Weekly Wrap-Up: Apr 11 – 17, 2022

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Sam’s Update

What Sam Finished:

  • 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. I loved this so so much. Literally all the stories were awesome.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Magical Readathon – Restoration: A Blight of Blackwings by Kevin Hearne: (Also for Tome Topple) This is the second book of this series. I loved the first one so much but I have been frightened of this one’s size. Tome Topple’s got me =)
  • Magical Readathon – Art of Illusion: Eye of the World by Robert Jordan: (Also for Tome Topple) I’ve been dying to do a reread and the audio was available from the library so I’m excited.
  • 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. I have put this down for now.

Minda’s Update

Had an amazing Easter and birthday celebrations for my husband this past weekend! Special thanks to Sam for celebrating with us. Daycare is closed part of this week though, so that may hurt my reading ability.

What Minda is reading now

  • 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.
  • Warmaidens by Kelly Coon – “Warmaidens is the action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them. … To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.” Counts for Restoration.

What Minda Finished

  • 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.

Parker’s Update

What Parker Finished

  • Prey of Gods by Nicky Dryden: Humanity’s heroes are thrust into battle against gods and monsters. Will their coalition be enough to overcome an ancient threat? Review soon come!
  • Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton: Hop through time and space in a a murder mystery of intergalactic proportions. Is it pro cop? Yep. Disdainful of poor people too. But the breadcrumbs are TASTY and spread across centuries and parsecs

What Parker is currently reading

  • Axioms End by Lindsay Ellis: a millennial gets abducted by an alien. Hilarity and intergovernmental intrigue ensue.
  • Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi: so far, it’s a blue-collar guide to how to be alive after the world ends.

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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