Weekly Wrap-Up: Jan 20-27

Yet again, I’m your friendly neighborhood wrap-up coordinator. This week has been pretty busy with me recovering from travel, Minda recovering from having AN ACTUAL BABY, and Linz and Sam attending ALA. I have been informed all of our TBR’s are about to explode. So you have something to look forward to.

Ginny’s Update

I know I’m the one person who is actually happy about colder weather, but I was glad it was still nice and chilly here when I got back from Utah. There’s nothing like getting a warm coffee after a chilly walk to the cafe (that was actually my morning Sunday so it’s fresh and refreshing in my mind).

Ginny Finished:

  • Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson: Apparently this is the third book in a series which definitely explains some stuff. Don’t get me wrong, the book can be read without the previous books but I definitely was like, yeah, sure, random doctor who seems super good at everything, whatever. I thought the mystery was a little light (pretty obvious who the bad guys were) but I did enjoy that the married enemies-to-lovers wasn’t an immediate thing.
  • Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart: Book 3 in the series, and not my favorite. Fleurette (the youngest sister) continues to be pretty damn annoying (accurate for an 18 year old) and reading about girls being jailed for immorality when the men get off scott free might be time period accurate, but felt hard to read about now. I did enjoy how this book shows more of Constance’s naivety in the way she approaches things. I’ll probably read the next one.
  • Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoskia: People rave about this book online and I have to wonder if those people had read any self help books before. Don’t get me wrong, this is a perfectly fine read, and has some information that is helpful, but it wasn’t exactly mind-blowing. I enjoyed the science of how living in certain situations affected the brain, and some of the experiments about the difference between men and women (all experiments included rats so take it with a grain of salt), but the secret to unlocking the stress cycle is pretty much what people already seemed to say it was….
  • Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins: This is the third book in the Destiny Triology and was a fun read. I really enjoy the women in this universe, they tend to be really strong in varied ways and still really relatable. The drama does tend to be back-ended a little bit and I wouldn’t mind if it was a little early to allow for a little more interactions after things have been resolved but this is still a solid book. I really like Jenkins’ writing.

Currently Reading:

  • Hilariously Ever After by Many Authors: This is a collection of romance novels that someone mentioned on twitter and was like five bucks so I went for it. Apparently its 2200 pages long so this one might take me a while. Also, I’m still reading the first story and I AM SUPER CONFLICTED!!!!! There’s a surprising amount of slut-shaming and “I’m not like other girls”-ing in the first portion. Gonna keep reading but really not the biggest fan of romances that have motorcycle gangs that are super evil, can’t you see, they have bikes and like crimes.
  • Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Signh: Hahahah yup back on this train. Book twelve in the series (hahahah it’s been less than a year since I started these. I love it – there’s so many). This follows Kaleb Krychek, a once councilor of the Psy who has been hunting down Sahara for books upon books. Still not sure what their connection is, but (having read ahead accidentally) I kind of love him and I’m really looking forward to reading the rest.
  • Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy: This has been on my tbr for-fucking-ever. And finally a friend made it the book club read. So after the library lost the only copy not checked-out, and they didn’t have the e-book I finally just bit the bullet and bought it. So far, worth is. Yuri, a Russian scientist, has been brought to the US to try and help come up with the physics to destroy a calamitous asteroid. Also he meets a girl, and being an awkward 17-year old PhD holder, is having trouble balancing the need to save California with the fact that a girl actually likes him.

Minda’s Update

…And we have a baby! Looking forward to all the baby cuddles and reading over the next few months on maternity leave. #WillReadForBottles

What Minda is reading now:

The Gravity of us

  • The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper – A YA centered around an LGBTQ teen romance and a NASA trip to Mars. Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA for an advanced copy!

What Minda finished:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama – Was able to finish this in baby’s first week! It was very good, especially the latter two sections. It just took so long because I’m a slow reader when it comes to auto bios, apparently.
  • The Better Liar by Tanen Jones – I definitely have thoughts on this as a new mom in the postpartum phase. It’s actually kind of crazy that my reading with this coincided. I read the ARC from NetGalley, but the book is out now. Stay tuned for review!

Linz’s Updates

At ALA, so no update this week.


Sam’s Update

Also at ALA, so no update this week.



Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Ginny, Linz, and Minda

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