Weekly Wrap-Up: Nov 15 – 20, 2022

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Minda’s Update

Got to hang out with the ever-lovely Sam this weekend—yay!

What Minda is Reading Now:

  • Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly (audio) – This is the prequel of sorts to Lilac Girls, which I just finished, following Caroline’s mother. This is a WWI novel following the same deal as it’s predecessor, except the women are from America, Russia, and maybe one other country that I can’t figure out yet. Stay tuned.

What Minda finished

  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (audio) – A WWII novel told from the perspective of three women in America, Poland, and Germany, respectively. The women each have a unique role during the war and their paths set them on a collision course to each other. Based on the real life of Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist who dedicated much of her life to supporting the women who were experimented on at the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Really enjoyed this one, but definitely heavy themes. Kasia, the woman from Poland, was absolutely the best part of the book and her story was very powerful. I found Caroline’s character a bit grating and Herta… wasn’t what I expected. Would recommend.
  • Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson – AnnieLee rolls into Nashville determined to launch her new life as a country singer. And, once she meets a bonafide country star based on the real life Dolly Parton, she may get more than she ever dreamed. But can she outrun her past? Eh, this wasn’t very good. Read for book club, not one I would normally pick up for myself. We all felt the same about the book. It felt very contrived, unbelievable, and I wasn’t a fan of the characters, especially the main heroine. Would not recommend.

Ginny’s Update

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • Babel by R. F. Kuang: Robin is from Canton and whisked away by Professor Lovell, who introduces him to the world of translation and the magic it can be used to create. This book is a love letter to language and a hate letter towards colonialistic attitudes. It’s a bit slow going, but really interesting so far.

What Ginny Finished:

  • A Billion Years: My Escape from a life in the highest ranks of scientology by Mike Rinder: Mike Rinder was apparently really high up in the Scientology hierarchy, and this book is fucking wild. It talks about the different levels of scientology and does a great job of breaking down how people were brainwashed. I’ve ended up telling so many people about this book because I think it’s a fascinating insight into a closed-door cult.
  • First Impressions/Blithe Images by Nora Roberts: This is another one of those dual package books where there are two stories, and yet again, I almost rage quit because of the second one. The first book was a cute story about a ray of sunshine falling in love with her grumpy (secretly rich) next door neighbor. The second was a boss using a contract as a way to harass his employee and at one point said “It’s a good thing it was me helping you (very drunk) to bed because another man couldn’t have controlled himself” as if that made him a good person. It was super rapey…. And she, of course, fell in love with him. Ugh.
  • Lore Olympus (Vol. 1) by Rachel Smythe: I love a good Hades/Persephone mythology, and this one is delightful. It started out as a webcomic on webtoons (and is still there) where you can read it for free, but I’ve read through all of what’s there like three times, so I figured it was worth the investment. Still an absolute delight.

Sam’s Update

What Sam is Finished:

  • Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan – This is the second book in this series. We received an ARC from NetGalley. I really love this series a lot. The main characters are all immortal gods and it changes the dynamic of the characters which is super cool.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson: yes. You see this right, we finally get the last book in Mistborn Era 2. I can’t give you much I’m the way of what it’s about since it’s book 4, but safe to say I am friggin stoked
  • Babel: An Arcane History by R. F. Kuang: this book is all over the inter webs right now. It’s academia and has a smidge of fantasy for right now. Robin is at Oxford to study translation, his adoptive father is being weird and there’s a new person in his life and there’s a weird mystery. Things are getting complicated.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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