What We’re Reading: July 15

What We’re Reading: July 15

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.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

I’m experiencing what can only be described as withdrawal symptoms after finishing A Little Life. It was an extraordinary novel, and I need to sit with the characters a little longer before moving on. Instead of jumping straight into another novel (which I’m sure would just disappoint me), I’ve decided to switch genres to nonfiction. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been on my TBR list for longer than I care to admit, and I look forward to finally reading it. —Elizabeth

Kings Rising

I hated putting this book down. I was utterly captivated by Laurent. The changes in his character are subtle and gradual. He’s evolved over the last few books, and as a result this final volume showed him at his most vulnerable. This love story was intoxicating, and now that I’m done I need to force someone else I know to read it so I can talk about Laurent and Damen in more depth. —Kelly

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

I read this book when it was first published in 1965 and have reread it several times since. It’s one of the most meaningful books of our time and covers themes that continue to resonate today. —Bob

Bleak House

I’m blaming Brexit. England’s been much on my mind lately, and this week, with the political situation getting even more snarled, I found myself picking up Bleak House. Aside from occasionally revisiting its famous “Fog everywhere” opening (I’m always cheered to see Charles Dickens ignore the grammarians and make brilliant use of sentence fragments as well as the word “And” to start a lynchpin sentence), I haven’t spent time with the novel for twenty years. The prose is fantastic, the satire electric, the wit unequalled. It’s been making me laugh out loud. As I get deeper into the book, I’m curious to see what I’ll think about the author’s boldest structural move, which was to pair a present-tense omniscient narrator with heroine Esther Summerson telling her own tale in retrospective first-person. —Phil

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I recently saw a movie trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, adapted from the Ransom Riggs series of the same name. This week I’m starting this best-selling series so I’m ready when the movie comes out. —Bob

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