Weekly Wrap-Up: Nov 15 – 21, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Sam’s Update

What Sam Finished:

  • The Second Rebel by Linden A. Lewis – this is the sequel to the first sister. Finished this on audio. This wasn’t as good as the first one but it was still good. Drunk review a’comin’
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – in this story our main character is in the in between place between life and death and she’s seeing what her life would be like if she’d made different choices. I…. Um…. This book was just really deep. And I enjoyed the hell out of it.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell: this is the third book in the Simon Snow series. I didn’t have a lot of time to find an audio book when driving to my mom’s but I’ll tell you what. These books are still real cute.
  • The Story King by Matt Mikalatos: this is the third book in the Sunlit Lands series and im just far enough in that they’ve told us where everyone is and now the story is gonna start. So.

Ginny’s Update

Apparently being sick is good for reading because I’ve gotten a decent amount done recently.

What Ginny Finished:

  • The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren: This book was cute with an opposites attract plotline based on their genetic similarities. It’s an interesting idea (and I think there’s something to be said for the fact that this feels ethically iffy), and the book covered it pretty well. Regardless, the main characters’ relationship was fun to read, but it seemed to wrap up just a little too tidily.
  • The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon: Samiah is a successful WOC in tech and everything seems to be going well except for dating (she finds out the guy she’s been seeing is also seeing two other women through Twitter). Daniel Collins shows up at work and he seems perfect (he’s also an undercover agent, trying to find some people who have been helping with money laundering). Overall it’s a pretty delightful story. I still feel weird about books where one of the main characters lies to the other for pretty much the entire book (FFS, just hold off on banging until you don’t have to lie anymore — I know that makes for a less good story).
  • His Secret Illuminations by Scarlett Gail: This book was straight up candy and fluff. Buff lady warrior buys the contract of, and frees, a meek male healer. Basically the author was playing with that trope. Unfortunately, this book is a duology that was written to be a single book, meaning there’s a weird end point and the book itself feels unfinished because of it. I’ll probably read the sequel but I found the way the book ended to be offputting.
  • Bad Blood by John Carreyou: I’m in business school, which means I’ve been talking about Theranos on a pretty regular basis. Going into the history of this is really interesting, mostly due to how many people were chewed up and spat out by Theranos and how the secrecy allowed them to get away with so much. I was slightly horrified by the number of impressive people with sterling reputations who got caught up in it. Regardless, if you’re looking for a nonfiction that is going to pull you in, this is a solid book – by the investigative journalist who uncovered the whole thing.

What Ginny is Currently Reading

  • Well Matched by Jen DeLuca: This is the third book in the series and this is what Well Played should have been (I still don’t have many feelings about Well Played, it was kind of a non-book in my mind). But this tells the story of April, single-mom, and Mitch, gym teacher and local lothario. They have such fun chemistry and there’s so much miscommunication!!! I’m loving this.
  • The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa: This is the second book in a series and it starts with our heroine, Solange, stopping Dean’s marriage of convenience because the bride was in love with someone else. In return, she agrees to be his fake girlfriend to help him get ahead at work. So far this is pretty nice.

Minda’s Update

What Minda Finished:

  • Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly – A retelling of Snow White, in this case Sophie who’s kindness she’s been told is the worst thing she can be as a ruler-in-training. Loved the author’s Cinderella retelling and loved this one too!

What Melinda Is Reading Now:

  • Obsidian by Sarah J. Daley – “Now wizard warrior Shade Nox, aka the Black Witch, aims to raise a new Veil that will protect her clan and all people as the land hurtles toward another disaster: the Unseen, ancient demons who turned the land inhospitable in a prehistoric war, are gathering their strength anew. But when Shade sets her plans in motion, she learns a dark secret about the magic required to raise a Veil, and she’ll have to find a new way.” ARC from NetGalley—book out Jan 25.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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