Weekly Wrap-Up: Feb 17 – 23, 2020

Hey everyone!!

Hope everyone had a great Tome Topple! I failed lol.

Sam’s Update

I’m backkkkkkkk!!!! No more travel for a while I am SO excited. SO EXCITED. I am, however, in probably the biggest slump in my life. I haven’t finished a book in two weeks. I know, give me all the shame

What Sam Finished:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA *sobs*

What Sam DNF’d:

  • The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne: I tried. It’s just not for me. I think this book was intended for folks who like romance, while I wanted to know more about the rebellion and it wasn’t getting to that fast enough.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter: I picked this up for Tome Topple because one of the prompts was to read a book by a black author in honor of Black History Month. This was pitched to me as “african-inspired fantasy with dragons.” SIGN ME THE FUCK UP. I have found however, that this has become a military story. Not a bad one, just… not a dragon book. It’s picking up though (at 75%) so we’ll see how it ends.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe: Book club book and Tome Topple pick that I also didn’t finish. I’m enjoying it, but I just can’t force myself to read it. Our main man Corin is at magic school. Everyone at magic school has an attunement, which lets them access a certain type of manna to access their skills. Corin, poor thing, is made basically an engineer… not a battle dude at all. But he also may have accidentally let loose one of the Big Bads so. I think this book is really funny lol. It will make for good discussion this weekend.
  • Fire by Kristen Cashore: I have this on hold for now until I finish Rage of Dragons cause of Tome Topple, which I didn’t actually finish. sigh.

Minda’s Update

Didn’t get a lot of reading done last week, but there’s always this one.

What Minda is reading now:

  • The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow – Still enjoying, just slow going since I picked up the below for book club.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe – Book club! Reading while breastfeeding and there’s a lot of that, so will be done before this weekend.

Ginny’s Update

I went to NY for the weekend and walked about 20 miles in two days so I’m keeping this short

What Ginny Finished this week:

sufficiently advanced

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe: I read this for book club and really enjoyed it. The character had some interesting characteristics that I haven’t seen particularly often before (without it being a big deal) and I enjoyed the magic systems.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • Hilariously Ever After by Various Authors: this anthology has been mostly miss. I trucked my way on through a lot last week and Ive ended up skipping some of the books entirely because Im sorry but. Patient dating their gyno not my idea of a good time.
  • The right swipe by Alisha Rai: this is much more my speed. Rhi is an app developer who started and feminist friendly dating app. She wants to buy the older school dating service and their new speaksperson is hot as balls and also the guy who ghosted her months earlier. Theres a fun sense of humor as well as coverage of CTE, prior emotional abuse, and just some heavy feelings all around. Im really enjoying this so far.

What Ginny Finished during the off week:

  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: great book set in the same universe as the Hate U Give shows the community a few years later with an aspiring rapper. Bri is really bold and not great at holding her tongue which makes for a believable if frustrating character. Solid book.
  • The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams: god this book was a delight. Pro baseball player fixes his marriage by reading romance novels. The macho, romance reading friends were ridiculous (sometimes a little too much) but a lot of fun and I love some of the points this book made.
  • Borderline by Mishell Baker: set in a world where magic exists but is hidden from most but the Hollywood elite, Millie, a young woman with BPD and some pretty serious injuries from a suicide attempt becomes a magic PI. This is another case of an interesting character that could be frustrating. The author did a good job of explaining how BPD affects people and it helped make this book that much more interesting by having a reason that the main character was acting irrationally.
  • The Keep by Jennifer Egan: fuck this book.

Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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