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!
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Alex and Cleo’s adventure continues in this thrilling sequel to Compass South. I loved the focus on Cleo in this book as she pushes back against sexist attitudes of the time and goes after what she wants. This is the kind of series that leaves you wanting more, and I was ecstatic to learn in my interview with Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock that there is potential for a spinoff. —Kelly
Having loved Maggie Nelson’s The Red Parts when I read it last month, I was excited to pick up her latest book, The Argonauts, winner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle award for criticism. It focuses on her partnership with transgender artist Harry Dodge, and chronicles the milestones of pregnancy and motherhood in her life. I can see why the NBCC considered it a work of criticism, as the book turns early and often to philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, and poststructuralist interpretive frames. Nelson theorizes her experience, shuttling between compact descriptions of life moments and broad reflections on gender, feminism, the social construction of identity, and more. It’s a different approach from The Red Parts, which was mainly storytelling (of a brilliantly thoughtful kind), and I’m curious to see if I’ll find her intellectual layering compelling all the way through. —Phil
This is another winner from Meredith Duran, who has become one of my favorite romance authors. This is a book where the hero and heroine see each other very clearly, faults and all. Nick calls Catherine out when she’s lying to herself about what she really wants for her business, and Catherine dares Nick to face his own insecurities. —Kelly
This week I decided to read the All Souls Trilogy written by Deborah Harkness after a friend recommended it to me. I am currently on the last book called The Book of Life. The main character of the series is Diana Bishop, who is a witch who has denied using her magical powers from a very young age. In a world full of daemons, vampires, ghosts, and witches, Diana goes on a multitude of adventures, where she learns not only about her powers, but also herself. So far, I’ve been introduced to multiple different characters with a variety of personalities and backstories. While this series is not as fast-paced as some of the more recent books that I’ve read, which included action-packed books such as the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, this series has kept me absorbed and interested in its complex histories, multidimensional characters, and engaging plot lines. Another aspect of this series that I have enjoyed is how each book is over 600 pages. This has allowed Harkness to expertly create a very elaborate world where each of her characters can fully develop into very complex and real people. —Jillian
This graphic novel is tons of fun! I’m planning on giving it to my niece, who is in middle school and would adore the fearless Margo. The story is led by Charles, who is new to the city and stunned to learn that monsters lurk everywhere. He’s a great guide, but I would love to see a book that tackles how Margo became a monster mediator. —Stephanie
I adore Scottish romances, so I’ve been attempting to make my way through this list of them. I’m currently reading through Julia London’s Highland Grooms series, and I’ve just begun the third installment. So far I’m loving watching Bernadette and Rabbie fight the attraction they both feel for each other. —Stephanie