Weekly Wrap-Up: Mar 12 – 21 , 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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Ginny’s Update

I forgot how much moving sucks, luckily, it’s a lot of fun to get the new place set up (even if it seems like it takes forever to get everything you ordered b/c it’s easier to move cross country without a mattress, couch, etc).

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera: I’m not super far in, but Puerto Rican lesbian Juliet moves to Portland for a summer internship with a famous “Pro-pussy” author. Honestly, this book manages to capture a point in time so well, not only the actual time the book was set in, but those years in college where everything feels so big and so small at the same time. Where you’re an adult, but not actually an adult. I’m really enjoying this.

What Ginny Finished:

  • Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh: Man, I find it hard to review books where there’s so much lying. I love the strong heroines in this story, and there’s something about a duke liking to be bossed around that’s just really fun. Just not the biggest fan of someone lying and then knowing when the perfect time to talk is and just not taking it. It’s a pet peeve.
  • How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole: I was a lot closer to done than I thought. Bez, an agent of a business that supports monarchies, is sent to find the long lost heir of an African country. Enter Makeda Hicks, who hates the idea of a princess and has spent her whole life trying to fix everything. The two of them had some great chemistry, and I really enjoyed their individual perspectives. I would argue the end of this book felt a little rushed. There was this big conclusion and then it just ended. I would have loved even an epilogue. Although the way this series works, I’m sure they’ll show up in a future book.
  • Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall: Okay, this book was a delight. Celeb-by-birth Luc is dealing with the neverending paparazzi by trying to find a fake, posh boyfriend to make him look good. Then straight-laced Oliver, a barrister, agrees to help him out. Luc’s self-deprecation can be oddly charming, and watching him pull himself out of the apathy that had plagued him for years was fun. This book has amazing banter, and I loved the way that the neuroses of both characters were developed and shown over time.
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers:  I got this as an ARC and there’s definitely going to be a review. This is set in a world where machines gained sentience and fucked off to the forests. Our main character, Dex, has tried a few careers and is still looking for his purpose when he sets off into the forests to find an old monastery. I don’t want to say too much more, but there are some philosophical discussions in this book that were charming while really making me think about what it is to be human and how to interact with the world around me.

Sam’s Update

I cannot be forced to read these last few days…

What Sam Finished:

  • Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen: This is a prequel to Tearling and is about Kelsea’s mom Elyssa. I loved this series and i loved this prequel too. Just… so so much. Get a lot of perspective on why things were the way they were and I just love that Erika did this right.

What is Currently Reading:

  • Knight’s Shadow by Sebastian de Castell: This is the second book in the greatcoats series. The audio for the series is excellent. Our trio are dealing with the consequences of the first book. I just want to say that my sons are still super precious to me.
  • The Burning God by RF Kuang: This is the third book in the poppy war books and i’m only like 30 pages in. I miss my other son Kitai.

Minda’s Update

Ok not a lot of reading done this week, but finished one that had been on my TBR for a bit.

What Minda is reading now: 

  • Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell – I know I’ve been putting this off, but not because the premise isn’t great! Have actually started now though. “The welfare of the galactic empire rests in the slippery hands of the Emperor’s least favorite grandson and a widower accused of murder. Their successful marriage will align conflicting worlds. Their failure will be the end of the Empire.”

What Minda finished:

  • Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft – Finished earlier this week and very into it. 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.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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