Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!
This is your weekly reminder that black lives matter. Also, #StopAAPIHate
What Sam Finished:
- She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker Chan: ok so this is sort of like Mulan… 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. I enjoyed this more towards the end. Drunk review to come.
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- The Story King by Matt Mikalatos: this is the third book in the Sunlit Lands series and I’m v happy.
What Ginny Finished:
- The Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway: Scott Galloway has a lot of really interesting insights and this book does a nice job of emphasizing how important things outside of work are to happiness. I think some of the advice, especially around work is targeted towards a certain kind of individual, but honestly, I don’t think that person is reading this book… Regardless, this was a 4 hour audiobook and I enjoyed it.
- The Human Division by John Scalzi: This is the fifth book in the Old Mans War series and it’s a grouping of short stories about the people (typically centered around an ambassador and crew) outside of John Perry’s circle. I enjoyed getting a wider picture of the world this series lives in and it got me really excited for the sixth and final book in this series.
What Ginny is Currently Reading
- The 7,1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton:I have no update on this. I’ve been trying to get through a dearth of library books.
- Smoke Gets in your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty: This book covers one person’s experience working in a crematory and in the death industry and unsurprisingly this book is really morbid. Honestly, this book turns my stomach a little bit, and it’s less because of the focus on death, but the descriptions tend to be particularly in-depth. I may not end up finishing this, at least, this book wasn’t the right choice for an audiobook…
Don’t you just love weddings?? They are the sweetest. Getting back from a weekend in San Francisco where we watched one of my husband’s college buddies get married.
What Melinda Is Reading Now:
- The Viscount Who Loved Me (A Bridgerton Novel) by Julia Quinn – The second in the Bridgerton series follows the eldest son Anthony as he deals with the lasting trauma over the death of his father and decides to pursue marriage. His non-love interest is Kate Sheffield, who has deemed Anthony an unsuitable suitor for her sister, is determined to stop the betrothal at all costs.
- 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