Here are the Bookish staff’s personal weekend reading recommendations; have you read any of them? Tell us in the comments what you’ll be reading this weekend! If you’re still looking for some inspiration, check out ourSpring Previews.
I was ecstatic when my book club decided to read this for April because it’s been on my TBR list since I put it on our Winter YA preview. The reviews are glowing and, so far, it’s living up to the hype. The set-up is: two high school seniors meet when they both choose the same ledge on the school’s bell tower to contemplate a suicide attempt. At the end of high school it feels as though you’re literally standing on the precipice of your future. Everyone is saying how exciting the moment is, but it’s also really terrifying—even more so when you’re coping with mental illness. The exploration of mental illness is poignant and real, especially when Finn reflects on the fact that people find visible ailments easier to understand than mental ones. I’ve heard I need tissues for the ending. I’m getting close and getting concerned. —Kelly
New York Times reporter Judith Miller is a Pulitzer winner and the longest jailed correspondent for protecting her sources. In her memoir The Story, she describes the unpredictable and at times dangerous life of a foreign and investigative reporter. It answers many of the questions that led us into the war in Iraq as well as its ultimate outcome. —Bob
When the Nazis invaded Denmark, they met little to no resistance and soon were peacefully occupying the country. This is the true story of the teenage boys who decided to fight back and formed the Churchill Club. Their resistance and sabotaging of Nazi vehicles and weapons inspired their country and led to action against the occupation. I’m almost done and it’s this fascinating chapter of history I had never heard before. Reading it this week feels especially poignant since yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. —Kelly
I’m pushing through Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Shlender and Rick Tetzeli. So far it pales in comparison to Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs, which is much more entertaining and beautifully written. Then again, I’m only a third of the way through and their whole point is that Steve changed, so I am hoping that narrative arc gels soon because right now it feels like they are plodding through required backstory to get to his years in the wilderness and how they transformed him. My favorite thing about Becoming Steve Jobs so far is that they highlighted Jobs’ admiration for Ed Catmull (current president of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios) as a manager, so I bought Catmull’s book, too, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand In The Way of True Inspiration —Mike