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 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
I just finished Rock On—Dan 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
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
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