What We’re Reading: August 12

What We’re Reading: August 12

Here are the Bookish staff’s personal weekend reading recommendations; have you read any of them? Tell us in the comments what you’ll be reading this weekend! If you’re still looking for some inspiration, check out our Summer Previews for a look at the best books of the season.

A Torch Against the Night

I’ll keep this short because I don’t want to spoil it. My favorite part of An Ember in the Ashes was learning more about the Martial Empire. Will this book bring it crashing down or make it stronger than ever? What will happen to Helene?! These are my burning questions, and I’ll keep flipping pages until they’re answered. —Kelly

Surrender, New York

Caleb Carr’s The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness are two of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. Carr is back with a new novel, Surrender, New York, about an unconventional criminal psychologist. I’m already hoping for a sequel! —Bob

Possession

Ever since I first read Possession by A.S. Byatt, back when it came out, I’ve been wanting to revisit it and see if my enjoyment level remains high. I’ll always be a sucker for novels that go back and forth between characters in two different time periods, and I have a weakness as well for books that traffic in literary secrets and scholarly mysteries. So this novel, which features a pair of academics in late-80s London researching a pair of Victorian poets, and slowly, wittily, brings both pairs together, fits the bill. I guess at some point I’ll revisit the 2002 movie version, too, starring Aaron Eckhart and Gwyneth Paltrow, which I also enjoyed, though I was fairly certain walking into the theater that I’d end up regretting the experience. —Phil

All the Time in the World

I just picked up All the Time in the World by Caroline Angell from the library because it was agented by my mentor and she has a really good eye for “unputdownable,” enjoyable novels. It promises to begin with an accident and end with a sense of hope and growth, which sounds very healing to me right now. —Catherine

The Perfect Horse

I’m very interested in reading about how war affects the lives of people and animals, so Elizabeth LettsThe Perfect Horse is a must-read for me. I’ve read books about the role of cavalry horses in WWI and seen the movie War Horse, and I’m thrilled to read another book about these animals during wartime. —Bob

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