What We’re Reading: March 17

What We’re Reading: March 17

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!

If you’re still looking for some inspiration, check out our Spring Previews for a look at the best books of the season.

Strange the Dreamer

On the plane ride over to the London Book Fair, I started reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. After less than 24 hours I’m nearly halfway through. It has everything that audiences have come to love about Taylor’s stories: monsters and myths, magic and mayhem, gods and men, and dreamers and storytellers. —Kristina


Devil in Spring

This book came out a month ago, and I’m finally finding the time to devote to it. We named it a must-read winter romance, but I’d been planning on reading it long before that. I love Pandora’s desire to become a businesswoman and make a name for herself, and Gabriel’s determination to find a way to help her achieve that. I’m imagining that Cassandra’s story is next in line here, but I really adore every appearance West makes, and I hope he gets a novel as well. —Kelly

The Rules Do Not Apply

A few years ago, I was knocked out by Ariel Levy‘s “Thanksgiving in Mongolia” article for the New Yorker. The other day (which was, incidentally, a few days after the first anniversary of my divorce), I read an interview in Longreads with Levy. After I finished it, I immediately bought and began reading her new memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply. The book begins with brutal honesty, gallows humor, and a legitimate and simmering rage. It’s a necessary book for any of us who have lost big, and maybe it is even more necessary for those of you who haven’t. I know as I read on that I will be pulled apart by grief and heartache, but I also I suspect that by the end I will be puzzled back together with all of my pieces rearranged into the places where they were meant to be. —Myf



A couple years ago an editor friend sent me a manuscript called Tides, by sailor, surfer, and writer-conservationist Jonathan White. It blew me away. White had traveled the world exploring the biggest, baddest, fastest tides on the planet—from China to the Arctic, from the waters hemming Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel monastery to Canada’s Bay of Fundy. He’d also spent years researching tidal science and the history of tidal explanations. I’d had no idea how complex the phenomenon is (hint: it’s 100x more dimensional, causally, than lunar influence), nor that so many A-level brainiacs, from Aristotle to Newton, Kepler to Galileo, had taken their shots at solving the mystery. Plus Tides taught me a ton about waves, and their connection to oceanic ups and downs. It even had a beautiful introduction by Peter Matthiessen, written shortly before he died. I sent along some structural thoughts, and told my friend it was one of the most amazing books I’d ever read. And here it is! —Phil

This House is Haunted

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and I wanted to spend the week leading up to it reading an Irish author. I’ve really enjoyed John Boyne’s work in the past, and he’s definitely nailing the spooky atmosphere in this ghost story.  —Kelly

In the Woods

A lot of members on our team really, really love Tana French (looking at you, Kelly). Since it’s Paddy’s Day, I figure it’s the perfect time to dive into the first book of the Dublin Murder Squad series. So far, I’m completely hooked and really looking forward to sitting down with a pint tonight to finish this gripping mystery. —Stephanie

Looking for Alaska

This week I picked up Looking for Alaska by John Green, a well-known novel that has been recommended to me by many friends. It tells the story of Miles, a teen who is fascinated by famous last words and fed up with living a boring, uninteresting life. To experience something new, he decides to go to boarding school. There he meets Alaska. They become quick friends, and Miles falls in love with her. But a huge accident occurs and it turns Miles’ life upside down. I’m currently more than halfway through the book. Though I still haven’t formed an opinion, the story does grab your attention from the start. I am excited to learn more about Miles, and I cannot wait to finish! —Anne Marie







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