Weekly Wrap-Up: Apr 26 – May 2, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Ginny’s Update

Hahaha, its another round of finals and I am incapable of doing things.

What Ginny Finished:

  • The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan: This book was so freaking cute. Chloe, who’s helping her dad perfect his sauce to seek revenge, has a long-standing thing with Jeremy, who is hiding the fact that he’s a prince. Their banter is super cute and it’s clear why they both are so into each other. I loved watching both Chloe and Jeremy take more control over their lives.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale: Beatrice is an heiress who divorced her stodgy dick of a duke and returns to NYC and wants to fix the struggling family business. The reason the business is struggling is partially due to her old flame building an empire across the street. I’m loving the competition between the two of them! It’s also fun to see how this series builds. The characters from the first two books in teh series are still around and active members, which I love to see in romance novels.

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:

  • Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire: This wasn’t my favorite of this series, but that doesn’t by any means mean i didn’t like it. I adored this.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa: I really like this so far. It’s a super interesting world and very much showing instead of telling and it’s great. Basically, Danso is a student, but from a lower caste and looked down upon. He and his fiance, Esheme, are using each other for political power. Esheme’s mom is a super powerful lady and in to some super shady shit. When there’s a threat of a foreigner from an island that doesn’t exist arises, we’ve got a story.
  • 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.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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