Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!
Friendly reminder that not all lives can matter until black lives do.
What Sam Finished:
- Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal: this is pride and prejudice in Pakistan. My friend Gaby loaned it to me so i read it
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan: so in the land of immortals, the daughter of the mood goddess is cast out from her mother’s prison because she’s not allowed to exist. So she goes to the celestial palace of immortals and ends up becoming the prince’s companion, for class and training and such. All while she can’t reveal who she is. Things get real interesting once she and the prince… well you can figure that out.
- Bloodsworn by Scott Reitgen: this is the sequel to Ahslords. There’s a rebellion and we’re getting perspectives from all sides. These people keep randomly getting sucked in to the underworld and that’s real interesting. Hoping to finish this before Magical Readathon
What Minda is reading now:
- 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:
- 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… Appreciate the look into the sometimes unrealistic standards we set for motherhood, but this didn’t totally land for me.
- The Last Thing He Told Me by School by Laura Dave – Very much enjoyed this mystery read! I can see why it’s so popular. Before Hannah’s husband disappears, he leaves her with a mysterious note “Protect her.” She knows he is referring to his daughter – her new stepdaughter – but isn’t sure what from. Hannah vows to get to the bottom of it and discover whether her husband was the man she thought she knew..
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…
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, Minda, and Parker