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!
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I’ve been meaning to read Wild for years, and I really enjoyed the movie when I saw it. I’m about to leave on a hiking trip in California, and figured this would be a great time to finally pick it up. Of course, compared to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, my trip will be super chill (for lack of a better term), but I’m excited to be inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s journey. —Elizabeth
As our readers know, I’m new to Sarah MacLean’s books. This is only the second I’ve read, but it has ensured my place in her ride-or-die reader group. It’s a stunning and emotional tale of redemption that is at turns heartbreaking and exhilarating. This is one of my favorite historical romances of all time, and I’d highly recommend it to fans of the genre. —Kelly
It’s been a summer of Maggie Nelson for me. After reading The Red Parts and The Argonauts last month, I’ve moved to Bluets, published in 2009. It’s a series of spare, numbered meditations on life, philosophy, Nelson’s life, and the color blue. Propositions, she calls these brainy, pointed riffs. This marks the second book on blue I’ve read recently, with Michel Pastoureau’s Blue: The History of a Color performing a longer, millennia-spanning survey of the hue. I’m interested to see how Nelson orchestrates the book’s different registers—personal , artistic, intellectual—and to what cumulative impact. —Phil
This week I was in the mood for fantasy so I’ve been reading Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. It’s been on my reading list for several years and though I’m only halfway through, I think I can safely say that it is living up to the hype of the many glowing reviews I’ve read. —Alyce
I’ve been reading Dave Canterbury’s Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival. The book is research for a project I’m working on but it’s also a personal passion of mine to study survival techniques. As such, I’ve read other books on bushcraft and wilderness survival/tracking/living before. I’ve found this one particularly useful and user-friendly, with easy to follow instructions and helpful illustrations. My son was also taken with the book and we plan on making tools and recipes outlined within. —Myf
Ken Follett is one of the most renowned authors of our times. Here, he has succeeded in putting the last half of the 20th century into a novel. He crosses the globe—from the US to Eastern Germany, and from England to Russia—to spotlight several families. It begins in the US, covering the Freedom Riders, Martin Luther King, and JFK. Then it moves on to the Bay of Pigs and the Cold War. Every major event in the 20th century is showcased and seen through the eyes of fictional families. I was young in the 1960s and I remember these events happening but never fully understood the impact that a wrong or different decision could have had on all our lives. This novel also shows how much the world changed during that period. You can’t see the differences while you’re living through them. Although this is a hefty book (over 1,000 pages) and better for ebook reading, this is a fast read. It’s compelling and you don’t want to put it down. This is a must-read for every baby boomer who lived through this time and those who want to know about it. —Barbara