Weekly Wrap-Up: Aug 23 – 29, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Minda’s Update

Family vacation this week in Asheville! Drop any can’t-miss activities in the comments.

What Minda is reading now:

  • The Lucky Escape by Laura Jane Williams – “When the day finally comes for Annie to marry Alexander, the last thing she expects is to be left standing at the altar. She was so sure he was Mr Right. Now, she has no idea how she could have got it so wrong. After a chance meeting with Patrick, an old friend who reminds her of who she used to be, Annie takes a vow of her own: she’ll say yes to every opportunity that comes her way from now on. Could a spontaneous trip with Patrick be the way to mend Annie’s heart? She’s about to find out as she embarks on her honeymoon – with a man who’s not her husband.” Thank you Avon and NetGalley for an ARC!
  • Dune by Frank Herbert – “Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for….” Just picked back up.

Ginny’s Update

Gonna keep this short because I’m already buried in coursework. It was a busy week, but I am TA’ing for one of my favorite professors, and it’s kind of a blast to watch them figure things out, and also they’re way more fashionable than I expected.

What Ginny Finished:

  • From Little Tokyo, With Love by Sarah Kuhn: Rika never felt like she fit in, but when the most famous Asian star in Hollywood jumps off a parade float to chase her down, Rika thinks she has a chance to figure out where she belongs. I listened to this as an audiobook which was a good choice. The book falls in the same spot as Kuhn’s other books where I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be YA or romance, but was still a relatively lighthearted coming of age story.
  • Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zaunder: I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of books about grief. This book follows Michelle’s journey as she learns her mother has cancer and deals with her not so slow decline. Honestly, the book ends up being a love letter to Korean culture as well, with lush descriptions of meals and what they meant to the author. I think I knew the author was in the band Japanese Breakfast, but even having forgotten that, this book had a lot to say and says it really well.
  • Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton: This book is just fun. It’s a world where women are pirates that float houses around and casually steal stuff from EVERYWHERE. Cecelia has a famous piratical family and helps her overly proper pirate aunt while thwarting the oddly attractive assassin sent by a former family friend (who is also a member of the “Society.” This book is lighthearted and leans into the absurdity of the premise within the victorian era.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri: I spent almost and hour and a half on the treadmill the other day reading this because this book is so damn good. Again, magic girl and exiled princess end up bonding and working together (kind of) to overthrow the princesses despotic and genocidal brother. I’ve just gotten to some massive action that has such a massive affect on the whole book, and I’m definitely finishing this book this week.,

Sam’s Update

Ok so I had a bit of a mental breakdown this week but I think I’ve recovered. We’ll see

What Sam Finished:

Not a damn thing

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Master Artificer by Justin T. Call – This is the second in a series and without spoiling this is about a guy named Annev and he’s got half an arm and that makes him one of the evil God’s children in the eyes of the public. Oh and he can do magic, which also makes him “evil” even though he’s not. He’s working through the consequences of the last book. I forgot how much I missed this series and am excited to keep going, though because I need to get through the next book to pass it along for Book Club, I switched to audio.
  • Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim – when I sit down to read this I fly through. Basically, Shiori finds out her step mom is a demon and she informs her brothers. When her brother confront step mama she turns them in to cranes and makes it to if she utters s noise, she’ll kill her brothers. So they’ve gotta save the kingdom without speaking and while being cranes. Oh and there’s a dragon.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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