Weekly Wrap-Up: Aug 2 – 8, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Sam’s Update

So last week was so strange, it was go go go and then it all came to a crashing halt. So I’m conflicted, I don’t have to work today, which is great, but it feels like I did all that work for nothing. Anyway. I did spend several hours yesterday reading so I’m happy with my reading week.

What Sam Finished:

  • 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. This had some pacing issues, but I did really like it and I really hope we get a sequel.
  • 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. It was so long. So so long.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin: I swore I wasn’t going to continue this series, but I was drunk when I borrowed it from the library and thought maybe it’d make for a good drunk rage review. This is the sequel to Serpent & Dove, and it was hate to love, and basically, they are on the run to find Mama and kill her cause she’s trying to kill Lou. Reid still hates magic even though he is a witch. It’s annoying. I’m about 75% through.

What Sam Put Down:

  • 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 was going to read the physical but I already forgot the plot so I think I’m going to put it down. Plus I went to GR and saw the rating and boy has it plummeted since it was released. Just don’t think it’s worth the effort.

Ginny’s Update

Remember how I talked about stress reading?

What Ginny Finished:

  • 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. I think the best part of this was the way the different characters grow in their interactions with strangers.
  • Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate: This book follows Christie Tate’s introduction to group therapy with a therapist who believes that holding secrets is holding shame. I think the best thing about this book is how open Tate is with the good, the bad, and the ugly of the whole process of therapy. There are times where it does feel dramatized, but overall an interesting read.
  • Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh: This is the 15th book in the Psy-Changeling series, and I loved the way this book focused on all of the couples that we’ve met so far, and brought them back together as we get one of the biggest plot twists in the entire series. It was such a satisfying book!
  • Neon Gods by Katee Robert: This is a retelling of Hades and Persephone in a word where the ruling class are named after Olympic Gods. Also Zeus is (following actual mythology) a huge dick. Persephone runs away from her surprise marriage and runs into Hades who offers protection if he can publically “own her” to piss Zeus off. She agrees and boy does this book get hot and heavy. The play on that mythology was delightful, and I’m pretty excited for the rest of the series as we get to meet more and more of these gods.
  • Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim: Natalie Tan returns home after years after the death of her estranged mother, with all of the memories and the opportunity to learn more about family history. This book has some amazing magical realism, and I’m planning on writing a review because I need to properly gush about this book.

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 know this has been on here for a while, but I’m drowning in library books.
  • The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey: Man, this book is fascinating but hard to read. Evelyn is a scientist who works in cloning. Her husband started to have an affair… but it was partially due to her actual science. Also, he straight up sucked. But whew boy, so many ethical considerations.
  • Faithful Place by Tana French: I think I’m going to have to put this one back on the shelf. A detective heads back home when his childhood sweetheart’s suitcase is found behind a rotted fireplace meaning her disappearance wasn’t her running away, but could be something more intense. Also, I straight up don’t have the patience for this right now.

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!

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.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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