Weekly Wrap-Up: Feb 14 – 20, 2022

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

Friendly reminder that not all lives can matter until black lives do.


Parker’s Update

What Parker Finished:

  • Children of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovsky: Over the few thousand years after the hearth died, humanity trickled though the farthest reaches of space to prevent its extinction. I cannot express the hilarity that ensues as the best laid plans of mankind play out over the span of millennia. Tchaikovsky tells a history of humanity in an evocative surprising fashion. Absolutely loved this book. Be on the look out for my review soon!
  • For whom the Ontology Turns: Theorizing the Digital Real (Boellstorff, 2016) Boelstorff intervenes on loose conceptualizations of “virtual” and “real” that digital dualism thinking leads to. Drawing on anthropological research on the “ontological turn”, Boellstorff delineates an onotological approach that looks like it’ll be incredibly useful in my dissertation research. He manages to be accessible and even funny in what could have otherwise been an unwieldy and arid text. I’ll be returning to it often
  • “ Concerning Violence”: Frantz Fanon’s Rebel Intellectual in Search of a Black Cyborg (James, 2013) IJames theorization of the black cyborg that departs from Haraway’s 1984 figure. James evokes Fanon to construct the black cyborg’s history, uses, and future. This was another text that will be foundational in my dissertation research. James’ intervention on posthumanism is a tool.

What Parker is Currently Reading:

  • Goliath by Tonchi Onyebuchi: I’m only a few pages into Goliath and I can already feel that magic that only Onyebuchi’s pen has. I’m buckled tf in for this ride.
  • Upgrade by Blake Crouch: We were fortunate enough to be approved for an ARC of Blake Crouch’s latest and hooooomygod he’s back at it with another upeercut. I heard him say at BookCon one year that he told himself: “no more small stories.” So far, the near future Crouch has wrought is building into a huge story, with implications for all of humanity.

Ginny’s Update

For the first time in years I’m behind on my yearly reading goal… It’s a weird place to be. But also, I have (mostly) asymptomatic covid so I did actually get some reading in this week.

What Ginny Finished

  • Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire: I received this as an ARC, this is the quasi-sequel to Middlegame (you don’t need to have read that first, but this book would be very confusing at parts without it). In this we follow Harry and Mel, who are in a competition to become the Incarnate seasons. Meanwhile, Mel was maybe built but also has a heart condition (yes this is the second book that involves a dying girl that I read this week). I really enjoyed this book, although I will say there was a relatively slow pace for most of the book before a really fast paced ending. Not a complaint. But I’m also planning on going ahead and writing a review so I’m not gonna cover too much here.
  • The Emma Project by Sonali Dev: First off, this is another ARC (thank you Negalley), so this one won’t be out for a bit. This is the final book in the Austen series thing that Dev has been writing. This one follows Naina (spoiler) – Yash’s ex-fiance, and Vansh, the youngest Raje brother. There’s also a sideplot following Esha and Sid, who is India Dashwoods brother. I’m planning on writing a review so I don’t want to go too far into it, but I found the frank discussion of how non-profits work, homelessness, and how childhood hurts can powerfully affect people in different ways, really nice.

Minda’s Update

Spent the last week in Florida for work in combination with a family visit. Very fun, but also exhausting.

What Minda Finished:

  • Red Thread of Fate by Lyn Liao Butler – When her husband dies in a tragic accident along with his supposedly estranged cousin, Tam finds herself the caregiver for her niece. On top of that, she’s also found out she was approved to adopt a special needs orphaned child in China. In the meantime, she needs to unravel the mysterious circumstances that led to their death’s and their family past.
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgerton #5) by Julia Quinn – This one features Eloise, the elusive second Bridgerton daughter. At the brink of spinsterhood after turning down a few marriage proposals, Eloise takes up a correspondence with Sir Phillip and sparks slowly fly. When he offers her the chance to see if they’re a match, she runs off to see what could be.

What Minda is Reading Now:

  • Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7) by Seanan McGuire – Former mermaid and brief property of the drowned god Cora is ready to forget. So she transfers to a school designed to do just that. But she soon discovers it may not be all that she thought—and it’s certainly not Miss West’s school.

Sam’s Update

I’m in Ann Arbor with Parker!!

What Sam Finished

  • The Veiled Throne by Ken Liu: this is the third book in the dandelion dynasty series. This book was so so slow. I’ll read the next one, but if it’s like this one, I think I’m done with the series.
  • The Bromance Bookclub by Lyssa Kay Adams: I wanted to read something fluffy so I did 🙂

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • The Discord of Gods by Jenn Lyons: ooooooh holy gods I cannot believe we got approved for an arc of this. As you all know I LOVE this series so fucking much. I just started a couple hours ago. I don’t want this series to end. If you want to know what it’s about, check my review of book 1 since this is book 5
  • Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams: this is the second book in this series with the club owner guy and the sister of the first book’s female lead. It’s supposed to be hate to love but I think it’s more just annoyed to love.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, Minda, and Parker

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