Weekly Wrap-Up: Dec 28, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Ginny’s Update

After such a long time with only a few books, it was almost a shame that we took last week off. Because I went on a reading spree!!!!But those books are forever lost to time because I don’t want to write about that many books at once. Also HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! May this year be as uninteresting as last year was interesting.

What Ginny Finished:

  • How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole: This book is the first book of a new series (Runaway Royals), and follows a kingdom near one from the previous series (Reluctant Royals). Shanti had always wanted to be queen and worked for years to be competent at it. Sanyu never wanted to be king but had to take on the mantle despite some MASSIVE confidence/anxiety issues. I enjoyed this book, but I found a lot of it frustrating due to the setting. Shanti had a complete uphill climb and I really felt for her, especially when some many people were being major dicks. That being said, I really enjoyed the way the relationships in the book grew.
  • Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera: This book follows Desta as he moved to Ethiopia on a new posting from AID US. He meets ethiopian Elias and they fall for each other. The complicating factors include Elias not being out, shitty coworkers, Desta’s insecurity from a previous relationship, and Ethiopia outlawing same sex relationships. Still, the book (which btw is NOT young adult), is so hopeful and lovely as these two people figure out what their next steps should be.
  • Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh: Yup, I’m back on my bullshit with this series. This is the 14th book in the series and I’m disappointed it took me so long to read it. Aden, the leader of the deadly arrows, and his right hand woman, Zaira, are both a little bit broken. Neither of them have much “Silence” to break from, but that doesn’t mean the transition isn’t hard. While all of the books have a lot of growth and learning how to be a full person, this book really focused on what is required for healing and how to take that healing into the future. Honestly, while I really enjoyed the relationship between Zaira and Aden, the part that really got me was all of the world-building in what is required to change the arrows and the structures that are being built in the world to support the changing landscape.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Marriage Game  by Sara Desai: Sam fires people for a living and Layla is moving home to start a business after her life implodes. Through unfortunate happenstances, they end up sharing an office. First thoughts, I really enjoy the spate of romances I’m reading with really strong awesome ladies. I am a little frustrated by some of the interactions that are intended to be cute and come off as one person being a major dick. But I’m still early in the book where no one has had any major fuckups and they don’t like each other yet. So my opinion will most likely change.

Sam’s Update

Happy New Year!!! This is the end of my two week vacation and I am not happy to be going back but… adulting is hard.

What Sam Finished:

  • Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson: Listen… these books fuck me over every time. There are so many connections that are starting to come together, gearing up towards a cosmere-wide war. I need more Brando Sando

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Reverie by Ryan La Sala: This is a YA book I picked up at ALA. There’s this kid Cain who wakes up in the hospital after a coma with no memories after an accident that burned a mill down to the ground. He apparently had these friends where they’d go into dream-like places built from people’s dreams that turn dangerous. He’s just trying to put his life back together.

Minda’s Update

New year, same me. But recommitted to reading! 

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.” Ok I am finally picking up!
  • The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky (audio) – This one is a fantastical telling of the hypothetical meeting and clash between Inuits and Vikings in AD 1000. Definitely an inventive story that I am looking forward to reading more of.

What Minda finished:

  • 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 thought this memoir/cookbook was an enjoyable read—would highly recommend as a wedding or baby shower gift! 

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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