What We’re Reading: May 12

What We’re Reading: May 12

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.


A Court of Mist and Fury

Rereading books is such a rare pleasure, and I wish that I made more time for it. With the third and final book in this series on shelves now, I decided to dip back into this magical world to refresh my memory (and to put off having to say goodbye to these beloved characters). This second read is an entirely different experience because now I know the motives that drive the members of the Night Court. And the final chapters were every bit as gripping as I remember. I’m excited to dive into A Court of Wings and Ruin, and to reunite with my faves (Nesta, Cassian, Mor, and Az). —Kelly



I have been waiting for this one for a long time, and my eyes lit up when I saw a review copy waiting in my inbox earlier this week. I really enjoy Roxane Gay’s writing, and the buzz around this book has been extremely positive. I’m about 50 pages in, and so far I’m floored by the candor, bravery, and grace with which Gay tackles incredibly difficult and personal material. —Elizabeth

Put Up Your Duke

Isabella Sawford’s entire life has been spent preparing to be a perfect wife and duchess. But when she marries a man, Nicholas Smithfield, who encourages her to be herself, she realizes that she doesn’t know who that person is. I really enjoyed the blossoming romance between these two characters, but my favorite part of the novel was watching Isabella push her own limits, start to make her own choices, and accept that she’s allowed to make mistakes. Isabella’s lived under her mother’s thumb, never stepping out of line, for too long. Once given the freedom, she’s both thrilled and terrified to take it. —Stephanie



I’m reading Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken, the conclusion to the Passenger series. It’s a great time-travel YA duology, very light on the sci-fi aspects and more focused on the feud between the ruthless Ironwoods and the rest of the time-travelling families, and how to destroy the dangerous astrolabe. Plus, there’s family drama as Etta discovers more about her father’s identity, and the gone-too-soon romance with Nicholas. It’s a great read that drags the reader from colonial Nassau to New York City, San Francisco to Roman Carthage, imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs. —Kristina

The Peloponnesian War

Where I’m staying this week had Donald Kagan’s The Peloponnesian War on a shelf. Curious, I checked it out and got swept up immediately. Democratic Athens vs. oligarchic, militaristic Sparta in fifth century B.C. A war that lasted nearly thirty years, Greeks fighting Greeks. Virtually every major aspect of the conflict resonates in a contemporary context as well, whether it is the threats democratic societies face from factionalism and tribalistic mentalities, the damage that can be done by charismatic, huge-ego leaders, or the role of intelligence, as opposed to ignorance and lack of judgement, in guiding a people. Kagan’s a leading expert on the war and a fine writer. Along with all the history, I’m also getting a granular geography lesson when it comes to Greece—if a day ever comes where I get to visit Athens and the coasts and the islands, I’ll have a solid sense of the land and seas. —Phil



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