Weekly Wrap-Up: Jul 25 – 31 2022

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Ginny’s Update

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson: Our main character is in a vaguely religious organization based around math. I’m now about 550 pages in and oh my god, this book is so fucking long!

What Ginny Finished:

  • Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater: Dora had half her soul stolen by one of the fae and has grown up with muted emotions. Her cousin decides to seek out the king’s wizard to solve this problem during her own entry into society. This book is charming. I really appreciate the way that Dora handled the various situations in this book. Again, this book was just fun.
  • Love and Other Disasters by Anita Kelly: London and Dahlia are competitors on a cooking show (I know, I’ve read a lot of cooking show romances recently). They, of course, fall in love. London is non-binary and I really enjoyed how this book handles it. Dahlia was a little more what you would expect from a romance heroine. My biggest problem with this book is that for all the main characters talked about the things that they loved, there was no evidence that was true. It just made some of the characterizations feel a little hollow. But this book was still charming, and I loved the rep!
  • Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner: TV star turned showrunner, Jo, takes her assistant, Emma, to an award show and the world decides they’re dating. At the time they weren’t, but dealing with the rumors made them closer and one thing led to another. I loved the love story being set in Hollywood, it gave it a great opportunity to talk about sexism, age discrimination, and where the line should be between personal and public. I really enjoyed both of these characters and I’m glad that the book took place over almost a year of time, it made the tension feel more organic.
  • A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner: This if the 4th book in the Queen’s Thief series, and it follows Sophos (the kid in the first book) as he (SPOILERS) gets kidnapped in a plot to make him king of Sounis. I just felt so bad for the poor kid, buncha bad shit happens. But of course this book had some fun twists and turns and I’m loving how the overarching plot of all the books is coming together!

Minda’s Update

Had a fantastic week, got to see Sam, hosted our first block party, and now have a sick LO on my hands. How’s it going with you? On the bright side, I am excited for Magical Readathon’s Autumn Equinox!

What Minda is Reading Now:

  • Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett – “A curmudgeonly professor journeys to a small town in the far north to study faerie folklore and discovers dark fae magic, friendship, and love in the start of a heartwarming and enchanting new fantasy series.“ Excited to read this ARC! Thank you, Netgalley and Del Rey. Works for the Lore category in Magical Readathon.
  • The Flight Girls: A Novel by Noelle Salazar – “Shining a light on a little-known piece of history The Flight Girls is a sweeping portrayal of women’s fearlessness, love, and the power of friendship to make us soar.” Excited for this one. Counts for Elemental Studies.

Sam’s Update

What Sam is Finished:

  • Gallant by V. E. Schwab – this is the story of an orphan girl who’s found an estranged family and oh by the way there are ghosts. Ghosts who are trying to get her to go through the walk in to the garden. So. Yeah. And this was ok, it seemed like a middle grade but it was so dark.
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner – Ginny recommended this to me, and she was right. So a thief is picked up out of prison by a wizard to go steal something. The two of them and the flunkies go on an adventure. This was alright. Not fab but alright
  • Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron – this was basically 200 years after Cinderella and Charming’s story that has been basically made into biblical standard. There’s a king and a ball and women are chosen and it’s pretty terrible. The main character is gay and she does not want to be chosen but she has to, and so she runs away and the story goes from there

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Salt and Sugar by Rebecca Carvalho – this is like Romeo and Juliet meets rival bakeries in Brazil. I love it.
  • Book of Night by Holly Black – I know nothing about this except the MC is a former thief and she has a sister. We’ll get there.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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