Weekly Wrap-Up: Jun 7 – 13, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Minda’ s Update

Just didn’t get to much reading last week, but this week should be different!

What Minda is currently reading:

  • 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.

Ginny’s Update

The weekend is never quite long enough, is it? I’ve had a really quiet weekend where I’ve been able to laze around and take multiple naps, which really is my ideal situation. And now I want it to be the weekend again.

What Ginny Finished:

  • A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett: I really wanted to love this book. Violet is a scientist and widow who had a loveless marriage, and Arthur is functionally a bodyguard with a past he wants to hide. He ends up guarding her body in more ways than one (yeah, that was bad, no, I’m not going to remove it). I found the first interactions between them to be, I don’t know, just not great. While I enjoyed the middle of the book, I also found the ending to be a little lackluster….
  • You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson: Honestly, I’m not sure how to describe this book. Phoebe is a comedian who decides to talk about how black (usually) women have hair. The weird wording is due the fact that I didn’t want to use the word “deal” because it can be a joy… Regardless, this book goes into history and personal anecdotes and was definitely an interesting read. I’d say be prepared for a very specific voice from the author.

What Ginny is currently reading:

  • The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon: This feels like an ode to public radio. Shay and Dominic are coworkers at a local radio station that are pretending to be exes to run a dating show. Obviously they get feelings for each other. This book does a few things that kind of knock me out of the reading experience, and there are so many cringe-y moments, but overall I really like the way these two have kind of gravitated together.
  • The Four by Scott Galloway: This is a business book that is looking at four of the companies with the most impact: Facebook, Amazon, Google. and Apple. Scott does a great job of laying out what makes these companies unique and it’s crazy information and also a little terrifying.
  • A Phoenix First Must Burn by Various Authors: This is a book of short stories centered around black women in fantasy, and so far I’ve loved it! If you’ve ever read a fantasy book and wondered why everyone is white, I highly suggest picking up this book.

What Ginny DNF’d

  • Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly: Honestly, I just didn’t want to pick this book back up. I didn’t find any of the main characters particularly appealing and realized that I just didn’t need to know what was going to happen. Life is too short to force yourself to read something you aren’t enjoying.

Sam’s Update

Parker is here!!!!!!!

What Sam finished:

  • Flamefall by Rosaria Munda: i was so excited for this book. I waited for a few years and wasn’t disappointed. A lot of this was “holy fuck just please tell each other the truth” but was still entertaining.

What Sam is Currently Reading

  • House of Always by Jenn Lyons: oh my I have been waiting for this forever. I am only barely in but I’m stoked.
  • A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine: this is the sequel to a memory called empire and I was waiting to get the audio since I loved the audio for the first. This picks up with the political machinations right where the other left off, but back on Mahit’s home world. I love it.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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