This is Ginny filling in for Sam. She does the work every week to make sure this site looks beautiful, and she’s gonna be away from her computer (which is a well-deserved break)!
I got a lot of reading done this week, it was Booziebookathon, Dewey’s Reverse Readathon, AND NEWTs.
What Sam finished this week:
- – NEWTs A-level DADA: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel: This is the second book in the Themis Files. I listened on audio and it’s fully casted which is fab. I forgot how much I loooove this series. Can’t wait for the last book.
- NEWTs A-level Transfiguration: Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera: this is a story about a newly out Latina on an internship in Portland, OR with her white-lady feminist. She’s gotta figure out who she is. I’m def writing a full review for this. I loved it.
- Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: book club book, can’t say too much until after book club.
What Sam’s reading now:
- NEWTs E-level Transfiguration: Age of Legend by Michael J Sullivan: This is the 4th installment of this series and I fucking love them. I am about 150 pages in and remembering how much I love my sweet Rhunic children.
- NEWTs O-level Transfiguration: Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian: this is the sequel to Ash Princess. I was surprised by the first one and am equally surprised by the second one. Let’s see how it goes.
Ginny’s Update (Aka Reads-with-the-wind):
Hi Everyone, hope you’re feeling well. I had an interesting week and this weekend has about knocked me flat. I get the feeling there’s going to be a very early bedtime in my future.
- Visions of Heat by Nalini Signh: Man, I really love Nalini Singh. This is the second book in the Psy-Changeling series and I am ready. I’m waiting to get more into the meat of this book, I’m still really early in it.
- The Ten thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow: I grabbed this book from bookcon and I am so looking forwarding to reading this. I love a good portal fantasy and boy is this book delivering.
- White Hot by Ilona Andrews: Well, I had been a little worried about the consent issues and boy did I not need to. The protagonist spends the entire book basically letting the heroine know that she had to set the pace. Also the book was, yet again action-packed. Neva is figuring out how to use her ridiculously powerful powers. I will admit, the relationship itself could feel surprisingly bland for the build-up, but the plot kept everything moving!
- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond: Wow was this book both painful to read and completely wonderful. I live in a bubble, DC in so many ways is sheltered from a lot of what happens elsewhere, and I’m only in the parts of the city that aren’t really affected by extreme poverty. Matthew went and talked to both landowners and tenants to try to get a very realistic picture of how poverty and eviction affect Americans. Honestly, not sure how much I can say other than the fact that this book was really powerful, bleak for quite a while, but ultimately hopeful that there are ways to fix the vicious cycle of poverty leading to eviction leading to poverty, etc. 5/5
- Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire: Surprise suprise, Seanan McGuire is back on my read list. This is the first book in the InCryptid series, and I”ll probably write a post. Basically Verity is a monster-hunter who has eschewed the actual hunting, but is now dealing with disappearing women and a representative of the mysterious monster-hunting cabal who fall on the more intense side of “assume guilty unless somehow proven innocent.”
- The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: Yet again, this is a book for book club. Sure I’ll talk more later.
Not making great progress on NEWTs Readathon…
What Minda finished this week
- Kindred by Octavia E. Butler – This was great. Totally still relevant even though it was written in the 70s. Ancient Ruins exam complete ✅
What Minda is reading now:
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I’m like one chapter in. Unfortunately didn’t feel like reading last week, but will this one!
- Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente – This would be the first in my DADA exam. Recommended by Sam (review here).
pfffft minimal reading got done. I’m trying to finish my cosplay and Magicians rewatch before DragonCon. Also I joined an online-based Filipino book club so I’ve been doing a lot of Interneting and tbr adding.
What Linz read:
- The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton: This forthcoming novel (and the last of my Booziebookathon reads) jumps between two women, Ava in the present day and her great-great-etc-grandmother Josephine, a former slave. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.
What Linz is currently reading:
- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: Bless ALA for the chance to get an ARC, but it’s really killing my productivity to read this.
- Secondborn by Amy Bartol: Bless Amazon’s three-month Kindle Unlimited trial. This scifi-fantasy YA is about Roselle, a Secondborn in a society where Firstborns rule and her class is assigned to serve the government (really, the Firstborns). I’m having a really hard time getting into it; it might hit my DNF shelf
- The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Asad: whoops book club is creeping on up!
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
Sam, Melinda, Linz, and Ginny