Staff Reads: September 15

Staff Reads: September 15

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 Fall Previews for a look at the best books of the season.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

One of the best feelings as a reader is when you pick up the right book at the right time. That happened for me with Wonder Woman: Warbringer. I’ve been a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s work for years, but she truly blew me away with her passion for Diana and Themyscira. You know instantly that Diana is a character she wanted to do right by, and boy did she ever. This is a gripping origin story about strength, humanity, and finding yourself. All of the women in the book are so beautifully written—allowed moments of strength and weakness, failure and victory. The action sequences are filled with tension, while the dialogue is natural, clever, and often incredibly funny. The cherry on top of this stellar reading experience was getting to interview Bardugo and fangirl over Diana together. —Kelly

Oh She Glows Every Day

I’ve been in a little bit of a cooking rut, so this weekend I’m going to peruse my copy of Oh She Glows Every Day. Angela Liddon’s recipes are always healthy and delicious, and come together without too much work. These recipes are vegan, but sometimes I throw in a little cheese anyway. (Life is short, right?) I’m looking forward to diving back into one of my favorite cookbooks, and emerging with some tasty new ideas to try out in the kitchen. —Elizabeth

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

This is the final book in Ben Hatke’s graphic novel duology inspired by “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Mighty Jack is a fantastic series for readers who appreciate gorgeous art, bold characters, and playful fantasy. Jack may be the titular hero here, but Lilly stole the show for me. She’s clever, brave, and always up for a challenge. Hatke is one of my favorite illustrators, and the only thing better than diving into his fairytale-inspired world was getting to interview him about it. —Kelly

Rising Son

I’m currently reading Rising Son written by family adventurer and motivational speaker Charles Scott. The author spent many years in the fast-paced environment at Intel, until he listened to his internal voice urging him to spend precious time with his children, hoping to shape them as resilient, thoughtful human beings.  Scott made the bold move to leave his job at Intel and spend a summer with his eight-year-old son, covering 2,500 miles by bike in Japan from north to south. Rising Son, Scott’s first book, is part travel log and part introspective journal. In an honest voice, he shares the inevitable highs and lows of a months-long journey including scenic coastal rides, driving rain and wind, and crossing the Japanese Alps. He does this with a wry humor as he coaxes his young son, pedaling on an attached trailer bike, across the country. There are often “bribes” concerning game rooms in the towns ahead to keep him motivated! This book is even more engaging, since I recently attended a seminar by Scott and can see the journey through his energetic, yet centered, personality. —Doug

Ender’s Game

I just started reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I’m only a couple pages in, so I don’t really know what’s going on yet. My daughter is reading this book for school, and I’ve been reading along with her through her required reading list. —Brianna

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