What To Read This Weekend


1. The Magicians, a novel by Lev Grossman. I’m halfway through it as I write this, and loving every minute. The Magicians is a fantasy novel for grown-ups — one reviewer said that it is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. I haven’t enjoyed fantasy writing since I was a kid, but this book is very, very adult, and the main characters happen to be very, very quiet and cerebral. In fact, The Magicians might make a good pick for the Quiet Online Book Club, about which more soon. (I scoured the Internet for a sample chapter, because generally I prefer to recommend weekend readings that are only a click away. But I couldn’t find one, and made an exception.)

I can also report that Grossman was a guest speaker at my authors group a few months ago. I couldn’t attend that meeting, but everyone said that he was soulful and witty and that half the members had a crush on him.

2. “How to Live Before You Die,” Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford: three inspiring stories from Steve’s life.

3. Jonah Lehrer’s “The Frontal Cortex,” a science blog, has been one of my favorite web visits for about two years now.  This most recent article, on where bad moods come from, is a typically fascinating post.

I would love to hear what you think of these picks. And if you have any of your own weekend reading ideas…please share!





  1. Valerie on 25.03.2011 at 21:59 (Reply)

    Enjoyed Steve Jobs’ commencement speech! Here’s another good piece to read: The Last Lecture by Prof Randy Pausch. http://www.thelastlecture.com/aboutbk.htm
    It is a very inspirational book.

  2. Emily Klein on 26.03.2011 at 08:35 (Reply)

    I just finished the Magicians recently. It’s very dark but quite good. I’ll be curious to see what you think of the second half.

  3. Paul Leclerc on 26.03.2011 at 13:22 (Reply)

    Thanks for sharing these new reads! I’ve added some of them to my Amazon wishlist.
    It looks like the link to The Magicians only has one slash (/) after the http: part.

  4. Helen Churko on 27.03.2011 at 00:11 (Reply)

    Loved the Magicians . I am reading books by Charles DeLint - urban fantasies based in Canada . He always creates characters that I can about .

  5. Helen Churko on 27.03.2011 at 00:12 (Reply)

    Whoops, I meant to say care (not can ) about .

  6. Tracy on 27.03.2011 at 09:23 (Reply)

    Hi Susan. I recently found your blog via Gretchen Rubin/The Happiness Project and I’m hooked!! I am an introvert who LOVES quiet alone time. (Hence, I’m up quite early on a Sunday morning just so that I can get time to read stuff I love . . . when it’s QUIET). I’m a regular now . . and I’m so excited. #6 on your “Twelve Things I Believe” is so true. I work in a classroom and often try to find ways to let the quiet kids know it’s ok to be quiet.

  7. 'Aunt Amelia' on 27.03.2011 at 10:55 (Reply)

    Thank you so much for the suggestions!

    And I so love reading suggestions. Especially now, since it has been way too long, since I found a book I can “get lost in.” :-) Must look for “The Magicians.”

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