What We’re Reading: January 13

What We’re Reading: January 13

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.

The Cuckoo’s Calling

No surprise, I’m participating in Bookish’s 2017 Reading Challenge. This month’s goal is to read books that match your new year’s resolution, and my resolution is to kick off January by reading the two books on my 2016 Reading Regrets list. I’ve always thought that J.K. Rowling was a master at diverting the reader’s attention while she carefully planted important clues, so I’m excited to be diving into this mystery. —Kelly

Going Clear

I read Lawrence Wright’s 2011 New Yorker piece on Paul Haggis’ relationship with the Church of Scientology, and was totally fascinated. When I saw this book in a used bookstore over the weekend, I just couldn’t help myself. —Elizabeth

The Circle

I’m reading The Circle by Bernard Minier, the second book in the Commandant Martin Servaz series.  It’s a fast-paced, page-turning murder mystery that takes place in France. In fact, it was written in French and then translated into English. If you enjoy murder mysteries with well-developed, fallible characters, this book’s for you. But, you may want to read the first one in the series first: The Frozen Dead, which I also recommend. —Martha

The Best American Short Stories 2016

It’s been several years since I have a written a short story from start to finish. In many ways, I find them harder to write than a longer piece. Still, every year I look forward to The Best American Short Stories anthology to see whose stories were selected and why. It’s interesting to see each guest editor’s choices and how they are balanced against each other. I was especially thrilled to read this year’s collection as one of my favorite writers, Junot Díaz, is the guest editor. His opening essay does not disappoint. It is a treasure. A master class on how to write a story. He also describes some of his choices for the anthology and gives a key to why he chose them. It is a generous, loving essay and I am grateful for it, for Díaz, and for everyone who continues to return to the page and honor the short story. —Myf

The Kiss of Deception

This past week I read The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. I wanted to start off the new year with a book series that I’ve never read before. I bought The Kiss of Deception because I have always been into kingdom and heroine stories. Once I started reading, I was hooked. The main character, Princess Lia, flees on her wedding day because she doesn’t want to marry a stranger—the prince from a neighboring kingdom. Lia’s strong personality and Pearson’s creative writing had me excitedly turning pages to see what was going to happen next. Overall, this series was extremely well written and is definitely on my favorite book series list. —Jillian

First Love and First Love

This week I’ve been reading First Love, twice. First Love by Ivan Turgenev, and First Love by Gwendoline Riley. They’re very different, but both compelling in their own ways. —Stuart


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An Open Book

I pulled John Huston’s memoir An Open Book off the shelf at a rental condo and I’m loving it. What a life! Five marriages, dozens of films, friendships with Hollywood titans, working relationships with Ernest Hemingway and Carson McCullers, 15 years spent in Ireland, and more. He taught himself to act, write, paint, and direct. The book is rollicking so far, as befitting his adventure-filled years, with a voice that comes across as that of a force of nature who taught himself, through practice and discipline, ways of channeling an overflowing creativity. —Phil

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