Weekly Wrap-up: Mar 18-24, 2019

Hello fellow boozie readers!

Sam’s Update:

It was a really good week. I got to go visit Mama with Ginny and went to a terrible show but it was BYOB and we got DRUNK.

What Sam finished this week:

*Sigh* nothing =(

What Sam’s reading now:

  • The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso: I’ve gotten about 45% through. I forgot how much i enjoy the hell out of the parental figure in this. She’s actually supportive and loving and present. Review for The Tethered Mage here.
  • Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik: This is the 5th book in the Temeraire series. I love this one a lot. It’s better than the last one for sure. 100% so much better.
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: So this is the book that Ginny and I listened to on our way to and from Mama’s. We’re literally 45 minutes from being done. This book is about a human girl who was raised in Fairyland with the Fae. She just wants to fit in but she’s constantly underestimated and bullied because she’s mortal. Political machinations and spycraft and other things happen, she’s just trying to live her life. The trouble right now, is that since I started it with Ginny… I have to wait to finish it until she and I are in a room together for 45 minutes. GAH I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

Ginny’s Update:

Currently Reading:

  •  Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath: Welp, I’m reading a non-fiction book to try and improve… something about myself.  that and I occasionally enjoy a non-fiction book.  The first chapter of this has proved interesting so I’m in.  This is a book that talks about why change seems difficult and different tacts to take to make other people want to change
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black:  I blame Sam.  We were listening to this on a car trip and we had 45 minutes left.  So I’m pretty sure she’s already finished it.  Holly Black is great although this book does use a trope I HATE!!! This has a lot of political machinations and stuff and the main character is DUMB but I’m still really looking forward to finishing it.

Completed this week:

  • Hold Me by Courtney Milan: This was a ton of fun.  I really loved Jay, he’s the first one to realize that they do know each other and did a wonderful job of trying to open it up.  Maria is a ton of fun and has such a great characterization that it completely made sense why she made the decisions that she did.  4/5stars.
  • Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta:  I got the plot a little bit wrong last time, but this is a good book if you’re looking for something to make you angry about the state of LGBT affairs in the world.  The main character is a Lesbian in Nigeria (which isn’t exactly an LGBT friendly country).  Still, it’s a stark look at how these matters are treated in areas outside of the US.  Definitely worth a read 4/5stars.
  • True Colors by Kristin Hannah: My mom handed me this book a bunch of years ago and I only just got around to reading it.  This book focuses on a family in a small town in I think Oregon or Washington State.  The three sisters (Winona, Aurora, and Vivi Ann) are very different.  At some point Vivi Ann falls in love with a Native American man, after a few years of marriage he is convicted of a murder.  This story takes place over like 40 years and deals with family drama of huge and minor sizes.  It ended up being a beautiful story and I really enjoyed the sibling relationships.  4/5
  • Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno: This ended up on my TBR a while back when I was trying to expand the types of books I was reading.  I always want to make sure that I’m not just getting the same types of heros over and over again (i.e. I need more than straight white men in my books).  Georgina and her sister and mother live on a small island and have magic.  It’s more magical realism than it is traditional witchiness but was a fun take.  That being said I want to warn anyone who reads this that the book does feature a sexual assault.  3.5/5.

Melinda’s Update:

No update from Minda this week… supes busy

Linz’s Update:

Linz started fostering a puppers this weekend… no update from her either.

 

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Melinda, Linz, and Ginny

 

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