What We’re Reading: March 4

What We’re Reading: March 4

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.

A Darker Shade of Magic

This month’s reading challenge is to read books based on their covers, so I picked V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. The book involves jumping to different parallel universes, something that the cover captures in a perfect and clever way. I’ve wanted to read this for a while (and not just because the protagonist and I share a nickname). I’m barely 100 pages in and loving the universe and the characters. I have a feeling I’ll be picking up the sequel later this month. —Kelly

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Thunder & Lightning

My pop-science obsession continues with this graphic nonfiction book about the weather. Lauren Redniss‘ illustrations are absolutely stunning, and her well-chosen anecdotes about various extreme climates all over the world are fascinating. This is a really unusual book in terms of form, but as it’s a fairly recent release (it came out late last year) I’m hoping it inspires more books like it. —Elizabeth

Green Island

I’m someone who loves historical biographies (such as The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China by Hannah Pakula) and historical novels (The Last Empress by Anchee Min) about Asia. I’m looking forward to starting Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan, a historical novel about Taiwan. —Bob

The Lonely City

The instant I heard about this book, I wanted to read it. It’s fantastic. Drawing on her own passage through deep loneliness in New York City following a breakup (she’d moved from England for the relationship!), Olivia Laing explores her own experience, delves into the psychological literature, and reflects brilliantly on this shadowed aspect of the human condition. As she makes clear, it’s a state hard to discuss, hard to confess, hard to witness. For case studies, she turns to visual artists, including Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz, considering both how they coped with and captured loneliness. Her memoir honesty is brave and moving. And every page has insights into her subject, the artists she studies, art in general, and life. —Phil

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Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling

I’ve recommended Tony Cliff’s Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant to countless people. The art is gorgeous and insanely expressive, the text is hilarious, and the characters are fascinating. I want to have tea with Mr. Selim, and go on wild adventures with Delilah (slash steal her styling tips–her hair is stunning). This sequel is enjoyable and tons of fun. I expected nothing less. I hope for countless more adventures from Delilah and Selim in the future. —Kelly

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely

I accidentally read this book in one sitting last night—it didn’t even occur to me to put it down. Claudia Rankine‘s prose poetry is totally gripping, and her observations manage to be both troubling and moving at the same time. Here, she meditates on death, politics, and what it means to be lonely. I don’t know how to categorize this book, but I do know that I loved it. —Elizabeth

A Few of the Girls

Maeve Binchy is a terrific storyteller, and was a dear friend of mine for many, many years. I discovered her books first when working as the fiction buyer at Waldenbooks. I am very much looking forward to revisiting her writing in A Few of the Girls—Bob

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