Staff Reads: September 29

Staff Reads: September 29

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.

Moxie

This is a book that I wish I had in my hands when I was young and trying to find the confidence to call myself a feminist. It tells the story of a high school girl who is fed up with the sexist behavior that surrounds her, so she decides to do something about it. When I finished, I immediately passed it off to my best friend, a high school English teacher, and told her to put it in her classroom. Moxie is a fierce and feminist call to action. The only thing better than reading it was getting to interview author Jennifer Mathieu and hear what Moxie means to her. —Kelly

Finding Perfect

This weekend I plan on finishing Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz. Molly Nathans, the protagonist, becomes more and more complex as the novel develops. The 12-year-old girl we first meet seems quirky, but then the reader sees there is more to her story, as it becomes clear she has OCD. There have been moments so far where I laughed out loud, and moments where my heart went out to this young girl trying to keep it together and be “perfect.” I have wondered more than once while reading if any young people I know are struggling with the same things as Molly. I’m looking forward to finding out how Molly’s story ends. —Gerilyn

The Historical Heroines Coloring Book

I grew up knowing that my mother was told she could not become a veterinarian when she was a child in the 1940s because that “wasn’t a job that women do” and that one of my sisters was discouraged from studying engineering in the 1980s by her high school guidance counselor because it “wasn’t a field for girls” (this didn’t stop her). So for these and many other reasons, I was delighted to find The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries. It’s thrilling to see just how many pioneering women in science there were and that there is diversity among them. Each woman has a page-long biography and then a page of her image to color in. This book isn’t just for children, though, as I definitely learned a thing or two. For instance, did you know that Beatrix Potter was an expert in fungi? Me neither. But I do now. —Myf

One Dark Throne

I had the opportunity to interview Kendare Blake recently, which meant getting to ask her all of my burning questions about the fates of the three sisters at the heart of her Dark Crowns series. In this sequel, the queens begin to break free from their mentors and start making their own choices about their futures. It’s great to read about women reclaiming their power, but this is only the second book in a four-book series, and there’s a chance that their choices will lead to their downfall. Fingers crossed my favorite queen makes it out alive! —Kelly

How the Irish Saved Civilization

This book tells a little-known but critically important saga in the history of the western world. And what wonderful telling! I can see why it was a bestseller when it came out. With humor, color, and superbly fluid sentences, Thomas Cahill surveys an era when Roman civilization was falling apart under the advances of “barbarians,” and a vast patrimony of Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian writing—religious, literary, philosophical—was in danger of vanishing. Irish monks to the rescue! Just a few centuries after the Irish had become a literate people, their most devout early Christians, during the dark ages, preserved this colossal heritage by saving books, copying precious manuscripts, and setting up monastic outposts all over Europe where the cultural preservation continued. —Phil

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