Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!
Friendly reminder that not all lives can matter until black lives do.
Visiting my parents and catching up with old friends in Ohio this week. Hoping to get some reading done before heading to Ohio’s party island this weekend!
What Minda Finished:
- Long Past Summer by Noué Kirwan – Mikaela is a successful New York lawyer—a long way from the person she was growing up in small town Georgia. But when her past takes center stage, she has to confront a former friend and past love. And, to make matters worse, she has to win a case that pits one against the other, and they’re known to play dirty. TBH not as good as I wanted it to be. Thanks again to NetGalley for an ARC!
What Minda is Reading Now:
- Misrule (Malice Duology #2) by Heather Walter – The second in the sapphic retelling of Sleeping Beauty, we pick up where we left off with Aurora under the sleeping curse and Alyce embracing her dark side and brainstorming how to wake her true love. Then quickly jump a century into the future where Alyce rules a dark court and Aurora continues her slumber. But Alyce is still determined to break the curse by whatever means necessary.
- Fireworks by Alice Lin (audio) – Lulu Li is excited about her last summer before college. But her plans go awry when her old friend and current K-pop boy band superstar Kite Xu arrives back in town in an air of mystery.
I’ve had a string of good book luck this week (I did also fall back on some old favorites when I ran out of books from the library).
What Ginny is reading now
- The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon: I’m still really early in this but its a book about a journal discovered from 1908 and I’m pretty sure there’s going to be some necromancy… But McMahon does a great job of creating thrillers with the tiniest bit of magic thrown in and I can’t wait to read more of this.
What Ginny finished
- Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi: This book is about a man who joins the KPS or Kaiju Preservation Society. While he’s technically supposed to be a lacky, he ends up helping out in major situations, like using pheromones to help the Kaiju mate, learning about the dangers of living in a world where everything is so much bigger, and so many issues with living nuclear reactors. Regardless, this book is joyful to an extreme. I legitimately can’t describe it any other way. Obviously things get serious, but through the entire thing this book is just so much fun to read!
- The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley: This is the companion book to The Blue Sword which I read a while back. This book is set in the same world but hundreds of years earlier, where I got to learn about the things that had only been history and legend. I really liked Aerin’s character and the fact that she approaches things with such clarity. It was also nice to learn about why the traditions from the Blue Sword were created and then passed on.
- The Queen of Attolia by Megan Wahlen Turner: This is the sequel to The Thief, which I read last week. I continue to be fascinated by how smart these characters are and how much fun that makes them to read. Wait, general plot. Eugenides is caught in Attolia and in punishment gets seriously maimed. Meanwhile, the three countries are teetering on constant war, Gen, of course, has ideas for how to help once he’s recovered. But I loved reading how Gen had to recover from losing a limb and rebuild his idea of himself, and I found the constant interplay between the countries fascinating!
- The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire: When in doubt, I always return to this series, this is book 13 of the October Daye series, and Toby’s debts are called in by the sea witch to use her blood magic to turn the selkies back into their original race before their skins were stolen (thus creating selkies). In the meantime, there’s an attempted coup of a duchy, meeting another of the Firstborn Fae, Toby’s daughter getting fucked over once again… This book is a ride start to finish. I continue to see how she and the people around her grow. The conversations between her and Tybalt are wonderful and heartbreaking.
What Sam is Finished:
- The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah: This is the first book in a series. From what I can gather, there’s a black market merchant who was recruited (unwillingly) to find a Djinn relic by the sultan. He sends his oldest son, but his oldest son doesn’t want to, so he sends his younger brother disguised as himself. Shenanigans happen.
- Starsight by Brandon Sanderson: this is the second book in this series. The main character is trying to figure out her weird powers when an alien with the same kind of powers crash lands onto their planet. Spensa takes the alien’s place in this competition for the human’s jailers… which is confusing, but basically Spensa has to pretend to be an alien and infiltrate the bad guys’ forces. I’m enjoying this so far for sure.
What Sam is Currently Reading:
- The Other Merlin by Robin Schneider: This is the first in a series about what it would be like if Merlin had twins, a boy and a girl. The boy gets summoned to serve in Camelot and for whatever reason, he can’t go so she goes in his place. Obviously our faves are there, Uther, Arthur, Lancelot, Gawain, etc. and some of our not-so-recognizable characters like Ambrosius are there too.
- Twelve Kings in Sharakhi by Bradley Beaulieu: This is also the first in a series that i’m trying to figure out. Our main lady lives on the streets and is a gladiator of sorts but she’s trying to figure out what happened to her mom and also there are these scary creatures/kings that are there too.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda