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.
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
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
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
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