Weekly Wrap-Up: Nov 1 – 7, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Ginny’s Update

I’m actually back in Arlington for a weekend. I came home for a dear friends’ wedding (which was beautiful – many happy tears were shed), and I get to see Sam soon!

What Ginny Finished:

  • Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity by Scott Galloway: Scott Galloway has some really interesting insights about how Corona is adjusting the way that people and businesses act. This book made me think a lot about the things that will come back, and the things that won’t.
  • Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha: This book is so much fun and does a great job of setting up some future books. Nina’s team has to work with Knox’s team to uncover a lost library, but really Knox is using Nina to get a life-saving tech back (person, not object). Of course, Nina and Knox are super into each other. But the team dynamics are a lot of fun, the world is really interesting, and I loved the minor callback to Kit Rocha’s other series (it’s a blink and you miss it. But also, if you do read that series, be prepared. This book seems SUPER tame in comparison).
  • The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer: I’m probably going to write a review. But basically, this book is a Hallmark movie for the Jewish faith. Rachel is the daughter of a well-known Rabbi and also a Christmas romance writer, and Jacob is a star event planner. But they were also camp-sweethearts that ended badly. This book has all of the twists and turns of a Hallmark movie (and required about the same level of suspension of disbelief), but was a super sweet read.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • Robert E. Lee and Me by Ty Seidule: This book is written by someone who was from the South and revered Robert E. Lee until he reanalyzed the history and realized the level of lies that were perpetuated around the country in plenty of insidious ways (keep in mind, this is a white man who lived in places that dealt with a level of segregation – so many of the revelations would not be new to large portions of the population). But it’s still a really interesting thing to look at someone who is purposefully dismantling their inherent prejudices.

Sam’s Update

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What Sam Finished:

  • Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor – Listened to this on audio. I can’t say too much about my thoughts because it’s the book club book.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • The Second Rebel by Linden A. Lewis – this is the sequel to the first sister. I can barely focus enough to read it, so I haven’t gotten very far.

Minda’s Update

What Melinda Is Reading Now

  • 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.
  • Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor – Book club read. Africanfuturist novel where aliens invade Lagos, Nigeria. Three selected people must come together to save the world and other things happen too kinda.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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