What We’re Reading: October 9

What We’re Reading: October 9

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.


This book… this book, you guys… As a Harry Potter addict and former fanfiction writer, this story has an extremely special place in my heart. I don’t read a lot of contemporary YA, but I do read a lot of fantasy YA which is why this book appealed to me originally. But Rainbow Rowell won me over 100%. I finished wanting more of Wren and Cath’s bond, more of Levi, more of Reagan, definitely more of Simon and Baz. This was excellent. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Carry On. —Kelly

Swann’s Way

So, I’m finally reading Proust. I’ve been a Knausgaard devotee for a while now, and have been meaning to get around to Proust for just as long. Memories unfold in such a beautiful way in his writing, and I love how evocative the language is. Structurally, I’m fascinated by the way this book is put together, and I love that so much hinges on the moment where the narrator tastes the madeleine. I was reading this in a coffee shop yesterday, and totally forgot where I was, which is one of my favorite experiences as a reader.Elizabeth


The Survivor

I’ve been one of Vince Flynn’s biggest fans since the very first Mitch Rapp thriller, The Transfer of Power. I was also a very dear friend of his and saddened by his passing. I’m very excited that Kyle Mills is continuing his legacy with the Mitch Rapp series. —Bob


Great Jones Street

All this talk of Garth Risk Hallberg’s City On Fire got me thinking of my favorite New-York-in-the-70s novel, Don DeLillo’s Great Jones Street. It was the first novel I read when I moved to Manhattan in 1995 as well, so for me it is the New York novel. It’s about a Mick Jagger-level rock superstar, an American, a New Yorker, who leaves his band mid-tour and holes up in a squalid studio on the titular street, then an odd little downtown byway years before the slightest hint of gentrification. Great Jones Street remains the funniest novel I know, with brilliant comedy about the music business, fame, the counterculture, fandom, American pop culture, and more. As for New York City itself, the unshiny early ’70s version, DeLillo has his rock star call it a “sadistic gift… ever on the verge of plague.” Hallberg’s on record expressing his admiration for DeLillo; I am going to guess he read GJS on his way to City On Fire.  —Phil


The House

October is here! I scare pretty easily, so I don’t read a lot of horror. But each year, in honor of Halloween, I try to use October as a month to push my boundaries and explore books and movies outside of my comfort zone. To kickoff a month of slightly spooky reads, I’m picking up Christina Lauren’s The House. I love their adult and new adult romances, so I’m excited to see them tackle a younger generation and a completely different genre. —Kelly


Fortunate Son

I was a college student in the ’60s, turbulent political and social times here in America. John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival are a major part of American history, and my own. I can’t wait to read this. —Bob


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