Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!
This is your weekly reminder that all lives can’t matter until black ones do.
Is it really fucking February again? I am so tired of this.
What Sam Finished:
- 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. Welp, as soon as medieval-a-thon is over I will be BINGE READING this series. I loved it so so much. Drunk review to come.
What is Currently Reading:
- Level 4: A book over 400 pages: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse: I’m listening to this on audio, and it’s pretty un-putdownable. So, let me see if I can explain the plot… there’s this ship captain who has magic powers and she’s been tasked to take this blind guy to the capital city. The blind guy is on his way there but idk what for yet. In the capital, there’s a Sun Priest and she is trying to reform the church from the inside and she survives a couple assassination attempts, but again… don’t know why she’s tryna be murdered. What’s so brilliant about this book is that I have NO IDEA what the story is, but I know the connections that are gonna happen are gonna be great. I can feel it in my bones.
- Level 7: Bonus book to be an Empress: The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi: This is the second book in this series. Without spoilers, this series is about this intergalactic empire and all the political machinations that go with that. They get around the universe by using something called The Flow, and this mathematician guy predicts that The Flow is going to collapse. Which would ultimately mean that humanity is fucked because… well… space is FUCKING BIG and there’s no way that a human would live long enough to go from settled planet to settled planet. Anyway… I’m gobbling this up. I love this story and its characters so much.
What Minda is reading now:
- Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell – “Prince Kiem, a famously disappointing minor royal, has been called upon to be useful for once. His future husband, Count Jainan, is a widower and murder suspect. Neither wants to be wed, but with a conspiracy unfolding around them and the fate of the empire at stake they will have to navigate the thorns and barbs of court intrigue, the machinations of war, and the long shadows of Jainan’s past, and they’ll have to do it together.” Welp, that’s all I needed to call dibs.
- 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. Slow going because I rarely have time blocked to “read” audiobooks, but I am very much enjoying it. Omat is a great character and I just want them to succeed! Things are not looking great rn though.
What Minda finished:
- The Burning God by R. F. Kuang – The final book in The Poppy War trilogy starts with our favorite (or at least mine) dumb heroine, Rin, with a new mission: to liberate the southern provinces. I was thrilled when this FINALLY came up on my library queue. And, for the most part, it lived up to my expectations. Love Kitay 4ever!
Hey all, it’s been a long week. I’m hoping I can get to the point where coding is rewarding rather than just frustrating. But we’ll see if that happens. Until then, there are plenty of books and music to keep me at a base level of calm.
What Ginny Finished:
- Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani: I’ve read a number of books with similar topics recently and I really appreciate the reminders that looking a little stupid or failing at something isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (It’s especially helpful to remember this while coding…)
- Some Like It Scandalous by Maya Rodale: This is the second book in the Gilded Age Girls Club series and is only tangentially related to the first book. Daisy and Theo hate each other but are being forced into marriage for a variety of reasons. This enemies to lovers story ended up being the kind that doesn’t make me angry, he wasn’t an irredeemable asshole to start. And the way they work together to start her business just ended up being a blast.
- Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans: So, poetry isn’t usually my thing, and I will admit there were poems here that I didn’t get, but so many of these poems gripped my heart and had me sitting stock still as I let their impact roll over me. There’s a focus on the stories that were in the news, and the poems ended up being so personal that I couldn’t help but be moved.
What Ginny is Currently Reading:
- A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole: Yeah, I’m slowly reading this. I’m reading a physical book so it ends up being the end of my day which means sometimes I only read a chapter before I conk out… I’ll get there.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda