Weekly Wrap-Up: June 22- 28, 2020

Hey everyone!!

Hope you all had a great week and apologies for missing last week. None of the three of us were feelin’ it

Minda’s Update

Was able to get away for remote work in a remote location and it was super refreshing. I think I’m feeling the reading vibes again!

What Minda is reading now:

  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins – Feeling like a re-read and this seems as good of a choice as any. I think it’s been on my mind because of the prequel book that just came out, though haven’t heard great things. I think we all know what this one is about, right?
  • Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey – Are you a coward or are you a librarian? This near-future pulp Western is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarians. This short story has been on my list for a bit, and what better time to pick it up than during Pride month. Plus, it finally came up on my library queue.

What Minda finished:

  • She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway – Bree Bozeman has been unhappy with her life for awhile. When she takes the advice of a famous self-help guru her life takes a turn for the better, but is using Instagram to manifest her dreams really going to get her where she wants to be? I adored this book. It’s the perfect summer read based in San Diego with beaches, a sweet romance, finding yourself, and sister bonds. Thank you to Graydon House for the advance copy! Comes out tomorrow so stay tuned for the review.
  • The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames – Four girls meet freshman year of college and immediately come inseparable. The book follows them through college and into their lives as parents, based around one major mistake each of them makes. I thought this was an amazing premise—college was a formative time for me and I loved rich flawed female characters and friendships. This didn’t hit it out of the park for me, but I have a lot of thoughts so 100% will review.

Sam’s Update

Anyone else getting tired of *gestures vaguely* all this?

What Sam Finished:

  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal: This is the story about a woman hunter and an assassin prince going to bring magic back and save the world from this ever encroaching forest. It’s inspired by middle eastern myth and I loved that. But that was about the only thing. I was hella disappointed in this because I wanted to like it so much. Review to come.
  • Infinity Son by Adam Silvera: In this world, there are people called Celestials that have been born with basically super powers and then there are the ones who give themselves super powers by ingesting a potion created from some mythical creature or celestial’s blood. The blood magic folk = bad guys. Our twin main characters get caught up in this rebellion of sorts and try and stop one of the bad guys from doing bad things. This was super cute. Not perfect by any means but I will definitely be picking up the next one. 100%
  • Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross: This is a greek-inspired standalone fantasy about two sisters. One of the sisters (literally) accidentally kills her best friend, the commander’s son, while they were sparring. She gets put on trial and is sentenced with a lotta stuff. Her sister takes on half the punishment, ends up working in the commander’s house, and there’s something fishy going on that it’s clear the commander is trying to stop. Things sort of go from there. I really loved this. It’s refreshing to see healthy relationships in stories. There were a couple minor things I didn’t love (like the romantic pacing) but otherwise I am sad to be leaving this world.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

the shadows between us

  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller: I’m about 20% through this audiobook. The main character has come up with a plot to get herself to court, seduce the king, marry him, and then kill him for no reason except to get power. This is a VILLAIN here folks. She is very morally gray and I am loving it.

Ginny’s Update

We took a week off the wrap-up and then I basically didn’t read any other books… I did buy a few new video games and, honestly, that’s a big part of why I didn’t end up reading.

That being said, it was a pretty good week. I’m starting to prepare more for my move at the end of July (I’m moving for business school – Exciting!) and my replacement started at work so I’ve been doing a lot of training.

What Ginny Finished:

a madness of sunshine

  • A Madness of Sunshine  by Nalini Singh: Nalini Singh usually writes romance novels so when I saw she was writing a thriller/muder mystery, I was super intrigued. This book has a number of red herrings which was fun. And I really enjoyed the distinct characters in this book. Anahera moves back to her small New Zealand hometown and meets new cop Will, who was a star but has fallen out of favor for a variety of reasons. Meanwhile, one of the locals goes missing and the searches start. There were some things that made it clear this was a first thriller, but overall really strong plots and characters. Definitely something I would suggest to people who like thrillers.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

love and other impossible pursuits

  • Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman: I picked this up, read three pages, and then haven’t picked it up again. I think it’s going to be about the falling out after a miscarriage but I’m not quite sure… But the fact that I haven’t picked it up again is probably a sign that I won’t actually finish it. We’ll see.

Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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