Happy Monday, Boozie Readers!
I had a lovely past week. My mom and grandma were in town so it was nice to see them
What Minda is Reading Now
- Followers by Megan Abbott – A “darkly funny story” about a near-future dystopia where social media and Big Brother has taken over. The book follows the path of three women toward a cataclysmic event. I picked up the ARC at ALA last summer and thought the premise sounded great, but kept sidelining it for one reason or another. Excited to give it a read!
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo – Non-fiction from a professor of multicultural education on “how white fragility [defined as the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially] develops, how it protects racial inequity, and what we can do to engage more constructively.”
What Minda Finished:
- Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly – A middle-grade Neil Gaiman American Gods-type book with Filipino-inspired folklore featuring Lalani, a young girl who goes on a quest to save her island and family. I really liked this one and it was a quick read.
This week was fine, I suppose.
What Sam Finished:
- The Stars and Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus: I got the rec from Njeri from Onyx Pages and if you haven’t found her on Booktube you’re missing out. This is the story of Audrey and Mabel. Audrey gets sent to the states from Trinidad because her mom catches her making out with a girl. Mabel is on the struggle bus in general. Audrey and Mabel get to friending… the writing in this is stunning.
- The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons: This is the third book in the A Chorus of Dragons that came out on Tuesday. I was DEVASTATED by the end of this. I was so upset thinking that this was how the story ends, BUT ITS NOT!!! I get two more!! I fucking loved this.
- Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim: I listened to this on audio and it was so cute. Vanessa is clairvoyant and she doesn’t want to be. She ends up spilling out these prophecies at terrible times. Her aunt also has this ability and has offered to teach her while she sets up her new tea shop in Paris. Vanessa also really REALLY wants to find love. This was so pleasant and I loved it.
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody: This is the third and i believe final book in The Shadow Game series. When I read the first book, I was CONVINCED it was going to be awful, but it wasn’t and now I’m so excited to read this one. I’m about 15% in.
I don’t want to make anyone jealous, but I’ve read what feels like 200 pages of textbooks in the last week. BOOM.
What Ginny Finished:
- Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire: This is book 10 in the Toby Daye series and I love it!!!!! I’m definitely going to be writing a review (as I have for pretty much this entire series) but Toby is invited to a conclave to discuss a new invention and whether it should be released to the public when a visiting king gets killed and it’s up to her to figure it out… This book legit had me crying before I had to leave for school (note to self, don’t trust Seanan McGuire to not fuck you up with a scene).
- Beyond Ruin by Kit Rocha: I finally finished this book! It’s probably still not my favorite, mostly because there was a lot to keep track of and I felt that some of the characters didn’t fit together as well as others in this series… Still, it was a good read and shit is heating up. There’s gonna be a war and I am both excited and terrified.
- Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson: This was a cute story about four brothers who inherit their mother’s knitting store. The main characters are Jesse, the black sheep of the family, and Kerry, a neighborhood girl who practically grew up in said store. I might end up reviewing this, but to start, there’s a lot of grief because the mother just died, and a lot of self-doubt because people are people. But overall this book was really cute and I enjoyed the “grand declaration of love” that happens which isn’t a spoiler, this is a romance novel.
What Ginny is Currently Reading:
- Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh: I’m gonna give this one more week. If I can’t pick it up again, I think it needs to go to DNF. When I want to read, this just isn’t what I want.
- Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky: I received this suggestion on a discord for a podcast… it’s exactly what it sounds like. And so far this book is pretty great. Then again, I literally only just started so take that review with a grain of salt (hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, I’m so funny)
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda