Do you wonder what the Bookish team is reading? Do you want to take a peek at our bookshelves? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the Bookish staff’s personal weekend reading recommendations. Tell us what you think in the comments!
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It’s been a while since a book hyped me up this much. I could tell you about the world building; I could wax poetic about the language; I could eloquently go into character development and the non-stop action. But I honestly think a better summary of my feelings is this: When I finished, I felt alight with magic. I was thrumming with energy, and thinking, “I either need to hop on a pirate ship and sail for adventure or tell someone about this book.” Thankfully, I was able to talk to the author herself and get my burning questions answered. If you haven’t started this series yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up. —Kelly
I am reading Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield right now. I’ve run nine marathons over the last several years, and am training for my tenth at the end of April. I read a fair number of running books because I like to stay inspired and keep finding ways to improve. As running books go, this one is pretty accessible, and is a great way to remind myself of the basics as I gear up for my next 26.2. —Elizabeth
The Burren is a stony, hilly, floral corner of north County Clare on Ireland’s west coast. This photo-filled book is a wonderful introduction. Happily the accompanying text is just as artful as the gorgeous shots. A top landscape photographer, Carsten Krieger captures more than hills and valleys here—he also photographs villages, wildlife, plants and trees, and people: farmers, musicians, a local perfumer, the founder of a rural art college. I have been reading about the Burren—and hiking it—for years, and this beautiful addition to my library taught me new things about the ecology and culture of a coastal kingdom the ancient Irish called Boirrean, their word for a place of stone. —Phil
I like variety in life and reading, so it is no surprise that I gravitated to nonfiction after a couple of fiction books. I have always been fascinated by the quiet, self-effacing success of Warren Buffett in a business world packed with noisy personalities and garish self aggrandizement. This book starts with a story of Buffett warning a group of business glitterati about the impending doom of the dot-com burst. This story sets the stage for a book that will hopefully reveal some secrets of how to take the long view both in business and in life where smart and steady always wins. —Doug