Our Friday Reads: May 22

Our Friday Reads: May 22

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.

Station Eleven

I’ve had this on my list for a long time. What’s intriguing to me are the relationships within the group and the way the author moves the story back and forth in time. —Bob


The concept of this book alone was enough to entice me. The chapters alternate between Darcy (a debut author who just moved to the city) and Lizzie (the protagonist of Darcy’s book). As Darcy struggles with agents, rewrites, and YA author drink ups, Lizzie is learning to navigate the Afterworld with the help of a “hot Vedic death god.” I’m halfway through and really digging the mashup between a very contemporary story and one that lives completely within the realm of fantasy. —Kelly

Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov

“The Lady with the Dog” (which Vladimir Nabokov famously called one of the best short stories of all time) totally blew my mind, so I can’t wait to read more of these. —Elizabeth

Rock On

I just finished Rock OnDan Kennedy‘s memoir about his brief stint as a marketing guy for a major record label in New York. Dan is delightfully awkward as he navigates the natural phenomena of your typical office and hilarious encounters with music celebrities (and aspiring music celebrities—even better). —Amanda

A Buzz in the Meadow

Lush, smart and lively—Rachel Carson would love its spirited vision of the (primarily) insect ecosystem at a slowly decomposing rural estate in France. —Michael

H is for Hawk

The writing is off-the-charts good. So good, in fact, that this has been my Friday read for three consecutive Fridays. My slow going is by design—this is as virtuosically written as any book I have ever picked up, as brilliant about the human heart and as artful in construction as any book I know, too, and I don’t want to miss a single ripple, a single grain, as I go. I’ve been reading every sentence at least twice, sometimes three or four times, marveling at Helen Macdonald’s uncanny ability to photograph the world in words, down to the slightest gradations of light and ripples of movement, while being just as fine-grained and evocative of her inner world in a time of grief relieved only by her training of Mabel the goshawk. —Phil



Michael Palmer delivers his last work completed with his son Daniel Palmer. It’s an exciting medical suspense novel, perfect for anyone who enjoys a good thriller. —Bob

Save the Date

I’m chatting with Jen Doll at BookExpo America next week, and a friend sent me this book a long time ago. I’m thrilled that I’m finally getting a chance to read it, and can’t wait to sit down with the author! —Elizabeth


Moone Boy: The Blunder Years

Watching The IT Crowd sold me on Chris O’Dowd and his brand of  humor, so I was quick to jump into Moone Boy, a Hulu show written by O’Dowd and Nick V. Murphy. The show takes place in Ireland and follows the life of a dopey 11-year-old and his imaginary friend (played by O’Dowd). I highly recommend the show to viewers of all ages, and the book is the perfect prequel for middle grade viewers. —Kelly

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