Hello fellow boozie readers!
Welp, this week was better than last week. I GET TO GO BACK TO WORK TODAY! I visited Sam and went out for Melinda’s bday… good times. Life is getting back to normal.
What Sam finished this week:
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: I finished!! I can’t talk too much about it because we’re discussing at book club this week but…. yeah.
- Up From Freedom by Wayne Grady: This book is about a white man who is anti-slavery right before the civil war. He grows up in the south on a plantation hating everything about what goes on there. He falls for one of the slaves, Annie, so he takes her away with him when he moves away. Turns out she’s pregnant with some other white guy’s son. Annie names him Lucas. Over time, they live their lives, move to Texas, etc, but Lucas falls in love with a neighbors “property” and runs away with her. Our main character goes after him to try and help him get away. This is Moody’s story while he searches for Lucas. He ends up following the underground railroad, and getting involved, and learning about how his actions weren’t necessarily the best. I liked the message that this book got across, but the writing style was tough. Little to no dialogue and pages and pages of description that didn’t help to further the plot. Otherwise great story, and I didn’t realize how personal it was to Wayne.
- Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake: This is the third book in the Three Dark Queens series. I’m sort of miffed that this isn’t a finale, but overall the story was fine.
What Sam’s reading now:
- Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: I just started this so there’s not much to tell except that this has Six of Crows in France with different magic feels. Rag-tag gang of thieves off to steal an unstealable thing. I’m adoring the banter.
- Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: Again, just started this but this is the companion novel to A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. This book follows Monty’s sister Felicity and her mission to be accepted into medical school.
What Ginny Is Reading:
I took the GMAT on Friday so this week has mostly been studying…
- Lab Girl by Hope Jehren: This is a nonfiction book I’m reading for a book club. Not super sure where its going yet but its been a series of nice stories about the ins and outs of how the scientific world functions.
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I know Sam has comments. I can pretty much guarantee I’m enjoying it more than her.
What Ginny Finished Reading:
- Odd One Out by Nic Stone – Hey, for more info on this check out Parker’s review!!! Coop and Jupiter have been best friends since childhood. Rae is the new girl who was quickly adopted into their group. The way this book explored sexuality and growing up, hard decisions and dealing with varied guilts and traumas was great. Also teens are dumb. 4/5
- A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole – Absolutley delightful. This is a romance novel written by someone who understands how the internet age works and I so appreciate that. Seriously get into this series. The books are funny and hot and meaningful and just so much fun to read. 5/5
What Melinda Is Reading:
It was my birthday, so unfortunately not much reading accomplished.
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. So far so good! I’m about 75% of the way finished with this. The audiobook experiment is going well, though I think I would stick to one with only one POV in the future.
What Melinda Finished Reading:
- Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore. I did NOT like this anywhere near as much as Sam did (her review here). The main character made all kinds of horrible decisions and the love story with Death, which was the main plot driver and reasons for him doing things, didn’t convince me it was worth it. Also, every time period he lived in was so dismal–yikes. The reincarnation concept was cool though, so that’s why it was 2/5.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
Sam, Melinda, Linz, and Ginny