HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Hope you all had a safe and drunken New Years’ party! We welcome you to the Year of Our Lord 2020 with open arms. Fuck 2019, here’s to 2020. If you haven’t seen our wrap up and goals, check ’em out.
Oh. My God. I don’t think I’ve been this tired in a long-ass time. Ginny and I went to MAGFest (Music and Gaming Festival) and it was A BLAST. Board games, video games, arcade games, up until 4 and 5 in the morning. It was great. I am in so much pain lol.
What Sam read this week:
- Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta: This is gender-swapped King Arthur in space. This was so damn good. I sort of expected it to be fluffy and it was NOT. I would die for some of these characters. Drunk Review coming.
What Sam’s currently reading:
- Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi: This is the sequel to The Gilded Wolves which Linz reviewed and then so did I because I couldn’t shut up about it. I swear, this book is really good, I’ve just been in a bit of a slump. With the New Year, it’s a New Me (TM).
Whatsup all? I spent the weekend at MAGfest which means I played a lot of pinball, didn’t sleep nearly enough, and snuck in only a few moments of reading. Also, I think I got like four hours of sleep last night so I’m running at 20% power.
- Hither Page by Cat Sebastian: This book was cute but I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the other series Sebastian has written. The mystery was kind of interested but I didn’t find myself involved in the world in the same way that I can be. It was still charming with interesting characters, but I find myself caring more about some of the minor characters that those the action should be centered around. 3.5/5
- Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff: This was the third book in the Nevernight trilogy. Mia has grown as a character and this book does some amazing things. Some that I called, many that I didn’t (Sam kept gettings texts going “XXXX is going to happen.” and then fifteen minutes later “nevermind, I was wrong.”) There is a great bit in the middle where Kristoff is clearly making fun of himself, which had me actually laughing. That being said, I find myself frustrated with the ending… 3.75/5
- Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith: This is the second book in a series about Mma Ramotswe, Botswana’s first lady detective. I still like the way the world grows through each of the different cases that gets taken on. And the perspectives in this book are stunningly well done. I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the earlier one, but still, a very nice book 3.75/5
- Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri: I absolutely adored Suri’s first book, Empire of Sand after I picked it up at bookcon. This book I preordered and have been dying to read, but I needed to finish Darkdawn first. And now I get to read all about the widow colony. Pumped
- Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews: This book is technically the 4th in a series but it’s clear a lot happened between the third and fourth book, and there’s a novella set in between. But if the novella has to be read there needs to be a better way to denote that than naming it 3.5… Nevada’s younger sister Catalina is now the head of their ‘house.’ and is dealing with the murder of a family friend.
T minus 10 days until baby’s due date! CRAZY.
What Minda finished:
- The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal – Good read, especially if you’re really into beer! Wasn’t perfect, but I liked the generational story and, again, there were a lot of great beer descriptions. Can’t wait to review.
What Minda is reading now:
- Becoming by Michelle Obama – About time I finish this! I let my mom borrow it for awhile and recently got it back.
- Dark Age by Pierce Brown – It’s back on my shelf from the library so let’s give it another chance. Second time is a charm?
December sucked so hard, I took two days off this month already just to catch up on life. Still not totally caught up BUT I did get some reading done!
What I read:
- The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran: Good ol’ romance novel genre. I dunno, could have had more sex and the conceit is a stretch even by romance novel standards–the night of their arranged marriage, the guy gets kidnapped and held in an Australian penal colony for three years, and then gets out and won’t tell his wife where he was? And neither his wife nor his friends think to look for him when they don’t hear from him?
- Mostly Dead Things by Kristin Arnett: Contemporary adult fiction about a kinda poor Florida family’s struggle to cope after the patriarch’s suicide. Excellent secondary narrative about the daughter’s struggle to understand and embrace her sexuality and gender. I did struggle with a lot of the book’s very graphic descriptions of taxidermy. Not a book to read while eating.
- Saving Savannah by Tonya Bolden: Historical, middle-grade-ish book about a privileged black teen in DC after the end of WWI. (Thanks to ALA, Bolden, and Bloomsbury to read this ARCH!) LOVED. DC’s black community has a long, rich, and complicated history, and I love how well-researched this book was. The narrative was a little choppy timeline-wise, but highly recommend.
What I’m currently reading:
- Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco: Thanks to NetGalley, Chupeco, and Sourcefire books for this ARC! My TBR queue is well and truly fucked this month already; this YA contemporary fantasy/alt-history stars a Filipina-white teen with magic abilities who needs to help save a prince and his kingdom.
Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,
Sam, Ginny, Linz, and Minda