Weekly Wrap-up: Jan 15-21, 2019

Hello fellow boozie readers!

Sam’s Update:

This week was the same as last week. The gov’t is still shut down, and I’m still slowly losing my goddamn mind.

What Sam finished this week:

  • The Reach Between Worlds by Cameron M. Hayden: This was the book I pulled from my TBR jar. It is like a cross between Harry Potter, Mistborn, and Name of the Wind. The main two characters are Taro and Nima, brother and sister, sent to infiltrate the magic school in order to save their parents from illness at the behest of a crimelord. This book’s plot was great. The villains were fabulous. However, that’s where the positives end. Review to come soon.
  • Everless by Sara Holland: This book where years of your life are currency. YA Political Intrigue fantasy. I audio’d most of this one, but I finished in e-copy because… because I did. I liked this. It was a good YA fantasy and I will be picking up the next one that just came out last month.
  • The Black Powder War by Naomi Novik: I suppose I’m really in to Naomi lately. This is the third book in the Temeraire series. Napoleonic wars with dragons. I’m listening to this on audio and am still enjoying the hell out of it.

What Sam’s reading now:

spinning silver

  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: Sort of, I have barely just started it.

Melinda’s Update:

What Melinda finished this week:


  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: LOVED. Definitely brought all the tears. And also a lot of frustration about the general state of the world. Starr’s voice was great and authentic throughout, which made for an engaging, heartfelt read. As one half of a interracial couple who will eventually raise multiracial kids, that part of the book also struck a cord with me, too. Looking forward to reading more books with diverse perspectives this year.
  • Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event #1-7 (2016): As predicted last week, this was a definite winner. Very, very different from the MCU version of events so can’t really compare, but this was better in terms of Iron Man v. Captain America and reasons why it happened. Both sides had compelling arguments to why they were against or pro-government registration for superheroes, though I’m #TeamIronMan. Seriously though, if you liked Captain America: Civil War, it’s well worth the read.

What Melinda is reading now:

  • Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore: I had been wanting to read this for a long time and it finally came up on my library queue! Unfortunately, so did The Hate U Give and I was already in the middle of another book, so this may be snatched away from me again before I finish… boo. I think Sam has a hard copy though, so maybe I will just borrow that. I’ll have to pick up some tequila, too.
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: Or “reading.” I’m still not convinced audiobooks = reading, but will find out soon. This will be my first-ever audiobook experience! Figured it was time to give it a shot. Feel free to post any tips for me in the comments below 👇 #bookclublife

Ginny’s Update:

What Ginny Is Reading:

Well this was a pretty good reading week so I’m pretty excited about the wrap up.

  • The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman – The second book in the Invisible Library Series.  It starts off with a bang and continues from there.  I’m already super into it.
  • The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson – I read the first trilogy probably more than a year ago and I’m really excited for this one (and I know Sam is excited for me to finally read it!).  It takes place a millennium after the first trilogy and I’m looking forward to figuring out the lore and whatnot.

What Ginny Finished Reading:

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman – I’m a bit conflicted as to how I feel about this book.  I read a book with a similar enough idea recently that I spent most of the time reading comparing the two stories.  They both deal with worlds where something has happened to change a gender balance.  I liked bits and pieces of this book and the way things change is fascinating and yet it left me a little bit cold, a little bit let down.  This is probably a 3/5 shots.
  • Final Draft by Riley Redgate – Man, I really enjoyed this book.  The main characters internal monologue reminds me a lot of myself in my teenage years.  I wasn’t exactly quiet (as pretty much everyone knows me can attest) but those feelings of awkwardness transcend people, race, and sexuality.  I get the feeling I’ll be writing a review about this one so I’m not going to get too into it here.
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer – Man, there was a lot going on in this book.  The problem with introducing at least two main characters per book is that you have to keep track of all of them.  Luckily Marissa Meyer clearly had a plan from the beginning about what she wanted to do.  This book was a ton of fun, manages to get pretty serious while still keeping the reading (or listening in my case) light enough.  It was a satisfying end to the series – 4/5 shots.

Linz’s Update:

I’m still working through the shutdown, so I’m getting my commuter reading done. On the other hand I screwed my neck up doing crunches and I can’t get seen by a doctor yet, so my gym reading has slowed down.

What Linz finished this week: 

Nightingale by Amy Lukavics
– I got an advanced copy from Goodreads and very much enjoyed it. June is a 17yo girl in the 1950s who doesn’t conform to society’s or her family’s standards, so of course, into an asylum she goes. And then shit gets real weird. It’s a horror story in a wonderfully unexpected way and it was nothing like what I thought it would be.

Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
– I don’t know if I’m gonna write a full review later because I think I’ll be processing this book for a long time. The VERY simple description is a female American filmmaker comes to the Philippines to work on a script, about an incident during the Philippine-American War, and hires a Filipina translator to help her. The translator obviously has a much different perspective on what happened. The structure of the book is wildly complex, but it’s a fresh take on how differently we can view the same events.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi
– Tore through this. It’s a Brooklyn-based Pride and Prejudice, with a cast of minority teens. I do not like Jane Austen, I loved this take on it.

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
– Twinkle is an Indian-American girl whose dream is to become a filmmaker, and also find a way to get her best friend back. Def had a few problems, but it was diverse without being heavy-handed and introduced an untraditional immigrant family narrative.

What Linz is reading now:

The Dating Game by Kiley Roache
– got an ARC from goodreads and finally getting around to reading it. Three college freshmen design the next Tindr, and drama ensues. I’m maybe 1/3 done and enjoying it.

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
– I think Sam reviewed this already, so in short, enjoying it so far, wish I’d refreshed myself on Seven Realms before I started. (I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to read them first? But I’d heavily recommend it.)

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Melinda, Linz, and Ginny

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