Weekly Wrap-Up: Nov 16 – 22, 2020

Happy Monday, Boozie Readers!

Just your weekly reminder that all lives can’t matter until black lives do.

It’s Tome Topple!!! We’re hosting again! For more detail, check out the Announcement Post

Ginny’s Update

Welp, I’m on COVID watch for the second time in a month. So, I’m at home without a long commute. So I actually did some reading this week.

What Ginny Finished:

  • Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi:It took me an embarrassingly long time reading this book before I realized it was a previous book in the series, but from a different perspective. Certain beats started sounding familiar, but I really enjoyed this. First off, John Scalzi does a great job of writing a teenage girl. Second, the story continues to be great, and I’m constantly impressed by the way he writes his wide variety of characters.
  • Feed by Mira Grant: Okay, this book was a reread but it is so prescient for the current time. I continue to be fascinated by Grant’s (aka Seanan McGuire’s) ability to world build by dropping in details like previous court cases. This book is both hard to read and also something that made me happy in a depressed sort of way. This book is set about 30 years after the first Zombie breakout, and it examines the way society continues to exists after an extinction event by following around a presidential candidate.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater: I’m really enjoying the magical realism aspect of this book. It’s something Stievater tends to do pretty well. Girl from magic family sees her first ghost (of someone who will die within the year) and it’s a teenager from the local private school. A boy, who it turns out, is hunting ghosts and ley lines.
  • The City We Became  by N.K. Jemisin: I’ve been looking forward to this book for a forever, after I read it as a short story in a previous collection. It’s a book about New York City being born, not the city being built, but it actually coming to life.

Minda’s Update

What Minda is reading now: 

  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi – From Goodreads: “Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief–a novel about faith, science, religion, love.” Loved Homegoing so expecting to love this too.

What Minda finished:

  • Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff – In small town post-WWII Oregon, twenty one 6th grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game when one girl’s bigotry surfaces. I remember reading (and loving) this when I was a kid. I’m still a fan and think it’s a good intro to racism and glimpse at post-WWII life.

Sam’s Update

It’s Tome Topple!! I made it to Mama’s for Thanksgiving! We normally have 26 people, but it’s just going to be the two of us this year. First time in over 30 years that this clan hasn’t been together on Thanksgiving… I are sad.

What Sam Finished:

  • Lightbringer by Claire Legrand: I am going to need to get hammered to talk about this book. While the second one is still by far and away the best one, I enjoyed this
  • Lobizona by Romina Garber: Manu is living illegally in Miami after her pregnant mother fled Argentina to escape her father. Every month during her “lunar cycle” she seems to change a bit, her senses become sharper, her ears get a bit pointier, and most of all she has these eyes that are cray cray. When her life is turned upside down, she ends up at a secret magic school, trying to remain hidden while also trying to figure out who she is. I loved this and I canNOT wait for the next one.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • King of the Rising by Kacen Callender: This is the sequel to Queen of the Conquered and no spoilers, but this takes off about 3 months after the end of the last one. I am struggling with this a bit because it is so introspective and that’s tough for me to pay attention to these days, but I am liking it so far.
  • Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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