Weekly Wrap-Up: Dec 14 – 20, 2020

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

This is your weekly reminder that all lives can’t matter until black ones do.

Minda’s Update

Guys it’s definitely been a year. But there’s so much to be grateful for. On the list: my wonderful son’s first Christmas and my amazing friends including the WRFB crew! Put me down as feeling #blessed this week.

What Minda is reading now: 

  • Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach – Food writer and blogger Rosenstrach shares her food journey and best recipes in this ode to dinner. I’m trying to write down the recipe highlights so I remember them, but that definitely makes it a longer read. Hoping to knock out by EOY.
  • 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.” Was back burnered a little for the above and below.

What Minda finished:

  • The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa – A new trilogy following Shakespeare’s infamous prankster Puck in a continuation of The Iron Fey world. Arc from Inkyard Press. I liked this one, didn’t love it, but it had some high points.
  • Lightbringer by Claire Legrand – The final book in the Empirium trilogy brings the culmination of the Blood Queen and Sun Queens journeys. I’ve been waiting to read this forever! Eliana is such a badass and I NEEDED to know how it all ends. Satisfied, but could have been stronger.

Sam’s Update

I did better this week… but Rhythm of War is just SO FUCKING LONG. I’m on leave from work until 2021, so I’ll have time =)

What Sam Finished:


What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson: I’ve had a lot of moments so far where i’m like… WTF?! I have so many questions and so many fears and I can’t wait to keep going.

Ginny’s Update

I finally found some time to read. Who would have guessed it would have happened at the end of the semester (duh). I managed to work through a bit of a backlog with my library e-books and then promptly requested way too many more books. C’est la vie.

What Ginny Finished:

  • These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy: I received this as an ARC, and it’s gonna be a bit before it comes out. This follows the new queen and the new firebird. One is responsible for the kingdom, the other is responsible for making sure those who use magic pay the proper price. I really loved half of this book. I found the moral quandaries of the firebird intensely interesting and really enjoyed her solving a mystery. The queen I found less interesting, I’m not super fond of political machinations and that was literally her whole brain… Review forthcoming.
  • Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey: This was a novella that was set in a dystopian future/western, which was a ton of fun. I liked the way that Gailey created what felt like a realistic future. And watching Esther run away from home to join the librarians having her whole world view twisted around was kind of a delight.
  • Alpha Night by Nalini Singh: This is book 4 of the Psy-Changeling Trinity and we got to see a new alpha. I really loved the chemistry between Selenka and Ethan. I’ve wanted a book where the characters felt like they were on more of an even level and boy did this book deliver. I also really enjoy the plot as it continues. This world is absolutely fascinating.
  • Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder: This was another novella (looks like I found stuff I could actually read!) and I kind of wish it was longer. There were certain aspects of this book I wish had been a little more filled out. Basically Pinky is working at her families Indian restaurant and Trucker is in the local biker gang. And they’re DTF even if they know it’s a bad idea. I enjoyed the characters and the story was pretty cute.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley:  This is a book that a ton of my friends told me to read once they found out that I hadn’t read anything of McKinley’s. I’m not very far in so there’s not much to say beyond that. I am looking forward to it though.
  • The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill: This is another book I’m not very far into. But the main character, Kit, is really wonderfully written. She’s really interesting and helps lead into a world that feels like a lot of fun.


  • When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole: I love Alyssa Cole and I’m really excited that she took a chance writing a thriller. And she did a good job, I became so unnerved that I had to put it down… The point where I was just felt very rooted and real.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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