Hope you all had a great week. It is still Magical Readathon but it was also Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! It’s usually one of our favorite days, but considering the circumstances, it just feels like another day.
I had a really fucking great week. Some really good life stuff happened. Also my best reading week this year. 5 OWLs down, 2 to go. I may even be able to get a seminar done!
What Sam Finished:
- Divination: The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu: So I’m listening on audio but what I can make out is that this is the story of Wolfgang Mozart’s sister and her way in to a magic world. The way she gets there is through music. I felt like this was suuuuuper slow. Drunk review to come.
- Astronomy: Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke: Gender bent Norse version of King Arthur. I found this to be rather blah for an Arthurian tale. I feel like, for whatever reason, Arthurian tales are my weakness. This one was ok. Drunk review to come.
- Extra Exam Muggle Studies: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: I didn’t need to read this for my O.W.L.s but I did and it was great. Not my favorite of the bunch but great.
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri: I am so incredibly stoked to finally be getting to this. I found myself clutching it to my chest because I love them. I LOVE THEM.
- The Empress by SJ Kincaid: This is the sequel to The Diabolic and I’m barely in to it. Basically our main character Nemesis is a Diabolic, aka a genetically modified substitute for another person. You know how that goes in YA…
Magical Readathon (and social distancing) continues! Four classes down, two to go.
What Minda finished:
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – Completed Ancient Ruins! This (short!) read is about the children who travel to alternate worlds that reflect their truest selves—then end up back in our own world. It was delightfully creepy—loved hearing about the worlds.
- Imposters by Scott Westerfeld – Charms also complete! This series is a continuation of the Uglies/Pretties/Specials world, which I loved when I was a teen. Two twin girls are inseparable… that’s because one is the other’s double. The double steps in for a dangerous deal and needs to keep her sister’s identity to survive. I loved and can’t wait to read the next!
What Minda is reading now:
- If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley – For Arithmancy as something outside my fave genre. A powerful story about a teen girl who is balancing school, dating, and being a good sister, all under the cloud of the domestic violence she faces at the hands of her father at home.
Pretty much the only reason I finished anything was Dewey’s Readathon, so Thank You Dewey’s.
What Ginny Finished:
- Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett: I was right! The end of this book was absolutely wild. The amount of man fighting what are basically gods was just damn impressive. Bennett’s books always take these hard turns that I don’t expect which is why I think I enjoy them so much!
- Crybaby Ranch by Tina Welling: This is one of those books that I’ve had forever after pillaging it from family. It falls in the “wife realizes she needs to leave her marriage and goes to reinvent herself.” She’s going to Wyoming, which seems like an odd choice, but yeah, her husband sucked.
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord: This is a book I’ve had on my radar for so long. The teens take over the social media for their parent’s businesses and shit gets wild. I did really enjoy this book but I definitely felt like some of the responsibilities these kids were given would have made more sense if the kids were college age. There were definitely some tenants of Shitty Parenting(TM) but in the end everything made sense.
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: This book is a comfort read which might be strange considering there’s a couple of murders… But I love Seanan McGuire’s writing and she can craft a sentence that so perfectly encapsulates a person or a feeling and I know this isn’t going to be the last time I read this book.
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: This might actually be my favorite of the books in this series. Jack and Jill are both fascinating and for a book set in a creepy monster world, everything feels so real.
What Ginny is Currently Reading:
- Nothing. Like I mentioned, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. I’ve read a few pages of a few things but haven’t actually picked anything up yet…
Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,
Sam, Ginny, and Minda