Hope you all had an ok week with all the craziness going on in the world. Hope you all are staying healthy and safe. We’re definitely learning how to have fun separately lol. Virtual happy hours and such.
What Minda finished:
- Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi – Done! I had really high expectations and was slightly disappointed. The world building continued to be fantastic, but the characters were a bit wishy-washy for my liking. Still was pretty good and I was happy to be back in Orïsha!
What Minda is reading now:
- Music From Another World by Robin Talley – So far really digging the letter writing/diary format, plus to LGBT perspective in the 70s.
Well all it’s been a weird week. I ended up picking up a lot of extra work and between that and the “virtual happy hours” (which I’ve come to enjoy, it’s the same company but with better beer – and also when it’s done I’m already home!). But all of this is to say, I think this is one of the lightest reading weeks I’ve had since we started doing this whole thing….
What Ginny Finished:
- The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory: This is the second book in “The Wedding Date” series, and these books end up being a mixture of cute/sweet and ooh how’re they going to solve their problems in this one. I like Nik and Carlos and the fact that everything starts out super casual. I feel like a lot of romance jumps straight to the “this is the be all end all,” so I really enjoy when books make it clear that people sometimes are looking for a fun right-now rather than an ever-and-ever. The growth of their relationship just made sense.
What Ginny is Currently Reading:
- Hilariously Ever After by Various Authors: I’m still reading this, though rarely
- Bliss, Remembered by Frank Deford: I’m still worried that the narrator’s biological father is going to be a nazi.
- Clementine: The Live of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell: Man, Sonia Purnell is a really good writer, but this book is making me super angry. Partly because Winston Churchill is kind of a dick. I already knew that, but also Clementine wasn’t that great either. The cool misogyny, mistreatment of children, and sheer lack of knowledge these people have outside of politics and ‘how to display yourself to the public’ are really mind-boggling. Yup, I chose a non-fiction book from the same time period as one of the fictional books I’m reading. Nope, that was not a good idea on my part.
- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: I needed to be in the right frame of mind for this book which is why I put it off for so long. I’m not very far in but I find books within books to be a little wearisome. Done well, super enjoyable, done poorly and it’s cringe-y. Erin Morgenstern is a great writer so I’m not super worried, but there’s a chance that might turn me away at some point.
Mandatory telework is going to be an interesting experience to say the least…
What Sam Finished:
- The Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart: This is the sequel to Grace and Fury an Italian inspired fantasy world where women literally have no rights, aren’t allowed to be educated, can be sold off by their parents, marriages arranged, basically their whole lives dictated by men. Anyway, the king has these “graces” who are basically harem women meant to give the king kids/pleasure/whatever. Sister 1 was trained for it from birth, sister 2 trained to be her handmaiden. GASP sister 2 is chosen. Sister 1 is sent to this prison island because she covers up for Sister 2 when a book is discovered. I loved the ending to this duology. It was sort of perfect. Realistic even. I got the angst I was looking for, which was really all i need in life. Highly recommend this series.
- The Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson: This is a new book set in the Girl of Fire and Thorns world about 7 years after the events of the first series. I am so sad that it’s only a stand-alone. I forgot how much I love these characters and this world and this book was FANTASTIC. Red Sparkle Stone basically has to become Royal Guard (yes, like Hector’s old gig) and no woman has done that before. I AM SO HAPPY. Drunk review coming.
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa: This is the finale to the Shadow of the Fox series. I’m literally still in the prologue so have no idea what my thoughts are. I am excited to see where the chess pieces fall. Also, LOOK AT THAT COVER!
- Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore: This is the third companion novel in the Graceling books. Are you sensing a theme? Yes. I’m trying to knock out my unfinished series one at a time. Again, only just started this since I finished Queen of Ruin like 20 minutes ago. This will be a story about Bitterblue, a character from the first book and I’m stoked.
Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,
Sam, Ginny, and Minda