Weekly Wrap-Up: July 13 – 19, 2020

Hey everyone!!

Minda’s Update

What Minda is reading now:

shatter city

  • Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld – Might as well keep the YA dystopia reads going! I reviewed the first in the series earlier this year, but I thought it was great. In this follow up, we deal with the fall-out/climax from the end of the last. Twin Frey was raised in secret as her sister’s double. As she takes on the role she was born to fill, will she retain her own identity? We shall see.

What Minda finished:


  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins – Finished with these now. I may have actually liked it better than when I read them the first time? Some parts are weaker than others, but overall enjoyed this re-read.

Ginny’s Update

I’m moving in less than a week and not nearly enough of my shit is packed. We’ll see if Anxiety Reading works out as well next week as it did this week (I mean, I also took a day off on Thursday – I was supposed to get a trailer hitch installed on my car but it got moved the day before – so I did have a whole free day to read).

What Ginny Finished:

  • Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha: I’ve followed half of this writing duo forever, and I’m glad I finally read the book. The world is pretty interesting, and I think the main characters in this were a great introduction to it. Noelle is from Eden, a city that survived the solar flares but went super rigid in their social structures, and has been kicked out for basically watching scrambled porn. Jasper is the right hand man of one of the leaders of the eight “districts” outside of Eden, a place that allows pretty much everything as long as it’s consensual. Yes, this is very clearly a romance novel. It’s a fun read even if I don’t share a lot of the interests of the characters.
  • Infinity Son by Adam Silvera: I’m sure I’m going to write a review about this book. All I’ll say here is that it was perfectly serviceable, but felt like it was on rails.
  • The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy: Not gonna lie, I read this book in like a day and a half. Basic plot, girl has to go to the shadow organization to try to save her mother, and ends up having to go on an adventure to make up for a past choice. I did really enjoy this book, and I’ve written a slightly longer review.
  • The Household Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide: This is another one of the books I pulled from my Aunt. You can guess from the title what this is about. I have to admit, I thought it was nonfiction for the longest time, but it turns out it was actually fiction. Still this book had a narrator with a unique voice, plotlines that built well, and a series of unique characters. I really enjoyed it, but this is a book that’s going to make you cry.
  • Beyond Control (#2 in series) by Kit Rocha: So, I ended up buying the whole series b/c, like I said, I follow half of the author on twitter and I like her twitter presence enough to buy her stuff. And the whole series was like $20. That’s a good deal. This book follows the leader of “4” and the woman he’s mutually interested in. I have to admit, this isn’t my favorite pairing (and I knew that was going to be the case going in), but I did really enjoy the conflict that they chose to go with, I think it fit really naturally with the characters.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

History Book

  • That’s Not in My American History Book by Thomas Ayres: I like fun history facts. My big problem with this book is that it purports to be written in a more fun manner than history textbooks (which the author blames for the current lack of interest in history), but the stories are generally pretty dry. That might pick up as I get further in, but man can it be hard to push through less interesting sections.

Sam’s Update

It’s all real now. We’re moving in less than a week and I am VERY ANXIOUS. I haven’t really been myself this week, but my mom is coming next week to help me pack and life will be better then.

What Sam Finished:


  • Nocturna by Maya Motayne: This is a Spanish-inspired fantasy story. Emil has become the crown prince after his brother was magic’d away during an attempted coups. He seems to think that he’ll be able to come back, but everyone else is like… nah. There’s the thief chick who can change her face. And the cousin/best friend who’s pissed at Emil. Anyway, BFF accidentally ingests poison, Emil makes a deal with a mysterious magic voice to save him in exchange to release the thing. Now SUPER SCARY DARK MAGIC is out in the universe, and the three of them are teaming up to get rid of it. Duh. I really REALLY liked this. The author uses a lot of Spanish words/slang without translating them, and it was a JOY to see. Drunk review coming.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

goddess in the machine

  • Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson: I am about 25% in and I’m enjoying it I think. This is about a cryofreezing gone wrong. This girl was supposed to be frozen for 100 years while they travel to the new planet but ends up frozen for over a thousand years and every one on this planet thinks she’s a goddess which is… weird. There is weird language choices that the author makes, but I may be getting used to it? It sort of interrupts the story for me, like I have to think hard about what they’re trying to say and it doesn’t quite feel organic. It’s not as annoying as it was at the beginning but yeah.

What Sam put down:


  • Shielded by KayLynn Flanders: I put this down because I knew exactly where it was going, and with my life right now, I don’t have time for books I’m not enjoying.
Until next time, we main forever drunkenly yours,

Sam, Ginny, and Minda

2 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: July 13 – 19, 2020

    • Totally with you there. I think that’s part of why I liked The Hunger Games better this time around. That said, Westerfeld has always been one of my favorites. His original Uglies series and The Midnighters trilogy are great! Liking this series (picking up in the Uglies world) so far, too.


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