What We’re Reading: March 31

What We’re Reading: March 31

Do you wonder what the Bookish team is reading? Do you want to take a peek at our bookshelves? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the Bookish staff’s personal weekend reading recommendations. Tell us what you think in the comments!

If you’re still looking for some inspiration, check out our Spring Previews for a look at the best books of the season.

American Gods

I am rereading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. After seeing the teaser trailer I knew I had to dive back into this book before the series starts at the end of April. I even roped a friend into a read-along with me. It’s the combination of Americana and mythology that really gets me about this book. Bringing the gods to life in a familiar setting, and… I won’t say “humanizing” them, but they certainly become more relatable, if still mysterious. Shadow’s confusion is the reader’s confusion, and getting to the bottom of what’s really happening is half the fun. At one point, Shadow says “…back then people used to run into the gods from time to time,” and this book really makes you feel like we all might just have our own run-ins from time to time. —Kristina


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The Stone Heart

Guys, I’m so obsessed with this middle grade series. It focuses on the friendship between Rat, a native of the Nameless city, and Kaidu, a member of the Dao, the people who conquered the city. They respect each other and openly discuss the ingrained prejudices of their societies, while helping to fight against an oppressive government regime. It’s smart, complex, and never underestimates its target audience. I’m already itching for the next one. —Kelly

The Light We Lost

I had the pleasure of attending an event last week for Jill Santopolo’s forthcoming novel, The Light We Lost. After speaking with Santopolo and hearing the team at Putnam rave about the book, I decided to pick it up. —Elizabeth

Draw the Line

I’m on a bit of an art kick this week, so I figured it was time to pick this one up. It’s mostly text, but the main character, Adrian, is an artist and his work is shown at poignant moments in the story. I’m loving the art (superheroes drawn in a Renaissance style), and also loving Adrian’s journey as he grows braver, bolder, and more confident in who he is. —Kelly

The Breathing Burren

This is nature writing at its finest. Artist and naturalist Gordon D’Arcy has explored the Burren before, but The Breathing Burren feels like a magnum opus. In it, he brings years of field observation and verbal gifts that rival his acute visual sense to build a portrait of this singular limestone habitat—rocky and floral both—in western Ireland’s County Clare. Nothing if not in command of his subject, intimate with Burren geology, botany, geography, and more, D’Arcy takes us on a series of indelible landscape journeys spanning three decades. Whether it’s one year’s discovery of the first blooming gentian, “bluer than blue,” or a mass-hatch of mayflies whose sudden lakeside haze briefly puzzles him, or encounters with rare birds, butterflies, and orchids, he makes every moment come alive. His storytelling is flawless, and he pairs a gift for turning anecdote into radiant epiphany with a descriptive ability that places a movie inside a reader’s head with every step. Tim Robinson’s brilliant books and essays about the Aran Islands and near neighbor the Burren are the local gold standard, and this book reaches that level. As if the outstanding writing isn’t enough, D’Arcy supplies superb watercolor illustrations as well. A beautiful volume in every way, The Breathing Burren will captivate any nature-lover. —Phil

City of Heavenly Fire

I am currently on the last book of the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, written by Cassandra Clare. Last month I decided I wanted to reread all of Clare’s books, starting with the Infernal Devices series and finishing with the Mortal Instruments. Getting to reread and become attached to Jace, Clary, Simon, Isabelle, and Alec has been a lot of fun because they each have very strong personalities that bring different subtleties into the plot line. So far this book has been full of plot twists and surprises and I can’t wait to reread the ending of this fiery series. —Jillian

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