What We’re Reading: October 14

What We’re Reading: October 14

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


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The Story of the Lost Child

Sigh. I’m reading this book very slowly because I’m not at all ready to for the Neapolitan novels to end. Elena and Lila have seen me through a lot this past year, and the thought of going on without them is breaking my heart. But I will soldier on. I now look back fondly to when I started My Brilliant Friend. I was ready to not like it because everyone around me was gushing and it did take me a while to get into the flow of the book, but once I did I was hooked. The second book was my favorite so far, but the third certainly didn’t disappoint. With this final installment, I am still swept up in this tale of friendship, loss, and womanhood. —Myfanwy


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Swing Time

I have to admit—I haven’t yet read any of Zadie Smith’s previous books, but Swing Time has been an amazing introduction. This book dances through time, following the protagonist from her childhood in London, growing up a mixed-race aspiring dancer, to her work as a pop star’s assistant helping to build a school in West Africa. But the real treat is in seeing her come to terms with her relationships—with her mother, her childhood friend and competitor, her boss, and her own history and understanding of herself. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the end to give some closure to the cliff-hanger prologue! —Kristina


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Do You Want to Start a Scandal

This book has everything I could possibly want: Hamilton lyrics slipped into motherly advice, a Disney reference in the title, and it’s written by Tessa Dare. She truly has a gift for writing novels that are heartfelt, funny, and populated by characters that feel incredibly real. I devoured it in a single sitting, and I think you will too. —Kelly


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Shrill

I’m a couple chapters into this book, and I’m already in love with it. Lindy West is smart, insightful, and funny at all once, and reading this collection feels like having a conversation with a much cooler older sister. I’m torn between devouring this book at top speed, and savoring it, since I know I’ll be sad when it’s over. —Elizabeth


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Rad Women Worldwide

I picked up this fantastic collection of profiles to inspire my 14-year-old daughter, but haven’t given it to her yet as I’m only halfway done. Good book = questionable parenting. —Andrew


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Do Not Say We Have Nothing

I’ve always been interested in Chinese history and cultural affairs. I visited the country years ago, and was able to learn even more about their civil war through my best friend, who grew up in China at that time. I’m looking forward to reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien’s novel about the China’s Cultural Revolution. —Bob


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The Mysterious Benedict Society

My son and I are reading The Mysterious Benedict Society together at bedtime. I’m not sure which one of us loves it more. Actually, I think maybe I do. ​It’s got everything: intrigue, humor, tunnels, tricks, surprises, and, best of all, a ragtag group of brainy kids, who just might save the world from doomsday. I also appreciate the way Trenton Lee Smith doesn’t write down to kids. Instead, there are words that my nine-year-old asks me to define. —Myfanwy


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Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hits

This is a semi-fictional account of the musical madman/genius. It’s listed as fiction, but any of the bizarre stories he’s spinning could all easily be true with someone like Hawkins. —Andrew


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I, Claudius

I originally read this book after watching the Masterpiece Theater miniseries. It was such a successful adaptation. Now, I’ve decided to revisit the story that once captivated me. —Bob

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