Weekly Wrap-Up: June 29 – July 5, 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

Sam’s Update

I have lost count as to how many days it has been… I did get to see a couple friends and write a could drunk reviews because of it, so that’s good =)

What Sam Finished:

  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller:  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. I am so in to this story omg. I’m actually angry that its a standalone. If you want angsty Slytherin romance that challenges double standards against women, is angsty and slow burn AF, AND has positive female friendships this book is for you.
  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett: This is Handmaid’s Tale meets Lord of the Flies. In this world, 16 year old girls are sent away for a year on an island to rid themselves of their dirty magic. Tyranny (yes, that’s her name) is a tomboy and she knew she wasn’t going to be selected to become a Wife when she gets back, but UH OH, surprise she does. Anyway, while the girls are on this island, there are some who inevitably try and escape, but lo and behold there is an answer for that too. There are poachers waiting outside the fence to slaughter them. Anyway, this is the story of Tyranny’s Grace Year. I’d been dying to read this since I picked it up at ALA in January and it did not disappoint. I really love these YA books that both make you think and are compelling stories. Drunk review to come.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

where dreams descend

  • Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles: I picked this up at ALA when it was pitched to me as Moulin Rouge meets Phantom. I needed it my life. I suggest going in to this rather blind, the story starts with a twist and it’s best that way. It’s rather slow, this book, but I am enjoying it for what it is =).

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 – This is a re-read I’ve been feeling. I’m almost done—basically where the third movie ends. Honestly enjoying it, but I have some issues—especially the love triangle.
  • 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. Ended up starting this one, but paid more attention to the above. Will knock out before I have to return.

Ginny’s Update

Happy week AFTER a long weekend. Where everything feels like it takes longer than it should and how is it STILL Monday. I’m going to keep this short, because, again, I don’t have much to write about. It’s official, I think I’m in a reading slump. Or I would be if I didn’t finish a book in basically a day.

What Ginny Finished:

firefrost

  • Firefrost by Camille Longley: This book is an enemies to lovers kind of book where there’s what’s functionally a civil war in the region over some magic users who get taken over a fire spirit and the people who think those people are demons. The main dude, Kelan, has been fighting his ‘pyra’ for years, and his contingent gets ambushed by Sol, who is helping a princess over the mountains to get people to fight the ‘Flameskins.’ Nothing goes according to plan, literally ever. Sometimes in smart ways, sometimes in stupid ways. Regardless, I finished this book in no time.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman: I’m about to go to business school. I think confidence will be an important factor. And also, I wanted to pick up a non-fiction book and this was the first interesting one I found that was available at the library.
  • Weekends at Bellvue by Julie Holland: Julie Holland worked in the psych ward at Bellvue for years. This is non-fiction. I think there are books that do a deep dive into an industry that can be both important and interesting and this seems like one of those books. I think the way mental illness will be discussed will be handled well, but I’m not very far in yet.
DNF’d:
  • Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman: This book sounded interesting and I liked the first twenty pages of writing but I have literally not been able to make myself pick up this book in the last two weeks. And during quarantine, life is too short to force yourself to do things you don’t want to when you don’t really have to.

Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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