Our Friday Reads: August 21

Our Friday Reads: August 21

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 Summer Previews.

The Power Broker

I’m reading this primarily for my thesis, but as someone who lives in New York City, this is also a fascinating look at why things are the way they are here. I’m not that far in yet (this book is a 1000+ page monster) but I’m really enjoying it so far. I predict that my friends are going to get really tired of hearing about urban planning in NYC before I’m finished. —Elizabeth

Zero World

This is my first opportunity to read Jason M. Hough, who has won praise from some of the best in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. What intrigues me about this title is the fact that the story relates to a recent scientific discovery of a planet millions of light years away, but similar to Earth. Can’t wait to read it! —Bob

Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight

I am absolutely flying through this series. Sarah J. Maas’ writing is addictive and “one more chapter” is never enough. By far my favorite part of the reading experience is Celeana herself. Being named the greatest assassin in the realm could verge on Mary Sue territory, though Celeana comes across as an incredibly realistic character—and one you’d never want to cross. —Kelly


I’m halfway through and delighted to have found Calvin Baker—a super smart literary writer. Twenty pages into Grace, I already knew I’d be going back to his first book and reading everything he’s done, book by book. —Michael


If I was ever asked for a desert-island book list, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town would be on it. I’m reading it for the third or fourth time—I’ve lost track. By some alchemical brilliance whose creation to my mind puts Elyssa East at the very top of practicing American writers (and she’s got a new book on the way—a novel!), Dogtown somehow offers readers an exceptional portrait of a place (a wild, hilly, boulder-dotted highland with traces of 17th-century stone houses in the rugged interior of Cape Anne’s tip, just north of Gloucester, MA; a highland called Dogtown), an exceptional true-crime story, an exceptional historical narrative, and a fascinating art quest. East is the person questing. She wants to better understand the art of Marsden Hartley, and better understand Hartley. Hartley painted Dogtown during the early 1930s—the place changed him and his art. East is obsessed with these paintings. She journeys to Dogtown and… an incredible story begins. —Phil

The End of Tsarist Russia

I’m very much looking forward to diving into this book as it explores the connections between the start of World War I and the Russian Revolution. —Bob


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