Our Friday Reads: June 12

Our Friday Reads: June 12

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.


Book of Numbers

A professor of mine was really excited about this book back in March, as it is supposed to deal with the internet in a really unusual and interesting way. I love a good systems novel, and I’m hopeful about this one. It has a great, in-your-face opening line. —Elizabeth


The Martian

Awesome. Picked it up after the movie trailer jogged my memory, and spent every free moment over the past few days with it. It reminded me of reading Gary Paulsen‘s Hatchet as a kid, and all the fun of good problem solving (that sounds lame, but it’s not). —Luke


Modern Romance

I’m not ashamed to admit that I picked this up because it is written by Aziz Ansari. I loved him on Parks and Recreation and I find his comedy to be smart, especially his skits on gender equality. This book is no different. It begins with his own (all too relatable) tale of a text gone unanswered, yet clearly read, and moves into a fascinating study of how dating worked in the 1950s and then on to how the different modes of technology are impacting the practice today. From talking about unsolicited dick pics to the horrors of having a potential date call you, Ansari’s humors shines through on every single page and makes you want nothing more than to ask him out for a beer to talk analyze this further. To quote his character Tom Haverford, “treat yo’ self” to this book. —Kelly


The Scarlet Gospels

As a devoted fan of Clive Barker‘s early works on the battles between good and evil, I’m excited that at last detective Harry D’Amour and the Hell Priest Pinhead are back! —Bob



Oof. This book is impossible to put down, and it’s pretty unsettling. It examines the complicated relationship between women and alcohol, and follows the author through some very dark times. There are moments of levity, too, though: I especially loved that Hepola wrote about The Bachelor. —Elizabeth


The Names and Three Junes

Prior to coming here to Ireland, I mailed a box of books to myself. I’m reading two great novels that both happen to open in Greece. The Names by Don DeLillo and Three Junes by Julia Glass. DeLillo brings the wit, beat-perfect dialogue, sociocultural brilliance. Glass is a word-painter of marvelous skill, and creates three-dimensional characters while sweeping us through time. It’s been raining here in western Ireland; maybe that’s why I wanted to visit Greece in my imagination. Both novels have first sentences that sit in my prose kickoff pantheon. DeLillo: “For a long time I stayed away from the Acropolis.” Glass: “Paul chose Greece for its predictable whiteness: the blanching heat by day, the rush of stars at night, the glint of the lime-washed houses crowding its coast.” —Phil


Tail Gait

Mysteries including animal collaborators especially cats continue to grow. Rita Mae Brown & her feline Sneaky Pie Brown are the best. —Bob


Ready Player One

Some reviewer called it “Harry Potter for adults.” Close. Harry Potter for a 12-year-old who spent his or her grammar class learning 80s pop culture, thinking that kind of kitsch would free him or her from character development and copy editing. —Luke


Through the Woods

I love, love, love, love this book. I went in thinking I’d be fascinated, but never for one second thought it’d freak me out. How wrong I was. It hit me right before going to bed, picturing one vivid drawing where slithering tentacles appear from behind a woman’s eyes. Emily Carroll’s fairy tales feel particularly Grimm indeed, which is a huge part of the allure. I already want to read it again. —Kelly

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