Weekly Wrap-Up: Apr 27 – May 3, 2020

Hey everyone!!

Hope you all had a great week. Magical Readathon is over, and Minda and I crushed them. As usual.

Minda’s Update

Can y’all believe it’s May!? Work is about to be crazy busy for me these next few weeks, so we’ll see how much reading I get done.

I’m also your host over on the @willread4booze Twitter account this week 💁

What Minda is reading now:

  • The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley – Slow-burn romance set in 17th C France centered around the missing Hope Diamond. The supposed jewel thief’s confession will mean her life or death—and maybe her heartbreak.
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – Second in the Wayward Children series with the twins, Jack & Jill, in the high logic, high wicked world. I think this might be a prequel? Listening on audio.

What Minda finished:

red hood

  • Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold – A twisted retelling of little red riding hood that does not shy away from the reality of womanhood, to say the least. It’s very pro-woman and I liked it, but I can see this as being controversial.

Sam’s Update

We’ve reached the point of quarantine where I can feel the breakdown about to happen. I need other humans… I did read a fair bit though…

What Sam Finished:

  • Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri: This is the companion and sequel novel to Empire of Sands one of my top 10 of 2018. This middle eastern fantasy romance is told from the POV of the sister from the first book. To say I loved this would be an understatement. So flipping good. Go check Ginny’s Review for the drunk perspective.
  • 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…

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: I literally just started this, but for some reason I had no idea that this was a true SFF story. There’s space but also magic. Gideon is tryna escape her indentured servitude but lady of the house basically used reanimated bones to stop her. That’s all I got. It’s hilarious though.
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen: This is a really weird story. The main character is being groomed to be chief of her Crow… clan? i guess? and basically they go to all the towns to collect people who’ve died from the plague. I had NO idea that’s what this was so I’m really enjoying that, she says sarcastically. I don’t quite get the magic yet, but we’ll see how it goes.

Ginny’s Update

hahahaha, I’m unable to be productive… or my productivity is focused on other things. Like approximately 10 hours of D&D, 4 hours of stardew valley co-op, and the 20 hours I slept on Wednesday because something in me broke. Happy [INSERT NUMBER HERE] week of Quarantine.

What Ginny Finished:

HA, NOTHING! My ability to focus on an activity fluctuates based off of the time of day, weather outside, and color of my socks. Reading was not in my fortune this week.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune: I’m not super far in, but the book is set in a world where superheroes exists and the main character is a HUGE FAN. It’s also pretty clear that the guy he’s in love with (but doesn’t recognize he’s in love with – teenage boys are dumb) is either the superhero or supervillain (my bet is on supervillain b/c I’m pretty sure the ex-bf is the superhero – but I’m not very far in so I could be wrong). But this book seems super cute so far. I’m looking forward to see where it’s going.
  • Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin: I am LOVING this book. The slow burn for this romance is great and I”m already enjoy the tropes: hate->love, mistaken identities, and the families are really great. I can see the places where both characters are going to grow and I am HERE FOR IT!!! The main woman is just starting out at a job and struggling with balancing passions with responsibilities. The main man is a devout Muslim who is ready for an arranged marriage and is dealing with a racist new boss. So good!

Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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