Weekly Wrap-Up: Jul 27 – Aug 2, 2020

Happy Monday, Boozie Readers!

Sam’s Update

We moved this weekend so my week was filled with packing, not reading.

What Sam Finished:

  • Undying by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman: This is the sequel to Unearthed and I’m not sure how I felt about it. It seemed so blah to me. The characters didn’t seem to grow at all… the angst was good though. We’ll see what Drunk Sam has to say.
  • Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson: I really enjoyed this… I’m excited to get to the next one, I want to know what happens next!!! Ahhhhhh.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

magic for liars

  • Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey: This is a contemporary fantasy where someone is murdered at Magic School and the headmaster hires a PI to solve the murder. Oh by the way the PI has no magic, but her twin sister does and sis teaches at the school. I’m flying through this audiobook. Hopefully I can get it done before Tome Topple starts on Saturday…

Ginny’s Update

Well, I’ve officially moved. It’s been a little more than a week since I packed up everything I owned and drove over 30 hours. I’ve been self-quarantining for the two weeks before classes start and because I’m in the mountains that means I’ve been on a number of hikes (the high altitude is killer but I’m getting used to it), and then using the rest of my free time to read, cook, play video games, etc. Basically I’m on vacation for the first time since January.

What Ginny Finished:

  • Russian Journal by Andrea Lee: This book is non-fiction about living in Russia back when it was still considered the USSR. Andrea was there with her husband, a student who had been allowed to study at the University in Moscow. This is a really interesting picture of a country that doesn’t exist anymore. Obviously the people living in the USSR and modern day Russia are the same, and even in a regime change certain things will stay the same. The book was a little disjointed, but it mirrors the way life usually goes. You’ll spend three months hanging out with one person non-stop and then suddenly not hear from them for a while.
  • Beyond Addiction by Kit Rocha: At this point I think it’s pretty clear that I can burn my way through a romance series. This is book five and I started this two, three weeks ago? Regardless the books are both filthy and AMAZING world building. This book focuses on characters who have shown up in scenes before and the way the characters build and grow clearly follows across all of the books. Obviously this is a summary more for the series than the individual book, but this series is both fun and serious.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir: I felt it was time for my yearly re-read of this book. I usually read this book in August (and technically did this time too). There’s something about this time of year that makes me think of change, whether going to school, starting a new job, or just the slow transition into fall. This year in particular, I think I needed that reminder about humanity. Obviously the world is tough right now, but a book like this reminds me that the majority of people will still work for the greater good. More people are wearing masks than aren’t. There are vaccines in the works. Just a really nice reminder.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

burning glass

  • Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie: I’m slowly working my way through this book. Sonya can feel the emotions of the people around her (though she’s got some issues) but gets called to basically guard the emperor. It’s pretty clear the emperor sucks, but his bro is pretty cool. Honestly, at this point, I’m just wondering how the “auraseers” are supposed to do their job? Still, I’m enjoying the book and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.

Minda’s Update

No update from Minda this week!

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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