Weekly Wrap-up: Apr 22-28, 2019

Hello fellow boozie readers!

Sam’s Update:

It’s Magical Readathon!! Working hard to be a Metal Charmer. It was also the last week of Tome Topple, so I was reading those hefty books. 

What Sam finished this week:

ruin of kings

  • Care of Magical Creatures: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: I’ve only just started this last night so I don’t have much context. As far as I know, one dude is in jail, his lady guard seems supes evil. They’re both telling prisoner’s story but from different timelines. That’s literally all I got.

What Sam’s reading now:

It’s O.W.L.s Magical Readathon bitches!!

  • Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie Ann DiRisio: I’ve been meaning to read this for AGES and I am so excited to. This is a book written by our very own Brooding YA Hero and I’ve only just started.

  • Evermore by Sara Holland: This is the sequel to Everless and I’m listening on audio. Again, only just started.

Ginny’s Update:

Currently Reading:

  • Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly: Well, I’m about out of time with this one (the library is a cruel but fair mistress) so I’m not sure I’m going to be able to finish it before it disappears but this book, so far, is looking at the cultural expectations around women’s anger. Which is fascinating and frustrating.
  • The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder Insanity and the Making of the Dictionary by Simon Winchester: With a title like that, how could I not read it. It is very strange reading two non-fiction books at the same time, but whew is this one a trip. It is exactly what the title says. The Oxford English Dictionary took 70 years to put together the first edition and one of the people who supplied to most words was in an insane asylum for murder and general mental illness. So far, I’ve just read about their backstories leading up to the dictionary stuff. But man, history is weird.

Completed this week:

  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant: Man, once I got far enough into this it was impossible to put it down. Yup, killer mermaids. Baller (I wish I said this ironically, but tragically I mean it 100% seriously). I’m planning on reviewing this one, but just, feel free to read it before I get to it.
  • The City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett: Hell yeah! I had a good book week, as in the books I read were all good. The magic in this world is incredibly interesting and I really enjoyed the way this book looked at gods and yet again, I’m thinking about reviewing this so I’m not sure I want to give too much of my review away. 
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: It’s not a Ginny week if there isn’t at least one romance novel? Stella Lane is somewhere on the Autism spectrum and only cares about work, but she wants to get more comfortable with men because her parents straight up told her they wanted grandchildren (and whoa is that a way to start a book) so she hires an escort. This was hilarious and awkward and just in general was a really fun read. 4.5/5 

Minda’s Update:

Between Endgame and GOT Battle of Winterfell, I’m emotionally spent.

What Minda finished:

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Arithmancy) – This 100% kept me on the edge of my seat and I really enjoyed the files/emails/chat format. May have a review to go with the one already in existence.
  • The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake (Potions) – This is a prequel to the Three Dark Crowns series that came up from my library recently so I threw it in to make sure I got my six O.W.L. exams in to earn an Exceeds Expectations! I liked having the backstory here and felt like it definitely informs the series.

What Minda is reading now:

  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Transfiguration) – Almost done with this one for my final O.W.L. exam! It’s been such a blast doing this readathon, even if I’m a little off track from what I meant to read, including…
  • Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay – Yes, yes, still hoping to read by book club this Friday. We’ll see! I’m starting the Bookémon Badgeathon, May 3-17, this week, too, so this will count for the The Fantastical Badge. Stay tuned for the TBR!

Linz’s Update:

What Linz read:

  • Mosquitoland by David Arnold: Charming and dark self-discovery story of a girl with divorced parents, who runs away from her dad to see her sick mom. Highly recommend, definitely loved.
  • Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zetner: this was a great example of a book I should have marinated on more before I rated it. It’s good, it’s really good. Two best friends who run a basic access show are on the cusp of graduating from high school and figuring out what their next steps are in the world, and those next steps could pull them apart. The conflicts are good, the voices of the characters are believeable, and there’s some great surreal absurdity that make this fun and unusual. But there is a bonkers…it’s not even a subplot, but it SHOULD have been a subplot. And this isn’t a spoiler because it’s SUCH a one-off. There’s this sort of throwaway reference 2 or 3 times to the main characters’ mutual friend who moved away and made new friends, and like a bunch of them DIED? And the only reason this seems to exist is for a main character to compare to the losses in her own life? (Except her own losses weren’t, like, comparable to that kind of loss.) And it’s frustrating because this really was a fun, lovely book otherwise.
  • To Best the Boys by Mary Weber: Fantasy standalone where boys can get higher education and girls aren’t allowed to do shit. One town has a competition every year where all boys complete for a university scholarship, but this year, two girls sneak in to compete. I like the love interests, I wish there’d been a little more magic, and there’s one plot thread I wish had been wrapped up, but I enjoyed the twists and it was overall a very satisfactory read.

What Linz is reading now:

the last romantics

  • The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin: During a public appearance, a poet explains the story of what inspired one of her most famous works (which is really the story of her family and the major incidents that affected them). So far, I’m into it, but it just took a turn and I’m curious to see how it resolves.
 

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Melinda, Linz, and Ginny

 

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