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.
This wins the book hangover of the year award. Empire of Storms is a book of revelations, and I was amazed by Sarah J. Maas’ intricate plotting and the amount of setup she had carefully laid in previous books. There are a lot of payoffs here and more to come. The action is nonstop, and the characters are nuanced, flawed, and utterly human (even when they’re not). Without spoiling anything, the ending left me breathless and I’m already counting down the days until the next and final book. Readers can check back later this month for my interview with Maas, where she’ll not doubt tease us wickedly about what’s to come. —Kelly
This book is well titled, because it’s easily one of my most beloved volumes. I’m always floored by how visceral and evocative Toni Morrison’s prose is, and I return to it frequently when I want to feel inspired. —Elizabeth
For our reading challenge this month, we’re picking up the shortest books in our TBR piles. Clocking in at just over 200 pages, this slim thriller is told from the point of view of a girlfriend on a road trip with her boyfriend, who she’s considering dumping. Every few chapters, readers are given snippets of conversation about a terrible murder that has occurred. I’m about halfway through and can’t wait to see how the two storylines converge. —Kelly
I’m fascinated by reading works in translation. Currently I’m reading and enjoying Death’s End, the third in the Three-Body trilogy by Cixin Liu, China’s most beloved science fiction author. —Bob