Weekly Wrap Up: Dec 9-15, 2019

Hello boozie readers!

Reminder:Our Will Read For Booze twitter account (formerly Sam’s personal account) is going to be dedicated to the whole blog! So go check us out kthxxxx. While that’s amazing, Sam has to start from scratch on a new account, let’s show her some love huh? Check out her new account TheBooktender_  She’ll love you forever and ever.

Minda’s Updates

What Minda is reading now:

  • Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White – Was feeling a quick mystery read and this is it! True crime journalist Bailey Weggins is investigating a missing persons case in a small town on Lake George. The pretty white lady who went missing is slightly mysterious and the details around her disappearance are slim. At 46%, things are heating up.
  • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang – Been not-so-patiently waiting for this one to appear in my library queue, but here it is! The follow up to The Poppy War, we pick up where the third war left off after the traumatic ending. The lead (antihero?) Rin is on the run and seeking revenge. How will the saga continue and can she make up for the atrocities she has committed?

What Minda put down:

  • Dark Age by Pierce Brown – Just didn’t get into it right away, so will pick it up again later.

Linz’s Updates

Linz can’t come to the phone right now, she’s hungover. Damn you, holiday season.\

What Linz read:

  • Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna: The first installment of a trilogy looks at fates and destinies and gods but in space. I’ve had this on the back burner for ages and picked just the right time to read it; my one complaint, weirdly, is I wish it’d been a little bit of a slower burn.
  • Dress Codes in Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens: A young girl comes of age and explores her sexual identity. Thoughtful, enjoyable, but are teens this self-aware? Do they really talk like this?
  • The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh: Blah. “Dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island.” You literally can’t tell the sisters’ voices apart, it’s kinda predictable and relies way too heavily on the reader to fill in details.

What Linz DNF:

  • Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer: IF YOUR CHARACTER CAN’T TALK, THEN STARTS TALKING, THEN THEY CAN TALK CAN’T THEY

What Linz is currently reading:

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  • Crier’s War by Nina Varela: Humans try to overthrow the robots that overthrew them (I think). This stack of hard copies I’ve got aren’t going to read themselves

Sam’s Updates

Who did the most holiday parties this weekend? I went to three. Including Linz’s amazing party. Girl knows how to throw a party. I spent all day baking cookies and I’m not done yet lol.

What Sam read this week:

  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore: Oh man. I see what everyone was talking about, this story was just amazing. The audio is great and I will definitely be picking up the rest of the series.
  • Queen of Nothing by Holly Black: YOU GUYS! This book was ah-mazing. For those of you living under the YA rock, this is the finale to Holly’s newest series that starts with The Cruel Prince. Our main character Jude, a human, lives in fae with her adoptive power-hungry father. I won’t spoil anything for any book, but let’s just say the romance in this is INCREDIBLY problematic, but….. i love it. I love it so much. Jude is one of the dumbest characters I think I’ve ever read but DAMN do I love it. The finale didn’t disappoint, drunk babbling about my heart-eyes are coming.

What Sam’s currently reading:

  • Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan: Only just started this but this was actually Robert Jordan’s first book, but this was it’s first publishing =). Starting on audio, but will probably pick up my hard copy once I finish the hard copy i’m currently reading.
  • Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim: I am about half way through this. The main character spent the last 7 years working on a debtor’s ship and now she’s sworn revenge. I did not know how I didn’t know this, but apparently it’s a Count of Monte Cristo retelling. I am worried, because it’s not that long and I feel like it’s never going to end. I’m only half way through. I think if it doesn’t pick up soon, imma put it down.

Ginny’s Updates

We’re getting close to the holidays which means I’ve been to five holiday events in the last four days. That being said, they were all delightful so I really shouldn’t be complaining. There was plenty of good food, amazing hot chocolate, plenty of talking, and in general a good time. Unfortunately, not too much reading.

Finished:

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I was worried at the beginning of this book that it was a bit of a tired trope. And yet this book did an amazing job of setting itself apart. Monique has a real voice, and Evelyn is brutal in her honesty with this interview. Once the story got started this book was nearly impossible to put down. 5/5
  • The Crown’s Game  by Evelyn Skye: This book has a lot in similar with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I love that book, Sam loved it (review here). So this book is basically a Russian Night Circus but slightly more frustrating. There are a few moments where things seem to happen not because it was in character but more because the plot required it. I did like the idea of magic but found the ending frustrating. It was a perfectly fine book but I feel no need to read the sequel 3/5
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb As someone who has been to therapy it was really interesting to read this book. The look into how a therapist works, looking at how they begin to work with new people, helping them figure out how to work with their issues, and what could be causing those issues. I enjoyed seeing the growth in the patients that Lori decided to detail in this book (obviously changing names etc to hide the pertinent information). All in all, it was an insightful read. 4/5

What Virginia’s currently reading:

I know, I’m in a bit of a rut here.

  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff: Still working on this one. I want to read it, I just haven’t been in a reading mood when I’ve had the book on hand.
  • The Night County by Melissa Albert: This is the sequel to The Hazel Wood. I’m glad I get the chance to revisit this world. So far we’re back in New York while Alice tries to figure out life. A strong start, but unfortunately ran into some trouble with my library books and needed to prioritize those.
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: I felt like having a light fun read. Lucy and Josh are Exec Admins to CEO’s of a merged company. They’re constantly having arguements etc and kind of detest each other. Which of course means that they’re both secretly in love. I can be in to this trope, but frankly, so much of this isn’t work appropriate. At least not between people who don’t get along. I find myself frustrated by some of the people and some of the situations. So, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Ginny, Linz, and Minda

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