Weekly Wrap-Up: Jul 26 – Aug 1, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Minda’s Update

Still in south GA hanging with the in-laws through the beginning of the week, then back in good ol’ DC. Lots of QT with family.

What Minda is reading now:

  • The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros – “Death lurks around every corner in this unforgettable Jewish historical fantasy about a city, a boy, and the shadows of the past that bind them both together.” I’m a few chapters in and it’s so far so good. Thank you Inkyard Press and NetGalley for an ARC!

Ginny’s Update

Happy beginning of August. I can’t speak for anyone else but I am so excited for the almost end of summer. I have one whole week off coming up soon and it’s going to be my first actual free time in far too long. That being said, I did spend the vast majority of the weekend being crazy lazy because I’m always exhausted.

What Ginny Finished

  • Chimera by Mira Grant: This was the third book in the Parasitology trilogy, and I think it was a good ending. I would still argue that this series isn’t where to start with Mira Grant… Regardless, Sal is now fighting against the “cousins” that seem to be taking over people that they shouldn’t be able to. There’s a hostile military organization, a hostile paramilitary organization, and plenty of creepiness to get through.
  • Women in White Coats by Olivia Campbell: This book talks about the first women doctors, specifically the women who decided they wanted to become licensed doctors rather than nurses or midwives. This book ended up being really really good. I feel like I learned a lot about early medicine, but also it made me really respect those pioneers.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri: There’s an ostracized princess, an underground plot for a coup, freaking weird magic, and goodness this book is compelling. Seriously, the world building here is great. I’m still having fun with this book, I just had a few library books I needed to get through.
  • The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers: This is the 4th book in the Wayfarers series and I love that each book has explored entirely new things in this universe. This book focuses on a waystation in what would be the middle of nowhere/universe except that it’s a convenient stopping point for wormhole travel. For a variety of reasons, everyone is stuck where they are and that means we have a variety of species and backgrounds interacting. This feels like a bottle episode in the best ways!

Sam’s Update

Wow it has been a long couple days. I was in Chicago visiting a friend for a few days, which was so much fun. I also basically destroyed my liver the last few days… I’m not used to three days of aggressive drinking in a row again lol. Got some good reading done!

What Sam Finished:

Not a thing. I’ve been…. busy.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Given by Nandi Taylor: This is an African-lore inspired story where our leading lady Yenni Ajani is the princess of her tribe, set to be married off. The chief is sick, so she wants to learn magic so she can heal him. So she goes to the Big City to go to the school where she runs into a Dragon (and Dragons can walk around like humans and shift into dragons which is so cool). She’s basically insta-bonded (think Twilight imprinting) with this guy and she is mad about it. It’s been a bit slow here in the middle, but I’m loving the bickering.
  • The Once an Future Witches by Alex E. Harrow: This is a story of three sisters in New Salem and they’re witches and that’s “bad” but it’s also suffragette times so the witches and the suffragettes are trying to resurrect Avalon (hehe more Arthurian) but is being persecuted by the law. I’m about 90% through this, and I’m ready for it to be over. It’s SO LONG.
  • Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart: I was listening to this on audio, and I’m about half way through, but I am VERY LOST. I think I need to read with my eyeballs and not with my ear balls to be able to get back in to it. I know there’s a princess and a lost princess. I know one is named Ira, but I have no idea what the other one is or which is which. See? Struggling with the audio, so I’m going to switch formats and get back to it.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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