Happy Monday, Boozie Readers!
Just your weekly reminder that all lives can’t matter until black lives do.
Whatsup. My parents are in town this weekend so I gave myself a weekend to not do homework, which means I’ve actually gotten some reading done!
What Ginny Finished:
- Flameskin by Camille Longley: This is technically the first book in the series because Firefrost was Book 0 in a series. I didn’t find this one quite as all consuming as the first book, but it was still a good read. Soren is the not-quite-a-price who is a little too earnest to be good at his job. Lark is a ‘flameskin’ who has powers no normal flameskin should have, and is also a slave to a brutal and emotionless master. Their stories only overlap briefly as Lark desperately wants to be freed, as Soren is trying to help save his country. It’s really compelling and I’m planning on writing a review.
What Ginny is Currently Reading:
- The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel: I loved Station 11, also by Emily St. John Mandel, so I’ve wanted to read this since I first heard about it. I had a little trouble getting into it. The beginning is a little disjointed and the story is told through so many perspectives that it could be a little difficult to try and figure out where someone fits. I’m a little past 20% of the way in, though, and the way the story is being told is kind of beautiful. I’m enjoying seeing how the different narratives end up fitting each other and work to foreshadow the future.
I got like zero reading done this week, surprise visit from Mama made it almost impossible.
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:
No update from Minda this week
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda