Our Friday Reads: September 4

Our Friday Reads: September 4

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.


Queen of Shadows

I had the opportunity to interview Sarah J. Maas a mere two days after finishing this book—so all of my most pressing, spoiler-filled questions were answered. Without giving anything away, I have to say that this may be one of my favorite installments in this series, and it may have the best payoffs. Fans of high fantasy books driven by kickass women should start at the beginning–and soon–so they can catch up. —Kelly

Broken Monsters

Because our Executive Editor, Kelly Gallucci, has been raving for so many months about Lauren Beukes, I thought it might be time to read something of hers, so I’m in the middle of Broken Monsters. I had no idea what to expect going in, and was a bit taken aback: Right in the opening pages you’re at a disturbing murder scene, and I found myself working just as hard as the rookie cop (who acquires the unfortunate nickname “Sparkles”) to hang in there. But it’s immediately clear that Beukes has a gift for voice, and each character is totally convincing, from the teenage daughter of the main detective to the (I am guessing) sadly deranged killer. The sentences flow like coruscating rapids over the murky depths below. —Joe

Snow Crash

I’d somehow got this far having not read Snow Crash, so I picked it up on a recent vacation. It has the weird, fun twine that threads sci-fi into history, which Neal Stephenson did so well in Cryptonomicon. And, while written in the early ’90s, it completely holds up. —Luke


Why Not Me?

Mindy Kaling is the sister I’ve always wanted. I enjoyed her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, but this second memoir is really where you see how much she’s grown and learned since deciding to leave The Office and pursue her own television show. She proves that she’s not immune to insecurities and has hilarious and great advice on how to push through those fears. I had an advanced copy, but I highly recommend everyone grab it when it hits shelves on September 15.—Kelly


Woman of the Dead

I enjoy reading new releases from debut authors, especially when they are books that I can recommend to my friends. This thriller is poised to be a bestseller, and I think I’ll definitely be passing it along to a friend when I’m finished. —Bob

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The Fall of Princes

This is a better written, wistfully retrospective Bright Lights, Big City with (as I get past the first few chapters) a growing preoccupation with the emergence of AIDS in NYC in the ’80s. Smart writer; great pronouncements; loneliness. —Mike

The Wild Places

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that Robert Macfarlane, the fantastic British nature writer, didn’t really come onto my radar until this year. I read and loved Helen Macdonald’s H Is For Hawk, learned that they were friends, and then kept running into his name whenever anyone surveyed the best nature writers working today. It took no more than the first sentence of The Wild Places—“The wind was rising, so I went to the wood”—to suggest I would like his writing, and then just a couple paragraphs to tell me I was going to very much enjoy being taken along on the author’s journey to rugged places in England, Wales, and Ireland: islands, cliffs, treetops, waterfalls, summits, limestone plateaus, rivers, forests, headlands. He’s uncannily good at natural description, knows everything about the science and history of the areas he visits, and thinks deeply in every sentence, even when on one level he’s simply telling you what he sees. —Phil


Zero Night

I love when a nonfiction book delivers a story even more exciting than anything you’d find in fiction. I’m excited to dive into this intriguing book. —Bob







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