Weekly Wrap-Up: Jan 3 – 9, 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:

  • 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? This book took entirely too long, like way way.

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.
  • Well Matched by Jenn DeLuca: This is the third book in this series, and I’m listening to it on audio and I am v excited.

Ginny’s Update

This was my last week of freedom before classes started and I was pretty darn lazy the whole time. What a delight.

What Ginny Finished:

  • The End of All Things by John Scalzi: This is the 6th book in the Old Man’s Warseries, and it was a great way to end a series. I loved the interweaving plotlines and the way everything wrapped up. There were so many dynamics going on that I definitely didn’t remember all of the character names, so I did get confused a bit, but the major 3-way tension was so much fun.
  • Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam: This is a cute book about a sex-toy salesperson running into her ex-boyfriend (and good friends brother) 2 years after an unsatisfying break-up. Trixie is trying so hard to be a success while Andre is struggling under the weight of all of his responsibilities. I also particularly enjoyed that this book was set in DC as I got excited everytime they mentioned somewhere I was familiar with! Just in general, a really sweet book.
  • Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon: This book was recommended to me by a friend and boy did it deliver. Kate is visiting her hometown 20 years after a little girl was murdered, only for another murder to happen. There’s a lot of creepy things happening in this book as she keeps finding remnants of the dead girl from her childhood. Honestly, this was the perfect kind of thriller. I wasn’t sure if kate was going crazy, or if these things were really happening. So much fun.
  • Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire: This was the 7th book in the Wayward Children series and goodness, I can’t get enough of these books. Cora is dealing with the after-effects of the gods from the Moors and decides she needs to go to school that competes with Eleanor’s school, the one that makes kids “normal.” This book adds a lot to the world and I really appreciated how this book felt like five books in one (there’s a heist, a hero’s journey, a mystery). If you haven’t started with this series, boy do you have something fun to discover.

What Ginny is Currently Reading

  • The Dating Plan by Sara Desai: I’m really only at the beginning of this book but this girl is about to ask the guy who ditched her before prom (10 years ago) to pretend to be her fiance to get family off her back. There’s not much else to say yet.
  • Where the Shadows Beckon by Gillian Grant: I’m also pretty early in this one, but so far it reads like a straight up d&d adventure with a few people from different “classes” teaming up to solve the fire set in an underground prison.

Minda’s Update

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

What Melinda Is Reading Now:

  • When He Was Wicked (A Bridgerton Novel) by Julia Quinn – London’s most famous rake has fallen in love with Francesca Bridgerton. Unfortunately, she’s about to be wed to his cousin. Will he be friend zoned forever?
  • 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:

  • 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.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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