What We’re Reading: April 28

What We’re Reading: April 28

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.


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All the Dirty Parts

I will have the pleasure of interviewing one of my childhood heroes, Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler) at BookExpo this year. Ahead of our chat, I’ve been reading his newest novel, which is about the life of a sex-obsessed high schooler. —Elizabeth

Saint Death

I’m struggling to put my thoughts into words, because Marcus Sedgwick really blew me away. This is an important, intelligent, and heartbreaking story. Sedgwick deftly blends themes of immigration, border control, greed, death, and climate change together—making connections between them in ways that may surprise readers. A sense of hopelessness and inevitability permeates the story, but I felt the tale also armed the reader with the passion and knowledge to close the book and then pick up another to learn more about our changing world and how we can start to fix the problems in it. —Kelly

The Dark and Other Love Stories

I just started reading The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis. It’s a book of short stories, and a Loan Stars top pick! I’m a story and a half into it, and am finding the prose beautifully lush. The title story, “The Dark” is about two girls at summer camp, in their 13th year, when we all start to tread the line between being girls and being women. And the second story, “Girlfriend on Mars” is about a former gymnast, turned pot-dealer, who is competing to win a spot on the first expedition to Mars, told from the point of view of her boyfriend who will be left behind. This book is reminding me just how much I love the short story format! —Kristina

The Other Wes Moore

The first few pages of The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore are gripping. Two men named Wes Moore grew up in similar neighborhoods in Baltimore. We are immediately told of their current status: One is a successful scholar and the other sits in jail with a life sentence. Reading the beginning of the book as it recounted the early years of both men, I couldn’t help but think of kids I know and how decisions made at a young age can impact someone’s entire life. Already knowing how it ends, I look forward to finishing the book this weekend to learn how it all unfolded for both men. —Gerilyn


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A Court of Mist and Fury

I decided to read the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas after both my cousins and my friend recommended them to me. The first book of the series is A Court of Thorns and Roses. You are introduced to the youngest daughter of a poor family, Feyre, and the immortal faerie, Tamlin, who will completely change her life. You learn from the very beginning that Feyre is a strong, brave young woman, but she feels the effects of her poor upbringing and all of the challenges that came with that. While the storyline was really interesting and had the underlying theme of the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, it was really just setting the story for the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury. I think the best part about the second book is that Maas was able to completely change my views on the characters and had me completely surprised after finding out a lot of my predictions were wrong. Maas expertly interwove all these little clues in the first book that come out in the second, which allowed the second book to have a multi-dimensional storyline. When I finished the book, I immediately went back and reread all of my favorite parts just to see all the little hints that I missed. This book was incredible and I am happy that the third book, A Court of Wings and Ruins, comes out on May 2 because I don’t know if I could have waited that long for the next book. —Jillian

Fool Me Twice

What can I say? I’m on a Meredith Duran kick. Though the cover looks calm, the book kicks off with our heroine on the run, having escaped from a man who is trying to kill her. I love the thrills and danger that Duran infuses into her stories, and I’m excited to see how Olivia captures the heart of Alastair and turns the tables on her enemies. —Stephanie

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