Beth Macy
  5. The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime, by Adrian Raine (Author)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  1. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor
  2. Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy, by Alli Worthington
  3. The Science and Art of Longevity, by Peter Attia MD & Bill Gifford
  4. 10x Is Easier Than 2x: How World-Class Entrepreneurs Achieve More by Doing Less, by Dan Sullivan & Benjamin Hardy
  5. How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen, by David Brooks

PHILOSOPHY

  1. Humanly Possible: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking, Inquiry, and Hope, by Sarah Bakewell
  2. The Individualists: Radicals, Reactionaries, and the Struggle for the Soul of Libertarianism, by Matt Zwolinski & John Tomasi
  3. Zen Meditation in Plain English, by John Daishin Buksbazen

POLITICS

  1. The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism, by Tim Alberta
  2. Poverty, by America, by Matthew Desmond
  3. Party of One: The Rise of Xi Jinping and China’s Superpower Future, by Chun Han Wong
  4. Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence, by Amy B. Zegart
  5. Some People Need Killing: A Memoir of Murder in My Country, by Patricia Evangelista
  6. Revolutionary Spring: Europe Aflame and the Fight for a New World, 1848–1849, by Christopher Clark
  7. The New Faces of Fascism: Populism and the Far Right, by Enzo Traverso

FICTION

  1. Call and Response: Stories, by Gothataone Moeng
  2. All the Sinners Bleed: A Novel, by S. A. Cosby
  3. Small by Small: Becoming a Doctor in 1990s Nigeria, by Ike Anya
  4. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel, by James McBride
  5. Daughter in Exile: A Novel, by Bisi Adjapon
  6. Ishmael: A Novel, by Daniel Quinn

NATIONS

  1. Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives, by Siddharth Kara
  2. Scotland: The Global History: 1603 to the Present, by Murray Pittock
  3. The Middle Kingdoms: A New History of Central Europe, by Martyn Rady
  4. Medieval Horizons: Why the Middle Ages Matter, by Ian Mortimer
  5. Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future, by Svetlana Alexievich

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