Weekly Wrap-Up: Mar 28 – Apr 2, 2022

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Sam’s Update

What Sam Finished:

  • 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.
  • Magical Readathon – Elemental Studies – We All Should Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: this was a fab essay.
  • Magical Readathon Quest – book with a cat on the cover – Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams: this was my fave so far to be honest.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Magical Readathon – Spells & Incantations – Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices edited by Swapna Krishna and Alexander Chee: these are Arthurians by non-white men or women. They’re pretty great so far. Split into once present and future and I’m through the once part.
  • 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

Ginny’s Update

What Ginny is Currently Reading

  • The Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah: This book is about a pair of sisters, one is a world-famous child psychologist who is currently under fire by the media because one of her patients shot up a youth group and killed herself. The other sister is the police chief in a small town who is dealing with a feral girl who has come out of the woods. Not my normal read but this book is encapsulating. Literally, from the moment I started I haven’t been able to put it down.

What Ginny Finished

  • 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. I did really enjoy this book and the way that it highlighted important skills (and generally by focusing on someone I hadn’t heard of). Each chapter talked about pros and cons of various leadership styles and in general this was a really nice read.
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: So first off, this book taught me that I may be interested in books with a lot of political machinations as long as the main character doesn’t understand what’s going on for most of the book… Maia is the fourth son of a kind and because of his half-goblin half-elven heritage, he’s been relegated to the ass-end of the kingdom. Unfortunately, his dad and all of his bros die and suddenly he’s emperor. This books biggest flaw is that it felt Russian in how many names everyone seemed to have… Other than that, I can’t say anything bad about it. The world feels expansive even though most of it happened in a single location. Maia is constantly fighting his own feelings of inadequacy and because he’s an unreliable narrator, there are some delightful and sweet surprises. Definitely a good read.

Minda’s Update

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.
  • The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec – “When a banished witch falls in love with the legendary trickster Loki, she risks the wrath of the gods in this fierce, subversive debut novel that reimagines Norse myth.” Counts for Lore in the Magical Readathon.
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – “In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century.” Checks the Elemental Studies box.

What Minda finished:

  • Obsidian by Sarah J. Daley – Shade Nox is the outlawed Black Witch, the only bloodwizard who is a girl and can wield obsidian blades. Her mission? Create a new safe haven that only she can for her people as the blight takes over the land. Great world building here, but not so great character development. Stay tuned for review!

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, Minda, and Parker

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