Weekly Wrap-Up: Dec 27, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

Happy new year!

Sam’s Update

Hope everyone had a good NYE, we’re at a cabin right now doing all the drinking.

What Sam Finished:

  • The Story King by Matt Mikalatos: this is the final book in this series and while it was a bit slow in the middle I was v happy with it.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Witchshadow by Susan Dennard: this is the 4th book in the witchlands series. I couldn’t remember what happened in bloodwitch but fortunately Susan has recaps on her website. I’m already afeared for my kids.
  • Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin: this is the last book in this series that I admittedly do not like. But they make for really good reviews. Reid and Lou are leaving the capital city but I guess will be going back again? Just like the last book.

Ginny’s Update

Happy New Year y’all! I’m so close to having finished two books so far in the new year but just missed the cutoff for this book (by about 200 pages, so…. consider me an optimist)

What Ginny Finished:

  • Bombshell by Sarah MacLean: Sesily is a consistent scandal for the ton, which she uses to disguise criminal activities to punish evil men. Caleb is an American with a secret who loves her. Honestly, the least interesting part of this book was the romance. I loved the crew that Sesily hung out with and Sesily’s family was fun, but the romance between the main couple just never really fit and distracted from the far more interesting heists. I also got tired of the heroes “Only I can save you” attitude.

What Ginny is Currently Reading

  • The End of All Things by John Scalzi: This is the 6th book in the Old Man’s Warseries, and boy is it a doozy. The plot that has been building over books to pit the Conclave and the Colonial Union against each other has only grown, and now there’s plenty of fallout. I love Scalzi’s sense of humor, and the way he creates these puzzles and then solves them. It’s delightful.

What was stolen by the library:

  • Fuzz by Mary Roach: I was so close to the end too! Fuzz is a book about how humans respond to animals breaking human laws. How do you deal with bears eating garbage in human areas? How do you keep birds from eating crops? etc. The book has Roach’s delightful sense of humor, features plenty of asking people weird or invasive questions, and a whole lot of research.

Minda’s Update

Happy New Year! Stay tuned for my 2022 goals and 2021 recap.

What Melinda Is Reading Now:

  • The Duke and I (A Bridgerton Novel) by Julia Quinn – The first in the Bridgerton series and main story line of the Netflix adaptation. Daphne is on her third season with nary an acceptable proposal in sight while Duke Hastings has sworn never to wed. Things go awry when they team up to help each other get what they want.
  • The Light After the War by Anita Abriel – Vera, a Jewish refugee from Hungary, lands in Naples with her best friend Edith after WWII ends hoping to leave behind the hardship and loss of their friends and family. As part of moving forward, Vera takes a job at the U.S. Embassy and embarks on her future.
  • 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.

What Melinda Finished:

  • An Offer from a Gentleman (A Bridgerton Novel) by Julia Quinn – The third in the Bridgerton series follows Benedict, the second oldest brother, and Sophie, the bastard unacknowledged daughter of a deceased count. This one is really a Cinderella retelling.
  • Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (A Bridgerton Novel) by Julia Quinn – Fourth in the series, we focus on Penelope Featherington and the ever-charming third son, Colin. After loving him (and the Bridgerton family) from afar for most of her adult life, shelved-almost-spinster Penelope finally gets what she always dreamed. Big news here too!

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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