Happy Monday, Boozie Readers!
Just your weekly reminder that all lives can’t matter until black lives do.
Any Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day
A much-needed long weekend!
What Minda is reading now:
- If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (audio) – After 10 years in jail for a murder he may or may not have committed, Oliver Marks is retelling the story he’s kept secret—what actually happened around the murder in question. Loving this so far—the pretension with all the actors/acting school is like every drama club person you’ve ever met.
- The Mirror Man by Jane Gilmartin – Jeremiah was approached with a tempting ask: be part of an illegal cloning experiment and take a break from his unhappy life. But things aren’t all they seem as he watches his life spiral out of control from the sidelines. Pub date Oct 20. Thank you to Harlequin for the advance copy!
- 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.”
I super needed this long weekend. SUPER.
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi: This is one of my most anticipated books of the year. After my life-altering experience with Homegoing I just absolutely needed this book. TK is about Gifty, a first generation American to Ghanaian parents. In the present day, Gifty is in her last year of her biochem program (?) and studying addiction in mice while also moving her acutely depressed mother in to live with her. We go back and forth between Gifty’s childhood and the struggles of present day. I am enjoying this a lot. While Homegoing felt a lot like we were observing these generations over time, Transcendent Kingdom is very introspective and I’m loving it.
What Sam Finished:
- A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe: This is a YA story about Thea, an apprentice alchemist to her mother. They’re trying to create the philosopher’s stone. Mama almost made it, but went fuckin’ mad and tried to kill her. So she was forced to leave to go meet her father for the first time ever. Her father who doesn’t even know who she is. He’s also an alchemist and wants the stone, he decides to be a selfish ass and so she has to run away with HIS apprentice and things go from there. I was loving it through the first half but then the second half just felt like more of the same. She tried to make it action packed but instead i was left exhausted.
- A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine: The folks in the empire can, sorta, absorb folks’ memories. Anyway? Mahit is a new ambassador to this planet and she’s got this person in her head and when she gets there, the person in her head was the previous ambassador and he’s dead and no one knows why. This story takes place over two weeks, and BOY DOES IT FEEL LIKE FOREVER. For a story that is literally all political intrigue, it does not stop. Won’t say much more since this is the book club book.
No update from Ginny today
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda