What We’re Reading: July 14

What We’re Reading: July 14

Do you wonder what the Bookish team is reading? Do you want to take a peek at our bookshelves? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the Bookish staff’s personal weekend reading recommendations. Tell us what you think in the comments!

If you’re still looking for some inspiration, check out our Summer Previews for a look at the best books of the season.


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Manhattan Beach

I was wandering around BookExpo America about a month ago with Kelly, and serendipitously, we bumped into a signing Jennifer Egan was doing for her new book, Manhattan Beach. I’m a huge fan of Egan, and was beyond thrilled to get an early (and signed!!) copy of her new book. I feel a little starstruck just thinking about the exchange, and I’m hoping to start Manhattan Beach this weekend. —Elizabeth


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The Ruin of a Rake

PSA: Cat Sebastian is doing incredible things in historical romance, and lovers of the genre should start reading her books immediately. First, no one writes flirtation like Sebastian. You’ll be laughing and blushing the whole way through. Second, there is tons of queer representation and being queer is not treated as a tragedy to overcome or a reason to hate oneself (I think we’ve all read enough of those). Third, her characters flip historical tropes on their heads in fun and surprising ways. I am ecstatic to see what Sebastian comes out with next. —Kelly

Who Is Rich?

I’m old enough to have read all Matthew Klam’s short stories when they were published in The New Yorker in the late nineties. They were hilarious and sharply observed and powered by a one-of-a-kind voice. So I was really looking forward to this novel, his first book since those stories and a few others were collected in Sam the Cat, all the way back in 2000! I just read a chunk of Who Is Rich? and I’m happy to say all the stuff that made those stories so alive and memorable makes a strong showing here. The protagonist is a horny middle-aged cartoonist and graphic novelist who decides to break the confines of his routinized husband-father life while attending a New England arts conference. Hijinks ensue! —Phil

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Is there any better beach read than a “Little Mermaid” retelling? I’ve had this on my TBR pile for a while, but it’s a book that feels like it is meant to be read while you have the sand between your toes and the ocean beating against the shore in the background. I can’t wait to dive into this, pun intended. —Stephanie


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Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli

You know when you finish a book and your first thought is that more people need to know about this story? That’s how I felt finishing Rickety Stitch. It’s a weird and wonderful tale about a skeleton bard searching for clues about the man he used to be. The humor is punny and irreverent, and the art is bold and gorgeous. There’s also an accompanying song, which has been stuck in my head for days. This book is just my brand of weird. —Kelly

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