Weekly Wrap-Up: May 23 – 29, 2022

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Minda’s Update

What Minda is reading now

  • Extasia by Claire Legrand – “Her name is unimportant. All you must know is that today she will become one of the four saints of Haven. The elders will mark her and place the red hood on her head. With her sisters, she will stand against the evil power that lives beneath the black mountain—an evil which has already killed nine of her village’s men.”
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown – “The number one New York Times best-selling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of ’36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys’ gold medal race.”

What Minda Finished:

  • The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah – Set in the Great Plains of Texas in 1934, Elsa is looking for more out of life. Baby has been put in the corner due to a childhood illness and not being conventionally attractive and is on the verge of spinsterhood. A twist of fate sends her to the farm as the Dust Bowl approaches. I could not recommend this one more! It was so sad—prepare the tissues—but also very powerful.

Ginny’s Update

What Ginny is Currently Reading

  • Grave Importance by Vivian Shaw: This is the third book in the Greta Helsing series and I’ve only just started. Greta Helsing is a supernatural doctor and as far as I can tell, this book is about her taking care of a mummy restoration center while the mummies are dealing with some weird malady. Regardless, I’ve liked this series and it looks like this is gonna be the final book 😦

What Ginny Finished

  • Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw: Yes, this is the second book in the series of the book I’m currently reading… Greta ends up in France for a supernatural medical conference and quickly gets kidnapped. This book features a pretty large cast of characters, and evil vampire coven (that tries far too hard to fit into some stereotypes), a bunch of weirdly cute sounding demonic creatures, and some hilarious descriptions of the bureaucracy of hell. I’ve been listening to this series as audiobooks and because of that, these books feel a little like candy… just cozy and fun
  • If the Slipper Fits by Elaine Fox: I picked up this book at a book sale from a local bookstore (15 books for $10 – they’re mass market paperbacks) and ugh. It’s been 11 years since Anne and Connor broke up and they’re still not over each other, they meet up again and he wants to keep things professional because he’s selling the vacation home that she’s worked in for like 15 years. This book is… rough. I may have already written a rage-y review…
  • Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma: Kareena believes in a love match while Prem thinks marriage should be a partnership without the complication of love. They’re both in a situation where if they get married they’ll have access to solutions for their big life problems, but they also kinda love/hate each other and are ALSO the only viable option to pretend to date/marry. This book is fun because it does the enemies-to-lovers trope so well. The family dynamics are also fun an interesting (though I do believe parts wrap up a little too easily – eh, c’est la vie) It was a really fun book and I get the feeling the series is going to continue with some of the friends from this book!

What Ginny DNF’d

  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood: I had to put this book down. It’s just slower than I can handle right now.

Sam’s Update

I’m at Mama’s for Memorial Day and I had a great day with my cousins and their kids. Not all my ducklings (my cousins’ kids) were there but that was alright.

What Sam Finished:

  • 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. I finally got the audio so I’ll be good to go soon.
  • Cazadora by Romina Garber: this is the second book in this series. It’s a werewolf story based on Argentine lore where your destiny is based off your gender. There are no women werewolves there are no male witches there is no divorce everything is only how it’s always been. While I don’t usually go for this kind of story I freaking love seeing my culture on display.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: this is the second book in this series and I am very lost. I’m giving it a couple more days and may dnf.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, Minda, and Parker

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