What We’re Reading: August 26

What We’re Reading: August 26

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.

Nine Stories

I really love J.D. Salinger’s short stories, and have decided to revisit Nine Stories this weekend. I remembered being really rattled by “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” and quite liking “For Esmé–With Love and Squalor.” Fingers crossed that they hold up! —Elizabeth

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I forgot just how great this book is. From the over-posted letter to the deceptive size of the wizard’s tents at the Quidditch World Cup, J.K. Rowling’s magical world continues to expand and grow in amazing ways. This is also the point where the overarching plot takes a darker turn, and it’s incredible to watch the subtle changes start to happen. —Kelly

Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939

I have read many books about Adolf Hitler and the despicable terror and sick cruelty he inflicted on the human race. I am interested in reading Hitler: Ascent by Volker Ullrich to learn more about his rise to power. —Bob

The Cry of the Owl

It’s Patricia Highsmith’s The Cry of the Owl this week. I’ve read The Talented Mr. Ripley twice, as well as Ripley Under Ground, but no non-Ripley fiction. It’s time! Talented is right up there with my favorite all-time books, as both the writing and the psychological insight blow me away. I expect the same to happen here. A lonely guy from small-town Pennsylvania, marriage a failure, gets pulled into a situation involving a string of murders. “Kafka with a vengeance,” an English reviewer wrote. I’ll be coming to this book with more knowledge of Highsmith herself, too, having read The Talented Miss Highsmith a couple years ago, which is fabulous. —Phil

The 37th Parallel

I’ve always been fascinated by books and movies about the paranormal. I particularly like ones set in the early 1950s, with ties to the development of nuclear power and space travel. Right now I’m enjoying The 37th Parallel by Ben Mezrich, about UFO sightings. —Bob

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