Hello fellow boozie readers!
My week was a fucking nightmare. Just… ugh. I rewarded myself with a no-plans weekend which was fab.
What Sam finished this week:
- Nightblood by Elly Blake: This book felt like it was written and released in 2011. It was cookie cutter and predictable and UGH. I threw it shade on this twitter thread.
What Sam’s reading now:
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton: This is a stand-alone book about a poor young woman who’s basically sold off to the richest husband. I am at the beginning and went into it blind. We’ll see how it goes.
- Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence: I was blessed by the NetGalley gods with an e-ARC of the finale to the Book of the Ancestor series. I was hooked at about 17% with two words… which i wont say cause spoilers. It’s told in two timelines, which is different from the others, but is serving its purpose and done SO WELL.
Welp. I think it’s pretty clear what kind of books I was looking for this week; relatively lighthearted quick reads. So, romance novels!
What Ginny is Reading
- The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman: Yup, I’m just working my way through the whole series. The mystery is deepening with the hints of a war between the Fae and the Dragons. A Dragon approaches Irene to ask for her help which puts her in an unfortunate position. I’m not far in, but it’s already a ton of fun. I always love a little more chance to see the inside of the Library.
- The List by Patricia Forde: This is a book that we received a long time ago and Parker already wrote a review (see it here) and I decided now was a good time to finally read it.
What Ginny Finished:
- Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson: Mmmm, I kind of adore this series. I plan on writing a review so I’m not going to say anything else just yet.
- The Winter King by C.L. Wilson: Well this book definitely had some questionable moments, there’s a lot of dubious consent which super isn’t my jam. That and the way every character talked about how amazing the main dude looked got to the point where it was more irritating than anything else. Ignoring the romance and how easy some of the plot could have been resolved, the plot was fun. 3/5
- Trade Me by Courtney Milan: You ever read one of those books where two people go, we should switch lives, and then just do without any thought processes (Im looking at you Hallmark movies with Candace Cameron Bure) this book showed the two main characters actually thinking through the idea and writing up a contract… Tina Chen is a college student, struggling with supporting her family on top of everything else. Blake Reynolds is the son of this worlds Steve Jobs and is struggling with expectations. They switch for an actually interesting reason and I enjoyed the characterizations etc. 4/5
What Melinda finished:
- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – This was such a great read about a very terrible thing that happened. Review pending, probably sober since it’s about human trafficking. 5/5 shots
- The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – Finished this one a few hours after I shared I was reading it in last week’s Weekly Update. It was so addicting and had an incredibly satisfying ending. The characters all had a case of arrested development, but understandable considering the circumstances. Stay tuned for the review! 4/5 shots
What Melinda is reading now:
- Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – Literally just started, but this is the follow up to Vicious (link to Sam’s post) which we all read for book club. I enjoyed the first book as much as Sam did, so I expect to like this one as well and look forward to seeing how the duology ends. Will have a review when finished!
Editor’s Note: Linz texted me her weekly update this week… I think it perfectly describes how her week went… see below.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
Sam, Melinda, Linz, and Ginny