Weekly Wrap-Up: May 10- 16, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Ginny’s Update

I’m visiting family for a bit (thank you COVID VACCINE) so I’ve been a bit distracted. I’ve missed being around all of my people so this week has been such a delight.

What Ginny Finished:

  • Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.: I really enjoyed this book as it went through the writings of James Baldwin, the 1960’s civil rights era, and the modern day. I did struggle a little bit trying to figure out who the audience for this book was; let’s be honest, people of color don’t need a lesson on the racist history of our past, but the while people who read this book are going to be people like me who are already trying to figure out how they can help… Regardless, I think Glaude Jr. did a great job of laying out the parallels between our time periods and definitely opened my eyes to some things.
  • Love at First by Kate Clayborn: At this point, Clayborn is an auto-read. I just enjoy how she can give something with weight so many light and fluffy moments. These are books with character growth and drama that never makes you anxious. Okay, this book follows Nora the youngest person in a condo that is basically family, and Will, a doctor who inherits his estranged uncle’s condo and wants to rent it out. The attempts to outdo each other are gentle and I really enjoyed the way the characters meshed.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • When Women Invented Television by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong: I’ve always been interested in the history of communication, so reading this book about the women who, in many ways, invented a lot of the formats that are found in modern tv shows is fascinating. Fun Fact, as a daytime tv show host, Betty White did 5.5 hours of unscripted television six days a week. That’s WILD!

What Ginny DNF’d

  • Shipped by Angie Hockman: Yeah. I don’t need a workplace romance right now, especially not when I can already see the writing on the wall. This just isn’t my jam.

Sam’s Update

I did like no reading this week because SOMEONE got me in to Stardew Valley so…. yeah

What Sam Finished

  • Son of the Storm by Sufi Davies Okungbowa: I finished this with JUST enough time to get the drunk review out for the blog tour. I enjoyed it, but it was super slow. Check out the review if you’re interested in my drunk thoughts.

What Sam is Currently Reading

  • A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer: This is the last book in the Cursebreakers series. I got real mad at the end of the first one for making it a series, I got real annoyed at the second one, so I plan on hate reading this one. Only just started
  • Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron: I’m about 15% through this audio. It’s the second book in this series and I’ll be honest I hadn’t realized I’d forgotten so much. It’s coming back slowly though. We’ll see.
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto: this is also a sequel and was listening on audio before the library took it back. Waiting on my hold before I can finish it. I still love Veronkya and Tristan.

Minda’s Update

Fun weekend after a longggg week at work.

What Minda is Currently Reading:

  • The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff – “Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding. Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds.” Came out last week! ARC from NetGalley. Sounds right up my alley.
  • The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery – “Eighteen years, two kids and one troubled marriage later, Daisy never expects—or wants—to see Sage again. But when the little sister they have in common needs them both, they put aside their differences to care for Cassidy. As long-buried truths are revealed, no one is more surprised than they when friendship blossoms. Their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences. They could turn their backs on each other again…or they could learn to forgive once and for all and finally become true sisters of the heart.” Comes out later this month. ARC from NetGalley. Look forward to finding out everyone’s secrets muhahah.

What Minda Finished:

  • 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.” Really enjoyed—especially the portions that take place in the WWII era.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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