What We’re Reading: May 19

What We’re Reading: May 19

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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A Court of Wings and Ruin

Reading a book like this turns the world into a spoiler-filled nightmare. Goodreads, Tumblr, Instagram—no place was safe! I wouldn’t dare ruin it for other readers, so I’ll simply encourage fans of the series to pick it up quickly. And maybe have an inhaler ready; I swear there were entire chapters where I lost the ability to breathe. When you’re done reading and ready for spoilers, pick up the coloring book, which features stunning artwork based on scenes from all three books in the ACOTAR series. —Kelly

Everything, Everything

As if all of the recommendations I’ve heard about Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon weren’t enough to have it next on my book list, the movie is coming out this weekend. Reading a book before watching the movie version is a must. Based on the first 50 pages, I have a feeling this is a book I am not going to want to put down. The various text types Yoon uses, such as handwritten diary entries and medical logs, add interesting perspectives to the book. I am also already anticipating the heartache I will feel from this story. Eighteen-year-old Madeline Whittier is stuck in her house because of a rare disease, and I knew her life was about to change the moment I read “Then I see him.” I think I know where this is going, and I’m hoping this book surprises me, for Madeline’s sake, and mine. —Gerilyn

Dubliners

In honor of May being National Short Story Month, I’m revisiting a favorite collection of stories, Dubliners, by James Joyce. I hope everyone who has an interest in the short story will read this book as Joyce is at his best within these gems. In particular, I am forever drawn to “The Dead,” which was also beautifully adapted into film by John Huston, his final film and starring his daughter, Angelica. For my money, the story has the finest ending. Indeed, the final five paragraphs are my favorite paragraphs in the English language and almost a story unto themselves, ending with, of course, the beautiful line, “His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.” —Myf

Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?

Recently I found myself thinking of Margaret Atwood’s great novel Cat’s Eye, about a friendship, close and scary both, between two Canadian girls. This got me thinking of another great novel of young female friendship, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, by Lorrie Moore, and it’s my weekend read. Protagonist Berie, a photography curator in her late 30s, is in Paris with her husband, and the marriage is not going very well. She begins remembering the summer of her fifteenth year, in 1972, when she was close friends with a witty, wild, pretty girl her age named Sils. The novel alternates between Berie the adult in Paris, and her days and nights as a teen coming of age in an upstate New York town. Like all of Moore’s work, the novel is hilarious, the comedy laced into story set-ups, scenic details, and dialogue. But this 1994 novel, though not long, has more emotional weight than some of her early stuff, and resonates deeply both in its exploration of teenage friendship, and of a marriage of some duration that is starting to wither. —Phil


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Making Scents

Middle grade graphic novels hold a special place in my heart. I never read them as a kid, and now I tend to pick ones up that I think a younger Kelly would’ve loved. In this book, a young boy who was raised alongside his parents’ dogs suddenly finds himself an orphan. He’s sent to live with his relatives, who dislike kids and hate animals, so he’s separated from his beloved bloodhounds. It’s a story about grief, loss, acceptance, and growth. Young readers who also feel a bit lost in the world are sure to relate to Mickey and cheer for him as he begins to find happiness in his new home. —Kelly

A Wrinkle in Time

I am reading A Wrinkle in Time for the very first time. I’m reading it aloud to my son at bedtime and we are both enjoying it immensely. It feels like a huge hole in my childhood that I didn’t read this book until now. Nevertheless, I am grateful for the opportunity to discover Charles Wallace, Meg, Calvin, and, of course, Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, alongside my son. —Myf


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The Zookeeper’s Wife

This week I’m reading The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. Last week, I saw a bit of the trailer for the movie, and it caught my attention, so I decided to see what the book is like. I had very high hopes for the interesting storyline, which was about Antonina Żabiński, the wife of a zookeeper in Warsaw, Poland. They ran the zoo during the time of Nazi occupation, and ended up helping hide Jewish people in the zoo and saving their lives. I was super excited to start reading but was disappointed when I found myself struggling to read each page. Ackerman places many historical details in the book which oftentimes got off-topic and I would not understand the connection to the story. I am hoping that soon the book will pick up and gain my interest once again this weekend, but otherwise I am sorry to say it is not my favorite read. Anne Marie

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