Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!
In case you haven’t seen… Tome Topple is coming back next week! Check out the announcement post here. We’re still curating our TBRs.
This is your weekly reminder that black lives matter.
I survived! It might have been a ton of work, but I managed to finish that case competition and my team was in the top 4! Then I crashed about as hard as it is possible for a person to crash. So, not much reading this week.
What Ginny Finished Reading:
- Well Played by Jen DeLuca: I know Sam read this recently and I agree with a lot of what she thought. First, there was a relationship I was more interested in seeing grow (which included Emma’s sister), but a large part of this book was based off of someone knowingly lying to someone they cared about, and then the way things were resolved… just not my favorite. It was still a cute book, I still enjoyed that it took place at a Renn Faire, and I enjoyed some of the character growth. This book just didn’t hit me in the same great way the first book did.
What Ginny is Currently Reading:
- A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole: Yes, I know, I’ve been reading this forever…
- How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole: Yes, I have Alyssa Cole books going at the same time. I feel really lucky to have gotten this as an ARC because it took one of my favorite minor characters from the last book and gave her a much bigger role!
- Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams: This is the third book in the series and it’s about a friends to lovers kind of thing which I am very much enjoying. I like how well the characters have been built out from the other books, it made it so easy to immediately get into the swing of things.
- Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellfleur: This book keeps making “Best of” lists, but frankly it moved slower than I would have liked, and I just couldn’t get away from how disastrously they met.
What Minda is reading now:
- Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft – Wren Southerland is a soldier with healing magic seeking to redeem herself and reclaim her position after a major mistake. Her journey leads her to a reclusive lords estate to heal someone important—her country’s biggest enemy. This is an advanced reader copy and the book just came out this week! Very much enjoying so far.
- 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.”
What Minda finished:
- 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. Love love loved! Very interesting take on Ragnarok.
I had such a terrible work week, but my brother made a surprise visit from Utah to try and help me not jump off a cliff. I hadn’t seen him since the Christmas before COVID. And because Mama hadn’t seen him either, she came down too. It was exactly what I needed.
What Sam Finished:
- The Last Emperox by John Scalzi: This is the final book in the Interdependency series, which makes me super sad. I can’t go into too much plot here, but let’s just say that the leadership of all humanity (essentially) is trying to make sure it doesn’t all collapse and be the end of civilization as they know it. I fucking loved this trilogy and you’ll be hearing about it, drunkenly.
What is Currently Reading:
- A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik: Ginny made me pick this up and she was right to do so. This is magic school that’s trying to kill you and i’m pretty sure there’s going to be hate to love and i’m in to that.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda