Weekly Wrap-Up: Sept 13 – 19,2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Minda’s Update

Guys. Reading this year has been so hard. I’m committed to giving myself grace.

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….” Honestly not enjoying that much, but I promised a friend I will finish. Should knock out this week!
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – This is the story of the Trojan War as told by Briseis, former Trojan Queen and current captive of Achilles. She shares her perspective going from royal to slave and the stories of thousands of enslaved women. Reading this one on audio.

Sam’s Update

It’s Magical Readathon and Mythothon!! Trying my best to actually keep up with those.

What Sam Finished:

Nothing this week. The two books I’m reading are super long

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’m sad that I’m not loving this as much
  • A Dark Queen Rises by Ashok K. Banker – This is the sequel to Upon a Burning Throne which i reviewed. This is basically Game of Thrones but in India and I say that because you fall in love with kids but none of them are safe. Banker has no shame about killing off your kids, so you’re always worried. Also it’s fucking brutal.

Ginny’s Update

Well, it was my birthday this past weekend and Sam is wonderful and came out to visit me! It’s been great having her out here. And also I discovered that I love axe throwing and I wish I was better at it.

What Ginny Finished:

  • When we were Magic by Sarah Gailey: I really love Gaileys’ books and this one was no exception. The six main girls can all do magic, but it’s stronger together. The main girl, Alexis, ends up in a room with a dead boy and calls on her magical friends to help. This book is at times super dark or surprisingly lighthearted. The plot lines are beautifully intwined together and this is the kind of book where I’d love to get a sequel set six years later.
  • The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian: Again, Sebastian is a fun writer and I always enjoy her books. Kit Webb is a highwayman gone coffee shop owner who is approached by lordling Percy to help Percy rob his father. The gradual growth of both Percy and Kit is delightful, and it feels rare to have a main character with a debilitating injury get a happy ending without needing to be fixed. Overall, this story was a bop and I’m looking forward to the sequel that I can’t write anything about because there are some spoilers.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Hellion’s Waltz by Olivia Waite: This is the third book in the Feminine Pursuits series and I’ve been waiting for it. Maddie is a weaver who is planning on swindling the shopkeeper who has screwed over the weavers. Sophie is a brilliant pianist and composer who works with her family of musicians and instrumentalists who have recently had to move due to being swindled. The plot is quite a bit of fun, and I’m really into the con that’s being performed. I’m at the part of the book where I have a gut feeling something is going to go very wrong and I’m looking forward to reading how it gets fixed.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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