Weekly Wrap-Up: Apr 19 – 25, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

This is your weekly reminder that black lives matter. Also, #StopAAPIHate

Minda’s Update

Great week! Binge watched the start of Netflix’s new Shadow and Bone series with Sam—and spent a lot of the week reading them too.

What Minda is Currently Reading:

  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3) – “The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.” Binge so hard. The final of the first part in the series
  • The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles – “Based on the true World War II story of the American Library in Paris, an unforgettable novel about the power of books and the bonds of friendship—and the ordinary heroes who can be found in the most perilous times and the quietest places.”

What Minda Finished:

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) – “Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.” I enjoyed a lot as I’m sure you can tell from me power reading. You can see a lot of themes that have been in other YA since, but I know this was one of the earlier ones.
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) – “The Darkling is more determined than ever to claim Alina’s magic and use it to take the Ravkan throne. With nowhere else to turn, Alina enlists the help of an infamous privateer and sets out to lead the Grisha army.” The second in the series continues where the last one ended. I liked it about the same as the first and, again, super quick read.

Sam’s Update

I had an ok week until the end, and it was Dewey’s so that made me supremely happy. It’s also Mythothon so you’ll be seeing which prompt I’m reading for this week too. Here’s my TBR.

What Sam Finished:

  • Group Book & Sir Gareth: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: i flipping’ loved this. I will be doing a drink review but damn, it was great.
  • Team Merlin Merlin: The Lost Years by T. A. Barron: this…. wasn’t great. Won’t be continuing the series.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire: this is the sixth of this series and I still love them so so much.
  • Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa: I’m about 20% in to this for a blog tour and it took about as long to hook me, but I’m def hooked now.
  • Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto: This is the second book in this series, and while it’s following a traditional YA plot line, I love the world and characters so here I am.

Ginny’s Update

The only reason I finished anything was due to Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. Thank you Deweys!

What Ginny Finished:

  • The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum: Ariel goes to visit her estranged mother after 6 years of absence when the animal sanctuary she grew up on is the target of an anti-semetic attack.This book was a little hard to read, especially during a time where I just wanted something lighthearted, but I’m glad I finished this book. Looking at the relationships and inter-play between characters was really interesting.
  • The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley: I received this book as an ARC so there will definitely be a review. Joe wakes up with no memory and a feeling he’s forgotten something. This book involves time travel, some pretty cool fights, and a lot of moments of going “DID I CALL IT?” and being partially right. It’s a bit slow paced, but definitely an interesting read.
  • How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams: This book was both super cute and a little hard to read. Naya is still dealing with a past abusive relationship when she decides to have a one-night stand with a man who (surprise surprise) will not be an actual one night stand. The dialogue was a lot of fun because these two are major nerds, the plot had a few moments that could have turned into things I really didn’t enjoy but turned out well, and this was a fun little read.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan: I have literally just started this book, but I’m really enjoying it. Chloe is a small town Chinese girl in Wedgebrook(?) England who has had it up to here with the veritable class clown she’s in love with. Except he’s a duke, and she doesn’t know it. What a great start!

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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