What We’re Reading: September 25

What We’re Reading: September 25

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.


A Wild Swan: And Other Tales

I heard Michael Cunningham speak earlier this year, and the experience has really stuck with me. The Hours remains one of the very best books I’ve read this year, so I was super excited when I heard this book was happening. I’m not a huge fan of fairy tale retellings, so maybe I’m not Cunningham’s audience for this one. Still, his prose is beautiful, and his wit and compassion shine through these tales. —Elizabeth


Scarlet & Cress

I’m flying through The Lunar Chronicles. Marissa Meyer is doing an excellent job at weaving in nuggets and themes from the original fairy tales, and I particularly liked how she adapted “Little Red Riding Hood.” These books are picking up speed as they go and I’m excited to see it all come to a head in Winter. I also can’t wait for Scarlet and Wolf to be reunited. —Kelly


Did You Ever Have a Family

This extraordinary debut novel is the latest to join the ranks of other phenomenal works released in 2015. What I’m enjoying most about this book so far is how real the characters are. —Bob


The Night Game

I’m reading The Night Game by Irish novelist and poet Frank Golden, a New York-set novel of psychological darkness that opens on fogbound city streets and develops a story where moments of seeming clarity and solidity are revealed to be illusory and vaporous. Gotham itself is a city skewed in terms of geography and environment, a metropolis that feels half-dreamed and bubbles with desire, kink, deception, and madness. Damage, secret selves, personalities with coordinates out of Nietzsche and Freud—that’s the human atmosphere of The Night Game, its title coming from a Romanian surrealist painting. I feel sure I’ll remain guessing until the end. Phil

Journey to the End of the Night

I went into this relatively blind. So far, it’s riddled with pessimism and nihilism, and frankly, it’s getting me down a little. I’m not far enough in to say much else, but I guess if I look really sad on Monday, at least Kelly and Bob will know what’s wrong with me. —Elizabeth

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Delilah Dirk is the badass graphic novel heroine that I didn’t know I needed, and now I want more of her. Thankfully, the second book in this series comes out next March. I love the artistry in this book, the deadpan humor of both Selim and Delilah, and how detailed the characters’ expressions are. —Kelly


Twelve Kings in Sharakhai: The Songs of Shattered Sands

This is a sure winner for anyone looking for an epic fantasy series with strong female characters. In this first book, Bradley P. Beaulieu sets up this magical world filled with endless adventures. —Bob


The Pink Trance Notebooks

It’s no secret that I think Wayne Koestenbaum is the coolest, and so I was thrilled to pick up a copy of his new book at an event of his this week. These fragmented musings are grouped into 34 “notebooks,” in which Koestenbaum takes on a wide variety of subjects and images in fascinating ways. “Pink trance” may be the perfect descriptor for what you’ll feel when you read this. —Elizabeth


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