Weekly Wrap-Up: Nov 29 – Dec 5, 2021

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Sam’s Update

What Sam Finished:

Not a damn thing

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. This is getting complicated. I think I need to go grab my physical copy so I can keep the plot lines straight.
  • The Story King by Matt Mikalatos: this is the third book in the Sunlit Lands series and I’m v happy.

Ginny’s Update

What Ginny Finished:

  • Notorious RBGby Irin Carmon and Shana Knizbnik: This was on my tbr forever and I’ll admit it was pretty enjoyable. Most of it wasn’t new to me because I’ve done a lot of reading about RBG, but they did a nice job going through her history and pointing out why she is such a big deal. Still, reading about her in present tense was a punch in the gut.
  • 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. This book ended up being a blast. The two of them had great chemistry with wildly different personalities. It tied up maybe a little too perfectly, but I really enjoyed this book and the series as a whole.
  • On Location by Sarah Smith: This book follows a Filipino woman who is showrunning her first documentary and her love interest who is a field coordinator. The book features good chemistry, a super shitty reality tv star, coworkers who are too good to be true, and some lush descriptions of national parks in Utah. Not my favorite book of the year but this would make a GREAT beach read.

What Ginny is Currently Reading

  • The 7,1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton: This is a murder mystery – not always my deal, but the investigator kee waking up in the bodies of different guests. I haven’t read much more of this, it’s a physical book and I’ve been struggling to get through a bunch of library books.
  • The Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway: I’ve been reading a lot of Scott’s stuff recently because I think he has some fascinating insights. I love the idea that you can be more in control of the happiness in your life. I don’t agree with all of his advice, but I still think he says a lot that is worth paying attention to.

What Ginny DNF’d

  • Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl: I honestly didn’t get very far into this because I wasn’t feeling the book. The whole “We’re complete strangers and I’m supposed to be fucking you over for work, but our tension is so great that I’m going to jeopardize my job” thing doesn’t work for me.

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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