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 Winter Previews for a look at the best books of the season.
I’m participating in Bookish’s 2016 Reading Challenge, and February’s goal is to read books that you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yet. Well, my big confession is that I have never, ever read a book by Stephen King. I’ve read excerpts, and I’ve read snippets, but never a full book. Rather than diving into his best-known works, I decided to pick up Dolores Claiborne. So far, I’m feeling completely transported by the first-person narration. You’ve certainly got a gift for writing characters, Mr. King. —Kelly
I’m new to the world of graphic memoirs, but when a close friend insisted that I borrow her copy of Marbles, I took her up on it. So far, I’m definitely not disappointed. I’m a big believer in the importance of good, honest writing about mental health issues, and Ellen Forney delivers. Bipolar disorder and creativity are fascinating fodder for a memoir, and I bet anyone who loved Fun Home as much as I did will really enjoy this. —Elizabeth
I am eager to read this novel about a young gay man living in an Arab country. I think it will bring to light the personal challenges that many gay men face in the Arab world today. The Western world has finally become more tolerant of different lifestyles, but many around the world still have to fight for survival because of who they are. —Bob
I’m finally reading The Goldfinch! And loving it! I must have been in a sour mood when it first came out and I read the reviews, and when I sampled the opening paragraph, as back then I decided it wasn’t for me. Wrong! (So far, at least—I’m eighty pages in.) The richness of the language, so descriptive, beat-perfect, swept me up right away this time, and Donna Tartt’s story art has me avidly turning pages. Speaking of art, I love the painting dimension, and I like her way with city-conjuring. I haven’t finished a novel of this length for a while, and am hoping this book will break that streak. —Phil
My life is always a bit brighter when I have a new Christina Lauren book in my hands. This writing duo captures 20-something love and lust perfectly, and their characters always feel genuine and real. This is the fourth installment in the Wild Seasons series, and while it isn’t my favorite (that’s a tight tie between Dirty Rowdy Thing and Dark Wild Night), I still could not put this down. —Kelly
Many, many years ago I graduated from the University of Connecticut, and my first job out of school was in the world of adult education. I was a part of a federal adult teaching program that worked with disadvantaged adult students and prepared them for positions in the working world. Ed Boland’s story is from a different time and a different program, but in many ways our stories may be alike. I’m interested to see what was similar and what wasn’t. —Bob