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.
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
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
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
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