Weekly Wrap-Up: Feb 8 – 14, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Ginny’s Update

This next week is finals. I’ve been stress-watching MASH, very little reading has been done.

What Ginny Finished:

  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir: I received this book as an ARC and you can bet your butt there’s going to be a review for it. Ryland Grace is the one surviving member of a one-way mission to save Earth from an algae-esque alien. I really enjoyed the mix of characters, and boy, this book reminded me of some of my favorite things about the Martian.

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.
  • Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel: I really like Emily’s books, but this one is really slow paced. I’m 40% in and a new, probably important, character was just introduced.

Minda’s Update

Coming off Valentine’s Day weekend feeling very loved!

What Minda is reading now: 

  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – “A cautionary tale about genetic engineering, it presents the collapse of an amusement park showcasing genetically re-created dinosaurs to illustrate the mathematical concept of chaos theory and its real world implications.” My husband and I started this thing where we read books that have been adapted into movies and compare the two. This is the first read for us—and so far the book is much different from what I remember of the movie. Will keep you posted! 
  • 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.

Sam’s Update

Welp, I’m writing this on Valentine’s Day… while on a video date with Ginny! Also, I finished the Medieval-A-Thon!!! And became an Empress Bard!!

What Sam Finished:

  • 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. I fucking loved this. I WILL be writing a drunk review so i can squeal about it.
  • 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. I didn’t think that the ante could be upped… but it was. I will definitely be picking up the next one soon.

What is Currently Reading:

  • Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett: This is the sequel to Foundryside and I was immediately sucked back in to the world. It’s set 3 years after the first one and there is a Big Bad a-comin. The magic system in this is just SO FASCINATING! I can’t wait to finish it.
  • To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini: So this is the author of Eragon, and I read those books growing up. I was just super happy to be reading a book written by a kid my age… well… he’s still my age and his writing has gotten way better. So we’ve got the main character who accidentally discovers an alien race by getting bonded by a… skin suit? Sorta? And now they’re killin’ humans everywhere. I’m enjoying this, but I wouldn’t say it’s fine literature or anything just yet.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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