What We’re Reading: June 30

What We’re Reading: June 30

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.

Dating You / Hating You

This book captures so many of the things that have made me a Christina Lauren fan: the importance of female friendship and support, women who show that strength comes in many forms, and let’s not forget the sizzling romance. Evie and Carter are great leads, and I loved watching respect, admiration, and attraction grow between them. But perhaps my favorite part of the entire reading experience was getting to sit down to interview this writing duo at BookCon. —Kelly

The Undoing Project

I love Michael Lewis, and I love books about the brain. So when I heard that Lewis had a new(ish) book out about behavioral economics and the friendship between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, I was sold. So far, I am loving it. —Elizabeth

Big Little Lies

I found that the televised version of Big Little Lies, which I loved, portrayed domestic abuse with chilling accuracy. I’m pleased (feels weird to say I’m pleased about this!) to find that the book handles the portrayal of domestic abuse just as well as the show did. This book shows the complex emotions and crippling feelings of self-doubt, grief, and shame felt by victims of abuse. It also shows that abusers can seem to the outside world to be completely normal and even charming people and how wide and far the ripples of abuse spread, especially when we take part in enabling the abuser. What I admire most about this book is taking on such heavy and important subject matter and making it palatable for every type of reader. —Myf


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Compass South

This week I picked up Compass South, the first in a duology from Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock. It’s a book filled with pirates, gangsters, two pairs of twins, and deadly secrets. The artwork is stunning, and the story completely draws you in. I loved how strong the bond between twins Cleo and Alex was, but there are also themes of found families at work that are beautifully told. I’d highly recommend this graphic novel to readers looking for a fun and rollicking adventure. —Kelly

Papi

David Ortiz, one of the best players the Red Sox have ever seen, is writing about his career in this memoir. He starts when he is a child and living in the Dominican Republic and continues on through his time with the Red Sox. It’s a well written and emotional book. Ortiz gives an inside view of the Red Sox organization, which he spent 13 years with, and it isn’t always favorable. He also relates stories about Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez, his teammates from the early Red Sox years. Big Papi is a larger than life character, and this is a great book to read if you follow the Red Sox and want to know more about the career of one of the team’s best players. —Barb


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The View from the Cheap Seats

I’ve only read one Neil Gaiman book (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), but after diving into this compendium of essays, introductions, reminiscences, news articles, speeches, and more, I’m ready to sample more of the celebrated imaginative work that preceded Ocean. The entries here are introducing me to some of Gaiman’s sci-fi, horror, and comic-art passions, along with providing fresh takes on writers I’ve always been passionate about myself, including Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Stephen King, and Bram Stoker. I’m looking forward to some of the music stuff late in the book, not least the entries on Lou Reed, They Might Be Giants, and Tori Amos. I’m also stoked to read “Make Good Art,” from a 2012 art-school commencement address Gaiman gave—I’ve heard good things about it. —Phil

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