Our Friday Reads: May 15

Our Friday Reads: May 15

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.


The Argonauts

I heard Maggie Nelson speak this spring, and was so, so impressed by her. Everything I’ve read about this book has been overwhelmingly positive, and I’m looking forward to the beautiful prose and the nuanced conversation about gender. —Elizabeth

The House of Hawthorne

My fascination with the spouses of classic authors and how these relationships contributed to their genius continues. —Bob

The Third Plate

After a few months of procrastination, I’ve finally picked up Dan Barber‘s book on his experiences pushing for sustainable, flavorful food. I’m from the Hudson Valley originally, so I grew up around crumbling farm walls that vaguely spoke of the areas farmed past. It’s neat to hear someone trying to repopularize locally grown food. —Luke

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

I live on Tumblr, I’ve cosplayed as River Song at Comic Con, and I’ve contemplated a fandom-related tattoo. I’m pretty sure I earned my fangirl membership card a long time ago, but the geek galaxy is so far-reaching that while I’m well acquainted with a lot of it, Sam Maggs still had a lot to teach me. I loved her geek girl profiles and her fandom-friendly websites, and her chapter on cons around the country will forever be bookmarked for future reference. I dare anyone to read this and not turn the final page feeling empowered and inspired. —Kelly

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

When I was in 7th grade, I broke my foot and was sidelined from sports for a whole semester. I spent those months in the school library, with only the companionship of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. I read every word of every story, and I’m sure my heart was beating just as fast while Holmes and Watson were on the scent as it would have been had I been running around kicking a soccer ball.  Because Holmes seems to be everywhere these days in film and TV, I decided to reacquaint myself with my old friends by picking up this free collection… and it’s been even more delightful than I hoped. —Joe

Dept. of Speculation

This book is very short, but supposedly packs a real wallop. I just finished the second volume of My Struggle, and this seemed like a nice break before picking up volume three. (It will definitely fit into my purse better.) —Elizabeth

The Fall

As a fan of John Lescroart‘s Dismas Hardy series for 10+ years, it’s exciting to see Hardy’s daughter Rebecca grown up and now a partner. This is Lescroart’s 16th legal thriller and it’s the most complex case to date! —Bob

Saint Anything

Growing up, I was not a fan of contemporary young adult novels. I prefered Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, basically anything magical would do. But that changed when I first picked up Sarah Dessen’s The Truth About Forever. Throughout high school I devoured her books (Truth and Lock and Key remain favorites to this day), so I was ecstatic to get my hands on a copy of her latest: Saint Anything. I’m halfway through right now and basking in the nostalgia. —Kelly

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