What We’re Reading: May 4

What We’re Reading: May 4

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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Since We Fell

I love getting to read a well-known author for the very first time, and Dennis Lehane didn’t disappoint here. Rachel’s journey to find her footing after a public breakdown was compelling and I cheered for her every success. The twists and turns of the story took me by surprise and kept me glued to my seat. I don’t want to say much more and risk spoiling the fun for future readers. This book hits shelves next week, and I know longtime fans will want to devour it in one sitting. —Kelly

Beautiful Player

What’s not to love about a playboy who falls for a biomedical engineering student? Hanna is a graduate student at Columbia and she spends every free moment she has in a lab. In an attempt to socialize more, she reconnects with Will, her brother’s childhood best friend and her former crush. Needless to say, the sparks fly. It’s great having a science-loving girl front and center in this romance. She’s funny, intelligent, realistic, and relatable—my favorite kind of heroine. —Stephanie

The Westies

My previous publishing job was headquartered just east of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, a midtown neighborhood west of Times Square, running all the way to the Hudson River. I often walked home from work, and my route took me through this storied location. It’s gentrifying, slowly, now, but it used to be legendarily rough. The Westies tells a crime story set in the area during its last gasp as a scary place. During the 1970s and 1980s, Hell’s Kitchen was the home of a murderous, drug-dealing, loansharking, armed-robbing, kidnapping, and racketeering gang called the Westies, its members mostly Irish-American. They were beyond brutal. They gained strength when they joined forces with the Gambino crime family. After a ton of mayhem, double-crossing, dismembering, and more, the Westies were finally broken up and faced justice. T.J. English tells the whole amazing story. There’s so much terrorizing in this book, I’m glad I didn’t read it during my days walking through the neighborhood. Even though the gang was long gone, I think I might have still been watching my back! —Phil

A Long Way Home

This week I read an intense memoir: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. Brierley wrote about his life and the struggles that he faced while growing up away from his family. His story is extremely interesting; he was separated from his family in India at the young age of five. He was forced to live on the streets of India’s most dangerous city until he realized that he would not be able to get back to his family. Brierley describes many of the terrifying situations that he faced before being placed in an adoption center. He was eventually adopted by a family from Australia who raised him. The book describes his journey back to India to find his birth family and what happens when he gets there. Brierley’s writing has enraptured me and I cannot wait to finish reading his amazing story. —Anne Marie

The Circle

I haven’t read any Dave Eggers, but recently saw that The Circle was being made into a movie, so this seemed like the perfect place to start. I’ve always been a little creeped out by social media, so I think I’ll be really interested in the themes in this novel. —Stephanie

The Case of the Stinky Stench

We are huge Josh Funk fans in my house and we couldn’t wait for his new book, The Case of the Stinky Stench, to come out. How appropriate that it was published May 2nd during Children’s Book Week! Similar to Funk’s Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, this is a tale that takes place in a refrigerator. Yes, a refrigerator. (Who knew there was so much activity in there?!?) Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are back again, and we are introduced to Inspector Croissant. He is on a mission to find out what is stinking up the place. Will he figure it out and save the day? Funk’s rhymes and Brendan Kearney’s illustrations will certainly bring a smile to your face. This is a mystery for the family to enjoy. —Gerilyn

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