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 have heard so many great things about this book, so I finally decided to pick it up. Lauren Groff’s writing style is so different from what I was expecting. I think it’s really awesome that she decided to write in such elevated language; it was gutsy, and I think the gamble really paid off. It took me a while to get used to the writing style, but now that I have, I’ll be very sad to turn the final page. I now understand what all of the buzz was about: This is a love story that takes a deeper look at marriage, for better and for worse. –Elizabeth
I almost put this book in our Reading Regrets of 2015 piece, but I decided that I was determined to read it before the new year. I managed to squeeze it in before the ball dropped, and I’m so happy I did. I heard so much hype about this book, and all of it is true. This is an excellent debut, and I was genuinely surprised by the direction the story took. Plus, the cover remains one of my favorites of the year. —Kelly
Jorge Cruise is a diet, health, and fitness advocate whose career has been devoted to helping people who are looking for instructions on how to live a healthy and vibrant life. Being an advocate of good diet and health myself, I am a follower, as well as a very good friend of Jorge. His dedication to good health is remarkable, and his 25th book is indeed his best yet. —Bob
I have to say, the cover of this book got more attention from the people around me than I expected it would. Lauren Holmes writes characters that feel incredibly real; every time I finished one of the stories, I was sad knowing that I wouldn’t be encountering that particular protagonist again. My favorite story had to be the one written from the perspective of a couple’s dog. It could have been really gimmicky, but I think Holmes executed it nicely. –Elizabeth
I’ll own up to the fact that I picked this book up because I loved the cover art. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, and finally got around to it this week. The central storyline deals with a sheep farmer named Jake. She’s trying to find out who or what is killing her sheep. How she ended up on this tiny, isolated island is told in a series of flashbacks. We see Jake at different points in her life and in a wide range of circumstances (I’d say more, but don’t want to spoil it), and author Evie Wyld truly has a gift when it comes to making each voice completely unique. Jake is a character unlike any I’ve read before, and her development was by far my favorite part of the book. —Kelly
I have always been fascinated by the way the science fiction and fantasy genre can take historical happenings and incorporate them into an exciting world of make-believe, so I’m excited to dive into this one. —Bob