Weekly Wrap-Up: July 15-21, 2019

Hello fellow boozie readers!

If you haven’t heard about #Booziebookathon, it’s our week long readathon we host every year! It starts on July 27th and runs to Aug 3rd. Check out all the details here!

Sam’s Update:

I got so much reading done this week and I’m v v happy about it. I participated in #24in48 and it was joyous. It’s also Medieval-a-thon!!! Check my TBR here.

What Sam finished this week:

  • Medieval-a-thon Breastplate: The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi: Listening on audio, and I’d forgotten that Will Wheaton narrates it. I am not very far, but I already love it.
  • Medieval-a-thon Daggers: Eclipse the Skies by Maura Milan: I’ve been dying for this since Ignite the Stars and I am v v excited. We were selected to be a part of the blog tour for this by Caffeine Tours so I gotta gets my reading innnn.
  • House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig: What a pleasant surprise this book was. A debut novel retelling with a murder mystery twist. I’m going to be thinking about this one for a long time.

What Sam’s reading now:

  • Recursion by Blake Crouch: I adored Dark Matter and Ginny and Parker both adored this one so I picked it up on audio. About half way through and loving it, I need to know how it ends.
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: Buddy reading with Ginny and Liz and also for book club. It’s taken an interesting turn but I don’t want to say too much here, because we still have to discuss as a group.

Ginny’s Update:

Hi there. I’m sitting at home with Sam and Parker watching Princess and the Frog and it is quietly delightful. This was a pretty good weekend full of being a lazy piece of shit. I’m not going to tell you how many hours of skyrim I played this week (but it was definitely double digits) and got plenty of reading in. It was a relaxing weekend.

Currently Reading

  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: I’m reading this for a book club so it might be on here for a bit. So far, there’s a magic system that features godlike people. Our main character is an orphan in the main town who knows the place like the back of her hand. I’m excited to see where it goes.
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah: This has been on my tbr for a long time and finally came up at the library. Trevor talks about growing up in South Africa where his very existence was illegal. He grew up in an nontraditional home with a mother who kicks some serious ass. I’m looking forward to reading more.
  • Iron Gold by Pierce Brown: Gonna be honest, I don’t remember much from the original series but I used a random number general and this is what came up. I’m like two pages in so I’m mostly just confused.


  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: This was a fun read. I think the book suffers from a few things; there’s a lot of telling rather than showing, I didn’t connect with some of the characters the way I thought I should, and the action could be really hard to follow. That being said, the magic system was interesting, I liked the alternative history, and the way this book handled personality types etc. 3.5/5
  • Beyond the Empire by K.B. Wagers: My review for the first book just came out (see it here!). There’s definitely going to be a review for this. Wanna be thorough
  • Witchmark by C.L. Polk: Lots of magic this week for me. Our main character has assumed a false identity to hide his magic and practice medicine. He’s approached by a man on his deathbed pleading for our main character to solve a mystery. This book ended up being sweet and surprisingly dark. Also this book has pretty good representation. The main character is in love with another man (and I’m pretty sure the sequel is going to be wlw) 4/5
  • The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti: I read this for one of my book clubs. It’s a writer’s research into one of the most sought after cheeses in his college town. He finds the creator a man named Ambrosio and learns a wild story. Unfortunately this book focused more on the author’s trips to Spain than it did that actual cheese. I found this book to be pretty damn frustrating. 2/5
  • Urban Legendz by Nick Bruno: This is one of the books Sam picked up for me at ALA. It’s a middle grade graphic novel about a kid who moves to New York with his dad and brother after his mom passes. In addition to struggling with the move, he also has to deal with some urban legends that are terrorizing his neighborhood. Super cute, and perfect for a middle schooler. 4/5
  • Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi: Man do I love John Scalzi. This book takes place on another planet where a corporation has set down camp to strip-mine the entire planet. One of the surveyors happens upon a huge seam of precious minerals which is going to make him rich. And then immediately comes upon a species of catlike creatures. His biologist friend thinks they might be sentient which would cause his company to get shut down. This book has amazing humor, a main character that happily claims to be a jackass, and reminds me of John Grisham (you know, if John Grisham hadn’t turned out to be a bit of a horrible person). I’m hoping to make a review about this.


Minda’s Update:

Minda is out of the country on her one last hurrah before baby comes! We’ll get an update next week.

Linz’s Update:

Linz has been doing all of the wonderful planning for Booziebookathon. Our TBRs come out later today!

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Melinda, Linz, and Ginny

3 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: July 15-21, 2019

  1. Born a Crime is fantastic. I really enjoyed it and it made me appreciate Noah that much more on The Daily Show.
    I picked up Iron Gold at a used book sale not too long ago and I’ve been avoiding it since I remember almost nothing from the original trilogy. I guess I’ll definitely need to find a detailed synopsis.

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