Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!
This is your weekly reminder that black lives matter. Also, #StopAAPIHate
Minda’ s Update
What Minda Finished:
- 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.” I was so into this book. In part came at the right time, but I was hooked. Stay tuned for review! Thanks Netgalley for an ARC.
What Minda is Currently Reading:
- The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery – “E“Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.”
I can’t believe that June is already half over. Things just keep on going along and I’m really enjoying having a chance to spend time with friends. Also Air Conditioning, I really appreciate air conditioning.
What Ginny Finished:
- 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. In the end I really enjoyed this book. I thought the timing of certain events was obvious, but it doesn’t change the fact that I really enjoyed the chemistry and banter in this book.
- Anne of Manhattan by Brina Starler: This book is basically a modern Anne of Green Gables. Anne and Gilbert are both in grad school and haven’t seen each other in a forever. But it’s a love story and ends up being super cute. They both have this realization that they love each other which kind of made me melt.
- The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel: Liya and Jay meet when their parents try to arrange their marriage. And then it turns out he’s the lawyer who is working for her biochem company to help keep it afloat. So, not the best way to have a relationship. I think some of the side characters felt a little bit flat, but I enjoyed the way that Liya and Jay were drawn to each other, how religion and culture were handled, and as with The Ex Talk, I really enjoyed the banter.
What Ginny is currently reading:
- 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. Also this is what I’ve been reading at the gym so it’s kind of slow going.
- 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. I’m still slowly but surely working my way through this.
- Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manasala: I got this as an audiobook which may have been a mistake. Lila has gone home to work at her families Philippine restaurant and witnesses the death of her high school boyfriend. She ends up the top suspect for his murder. This is one of those “cosy” woman-solves-murder-better-than-actual-detective books. My biggest problem with this book is that every time someone takes a risk I’m like “why are you doing that????”
As your backup writer (Hi, this is Ginny), Sam is currently unavailable as she’s basically on vacation, and I can only hope that she has a massive vodka tonic in hand and is currently floating in an inner tube in a pool, looking chill as fuck.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda