Happy Monday, Boozie Readers!
Just your weekly reminder that all lives can’t matter until black lives do.
I got to do training this week, it was SO CHILL. And there were no work fires, which is just not normal these days. Gotta love it. I also read books this week! I feel like all three of us are really struggling to read these days, but that we’re all almost back on the wagon.
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso: Melinda read this recently for book club and had nothing but great things to say. This is about a bitch queen who’s husband ran away for five years and she goes to a rando country to meet with him. I’m LOVING this so much.
- The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis: This is the story of Aster. She grew up in a whore house with her sister Clementine. They have these tattoos on their necks/faces that start to burn when you cover them up and everyone knows that that means they are whores. ANYWAY the book starts on Clementine’s “initiation” night and she kills her John. So they decide to run, taking three of their ladies with them. Anyway, they’ve gotta make it to this lady who, in theory, can take away their tattoos. I’m liking this. It’s got me interested. I also don’t know how it’s going to end so that’s always fun.
What Sam Finished:
- The Part About the Dragon was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson: Our buddy Sean sent us his book for early review. It is a story that makes fun of fantasy tropes and is ABSOLUTELY HYSTERICAL. There’s this town/village that has a dragon problem but no money to pay adventurers to get rid of it. They instead hire an inexperienced group of adventurers to help, an elf, a rock man, some sort of rat witch, and a half dwarf half halfling. Everyone needs to go pre-order this right now. Right TF now.
- Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust: This story revolves around the twin sister of the shah. Their mother dorked up and made a deal with a diev (sp?) and now she has poison in her blood. She can’t touch any living thing or it dies. This was pretty strange, I sort of enjoyed it. The world was pretty awesome, I just didn’t quite care enough about the characters. Maybe Melissa isn’t for me, I didn’t like her other book too much either.
This week broke my non-reading streak, so progress! And this one coming up is fairly free, so promising.
What Minda is (still) reading now:
- Followers by Megan Abbott – This read is 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.
- 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.”
It’s been a busy week, but I actually finished a book!
What Ginny is Currently Reading
Nothing. I literally just finished my book and haven’t decided what I’m going to read (and Sam told me my textbooks don’t count).
What Ginny Finished:
- The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman: I continue to love this series and already have a review written. It’s going to be a bit before it comes out b/c ARC. Keep an eye out in December! There’s a plot underfoot from that seems to be coming from a dead enemy. Irene and co. investigate only to end up solving additional mysteries, hopping between worlds, and learning things they may wish they didn’t know.
- Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa: I’m planning on writing a review of this one too but only finished it a few hours ago. Lina is a wedding planner who was stood up at the altar. The best man of the wedding, who was the groom’s bro, is now her partner for a project to land a huge client. Also, they have undeniable chemistry and some really good angsty issues. I loved the way Brazilian-American culture was so much a part of Lina’s life. But yeah, this book is fun.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda