Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!
Friendly reminder that not all lives can matter until black lives do.
What Sam Finished:
- The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White: guys these books are not great. I read this as part of Orilium Gear Up for my Legacy because the cover has a sky on it.
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal: this is pride and prejudice in Pakistan. My friend Gaby loaned it to me so I;m reading it =)
- Bloodsworn by Scott Reitgen: this is the sequel to Ahslords. I’m not even close to remembering what happened in the first book and not far enough in to the sequel to describe what’s up.
I ended up DNFing multiple books this week for wildly different reasons, and yet, I have no regrets.
What Ginny Finished:
- Electric Idol by Katee Robert: This is the second book in the Dark Olympus series (the first book was about Persephone and Hades). In this book, we follow Persephone’s sister Psyche. For a variety of reasons, she’s pissed of Aphrodite, who has sent her son/assassin, Eros, to kill her. But they end up married instead. I’ve ended up reading a lot of fake dating/now fake married books. I love the world that this book has created, but this one felt like a little bit of a bottle episode in that they didn’t really get to explore too much of it. That being said, I still really enjoyed this.
What Ginny is Currently Reading:
- Elantris by Brandon Sanderson: I’m reading this as an audiobook, but boy is it long. Honestly, I’m not sure I can give a brief description, but I’ll try. There’s a mysterious entity that used to turn people into gods, but now turns people into a quasi-zombies. So the crown prince of one kingdom gets that thing and gets exiled to a zombie city, so his fiance/now wife (due to airtight contracts) arrives in said city to try to convince them to help her home country against another country’s religion. And I’m pretty sure I’m missing at least one big plotline. I’m looking forward to seeing where this is going.
- Strong Female Lead by Arwa Mahdawi: This book is a series of essays about strong women who show leadership that is sometimes overlooked in favor of more masculine styles. The book makes clear that these skills are also found in male leaders, but are typically considered feminine. It’s interesting, but I find I can’t read too much at a time. The book was written during covid, so it’s only missing out on a few recent events. But it covers a lot of heavy topics…
What Minda is reading now:
- The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan – After getting called by CPS for neglect, toddler mom and recent divorcé Frida is ripped away from her child and forced into a course to correct her motherly instincts. Very creepy, disturbing dystopian novel of how far Big Brother could go… to protect children I guess?
- On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgerton #8) by Julia Quinn – We’re here! The last of the Bridgertons to be wed and youngest son, Gregory knows true love is out there (have you met his family?) but hasn’t quite found it yet. And just when he thinks he’s found it, it is to someone who is already planning to be with another.
What Minda finished:
- Malice by Heather Walter – A Sleeping Beauty retelling from the perspective of Maleficent-like Alyce (meanly nicknamed Malyce) who is the last of her race of “evil” creatures who can do “evil” magic. She meets and falls for Princess Aurora, who is trying to change her kingdom for the better. But things don’t play out the way they hope in the first of this duology. Very much enjoyed and waiting for the second!
- It’s in His Kiss (Bridgerton #7) by Julia Quinn – Hyacinth, the youngest of the Bridgertons and a force to be reckoned with, is on her third debutante season but will only settle for a love-match. When she meets Gareth, grandson of the infamous Lady Danbury, she delves into his mysterious past and may have met her match. A solid edition to the Bridgerton series IMO.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, Minda, and Parker