Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!
This is your weekly reminder that all lives can’t matter until black ones do.
What Minda is reading now:
- The Burning God by R. F. Kuang – The final book in The Poppy War trilogy that I have personally been dying to read after the betrayal in the last book. But luckily she’s got the people in the southern provinces on her side, so maybe the tides have turned.
- 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. No progress from last week.
What Minda finished:
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Mexican 50s socialite Noemí Taboada goes to the countryside on her father’s demand after receiving a mysterious, disturbing letter from her recently married cousin. Counts as the Level One: Miller category for the Medieval Readathon Baker Profession. This book was very disturbing and creepy, which is what I was looking for! I thought the big reveal was good.
I actually read a lot this week. I’m really hoping that I can keep it up.
What Sam Finished:
I’m participating in Medieval-a-thon tryna be a Empress Bard…
- Level 2: A book with a travel element: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown: I’m about half way through, and right now the travel element is that the siblings traveled to the capital for work and the one got in trouble. The brother takes on her debt, and he’s gotta kill the princess. The Princess is’t really the princess anymore, cause her mother was murdered. Basically, she’s trying to bring mama back from the dead. I’m really liking this, slow-paced but keeping my attention.
- Level 5: A book with multiple authors: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I know I skipped a few levels but i’m listening on audio and those usually take me a bit longer. so i’m getting a head start. This is the second book in this series, so without spoilers, I’m meh about this so far. Learning a lot about my favorite character though, Kal.
- Level 3: A book with a character’s name in the title: Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer: This is the same story as the novel only in graphic novel form and it was still amazing as it was when I read it as a teenager. The art is stunning.
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- Level 4: A book over 400 pages: The Mask of Mirrors by R A Carrik: I’ve barely started this, but it seems like a con story in an italian-inspired world. We’ll see
- Level 6: Bonus book to be a Queen: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastian De Castell: Sam from Thoughts on Tomes said that the audio for this was really good, it was available at the library, and it’s been on my TBR forever. So I picked it up. It’s like Lies of Locke Lamora meets Riyria and I LOVE IT so much. Falcio is the leader of the dishonored group of greatcoats. They stood aside while the king they served was killed by the evil dukes, who now rule their individual duchies like tyrants. When they’re asked to be security for a lady as she travels, things become mysterious and yah.
Gonna keep this brief, tired and so much homework.
What Ginny Finished:
- A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon: This ended up being just a really fun sweet story. I mentioned last week I was a little worried about the consent stuff when amnesia is concerned, but I thought it was well handled. And both of the main characters were so interesting. I’m looking forward to more in the series
- Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire: This is book 6 in the Wayward Children series, which is an immediate buy book for me. This book followed Regan, a horsegirl, as she ended up in a world of mostly horse-creatures (centaurs, Kelpie, etc). I love the way that McGuire can perfectly nail the way children interact, so much of this book and Regan’s worry about fitting in brought me back to be a kid.
What Ginny is Currently Reading:
- Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday: After reading another book by Jenny Holiday, I wanted to read more. It’s gonna sound weird but this book feels like if someone took the current “women’s lit” but makes it way more accessible and fun. Eve inherits her great aunt’s b&b in the small town where Eve had her heart broken by now-police chief Sawyer.
- The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free by Pauline Bren: One of the things I enjoy about history books are when you can tell that an author absolutely loves what they write about. This book covers one of the many women-only live-in hotels that popped up in the 1920’s. For a variety of reasons, so many well known women ended up living in the Barbizon, and reading this book gives just tiny bits of information into so many lives. It’s a fun non-fiction book.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda