Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!
Friendly reminder that not all lives can matter until black lives do.
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:
- Normal Family: On Truth, Love, and how I Met my 35 Siblings by Chrysta Bilton: Chrysta mom wanted a child and found a man who fit the criteria of what she wanted in a sperm donor and made him promise not to donate to other people… He ignored that. This book details the unconventional household that Chrysta grew up in and it feels both like a unique story and also a snapshot of the past.
- The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes by Cat Sebastian: This is the second book in the London Highwayman series. And I didn’t know that when I first started reading and I got very confused because the books overlap and I kept recognizing plot points. The quasi-duchess of Clare and the man who is blackmailing her run away after she shoots her husband and the back and forth in this book is delightful.
What Ginny Finished:
- 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. This book was a fine read, I’m not sure I really have anything else to say.
- On Her Own Ground: The life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker by A’Leila Bundles: Madam CJ Walker was one of the early 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. This book did a great job of showing what a force of nature Madam CJ Walker was, as well as providing a lot of important historical context for everything that happened. It’s a slow read, but worth it.
- Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus: I understand why this book had a waitlist of 200+ people… Elizabeth Zott is a woman working in STEM in the 1950’s who ends up having a daughter while unwed, and creates a popular cooking show that she hates being on. Elizabeth Zott is such an interesting character, and the perspectives in this book were really fun, and I enjoyed seeing the way all of these different plot points ended up merging!
- Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire: I was so so so lucky to receive this as an ARC, so I’m going to say very little beyond the summary because this baby don’t come out until 2023. Antsy’s family goes from great to bad and she ends up running away and finds a Door to a store where the lost things go. I’m not going to get into details, but this might be the best book (#8) in the Wayward Children series…. A phrase I do not say lightly because this series is a delight.
- Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner: This is the 5th book in the Queen’s Thief series and while I still enjoyed it, it’s not the best in the series. The King of Attolia decides to steal the head slave of the Mede who has been a thorn in his side. Kemet ends up going on an unwanted adventure with an Attolian. In my opinion, this book focuses too much on the travel, and not enough on everything after Kemet’s arrival in Attolia.
What Sam is Finished:
- 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. This one was better than her first book for sure. Not as hard hitting, but better written.
- 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 can’t say much since it’s the last book, but you can check my reviews here and here. I was SO HAPPY to have read this. It’s making me really happy to finish up these open series. This one was really good, and I’m kicking myself for putting it off
What Sam is Currently Reading:
What Minda is currently reading:
- 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.“ This ARC is underway and I WILL finish this week! Thank you, Netgalley and Del Rey.
What Minda finished:
- The Flight Girls: A Novel by Noelle Salazar (audio) – A historical fiction focused on the little-known history of U.S. women pilots on the home front during WWII. Pilot Audrey Coltrane has only ever had one dream: be only beholden to herself and own her own airfield. But after experiencing the attack on Pearl Harbor and losing loved ones, she enters the Women Airforce Service Pilots to aid in the war effort. The book details her experience as a female pilot, as well as her unexpected interest in Lt. Hart.
- The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias – Autobiography detailing coming out as gay and gay culture circa the 1970s. This book is referenced in Why We Did It as life-changing for the author and I was interested what it was all about. It’s 100% dated, but I can see the sentiment behind it.
What Minda put down:
- Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell by Tim Miller – A memoir of sorts from a former Republican operative and self-proclaimed never-Trumper. He details how the party and colleagues he loved caved to a megalomaniac in 2016 and beyond. Interesting to say the least. Slight hiatus because the book had to be returned to the library, but will pick it back up when I can.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
— Sam, Ginny, and Minda