Weekly Wrap Up: September 30 – Oct 6, 2019

Hello!

Here’s our weekly wrap up from the WRFB crew =)

Sam’s Updates

This week was busy AF. I had a huge work even on Monday, immediately got on an airplane to Alabama, got home Wednesday, a huge project dropped in my lap Thursday, mama came in Friday, and we drove 2 hours there and back for a funeral Saturday. I. Am. Tired. I didn’t get nearly as much reading done as I wanted but we’ll see.

What I read this week:

the name of all things

  • The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons: This is the sequel to The Ruin of Kings a demon, chosen-one story but it may not be that anymore?. I’m gonna tell you Book 1’s synopsis (and here’s the review). Our main man, Kihrin, in jail, and he’s telling his life story that ended him up where he was. GUYS. This book was bomb. Told differently than book 1, but still such a unique style and I cannot wait for the next one.

What I’m currently reading:

  • Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart: This is a YA story about a world where women have like… zero rights. Our main character has been selected to be a “Grace” which I’m assuming is like a harem for the heir to the throne. Linz wrote a review for this when it came out. So, I’m torn. I’m liking this because it closes some of the stupid loopholes that YA usually falls into, but also, I am struggling with some of the character relationships (both platonic and romantic). It seems really fast, and I don’t trust ANYONE.
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore: So this is a story of a family that always has 5 girls, 5 cousins. The men that spawn these women disappear, so it’s always the women. 5 ladies, 5 mothers, 5 Grandmas (abuelas), when suddenly a boy appears. He has no memories. I’m still really early in this so we’ll see how it goes.

Ginny’s Updates:

Whatsup. I am so tired. Books to follow, then laundry.

Currently Reading:

  • Tempest by Beverly Jenkins:  This is the third book in a series. This book follows Regan the sister or niece of the earlier heroines. She’s decided to be a mail order bride (set in old timey times) and is traveling out to meet her doctor soon-to-be-husband. He’s surprised that she’s not a delicate little flower and I am here for it!
  • The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson: This the third book in the Alloy of Law series (guess I’m here for the end of triologies this week). Between Sam, another friend, and a coworker raving about this book I figured it was finally time I bump it up my TBR. This continues the stories of Wax, Wayne, Steris, and Marasi. I’m about a quarter of the way through and ugh, so good.

Finished:

  • The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited by Clint McElroy: Fun fact, I was at two shows the McElroy’s put on in DC two weeks ago! I’m a fan. I’ve listened to the Adventure Zone for some time now, and I’m enjoying going back to the Balance story arc in these Graphic Novels. Shoutout to my friend Adam for lending me the book! 5/5
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: I have a lot of feelings. Elisa is a princess who is supposed to have a DESTINY! She’s not what you would expect as it’s made very clear very early that she is very large. Honestly that felt a bit insulting… But she gets married and then… whatever, I’m going to write a review. I’ll tell you then.
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: I’d be writing a review of this one if someone else didn’t have dibs. Alex is the son of the first female President (can I live in this alternate universe? It sounds nice) and he holds an epic grudge against Henry, the prince of England. Except it’s more a boner than a grudge but it takes him a hell of a long time to realize it. Ugh, I can’t say enough good things. 5/5
  • Wildfire by Ilona Andrews: Another third book in a series. How odd. Regardless, this is technically a romance novel but I’m gonna be honest, the scenes that are supposed to be sexy are just not great. BUT Neva and Connor are dealing with insane magics, a conspiracy to turn non-magical people basically into slaves so that people with powers can rule uninhibited, and Neva is dealing with the fact that she needs to be powerful enough to fight off her crazy-strong grandmother, a bunch of other enemies she’s made, and keep her business afloat. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first two books, and there are definitely some red-flag moments in the major relationship in this series, but god the setting is so cool! 4/5

DNF:

  • Love a La Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm: This was one of the books I was reading for a book club. I got halfway through and just… I just couldn’t be bothered. So I asked bookclub to spoil it for me. I think I made a good choice.
  • After the Flood by Kassandra Montag: I might still end up picking this one back up. But I just needed something different from what I was reading.

Linz’s Updates

Linz is in Germany guzzling beers for Oktoberfest. We’re not jealous at. all.

Minda’s Updates

No update for Minda this week. She gets a free pass because she’s growing a human =)

Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Ginny, Linz, and Minda

6 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up: September 30 – Oct 6, 2019

  1. I am reading Wild Beauty right now for Latinx Month! I have always loved magical realism and so far she is killing it! Her writing is impeccable so far. I haven’t gotten far into it either because this is the kind of read you can’t just read casually. Definitely a book you have to sit with and take in.

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