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 our Spring Previews.
An interesting read of one of the very first encounters between the United States and China, and the beginning of our relationship. —Bob
One of my reading regrets of 2014 was that I never continued the Dublin Murder Squad series, despite absolutely falling head-over-heels in love with In the Woods. I didn’t think Tana French could get better and somehow she did in the sequel The Likeness. Now I’m on the third book and continue to be amazed with French’s eloquence and her ability to bring modern Ireland to life like no other author I’ve known. I’m pretty sure all of my friends, family, and coworkers are sick of hearing about my undying love for her but I don’t care. This book is everything to me right now. —Kelly
There was a dark time where I foolishly thought that I didn’t enjoy reading nonfiction. Thankfully, I’ve been making up for lost time by seeking out great memoirs like Girl in the Dark, The Most Dangerous Animal of All, and now Confessions of a Sociopath. I’m pretty early into this book, but already am enjoying this look into a mind that many of us have misconceptions about and don’t understand. —Kelly
I’m lucky enough to be an early reader for The Mountain Shadow, the sequel to Shantaram. Shantaram was nearly 1,000 pages long, and the new book is about the same, but what pages they are! The language is beautiful, the action is kinetic, and the city of Bombay is just as vivid a character as it was in Shantaram. In every chapter I’m stopped by a brilliant insight, perfectly phrased. “What dream, what hope, what despair drives us to the things we do, just to desert us when the deed is done? What hollow things are they, motive and reason, born at night to fade so quickly in the sunlight of consequence? What we do in life lives on inside us, long after ambition and fear lie frosted and opaqued on forgotten shores. What we do in life, more than what we think or say, is what we are.” Wow. —Joe
I’m continuing Becoming Steve Jobs. Favorite item I’ve read this week is that the catalyst for the iPod, which was foreshadowed by iTunes, was a speech given by Bill Gates at CES in, like, 1999, about how digital was going to change everything beyond computing. Jobs had returned to Apple from his years in the wilderness and after spending most of a year cleaning up the place, turned his attention to a new product line that would move the company forward. iTunes led to iPod which led to iPhone and that’s what turned Apple from a very good but no-growth company into the most valuable commercial enterprise on the planet. Irony of it is that in this telling it was Gates pointing Jobs in the right direction—not unlike Xerox Parc did decades earlier—and Jobs just being much better than anyone else at executing on the right interface at the right time. —Mike