Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!
This is your weekly reminder that all lives can’t matter until black ones do.
Coming off a great birthday weekend!
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. So far it’s everything I’ve been waiting for.
- 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.
We’re all at a lake house for Minda’s bday and it’s been so much fun being around people again. I’m not ready for it to be over, but also, means I didn’t do a lot of reading.
What Sam Finished:
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- Level 6: Bonus book to be a Queen: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastian De Castell: this is a story about a group of king’s magisters who were dishonored when the Dukes staged a coup and the magisters didn’t come to the king’s aid. I’m really enjoying this so much. It’s just such a different story than you would predict based on the description. I’m really loving where it’s going.
What Sam Put Down:
- Level 4: A book over 400 pages: The Mask of Mirrors by R A Carrik: the world building in this one was just too complicated for me right now. I’ll probably pick it back up eventually.
Well, my program went from 0 to 1,000 really darn quick. On the bright side, I’m learning how to code (or at least learning how to use a specific language for data analysis… same thing?).
What Ginny Finished:
- Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday: Eve inherits her great aunt’s b&b in the small town where Eve had her heart broken by now-police chief Sawyer. This really was a fun read. Who knows if I’ll continue the series, but I did really enjoy it.
- The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free by Pauline Bren: This book follows the history of the (probably) best known women’s hotel in New York City and it’s ties with the magazine Mademoiselle. This really was an interesting read, though it did feel a little bit like it was more a history of the magazine than the hotel. Regardless, this dips into some really interesting parts of history; the times where women were expected to work, but the lodgings hadn’t quite caught up. Definitely a fun slice of history.
- My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh: Lady Grace, a naturalist at heart, has her eyes set on Mr. Mason as the perfect husband. She asks her friend Sebastien, a fellow naturalist, to impersonate a rake and help her catch Mason’s eye. This book had some wonderful back and forths. I kept yelling “nerds” at the two main characters who kept taking notes about the “habits of a rake.” It was a delightful read.
- Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert: This is the second book in the Brown Sisters series (I assume trilogy), where cool as a cucumber Dani has sworn off of relationships but wants a fuck-buddy. Enter Zafir, hot ex-rugby player turned security guard. They enter a “fake relationship” to help his charity and get swept up. Legit, this book was great. There was some amazing humor, relationships that felt really real, and just in general, this book was a delight.
What Ginny is Currently Reading:
- Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani: I’m reading this for a new book club that I picked up. This book delves into how so many women sacrifice opportunities for the idea of perfection. I’ve read a number of books on similar topics, but this one has definitely pointed out a few things that may change the way I interact with the world.
- A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole: I said I was reading this series backwards and now I’m finally at #1 in the Reluctant Royals series. Naledi has been dealing with “spam” emails claiming she’s the long-lost princess of an African country. Her betrothed, the prince of said country has decided to finally meet her. This book is just a delight. I love Cole’s writing everything is set in the real world and yet feels fantastic.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda