Weekly Wrap-Up: Nov 22 – 28, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Sam’s Update

What Sam Finished:

  • 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.
  • Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell: this is the third book in the Simon Snow series. The last one we didn’t get a lot of Simon/Baz time, this time we did and it was everything I wanted it to be. I smiled all the way through the last couple chapters.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker Chan: ok so this is sort of like Milan… a woman joined a monastery disguised as a man. The Mongols are terrorizing the countryside and sometimes monks are warriors but she just wants two meals a day. Also, she can see the dead.
  • 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:

  • 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. The two of them had amazing chemistry, and this book is just a fucking bop. I loved the way the important exchanges happened in private spaces, it fit their relationship really well.
  • It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey: There were some things I loved about this book, and some that I really didn’t. Piper is an heiress but her step-father banishes her to her bio-dad’s hometown to learn how to be responsible. There she meets Brendan a captain of a crabbing/fishing ship. It’s a real opposites attract kind of thing (think Alexis and Mutt from Schitts creek if that had been end-game). I liked the growth between the two of them, but 1) there were some WEIRD descriptions for things in sex, 2) He sometimes treated her in a way that read as either controlling/trating her like a juvenile, 3) The book takes place over a month which means some of their actions felt like it was WAY overdoing it. Regardless, it was fun.

What Ginny is Currently Reading

  • Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizbnik:This has been on my tbr forever and I figured it’s time to start getting some of those things off. I’m familiar with RBG’s history so there hasn’t been much new in this book (and it’s a gut-punch to have her referred to in the present rather than past tense). Regardless, I’m still enjoying the book. May her memory be a blessing.
  • Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl: I haven’t gotten very far in this, but the main character works for an organization that gets revenge, and it sounds like her love-interest is going to be one of the people she got revenge on… We’ll see.
  • The 7,1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton: This is a murder mystery – not always my deal, but the investigator keeps waking up in the bodies of different guests. I’m enjoying it so far, but there’s some REAL fatphobia going on with one of the guest bodies that’s taken to an extent that has made me really uncomfortable…
  • 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

Busy Thanksgiving week! We moved our little family to nearby Annapolis and spent the weekend unpacking. I don’t know if y’all have moved recently, but it’s a lot. Add a toddler?Yikes.

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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