Weekly Wrap Up: Jan 6 – 12, 2020

Hey boozers!

Hope you all had an excellent week! Check out what the WRFB crew read this week.

Linz’s Updates

Writing this as I go to my FINAL holiday obligation, thank jesus

What Linz read

the after party

  • The After Party by Anton DiSciafani: historical midcentury fiction about rich white women in Texas. It’s fine I guess? It’s hard to read books like this in 2020 unless they’re outstanding.

What Linz is currently reading

  • Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco: still working my way through this ARC. It’s…tough.
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang: the followup to the iffy The Kiss Quotient; a Vietnamese girl is brought to the US by a Vietnamese American woman to woo and be wooed by the woman’s autistic son. Premise alone is putting this above the first book already.

Minda’s Updates

What Minda is reading now:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama – About 50% of the way through. Just got to the most adorable proposal ever.
  • The Better Liar by Tanen Jones – Got this ARC on Netgalley and it comes out on Tues. To my understanding, it’s about two sisters with a not-so-great relationship and now one of them is dead. The catch? The surviving sister needs the other alive to get her half of the inheritance

Sam’s Updates

This was a much better week than I thought it’d be. I feel like I’ve got my brain back, which is super exciting.

What Sam read this week:

I didn’t finish anything… I am ashamed. To be honest, I’m really liking binge watching right now.

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’m so damn close to the end of this. So damn close. I love my kids. So so much.
  • Angel Mage by Garth Nix: This is Nix’s newest book that i’m listening to on audio. This is a society that relies on calling upon angels to help them do stuff. Heal, build, spy, etc. When a plague wipes out an entire country, their descendants are suddenly unable to be touched by magic or the same disease overtakes them. Now you can imagine the power dynamics of THAT situation. Anyway, Lilith (of COURSE that’s her name) has some master plan that involves four strangers. Don’t know what it is yet, but I think that’s the point. I think audio was the wrong platform for this, but I’m intrigued.

Ginny’s Updates

Whatsup. Im skiing right now in a different time zone so I’m a bit exhausted in the best way (21 inches of powder is a beautiful beautiful thing).

Finished:

  • Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews: the fourth book in this series might be my favorite. There’s a significant time gap between book 3 and book 4 but it was easy enough to figure out what had happened. The plot was fun. The chemistry was less uncomfortable (i.e. no weird power dynamics). 4/5 stars
  • Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: fifth book in the wayward children series and be still my beating heart. Gonna be a review but lets just say I wanted to savor this book but read it in an evening.
  • The Accusation:Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea by Bandi: this book is a series of short stories detailing a variety of people coming to realizations about the bleak future of North Korea. The author is apparently part of the communications organization for the State and these stories are beautifully put together and ring if truth. 5/5
  • Realm Of Ash by Tasha Suri: apparently all I needed was a vacation to finish this book. Gonna review it!

Currently reading:

  • Becoming RGB by Debbie Levy and Whitney Gardner: this is a charming graphic novel that my sister gave me for Christmas. I LOVE RBG and this is such a cute way of talking about her history!
  • A Woman Of No Importance by Sophie Purnell: this is a book about an American who joined the British service to set up their spy network in France to help their liberation from the Nazi regime. Its intense.
  • A Pineapple in a Pine Tree by Eve Pendle: this book was highly recommended by a bunch of romance authors and boy is that all I need. Regency Christmas romance where miscommunication ended a romance five years previously and theyre gonna have to work through their shit.

Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Ginny, Linz, and Minda

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