What We’re Reading: March 10

What We’re Reading: March 10

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 Spring Previews for a look at the best books of the season.

Between the World and Me

This book has been on my list for a while, and I’m so glad I finally picked it up. Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about race in a way that is deeply moving, and the book is structured as a letter to his teenage son. I’ve found myself thinking about this book ever since turning the final page. This is right up there with Claudia Rankine‘s Citizen. —Elizabeth

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

This has always been my least favorite of the Harry Potter series, though it is difficult to pinpoint exactly why because it’s still such a wonderful book to reread. I love how loyalty is an important theme and that we, fittingly, get to learn more about the entire Weasley family and get our visit to the Burrow. One of my favorite moments (which I hadn’t remembered) is when Arthur tackles and punches Lucius Malfoy in the middle of Flourish & Blotts. Plus there are some clever nods to the vanishing cabinet, which becomes so important later in the series. Up next is my favorite in the series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. —Kelly

Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America

Environmental concerns still play an important role in politics today in our country. I am very much looking forward to reading more about how those issues connect with our history. —Bob

All the Light We Cannot See

We all have books whose hype we don’t trust. Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr was one of those for me. A World War II saga with pretty writing featuring a blind French girl? I resisted. But there it sat on a library shelf Tuesday, and next thing I knew it was in my bookbag headed home. “At dusk they pour from the sky.” Wonderful first sentence—Doerr’s describing leaflets dropped from planes. This is followed by more excellent writing and a vivid conjuring of place and characters who come alive. It’s too early for a verdict yet, but initial signs are happily auspicious and I’m excited to plunge on and see what happens. —Phil

Gulp

I heard Mary Roach speak a few weeks ago, and have been eyeing Gulp on my shelves ever since. Gulp takes on the digestive system as its subject, and I don’t think I’ve ever been so amused and grossed out at the same time. I love her humorous approach to science writing—this book is packed with puns and other funny asides, but still manages to be super informative. —Elizabeth

The Storyteller

Aaron Starmer’s writing reminds me of Roald Dahl in that it is exceptionally imaginative and also quite dark. This series took me places I never expected, and I almost don’t want to say anything else because I want other readers to have the same wondrous experience that I did. I will say that the series as a whole focuses on storytelling and mythology, and that these two themes are the central focus of the final book. It’s unique and thought-provoking, the kind of series that sticks with you long after you’ve finished it. —Kelly

The Last Mortal Bond

I am very excited to be reading the last book in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy. —Bob

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