Weekly Wrap-Up: Dec 5 – 11, 2022

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

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

Ginny’s Update

What Ginny Finished:

  • The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older: Malka does such a good job of creating a world that sucks you in! Okay, Mossa is an investigator in a human-made infrastructure that orbits a non-Earth planet. She’s charged with investigating the disappearance of someone who may or may not have walked off the edge. This book was so interesting and I loved the academic interplay! Honestly, I’d be down to read this as a series. 
  • Life’s That Way by Jim Beaver: This is a non-fiction book of the emails he sent friends and family during the treatment of his wife’s cancer. This book is heartbreaking and uplifting and it hurt to read, but I couldn’t put it down. Jim Beaver has a way of writing that makes it so clear exactly who he was at the time. And this just made me feel so many powerful emotions.
  • Last Guard by Nalini Singh: this is the 5th book in the psy-changeling trinity (and like the 17th book in the psy-changeling series). And this book follows Payal, a CEO and “anchor” in the Psy-net, and Canto Mercant, also an “anchor” and part of one of the most powerful families, as they attempt to create a counsel for the anchors. I really love the way this series keeps building on itself. But also, I love any book that involves the bears. They’re my favorite of the shifters, so even though they’re only in this a little, it made me happy. But they have a fun dynamic and I really enjoyed reading the two of them together.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd: This is one of the best books to listen to! The cast is great. Nell’s father dies and she ends up involved in a mystery involving maps. The book is a fantasy novel except the fantastic elements don’t show up until nearly the 50% mark which feels a little late to get into it. But that being said, the cast of characters if really fun and I am really enjoying the way everything is unfolding. 
  • A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers: I loved this book the first time. And in preparation for reading the sequel, I decided to reread this book in the way I wish I had read it the first time, really having a chance to savor it. Sibling Dex is a monk in a rebuilt world, and decides they want to be a “tea monk” or kind of a traveling therapist/tea store. They then decide to travel into the woods and run into one of the “long-lost” robots.

What Ginny Put Down

  • Earl Warren and the Nation He Made by Jim Newton: Earl Warren was a really impressive supreme court justice. But I basically put this down right after I wrote that I was reading it. I just couldn’t get myself to read it. So I DNF’d it.

Sam’s Update

What Sam is Finished:

  • The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson: yes. You see this right, we finally get the last book in Mistborn Era 2. I’m both happy and wildly sad. I cried in bed at 1am finishing this…
  • 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. I liked this but there were too many words.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

  • Bloodmarked by Tracey Deonn: this is the second book and sequel to Legendborn, an Arthurian set in NC with a POC woman main character and there’s magic. I’ve been waiting for this for months and I’m so excited to pick it up for Tome Topple!

Minda’s Update

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.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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