Weekly Wrap-Up: Aug 22 – 28, 2022

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Ginny’s Update

Happy almost Fall! The temperatures are still hot and don’t seem to be going anywhere but I’m still going to get excited about leaves changing and the possibility of sweaters in the near future.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • Dare to Love a Duke by Eva Leigh: this is the third book in a series and I haven’t read the first two, but I know how romance works so I’m okay with it. Tom is the son of a duke who has spent his life doing whatever is fun knowing that someday he’s going to have to pick up the mantle of “stodgy duke.” Meanwhile, Lucia is the manager of a secretive underground sex club. Of course that’s where they meet. I’m about a third of the way in and the twist isn’t surprising, but I am having fun seeing how the characters take it.
  • On Her Own Ground: The life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker by A’Leila Bundles: Madam CJ Walker was one of the earliest millionaires in the US due to a hair empire that was targeted towards black women, which is especially notable as she was a black woman in the earlier years of the US. This biography is written by her great-great-somewhere in there-granddaughter. I’m interested to learn more about her just because what a cool fucking person she had to be!

What Ginny Finished:

  • Dance with the Devil by Kit Rocha: This is the third book in the Mercenary Librarians series. Some shit is going down and Rafe and Dani need to infiltrate the hoi-polloi of Atlanta, by going undercover as a married couple. I’d argue this isn’t the best of the series. What’s fun about these books is the kind of family atmosphere that the teams have created, and by going to the city, you kind of miss out on what I think made this series special. Still a fun read, and I’m looking forward to the next book.
  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer: This is a reread and I unironically love this book. The earth has been taken over by aliens that use human bodies as hosts. Our main character is put in a body belonging to Melanie, a human who keeps fighting the alien in her own body. The book is delightful and has a bunch of really interesting premises about aliens. I will say, there are a few things that jump out at me as problematic that I either missed or glossed over in previous readings. But that doesn’t change the fact that this book is just a fun read.
  • Lover Her of Lose Her by Tessa Bailey: This is the book that convinced me I’m never going to read something of Tessa Bailey’s ever again. Rosie and Dominic are going through a rough patch in their marriage. He doesn’t talk and she’s given up trying. Regardless, this book gets away with a lot of things purely because they’re already married. So much of Dominic’s behavior would be considered stalking. And honestly, Im’ not a big fan of “manly man unhappy that their woman goes out for herself on occasion.” Politely, fuck this book. Less politely, also fuck this book. Also THAT’S NOT HOW REAL ESTATE WORKS WTF?

Sam’s Update

What Sam is Finished:

  • A Prince of Song & Sea by Linsey Miller – this book is a retelling of Disney’s Little Mermaid but from Eric’s perspective and he’s cursed too. I liked a few things about this and it was fast read. Definitely better than the last book of this author I read. Comes out this fall.
  • Book of Night by Holly Black – This didn’t deserve the hype it got I don’t think…

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: this is Angie’s second book and I really liked the first one (and so did most people). This one is about a hs girl who wants to be a rapper. I’m not sure the rest of the story yet, but I sort of want it that way.
  • The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso: this is the third and final book of this series that has taken me entirely too long to finish. I’m happy to finally getting around to finishing it. I can’t say much since it’s the last book, but you can check my reviews here and here.

Minda’s Update

No update for Min this week

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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